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June, 2009 in Puerto Vallarta

Ceremony: Playa Fiesta





Franco Gonzalez - Photographer - Rubelita #12, Rubelita #12, Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, 63732, Mexico

Franco Gonzalez

Rubelita #12
Rubelita #12
Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit 63732, Mexico
(322) 135 5946

"I can't stop looking at our pictures, they are absolutely beautiful."


Hotel Playa Fiesta Beach Club - Ceremony - Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico

Playa Fiesta

"I don't know where to begin.....we had our wedding at Playa Fiesta on June 1, 2009 and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! After a lot of research we finally agreed on Playa Fiesta as our wedding site and were not disappointed. The owners, hotel, location, and staff were spectacular. The whole wedding planning process was stress-free, we put complete trust in Lindsay and she made our day everything we wanted it to be, she has wedding planning down to a science. The staff was incredibly gracious to us, our family and all of our guests. So happy we chose Playa Fiesta, we have taken away so many awesome memories.....it was hard to come back to real life but we can't wait to make it a family tradition to return again and again!"


La Palapa  - Restaurant - Púlpito 103, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX

La Palapa

Puerto Vallarta, JA


Las Carmelitas - Restaurant - Camino A La Aguacatera, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Las Carmelitas

Camino A La Aguacatera
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

"Address: Camino a la Aguacatera, Km 1.2, Fracc. Lomas de Terra Noble, Puerto Vallarta Phone: 322/303-2104 From every angle, Puerto Vallarta is stunning — but see it from this breezy mountaintop restaurant, and you’ll be flabbergasted. All of PV, the venues people commonly go to for the views included, is at your feet. And untouched nature is all around you. You might have spotted this perfect place to soak in all that is PV when checking out the stars, since it’s lit up at night, and thought: What is that way up there? And how on earth do you get to it? Well, while it is definitely off the beaten path, it’s just a 10-minute drive from downtown — most of that straight up, of course, which makes it, shall we say, exciting. But taxis do it all the time, the adventure of getting there and back matched only by the awesome views. If You Go: • This Mexican palapa restaurant, serving jumbo margaritas, is open every day 1 - 11 pm. • You pay a $50-peso minimum charge at a manned “gate,” which is deducted from your bill. The reason? Las Carmelitas itself built part of the road you take, and too many were using it to just go to take pictures and then leave. • The air much fresher here, the restaurant considerately hands out serapes. • Staff will call you a taxi to get home."


Le Kliff - Restaurant - Col. Boca de Tomatlan, Carr. a Barra de Navidad Km 17.5, Puerto Vallarta, 48, Spain

Le Kliff restaurante

Col. Boca de Tomatlan, Carr. a Barra de Navidad Km 17.5
Puerto Vallarta, 48, Spain

"This perfectly poised giant palapa plays host daily to the bay's most spectacular sunsets and some of the best seafood in town. It also provides ringside seats for watching gray whales and giant manta rays during the months of December through April. Le Kliff has reached international fame not only for its gourmet cuisine, but for its beauty and architecture as well."


Vista Grill Restaurant & Lounge - Restaurant - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, null

Vista Grill Restaurant & Lounge

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico null


A Treasure in the Sierra Madre - Attraction - Mascota, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, null

