Puerto Vallarta in the Summer

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Puerto Vallarta

Buenos dias, amigos,

Frank and I decided we needed a vacation. Therefore, here we are in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This city is one of my favorite vacation spots, but I do have to say, that it is Hot! Hot! Hot! And humid. Perhaps August isn’t the best time to visit here.

Puerto VallartaWe arrived Saturday night, so Sunday, we just spent the day here, getting acclimated to the time difference (they are one Central Time here) and the climate difference.

On Monday, we took a cab to town, as I wanted to see some of the local places, places I had visited before. I wanted to go inside the cathedral here; a wedding was taking place inside, so I had to bypass a visit that day.

Puerto VallartaFrank and I wandered down one block toward the Malecon, the walkway that parallels the sea. We remembered that we needed to find a Bancomat, so we wandered down another block or two, found what we wanted, got some Mexican Pesos, wandered some more. To me, it was enjoyable, just looking into the different shops (I cannot say “Window shopping”, for the merchandise was right there in the open. At the park, we watched some children at play; like children everywhere, one little boy was trying to escape from his mother, while his sibling went in another direction.

There were small grocery stores, shoe stores, clothing stores, electronic stores, and of course, many bars and restaurants.

We came to a restaurant that looked interesting. It was nearing lunch time, and there were no patrons in the restaurant yet. That made me a bit suspicious , but Frank looked at the menu, and he decided we could have a drink and a snack. We weren’t quite ready for lunch yet. The proprietor greeted us and told us that we could be seated and he would bring a menu. He told us that there was a cooking class going on in the back room, and soon it would finish, then the chef could begin making lunch for customers.

Cooking class? Oh, how did I miss that!! I told the proprietor that cooking was a passion of mine, so he invited me to watch the remainder of the class. I put that cooking class on my bucket list for my next visit to Puerto Vallarta. The chef was finishing a soup, where he had heated three large rocks, and put them into a pottery bowl of broth, with some diced vegetables and shrimp. As I watched, I could see the broth bubbling around the stones. Soon, right before my very eyes, the shrimp and vegetables were cooked without coming near a stove.

Puerto Vallarta - Gaby's RestaurantIf any of you are planning a trip down here in the near future, look up http://www.gabyrestaurant.com.mx. That will give you information on the address as well as the cooking classes. Apparently, this chef is on a cooking show down here and seems to be well-known. He certainly knew how to make soup in an interesting fashion.

Puerto VallartaAs Frank was eating his little snack, I mentioned to the owner of the restaurant that I was allergic to tequila. That man went into the back of the restaurant and came back to the table with a little glass of what he called a “medicina ” for allergies.

We left the restaurant and continued on our exploration walk of Puerto Vallarta. Only two blocks west was the Malecon, the long walk that parallels the sea. I love that walkway. It was cooler there, also, than it had been, for a lovely breeze was blowing off the water.

Puerto VallartaThis walkway is about two miles long, and we only walked a small portion of it. There are shops on the left of us, trees and flowers are planted in the middle of the walkway, then sculptures are interspersed along the right side.

We walked, stopped to look at things, then walked some more. Sometime, after about two hours or so of this, I decided I was hungry. I wanted some shrimp tacos from my favorite Puerto Vallarta restaurant, La Fuente de la Puente.

Puerto VallartaThis restaurant sits right at the river bank, hence the name, which means, the Fountain at the Point, as the bridge over the river is right there.

We found our way there, without any problem. Soon we had ordered our lunch, and were enjoying a cool drink while we waited for our food. Then, when we were eating, the same musicians that we had seen in Gaby’s, came into the restaurant. They saw us, and came over, as we were all laughing. Frank asked them to sing that same song again and they did. That was a fun experience.

Finally, our long day in town was finished. We caught a bus back toward our hotel, making a side trip to WalMart for some groceries. Soon we were back at our resort, and as I was bemoaning the fact that we were too late to make Happy Hour, one of the attendants told me that Happy Hour on that day was from 5:00 p.m to 6:00. We made it!!

