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Puerto Vallarta Living

Vallarta Living: Careful, Careful

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Cuidado, Pescado There are expressions; colloquialisms heard in Puerto Vallarta we always find amusing; twists of the language, same as we hear in English. Nada, nada, limonada translates to nothing, nothing, lemonade. It can mean a lot of things. Okay, Maguey (pronounced ma-gay) is simply you bet, or you got it. One phrase that stands […]

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Vallarta Living: In A Condo

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Condos, Condos, Condos Friends have decided to buy a condo in Puerto Vallarta. After staying in our guest accommodations for the past couple decades, they are ready to bite the bullet and double down. Picking a realtor is the toughest part. There are many reputable brokerages in Puerto Vallarta, some who wet their feet on […]

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Vallarta Living: Dating

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Dating in Puerto Vallarta New Year’s Eve was a gala in Puerto Vallarta. The streets will be filled with families, dancers, revelers, straight and gay people, entertainers, spectators, and a lot of singles. Our friend lamented the next day; she was dressed to the nines, looked fabulous, had a splendid time but was surrounded by […]

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Vallarta Living: Myths & Monsters

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Chupacabra Children in Puerto Vallarta, like all of Mexico are often kept in line by parents with a tale of the legendary dreaded Chupacabra. Translating directly to goat sucker, Chupacabra is an evil character that dwells in several Latin American countries, as well as some states in the lower Forty-eight. He might bear resemblance to […]

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Vallarta Living: Cafe

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Café de Olla We love this time of year in Puerto Vallarta for so many reasons. The pageantry, the fiestas and the food are wonderful. One of our favorite pastimes is wandering down the Malecón in the evening. During the twelve days of Our Virgin of Guadalupe, we always stroll with a café de olla […]

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Vallarta Living: Ignacio Who?

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Ignacio Luis Vallarta We are often asked what the name Puerto Vallarta means. A visitor claimed they had searched several Spanish translator books and could not find the meaning of Vallarta… so we are here to set the record straight. Puerto means Port in Spanish and this city was a port long before anything else, […]

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Vallarta Living: Holiday Cheer

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Christmas in Puerto Vallarta One of our main reasons for moving to Puerto Vallarta developed around our growing distaste with spending holidays in the North. We found the lack of commercialism (comparatively) and the meaningfulness of the holiday in Puerto Vallarta completely captured our heart.  Many years ago we were enchanted by our first posada, […]

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Vallarta Living: Turtles!

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Turtles! Who doesn’t love a baby? Puppies, kittens, bunnies, goats and absolutely turtles! Puerto Vallarta has been involved in turtle conservation for decades. Globally, Mexico is one of the most advanced countries in regards to environmental protection; they’ve done a wonderful job combining ecological issues with tourism. Considering how many people visit Puerto Vallarta on […]

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Vallarta Living: Exchanging Funds

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Exchanging Pesos Flocks of snowbirds, feathered and otherwise, are flying south, arriving in Puerto Vallarta via airstreams and airlines, and we once again come to the annual topic of how to exchange money. Currently the peso is fluctuating like crazy and it’s not easy getting firm information because due to the election in the US, […]

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Vallarta Living: Tourism Is Our History

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History of Tourism Puerto Vallarta began developing into a commercial center in 1924 – 1926. Villagers from surrounding areas came to town to do their shopping and sell their wares. It wasn’t long before it was a bustling center of commerce and growing exponentially. By 1945 freighters were arriving in port; they not only picked […]

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Vallarta Living: Animal Rescuing

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Animal Rescue in Puerto Vallarta As many know, our dear little rescued dog Pup is the light of our lives and Kitten is the feline we adopted to keep our canine company. Acquaintances who wonder where we acquired our furry friends are lucky to learn of great multiple sources in Puerto Vallarta; private, government supervised […]

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Vallarta Living: Hallowed Eve

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Halloween in Puerto Vallarta Halloween has not always been a celebrated holiday in Puerto Vallarta. In the mid-80’s there became enough expats here to warrant a party or two and soon the idea caught on. Not that Mexico needs an excuse to dress up. Or party. Day of the Dead in places like Patzcuaro, Michoacan […]

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Vallarta Living: What To Do With Eggs?

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Eggs! Eggs are sold in grocery stores, stacked in aisles and not refrigerated, which causes alarm for some newcomers. They have questions… Isn’t that dangerous? Unhealthy? These are good questions. They have been under the impression that unrefrigerated eggs can cause food poisoning. There are some things that are foreign to us for good reason. […]

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Vallarta Living: We Love Our Sushi

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Sushi, Please! Recently a friend asked if we knew of a decent restaurant for Japanese food in Puerto Vallarta. This initiated a conversation that went far beyond sushi. Japanese immigrants were originally lumped in with anyone of Asian resemblance as Chino. Japanese initially came as slaves in an era when coffee plantations in Chiapas were […]

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Vallarta Living: Bats?

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We received a frantic call from a friend here in Puerto Vallarta at dusk the other evening. A bat had flown in the bedroom window of our single female friend and she was terrified. This time of year, bats are in generous supply and as this bat swooped and glided around, doing most of its […]

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