A Treasure in the Sierra Madre

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico null

"Driving on the upgraded Highway 90 from Vallarta toward Talpa and Guadalajara, Mascota might be viewed by some as a town to pass through on the way to somewhere else. However, this pueblo is a jewel waiting to be discovered by those who enjoy a traditional laidback Mexican experience. Full of history, outdoor activities and a peaceful ambiance, Mascota is a perfect place to get away for a relaxing day or a restful weekend. It remains primarily an agricultural center, so don’t be surprised to see locals arriving in town on horseback or all-terrain vehicle. The word Mascota derives from the ancient Nahuatl (the language spoken by the first settlers of this region) amaxcotlán mazacotla, or place with deer and snakes. The first settlers were scattered all over the valley due to a nearby volcanic eruption, but at the end of the 16th century, Augustine priests created the first settlement where Mascota is located. Mascota experienced a particularly prosperous cultural and economic period during the 31 years that President Porfirio Díaz remained in office, earning the title of “City of the Year” in 1885. With a population of over 14,000 and an elevation of 4,160 feet, Mascota is less than two hours by car from Vallarta and about three and half hours from Guadalajara. The dry mountain air is refreshing, and with an average annual daytime temperature of 24 degrees Centigrade, the evenings cool down nicely, as well. Rainy season is from June to October, and during these months, the surrounding countryside radiates an emerald glow. Explore the town itself on foot. There are numerous museums, shops and restaurants, as well as the church and temple, all within easy walking distance. Cash is the most acceptable currency, the town bank and money- changing kiosk conveniently located across from the plaza. However, unlike in most Mexican communities, the streets flanking the plaza are not home to Mascota’s main businesses, which are located a block or two away and are fun to discover while exploring. There is a small regional airport just outside of town, but to enjoy the outdoor activities in and around Mascota, you may wish to arrive by private vehicle. Although there are local taxis available, many of the outdoor activities are based within a few kilometers of Mascota, and a small truck or SUV would provide ideal transportation. Enjoy fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, scenic boat tours and horseback riding. Expect excellent value for your money in Mascota. Prices in the shops and restaurants are noticeably lower than in Vallarta and cater to the local economy. This area is well known for its homemade cheese, traditional Mexican sweets, honey and delicious locally grown produce at very affordable prices. Also look for handmade terracotta pottery, still crafted the same way it has been for centuries. Restaurants serve traditional Mexican cuisine at its delicious best, and although there is a tortilla factory in town, steaming hot handmade tortillas appear to be the norm."


Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas)

"For simplicity’s sake, and tourism, the entire 100-km horseshoe-shaped coastline of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) is known as Vallarta, although it’s divided almost equally between two states – Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is, and Nayarit, which begins an eight-minute drive north of the international airport in the middle of the Ameca River bridge. Take note that these states are on different time zones and it’s always an hour earlier in Nayarit. The bay itself is Mexico’s largest and one of the world’s deepest, with recorded depths of more than 3,000 feet. Offering superb sport fishing for sailfish, marlin, tuna and other game fish, it’s home to dolphins, manta rays and even quirky little seahorses – and a nursery for humpback whales November through March and Olive Ridley turtles June through December, huge leatherbacks joining them on occasion. Enjoying a privileged location midpoint on the Banderas Bay coast, Puerto Vallarta beaches are beach-goer nirvana, the bay itself offering 34 miles of coastline — and 26 of them beaches! As a rule of thumb, beaches to the north in Nayarit on the Costa Vallarta tend to be longer and wider, the foothills of the Sierra Madre just that little bit further back from the sea than in Jalisco, giving them a different character. South of Puerto Vallarta the mountains actually tumble into the sea in places, so there are lots of small coves and intimate sandy stretches. The water here is deeper and there are fewer people. Sundays are the busiest beach days, the one day of the week that most workers get off and spend with their families. While you might think they would eventually tire of Puerto Vallarta beach-going because they can do it any time they want, Sunday at the beach is a very strong local tradition."


Bullfighting - Attraction -


"Called "Corrida de Toros" in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta bullfights traditionally begin at 5 pm. Each fight has three stages. After the opening parade, the bull is rushed into the arena, where two picadors thrust lances into its shoulders to weaken it. During the second stage, the bandelleras stick long streamered darts into the shoulders to further debilitate the animal. The third part is announced with trumpets that usher in the matador to finish off the bull. The matador dodges and taunts the now-weakened, angry and dying bull with his cape. He does this to bring the bull to a strategic spot in the arena, in front of judges, pretty señoritas or government officials, where he will hopefully deliver the "estocada" (killing sword thrust) into the neck of the bull. Puerto Vallarta bullfights can be seen each Wednesday at 5 pm November through April at the Toros Plaza across from the Maritime Terminal."


Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Attraction - Hidalgo, Puerto Vallarta, JA

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta, JA

"It dominates Puerto Vallarta's skyline in countless postcards, serving as the city’s most recognizable and endearing landmark all over the world. Year after year, it welcomes thousands of Catholics, particularly during an involved 12-day festival known as the Feast of Guadalupe every December. For many, it is a must-visit attraction in our city. For the privileged few who run the place on a day-to-day basis, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is undoubtedly our city's most precious monument, one that we should all endeavor to preserve."