I got a bell boy to help me take the groceries up to our room, while Frank got us a table at the open air restaurant near the lobby.

Oh, just as an aside, one reason that I love Puerto Vallarta is that it is not an expensive place to visit. For instance, at WalMart, I bought fresh fruit and vegetables for salad, cold cuts, cheese, some pastries and bread, a few other items all for 350 Mexican pesos, which sounds like a lot of money, but is the equivalent of about $19 US.

So we made Happy Hour, and relaxed after a long day of just enjoying being in Puerto Vallarta.

I have more to tell you, but it will have to go into another blog, for this one is getting too big. And it is almost Happy Hour time again.

Adios for now,
Dolly

Ciao for now,
Dolly

Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica

Author: , July 27th, 2017

Zona Romantica Puerto Vallarta

There are few locations in Latin America that can legitimately claim to offer a true gay village—which makes Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica a notable standout. As you can probably guess, the Mexican city’s area means “romantic zone” or “district of romance,” and that signifies it is a place for romance to be enjoyed by everyone.

This is an equal-opportunity romance zone, and local residents and businesses take pride in being inclusive and supportive of everyone, including the LGBT community. This section of town is home to many hotels, restaurants and other attractions that are owned and/or managed by those in the LGBT community, and these and other local hotspots make it a priority to express their support of LGBT residents and visitors.

This welcoming stance may not be surprising, given the community’s proud affiliations and memberships related to organizations such as the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. The local business community is also openly supportive of groups such as GLAAD, HMI and the GMHC.

By Bobbi Dempsey – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Gay Puerto Vallarta Pride – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 7th, 2017

Nomadic Boys - Gay Puerto Vallarta

Mama Tits was one of the drag queens we met at Puerto Vallarta pride in May 2017, who you may recognise from her extremely bold and highly entertaining put down of the anti-gay protesters at Seattle Pride 2014.

She was also was one of the many inspiring and thought-provoking celebrities who attended this year’s gay pride in Puerto Vallarta, an event which as well as being a whole lot of fun, also reminded us of the importance of pride.

To put Mama Tits into perspective, watch her video at Seattle Pride 2014…you just don’t piss off a 6’3 drag queen!

Puerto Vallarta: the gayest place in Latin America!

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort city in Mexico’s Jalisco state, situated on the Pacific Ocean. It has a large LGBT community, with the majority of the city’s gay bars, nightclubs and hotels based in the charming cobblestone streets of the Zona Romántica neighbourhood.

And bloody hell, it’s super gay! In fact, it’s so gay that many rate it as one of the most popular destinations for LGBTQ travellers. For example, in a 2016 survey jointly commissioned by the New York Times and Scruff, Puerto Vallarta was rated as the #1 off-the-beaten-path LGBT Travel Destinations and Expedia recently reported PV as one of the 15 exciting LGBTQ-friendly cities around the world.

For us, it definitely ranks as one of the gayest places we’ve ever been to, kind of like the Gran Canaria of the Americas: just as gay Europeans flock to Gran Canaria in Spain, Puerto Vallarta is popular with gay travellers from the USA and Canada.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Casa 567 – Gay Puerto Vallarta Vacation Rental

Author: , July 5th, 2017

Casa 567Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Come to Casa 567 in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s charming Old Town, a year-round, gay owned guesthouse at 567 Venustiano Carranza.

Casa 567 is one of the original Puerto Vallarta townhomes behind the Emiliano Zapata Mercado (a busy and colorful Mexican market). We’ve spent the last two years restoring this beautiful home to its original Mexican style.

We offer four one bedroom suites, and one two bedroom suite, each with its own private baths. We invite all of our guests to enjoy the intimate rooftop pool and our fourth floor open patio, which has panoramic views of mountains, Old Town, and the Pacific Ocean.

