San Sebastián del Oeste – Dolly Travels

Author: , April 17th, 2019

San Sebastián del Oeste

!Hola!

I think I am finally getting the hang of this Spanish language. I know how to ask for someone to fix the sink. I can order food and drink, get a taxi…hmm. That is about it. An older man, a helper at Walmart, asked me today why I didn’t speak Spanish. I told him I was working on it, but he shook his head and declared I should have done that years ago. I don’t know why he felt that way, but I told him I would keep trying, but he shook his head again, as if to declare me hopeless. Oh, well. My new phrase today, direct from my language translator, is: ¿Alquiera en busca una cerveza? Is anyone up for a beer?

Today is a lovely day: a bit breezy, but the sun is shining, and all is well in Puerto Vallarta.

This morning I walked to Walmart. I can see that complex from where I sit, but to get there, one has to go around the marinas, past the Naval Base, then take your life in your hands to cross the busy boulevard. I didn’t trust the policeman who kept telling me to go, when trucks and buses were coming around the corner aiming for me. I waited until some locals crossed, then I went with them. Whew! Adventure looms everywhere.

Today is going to be a relaxing day for me. I have an appointment at a spa later this afternoon for manicure, pedicure, 50 minute massage and a facial for a cost of approximately $55. We will see how that turns out.

Yesterday, I took a tour up to an old town far up in the Sierra Madre, reported to be the oldest town in this area. San Sebastián del Oeste was established in 1605, and flourished due to silver mining. After that, gold was discovered up there, so mining for those minerals, plus lead, made San Sebastián a busy place, with the population in 1900 being around 20,000 persons. Now, there are fewer than 1,000 residents. The town is kept clean and pretty, as it is considered one of the “Pueblos Majicos”, due to its history. The town receives a subsidy from the Mexican government to keep it historically correct, including the thick adobe walls of the buildings, and red tile roofs and the architecture. The streets are made of rock: big rocks, little rocks, all cemented together in an uneven hodge podge, it seemed to me. There are sidewalks for about half of the town. I had to laugh, as we saw cars proceeding down the street, slowly bumping up and down. Not that it was needed, for the cars could not go very fast, but the speed bump on one of the side streets was constructed of a heavy rope thrown across the street. It had obviously been there a long time, for it was pretty well enmeshed into the rocks of the street.

Before we got to San Sebastián, which, by the way, is a two-hour drive from Puerto Vallarta, we made three stops. Our guide told us that the first paved roads to that town were constructed in the 1960’s. Up till then, the only roads were dirt. Can you imagine, in the silver and gold mining days, goods and people had to be transported from Puerto Vallarta, where they arrived by ship. The primary means of transport, then, was by pack mule. The journey took two days.

Our first stop, about and hour from PV, was at a store called El Puente de Krystal, which I assume refers to the bridge over a huge ravine beside the store. I was happy that we stopped there, for Frank and I had visited that place on a tour a few years ago.

We watched a woman making home made tortillas from the masa de maiz. She had a big bowl of that lovely dough under the cloth beside her. When someone wanted a taco, she pulled off a ball of dough, pressed it into a tortilla, threw it onto the wood-fired stove top, let it cook until it puffed up, then she picked it up, turned it over. When it was done to her satisfaction, she pulled the tortilla off the grill, put it onto a small plate, then handed it to the customer. There were bowls of retried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, shredded cheese and salsa prepared. The customer made his taco to his or her preference. I had two of the delicious tacos, for a cost of $1 each.

Our next stop was at a tequila factory, of course. Jalisco, the Mexican state we are in, is the birthplace of tequila, so on any tour, one ends up at a tasting of that beverage.

This place was very simple, with techniques for making tequila going back generations of this same family. They use pure blue agave, the leaves and the root, to begin the process.

I took tiny tastes of tequila, but I am not a connoisseur; others said it was very good.

Next, we visited a coffee farm. There, I did taste the product, and it was delicious. The coffee farm had been established over 100 years ago. There was a woman called Maria, who had been the mother of 21 children, who started the farm with her husband. She outlived him, so she continued the farm and coffee production. Her next-to-youngest son now runs the business, and he is getting up in years, also. Maria, by the way, lived to be 85 years old. I cannot even fathom having a baby almost every year, as she did, beginning with the first child when she was 15 years old, and her youngest, when she was 46. Holy moley! And then she ran the farm, which is about 20 acres, I believe.

We were given a lesson on coffee growing, harvesting, roasting. I also learned that this is an organic farm. An interesting side note is the farm uses natural pesticide: a mixture of oil, garlic and serrano pepper. Hmm. Sounds a lot like the recipe for shrimp ajillo I told you about in an earlier post, except the pepper or chile is different. I might try that on my plants at home and see if it will keep the squirrels away.