Malecon - Attraction - Paseo Díaz Ordaz, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco


Paseo Díaz Ordaz
Puerto Vallarta, JA

"The Malecon is the mile-long oceanfront boardwalk that runs along the main downtown street. It begins near the first hotel built in Vallarta in the 1940s, the Hotel Rosita, and ends at an open-air theater called "Los Arcos," or The Arches. Along the Malecon visitors can be seen watching the surf from the many benches or taking pictures of the many famous sculptures. On the opposite side of the street many restaurants offer stunning views and are a popular place to watch the sun set over beautiful Banderas Bay."


Tequila - Attraction - Tequila, Tequila, Jalisco, MX


Tequila, Jalisco, MX

"Visit the birth place Tequila in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico"


Punta Mita - Beach -

Punta Mita

"Surrounded on three sides by nine and a half miles of intoxicating beaches, Punta Mita is one of Mexico’s premier communities and foremost resort sanctuary. Its fine collection of Punta Mita real estate properties is distinguished by ocean vistas, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, rejuvenating spa services, array of water sports, superb dining, residential concierge services and the amenities you would expect from a world-class resort destination. Punta Mita is blessed with one of the most pleasant climates in the world. Sharing the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, Punta Mita is kept comfortable year round by gentle sea breezes, and its average summer temperatures are 85° with 75° temperatures during winter months."


Quimixto (South Shore) - Beach -

Quimixto (South Shore)

"Quimixto is about half an hour south of Puerto Vallarta by boat. This is where you will find the only surf break on the south side of the bay. A remote beach and one of the biggest fishing villages on the south part Banderas Bay, there are lots of palapa restaurants where you can hide from the sun and enjoy cold refreshments and a meal. The bonus here is that along with a nice beach you have an interesting town to explore"



"Approximately 45 minutes from the international airport. This is 35 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta taking federal highway number 200 on the north coast of the bay. It is the favorite one to practice surf and an excellent place for those who want to begin practicing this sport."


Yelapa - Beach -


"Nestled in the southernmost cove of the world's 7th largest bay, lies the peaceful village of Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico. Although there is a road which leads to the pueblo, it is most easily accessible by boat. Transportation to the village departs daily from various locations in the Puerto Vallarta area. Yelapa's tranquillity is ideal for those looking to stay, for that entirely laid-back vacation. The beach is covered in a blanket of golden sand, and is a superb place to swim, snorkel, or parasail. If you are not that energetic you can just relax in one of the numerous beach chairs, soak up the sun, and enjoy a cold drink."

Outdoor Activities:

Bike Mex - Outdoor Activities - Guerrero, Puerto Vallarta, JA, Mexico

Bike Mex

Puerto Vallarta, JA, Mexico

"Bike Mex can tailor rides to your level of fitness and ability. He has a technical, single-track ride for the very advanced, local rides for beginners to advanced, and an all-day downhill from San Sebastian. Take the plane one way and ride back for $220, or pay $68 for the round-trip "killer donkey" experience. Excursions include guide, gear (24-speed mountain bikes), and light breakfast and snacks. Multiday excursions can be arranged."

Outdoor Activities:

Bunjee:  Pacific Bunjee - Outdoor Activities - Carretera A Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta, JA, Mexico

Bunjee: Pacific Bunjee

Carretera A Barra de Navidad
Puerto Vallarta, JA, Mexico

"1, 2, 3… Bungee! It is what you will hear right as you jump into an adrenalin filled freefall. An experience that while only lasts a few seconds is without a doubt something you will remember all your life. Only 15 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, near the Hotel President Intercontinental, is Pacific Bungee. Opened in 1993, the bungee jump platform is located on a cliff high above the ocean, which challenges you to jump from 40 meters of height with your body merely held by a couple harnesses and cords."