Old Town is very gay friendly, and we’re close to Los Muertos beach, shopping, dining, clubs, and bustling city life. It’s just a short cab ride to any of the City’s destinations, including the ocean and Malecon, just eight blocks away.

We’re at the end of Venustiano Carranza, a quiet get-away, also close to the city’s gay bars.

There’s wifi access from each of our guest rooms, as well as a flatscreen cable TV, fresh linens, and a self-serve laundry on our first floor. We also offer a small gym facility and a common area room with an extensive movie collection.

Coming to Puerto Vallarta? Stay in the heart of the action at Casa 567!

See the Casa 567 Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Puerto Vallarta – Amor a la Mexicana

Author: , April 23rd, 2017
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The birth of Puerto Vallarta as an international destination was the result of one of the raciest affairs to come out of Hollywood, so it is no surprise that the cobblestone-street-city is now one of the most popular locations for romantic getaways. The city is Mexico’s only beach destination that boasts a gayborhood in its Zona Romantica, home to a broad array of cafe, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as hotels and operators with an LGBT clientele.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Puerto Vallarta. Most resorts, like the Almar Resort, Casa Velas or the Costa Sur Hotel and Spa, which has already hosted over 2,000 same-sex weddings, have in-house wedding planners who can fulfill every want and need of any bridezilla, male or female, plus coordinate plenty of things with enough local flavor to spare for guests to do in between wedding activities.

Alternative locations such as Vallarta Adventure’s Las Caletas clove offersa private middle-of-the-ocean location under the star and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Destination weddings offer couples the romance of making their vows close to the romantic ocean waters and the background of the perfect magical sunset. There is no better place for that to happen than in Puerto Vallarta where every sunset is picture perfect, look it up #PuertoVallartaSunset.

Those looking for a destination honeymoon will find that Puerto Vallarta is the ideal destination for those looking for secluded hideaways with luxurious amenities and the great outdoors. Boutique properties like Casa Velas, Casa Cupula or Garlands del Rio offer a Mexican-villa feel with the amenities of a world-class stay. Contracting a yachts by Mike’s Charters offers lovers the opportunity to circle the Bay of Banderas for sunset cruise.

By Gustavo Rivas-Solis – Full Story at Passport

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The Real Mexico in Guadalajara – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , March 9th, 2017

Guadalajara

Guadalajara was never on my travel wish list for Mexico, I admit it. The blank spots I’ve been wanting to fill on my Mexico map are places like San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Copper Canyon and the beaches on the West Coast – Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, and San Pancho, all of which I’ve been wanting to visit since reading about them on a bunch of travel blogs a few years ago, when several bloggers based themselves there for their winter escape.

And that’s exactly how I ended up in Guadalajara: Its proximity to said beaches. I was looking for a place to fly to that had easy access to the coast, and which seemed worth exploring. Guadalajara sounded interesting enough: the cultural capital of Latin America in 2005, a university town, a city with art museums and a historic city center, and a city with several Jose Clemente Orozco murals, one of the famous Mexican muralists whose art I adore. What more could I ask for? A great flight deal ($109 from LA, booked only three days in advance) sealed the deal.

My instinct had once again brought me to the right place. From my very first stroll through the historic center, I was much reminded of Mexico City – and you all know how much I love Mexico’s capital.

By Dani – Full Story at the Globetrotter Girls

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Last Day in Puerto Vallarta – Dolly Travels

Author: , February 16th, 2017

Mascota - Dolly Travels

Good afternoon,

Today was a day to just relax by the pool. Susan and I have had a week of relaxing, but we also learned about some of the culture of Mexico, and especially about the state of Jalisco. I am always open to learning new things.

We took a trip up to two of the towns in the Sierra Madre mountains, Talpa and Mascota. Although I had been there before, I learned new things about these towns this trip.