Our guide took us to a very nice restaurant in San Sebastián. It was tastefully decorated, and the food was scrumptious. We were served chicken mole, cheese quesadillas, shredded beef for tacos, rice and beans. I could see the cook making tortillas in the kitchen, and cooking them as needed.

We ended our tour in the town square, after visiting the church of San Sebastián.

All in all, it was a pleasurable day. After all that walking on the rocky streets, and listening to Mario tell us all the cultural information, we were a tired group that headed back to Puerto Vallarta. I was grateful to Mario, our guide, for in his real life, he is a history teacher. He gave us so much very good information, both on the history of Mexico and this area in particular, but he expanded more on the anthropological and sociological aspects of Mexico. I felt it was a very worthwhile trip, for me.

By the time I got back to the resort, though, my feet and my brain were tired. I settled into my room for a nap before I ventured out for dinner.

I stayed at the resort for dinner and was treated to a lovely sunset.

So, adios from Puerto Vallarta, until next time. This is, indeed, a restful place.

–Dolly

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Another Day in Puerto Vallarta – Dolly Travels

Author: , April 4th, 2019

Puerto Vallarta - Dolly Travels

!Hola, mi amigos,

Good morning, everyone,

It seems that time just is flying by, as every day I find something new to do; although, most of the time, I am simply relaxing and being lazy.

My youngest son, Rob, and his wife, Amy, joined me here a few days ago, so we have been exploring the town and the marina, primarily looking for the best food and drinks.

I have been here for 11 days already and I have eaten shrimp everyday. I am still not tired of it. Sometimes I have the fresh catch of the day, which so far has been either mahi mahi or red snapper, both of which have been delicious. If I have shrimp for lunch, then I might have the fish for dinner. Or vise versa.

One of my favorite dishes (above): Camarones in ajillo sauce. I had to look up the recipe. It is very simple, actually. The chef sautés garlic and chopped dried guajillo chiles in oil, then sautés the shrimp in that. The spicy oil is poured over the camarones when it is served. Here at the Tenampa pool bar, the shrimps are served with steamed veggies, a portion of rice, and for some reason, toasted bread. It is so good. I tell myself it is a healthy meal.

In the right, you can see the shrimp salad, which is another good choice. Those shrimp have also been sautéed in the chile oil.

Another favorite dish has been the fajitas del camarones. Just so much good food here, sometimes it is difficult to make a decision.

Okay, other than the food, walking has been on my agenda, nearly every day. I start my mornings with a three mile walk, up and around the marina, stopping for a Starbucks cappuccino, then continue on back to the condo. I have breakfast, then I write, every day, for at least an hour. Afternoons are devoted to relaxing by the pool or going into town.

Or, if I am not by the pool, relaxing by the beach, under a palapa, is also a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, there was a big market at the marina. Tents were set up all around the perimeter of the marina, selling all different types of merchandise: food stalls, taco wagons, dessert tents, where slices of some of the most delicious-looking cakes were sold. One stall had huge pans of paella and more pans of gumbo. Fortunately, I had already eaten, or I might have made a pig of myself.

There were also Indian dancers performing.

Yesterday, there was high clouds over the city, making the day a bit cooler, but no rain.
As we walked along the Malecon, we could see the waves crashing onto the shore. We watched pelicans diving into this waves to catch fish. Those big birds dive so fast, and so straight down, I had to wonder if they every suffer broken necks. They were amazing to watch.

Today, on my walk through the marina, I once more spotted a big crocodile. I think he was waiting for me, for today, his head was out of the water, up on the rocks, and he was smiling at me.

I was too mesmerized this morning to think to take a picture, for all I could think of, was the Disney song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, from the movie, “Peter Pan”. Now, of course, I can’t get the song out of my head.

So, life is fun, and I am getting work done on my book. Most of all, though, I am relaxing. This vacation was much-needed and I appreciate all of you who helped me get to this lovely, restful place.

I will close with a sunset picture from a few days ago. Now, it is lunch time, and the camarones at Tenampa Bar are calling for me to come enjoy them.

So, I shall say,

Hasta la vista, until we meet again.

Dolly

Casa Alebrijes Hotel – Guadalajara Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 16th, 2019

Casa Alebrijes Hotel

Welcome to Guadalajara, Mexico’s best hotel for gay men and women and their friends – Casa Alebrijes is only two blocks from the center of the gay nightlife area with 25 gay bars and discotheques, all within walking distance of our front door. Guadalajara is often called the San Francisco of Mexico.,

This Guadalajara hotel has two floors with two suites for 1-4 persons, and seven guest rooms for 1 or 2. The first floor includes a lovely garden patio with a fabulous fountain. The second floor has a wide balcony that overlooks the garden patio.