Outdoor Activities:

Canopy Tour de Los Veranos  - Outdoor Activities - Francisca Rodríguez, Puerto Vallarta, JA

Canopy Tour de Los Veranos

Francisca Rodríguez
Puerto Vallarta, JA

"Vallarta's top canopy tour is Canopy Tour de Los Veranos. Slightly more expensive than its competitors ($79), Los Veranos also has the most zip lines (15), the longest zip line (600 feet), the highest zip line (500 feet off the ground), and the most impressive scenery: crossing the Rio Los Horcones half a dozen times on several miles of cables. Departures are from the office, across from the Pemex station at the south side of Puerto Vallarta, on the hour between 9 and 2, with reduced hours in low season (June through November). It's the only PV tour company that doesn't require helmets. After your canopy tour, there's time to scale the climbing wall, play in the Los Horcones River, eat at the restaurant, or hang out at the bar overlooking the river, but check to make sure that a ride back to town is available."

Outdoor Activities:

Eco Ride - Outdoor Activities - Miramar, Puerto Vallarta, JA

Eco Ride

Puerto Vallarta, JA

"Eco Ride caters to intermediate and expert cyclists. Rides start at the shop and go up the Río Cuale, passing some hamlets along single tracks and dirt roads. A few rides include time at local swimming holes; the Yelapa ride ($130) -- with two 10-km (6-mi) uphills and a 20-km (12-mi) downhill -- returns by boat."

Outdoor Activities:

Los Arcos - Outdoor Activities -

Los Arcos

"NATIONAL UNDERWATER PARK... Los Arcos, "The Arches," are a group of granite rock formations with caves that have been sculpted by the force of the ocean over thousands of years. Beneath the surface of the water, fantastic natural formations are waiting to be explored. From the main arch, where depths range from 30 to 60 feet, a shelf takes you to the edge of a canyon known as The Devil's Drop. Dropping an awesome 1600 feet, this wall marks the beginning of the continental platform. This canyon and El Bajo, the fascinating underwater mountain range, combined with the rich variety of marine life make this a magical dive experience you'll never forget!"

Outdoor Activities:

The Galapagos of the Bay: The Marieta Islands - Outdoor Activities -

The Galapagos of the Bay: The Marieta Islands

"A natural landmark of Banderas Bay, the Marieta Islands are one of the most important places for marine bird watching in México and the eastern Pacific tropics, as well as being a shelter for countless varieties of marine species. This wildlife refuge is a protected natural zone, and its characteristics make it a unique place worthy of visiting and respecting. SCUBA DIVING/SNORKELING The Marietas are without a doubt the place for those interested in scuba diving and snorkeling because of the variety of marine life, with coral and beautiful reef fish dominating, on this “rocky reef.” Each island possesses its own characteristics, each island and each side having their own unique environment. This is why it’s worth hiring a company that offers various options, according to your own interests. It’s also good to know that according to the last scientific study of the islands, it was determined that these islands possess the greatest abundance of reef fish, home to 103 of the 159 registered species in the bay, as well as diverse species of coral. And if this weren’t enough, during the winter divers have said they heard cow-like sounds, but these are nothing more than the song of the whales that use these islands as a natural refuge from predators and ocean currents. Don’t pass up the opportunity to visit this unique environment. Take a morning to go out to “Alconte,” also known as Nuevo Corral del Risco or Punta Mita, where you will find a cooperative organization offering trips to the islands. You’ll be able to visit places such as la bufa (the blowhole), el elefante (the elephant), the morros cuates (the twin friends) and the most famous, playa del amor (lovers’ beach). Help us care for this natural sanctuary by always following the safety precautions, for your own safety and the safety of the wildlife that inhabit these islands."

Outdoor Activities:

Vallarta Bikes  - Outdoor Activities - Francisco Villa, Puerto Vallarta, JA

Vallarta Bikes

Francisco Villa
Puerto Vallarta, JA

"Vallarta Bikes has custom tours of up to 10 days. More common, however, are set itineraries for beginner to advanced cyclists. A three- to four-hour beginner's ride to La Pileta is popular, as the departure point is near the town center and the destination a year-round swimming hole. This easy downhill includes lunch, as do all Vallarta Bikes' tours. The six-hour, 35-km (22-mi) tour to Yelapa is more physical, but the reward is lunch overlooking Yelapa's beautiful beach and returning by water taxi. Owner-guide Alejandro González leads groups whenever possible. He will certainly push you, but don't expect him to hold your hand."