Both of these villages are listed as Magical Towns (Pueblos Magico). This is a designation given to the by the board of Mexican tourism. To qualify, a town must have:

1). A history of a significant event, either real or legendary,

2). A unique everyday life, and

3). The town must be well preserved.

Once the town has this designation, it receives money from the tourist board to keep the town clean and in good repair. One thing one village did was put all the electrical lines underground, rather than have the unsightly mess so often seen, of lines running all over the place.

Mascota also has a high school where students can elect to learn a trade, as well as obtain the usual high school education. The specialties of this school include cheese making and butchering, as the countryside has many farms. We also saw two woodworking classes, one for boys and one for girls. We could not discover why the classes were segregated. Both classes made furniture, cabinets for houses, and other practical wooden items.

The products from this school are sold in town, or at the school, and all proceeds return to the school.

The other town we visited, Talpa, has a lovely city center dominated by a church. This town’s historical event was a miracle where a statue of the Virgin that was made of leaves and grasses was converted into a beautiful golden statue. That statue now resides in the church. Pilgrims come from all over to pray to the Virgin.

The area, despite being in the mountains, is very dry. It must be extremely hard to grow things in this arid climate; however, sugar cane flourishes, and several stores in this village are candy stores, making their treats from the sugar cane, as well as some of the tropical fruit of the region.

Another town in Jalisco that has the Magical Town designation is Tequila. Yes, that is the name of the town. This town is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known for the blue agave from which the liquor, tequila, is made. I did not visit that town, so I don’t have any pictures, but I did learn something about tequila.

The true tequila from the blue agave is only produced in Jalisco, with limited amounts being allowed to be produced in other states. If the tequila is not made from only the blue agave, and is made with a combination of juices from other agave plants, the liquor is called Mezcal. Therefore, all you tequila lovers, the Mezcal with the worm in it is not a true tequila.

That is only one of some well-known facts (to me) that was shot down during my cultural lesson. I also discovered that Mariachi music is not Mexican in origin, but Austrian, although it sounds more like German polka music to me. That makes sense, given that Maximilian from Austria, was a king here for a short time, before he was assassinated. Mexican beer also has its beginning with Austrians.

Last night, we took a boat trip to the island of Las Caletas for dinner and a show, depicting the culture and some of the fables of the native Indian cultures. The show was more like a Cirque de Soleil, in that many acrobats, a flying butterfly who was playing a violin, a walking tree, along with the fire jugglers. A mermaid greeted the boat as we approached the island.

Our dining tables were along the water’s edge. A harpist and a guitarist played soft background music. The lighting was torches and votive candles. It was truly a relaxing evening, with good food and wine.

When we left on our boat to return to Puerto Vallarta, we were entertained by our ship’s crew, who did a tribute to Kiss, the 1980’s rock group. They did a pretty good job of singing the songs, although their guitars were made of wood and had no strings. To me, the epitome of the evening, though, was when the captain turned off all the overhead lights, allowing us to see the full moon overhead, with barely a wisp of a cloud in the sky. We could still see the Sierra Madre mountains in the background of the city of Puerto Vallarta as we travelled back to the Marina. The lights along the shore of the city lent an air of a place of festivity and holiday, but also a place of peacefulness.

Today, I just enjoyed the quiet and solitude of Club Regina.

Too soon I will leave this enchanted place and return to cold weather. Until I write again,

Adios,
Dolly

Puerto Vallarta – Dolly Travels

Author: , February 1st, 2017

Puerto Vallarta - Dolly Travels

I have not been very active with my blogging, as I can see. It has been four months since I posted anything. Of course, I have not been traveling, either.

Now I am once again in sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, so I want to share the lovely weather with all of you.

Yesterday, Sunday, Susan and I went into the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta. We tried to attend mass at the old venerable Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. However, the church was packed, so we stood inside for awhile, but the crowds and the heat inside became too much for me.