Our Guadalajara hotel is in a late 19th century home that has been carefully and beautifully restored in a traditional style, along with modern conveniences, while respecting the original architecture.

See the Casa Alebrijes Hotel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Vacation Like a Kardashian – Out With Ryan

Author: , January 23rd, 2019

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I’m going to be honest… the first time I heard of “Punta Mita” was from the Kim Kardashian smartphone game. That’s right, the popular app where you pretended to be in Kim Kardashian’s world back in the Summer of 2014.

What I didn’t realize is that not only does Kim Kardashian actually vacation in this private peninsula situated in the Riviera Nayarit Mexico region, but Punta Mita can also be very affordable for couples, who aren’t millionaires.

You can pay a fortune to stay at the same resort The Kardashians often vacation, which is Casa Aramara, or you can relax more affordable and still share the same waters, sand and sunshine as Kim Kardashian!

I’m sorry but who doesn’t like the idea of relaxing in lush tropical paradise, similar to the ones Kim Kardashian has, but on a more affordable budget… I KNOW I DO!

By Ryan at Out With Ryan

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Villa Encantada – Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Villa

Author: , December 6th, 2018

Villa Encantada - Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Villa

Experience ultimate luxury in our large, 5,000 sf villa in the Conchas Chinas Hills. This new, five bedroom, five and a half bathroom villa is in the upscale Amapas area, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful vacation rental homes in Puerto Vallarta.

Villa Encantada is in the middle of a vibrant, tropical jungle, and has panoramic Banderas Bay views. It’s also a great place to watch the sun set from the wide pool deck. When the days are hot, you can cool down in our gorgeous turquoise blue pool, or relax with a drink at the outdoor bar under the shade of the palapa.

Villa Encantada is a great place for families or a group of friends, with 5 elegant bedroom suites, each with private bath, wide balconies, a large sitting room, and a complete staff that make this house a tropical paradise.

Villa Encantada is close to downtown Puerto Vallarta in the Amapas/Conchas Chinas hills. We offer an open air paradise where you can enjoy the warm ocean breeze and the tropical evenings.

See the Villa Encantada Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Puerto Vallarta’s Los Muertos in top Gay Beaches worldwide

Author: , August 17th, 2018

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GayCities just released its list of 11 recommendations of the Best Gay Beaches in the world where you can get fashionable in a speedo, board shorts, classic swimwear or whatever your heart desires–plus a few where you can take them off. Puerto Vallarta’s world famous Los Muertos gay beach is listed there.

What gay beach clubs and LGBT resorts will you find at Los Muertos gay beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? See why Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s number 1 gay destination here.

Just how gay is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

Author: , June 18th, 2018
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Just how gay-friendly is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? What is gay life really like there?
Many people exaggerate about a destination being super gay only once it is visited discover it really is not. Mister BnB just produced an article about how gay friendly Tel Aviv is so we used the same criteria to produce our answer to just how gay Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is. The destination has been known as a gay mecca since the 1980’s and until recently Puerto Vallarta’s tourist season was very limited *the busiest months from November until Easter. Recently, Puerto Vallarta has been moving toward a year round busy season and its increasing appeal to LGBT travelers and residents is due to several factors.  Among them are increased national airline flights into Puerto Vallarta, the rising Mexican middle class traveling more, and the increased marketing and awareness of Puerto Vallarta as an LGBT destination.

Why the popularity of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico among the LGBT travelers?
1. Puerto Vallarta has the most well developed gay nightlife in Mexico! The first gay bar opened more than 20 years ago and today more than 25 hot gay bars and clubs are operating *some until 6 am, each unique and all located in the gayborhood.

2. Puerto Vallarta has a true Gay Zone. The Zona Romantica is a true gayborhood with all the gay bars, clubs, businesses, restaurants, and gay hotels within a safe walking distance of each other. With some rare exceptions, you never have to leave the gayborhood for anything!

3. Puerto Vallarta is for foodies! There is something for every culinary appetite and budget, from street taco stands to fine dining and everything in between.

4. Puerto Vallarta has an amazing arts and culture scene including the best gay cabaret scene in Mexico! We have three great cabaret venues producing two shows 7 nights a week from November until May…with 2 of them open year round. Also we have numerous great art galleries and artists exhibiting and living in town. Mix in festive Mexican culture and rich traditions for an amazing treat for everyone.