It is a beautiful church, with a lovely park right in front. The church was built in 1883. I could not find when the dome was constructed, but it was sculpted by an artist names Carlos Torres, who made it from local terres stone. The large dome is a crown for Our Lady.

After leaving the church, we walked along the Malecon, the seaside promenade. There were lots of people out, enjoying the balmy weather.

Later, we tried to find a restaurant where I had enjoyed delicious shrimp tacos on previous visits. We walked along the stalls of the market the line both sides of the little island that sits in the center of the river just before the river empties into the sea. This little island, called Isla Rio Cuale, is known for being where Elizabeth Taylor had a home while filming the movie, “Night of the Iguana”, with Richard Burton, here in Puerto Vallarta in 1964.

We did find the restaurant and I enjoyed shrimp tacos one more time.

This restaurant sits with its back toward the river. The place was full when we got there. The owner asked us to sit and wait, offered us a drink while we waited. Soon he came from the back of the restaurant with a table, then chairs and made a spot for us right at the front of the restaurant. I was quite impressed with that service.

We walked around town a bit more, then caught a bus back toward our hotel. I was happy that our bus was not one of the rickety ones that we saw as we waited. We were able to ride to WalMart for the equivalent of 35 cents per person. At Walmart we did some grocery shopping, then returned to our hotel by taxi, for the cost of nearly $3, but it was worth it to not have to carry our groceries on the bus. WalMart, for your information, seems to be where everyone shops. There is a Sam’s Club next to it. Apparently, there is a Costco in town, also, but I certainly didn’t need to go to those big stores.

This morning, we enjoyed one of my favorite breakfasts of all time. Fresh papaya and pineapple, with a little squeeze of lime for accent.

Now we will go lay by the pool for awhile, then enjoy some fish tacos later.

I will say “Adios” for now. I will write again on another day, but I do suspect my news will not be anymore exciting than this post, as I plan to just relax, let someone else do the cooking for me and enjoy the balmy weather.

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels

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Gay Puerto Vallarta: A Perennial Favorite

Author: , January 1st, 2017

Gay Puerto Vallarta

Brought into the tourism spotlight by famous Hollywood celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and offering a broad range of gay bars and nightclubs, gay-owned restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment that established the destination in a league of its own, it is no wonder Puerto Vallarta has been a favorite among LGBT travelers for decades.

In recent years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the entity responsible for promoting the destination in the US and Canada has partnered with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GMHC and the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association to promote the destination to the LGBT market.

In 2014, Puerto Vallarta became the first Mexican destination to participate in a World Pride with its Noche Alegre event during the World Pride celebrations in Toronto; and in 2015 the tourism board became the first destination to sponsor the Human Rights Campaign on a national level.

Full Story at eTurbo News

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Mountains of Puerto Vallarta – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , December 10th, 2016

Puerto Vallarta - Dani

To be completely honest: I didn’t want to spend my last few days in Mexico in Puerto Vallarta. I wanted to stay in San Pancho or in Sayulita, which are both smaller beach towns north of Puerto Vallarta, and where I had spent my birthday. But because the season was just about to start in San Pancho most cafes were still opening at unreliable hours (if it all), and I needed wifi to get work done.

In Sayulita, there were a few places I knew I could work at (with okay wifi, but still not great speeds) but struggled to find decent accommodation. Since I had several deadlines looming over me, I decided to do what seemed the most reasonable: to return to Puerto Vallarta, which I knew had a much bigger selection of available accommodation and great wifi. As much as I loved the vibe in the smaller beach towns, sometimes the digital nomad has to put work first, especially after a slow month in November.

And after a couple of days back in Puerto Vallarta I realized how much I actually liked the town that had seemed like a big resort town at first. Yes, there are casinos, golf clubs and cruise ships. Yes, there are giant all-inclusive resorts. But there’s also the Old Town, the Zona Romantica, with cobblestone streets, with ornate churches and bright pink bougainvillea trees that form a perfect contrast to the whitewashed colonial houses.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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