See much more about GAY PUERTO VALLARTA HERE.

Casa De Los Arcos – Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Resort

Author: , March 29th, 2018

Casa De Los Arcos - Puerto Vallarta Gay Friendly Resort

Casa de los Arcos has been operating as a Guest villa since the late 80’s and I have been the owner since 1994. We have been rated # 1 on Trip Advisor for Specialty Lodging for the last 4 years.

It is a magical place that allows our guest to get away from the stresses of everyday life and luxuriate in the sounds of the rustling trees, and soft breezes. Our views are nothing short of spectacular, whether you are sitting on your private terrace, or on one of the terraces in our Botanical gardens. Relax to the sounds of the waterfalls in the gardens or take a short stroll to the beach or downtown.

Casa de los Arcos has all the charm of old Mexico, and is awash with color and sunshine.

You can either enjoy this villa with a large group of your friends or family by renting the whole property, or take just rent one of the four “casas”.

The design of the villa allows for absolute privacy when you are in your suite, but there are large entertaining areas if you have rented the whole villa.

Each suite has its own character. The Museo is our newest addition. It is about 700 square feet of living space, with a master bedroom, with a full galley style kitchen, and spacious living and dining room. A few stairs up is the pool terrace.

The Casa Grande is on this level. It is a large 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite, with living room, dining room, and kitchen. Each bedroom opens onto a terrace. The main terrace spans the width of the villa, and has a large palapa covered bar. It is a great entertaining space that can hold up to 40 people

One level above the pool is the Palapa. This one bedroom suite is pure tropics, very romantic, and has fantastic views from everywhere. It boasts a palapa roof over the two living areas, a dining table that will seat 10, a large private sun terrace and a master suite that allows great views out to the ocean.

Our Casita is also a one bedroom suite, open concept living and dining area, private terrace and large master bedroom. It’s views are the best in the house. All suites are decorated in wonderful bright fabrics and hand painted Mexican tiles.

Our most recent addition is our Botanical Garden. It is lush with native plants, has two spacious terraces with unobstructed views, and two waterfalls.

Our staff are here Monday through Saturday, and our cook is available for an extra charge. We have wifi throughout the villa and gardens, cable tv, and,telephone.

Your hosts are on the property to insure that your time at Casa de los Arcos is all you want it to be. We will set up your airport transfers, and take you to the local store to stock your kitchen upon your arrival.

After that, enjoy our stunning sunset as you sip one of our famous margaritas.

See the Casa De Los Arcos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Eliad Cohen talks Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Author: , March 1st, 2018

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Eliad Cohen, producer of the international Papa Party, was in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the first time recently. Read what he had to say about the gay scene and Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

You were in Puerto Vallarta New Year’s Eve 2018 with Arena PV parties…Was this your first time performing in PV?  Have you vacationed here before?

I’ve been in Mexico many times it’s one of my favorite countries… the nicest people in the world ! It is my first time here in Puerto Vallarta.

What did you think about PV as in international gay destination?

Before I came here I didn’t know much about PV And I was really surprised. It is one of the gayest and most open cities I’ve ever seen!

See the full interview here 

Puerto Vallarta for Gay Spring Break 2018

Author: , February 19th, 2018

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Travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance has analyzed U.S. travelers’ Spring Break travel plans for 2018. Internationally, the top three destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (14.2 percent) leading the list, then San Jose Del Cabo (6.3 percent) and Puerto Vallarta (5.1 percent). Let’s pick Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s top gay destination and here are some top things to do.

Attend the VIVA CIRCUIT JUNGLE FEVER PARTY  March 31, 2018… Party an incredible 10 hours with DJ Alex Lo, DJ Angel Rios, DJ Diego Alvarez at Lions Club on Lazaro Cardenas next to La Noche.

 

See one of the amazing cabaret shows at ACT 2 Entertainment or The Palm. Puerto Vallarta’s cabaret season will be in full swing and features the top cabaret scene in Mexico. In fact Vallarta competes with many US/Canadian cities in terms of gay entertainment offered. Many of the top drag show performers like Jo Ana and Chi Chi Rones, Mama Tits, Hedda  Lettuce, Sutton Seymour and Miss Conception make PV their home from December until April with nightly sold out shows.

In the gay bar scene you will not find a city in Mexico with more gay bars and clubs. From gay dance clubs rocking until 6 am, latin skin strip clubs, to quite sidewalk martini bars there is something for every gay spring break traveler. If you can’t make it to Vallarta during spring break, don’t worry. There are parties and themed events all year long in Mexico’s number 1 gay destination.