Versalles: Mountain view in PV

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Do you love mountain views just as much or maybe even more than an ocean view? This sunny 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the up and coming Versalles neighborhood offers the perfect walkable lifestyle.

With amazing restuarants, cafes, and shopping, Versalles is becoming a fantastic neighborhood that is attracting creative entrepreneuers. This unit is in a secure building with lovely pool, and just a short 5 minute drive to the Holiday Inn beach. Minutes from downtown PV, this home offers the best of both worlds at a fabulous price! $179,900 USD

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Agua Fresca: All you need to know!

As the weather starts to warm up, I thought it might be fun to feature a beverage that is very much at the center of Mexican culture.  Literally translated to “fresh water” in English, agua fresca is a blend of fresh fruit, water, and sweetener. You will find this drink on 99% of menus in town. In fact, if you ask your server for “agua”, they will probably assume you would like a fruit-based agua fresca and not just plain water. In Puerto Vallarta, ordering a plain glass of water should be done like this: “Agua natural, por favor.”


Perhaps the most well known agua fresca here in Puerto Vallarta is Agua de Jamaica. Surely, you have seen someone enjoy a glass of this ruby red colored refreshment.

agua fresca jamaica puerto vallarta

Jamaica, pronounced Ha-My-Kah, is the tea made from dried hibiscus flowers. You can find bags of the dried flowers in any grocery store or small corner market. To make your own at home, bring 12 cups of water to a boil. Then add 1 cup of hibiscus/jamaica flowers. Turn off flame, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes. Scoop out the flowers, and stir in half a cup of sugar or the sweetener of your choice! Then let your hot tea cool down. Store in the refrigerator and serve over a tall glass of ice.

Agua de Jamaica is just one of hundreds of different agua fresca varieties that you can find in Puerto Vallarta. Some of my absolute favorites are watermelon, lime, passionfruit, tamarind, guava, pineapple, and mango. The list goes on and on as any fruit that you can imagine can be made into this delicious beverage.

Have you tried agua fresca here in Puerto Vallarta? What is your favorite seasonal flavor? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! – Christina

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PV Malecon Reopening Phase 0

Puerto Vallarta’s beloved Malecon Boardwalk takes the first step towards reopening. As the state of Jalisco rolls out Phase 0 of its economic reintegration plan, we see certain businesses starting to open their doors once again. The PV malecon reopening is a sign that we are beginning our slow and steady journey back to “normal”, or should I say the ‘new normal”.

The PV Malecon reopening is not a full response to opening tourism. It is just being opened on the east side of the boardwalk so that patrons can access restaurants that are on the malecon.

pv malecon reopening 2020

There will still be police tape blocking off access to the central and western portions of the malecon where the bike lane and statues are.  This is in effort to keep crowds from heading back into downtown PV too quickly.

Restaurants like Cerveceria Union will be opening their doors to the public, while taking measures to keep patrons and employees safe. Customers can expect to see less tables available in hopes of keeping a safe distance between everyone. Gone are the days of central napkin holders and communal bucket-style utensil holders on tables. All flatware and linens are brought out on an individual basis to tables. And your server will be wearing a facemask during the first phases of Reopening.

It’s nice to see Vallarta is being cautious and has our best interest as residents in mind. They are being very proactive and taking the right steps at the right to speed to ensure a safe reopening for all of us. I look forward to heading downtown to stroll the mini-malecon we have back again. In good Vallarta fashion, we are in no rush.

What do you think about the PV Malecon Reopening? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! – Christina

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La Desembocada: the Perfect Day Trip to the River

One of my family’s favorite day trips is to a fantastic river town called La Desembocada. This quaint village sits on the gorgeous Mascota River, a relatively short river that is born 20 miles away in the town of Mascota, Jalisco. I highly recommend a day trip to this breathtaking area. It’s just a 40 minute drive from downtown PV, through rolling farmlands.

La Desembocada Mascota River Jalisco

The main attraction of the La Desembocada area is the river. Families love to make a day of lounging by the river by bringing extensive picnic supplies, music, and a lounge chair or two. Kids cliff jumping off the rocks are part of the ambiance of a good river day. My kids really loved the time spent in nature. The further upstream you head, the less people you will see. We have a trusty old pickup truck with 4 WD that helps us cross the river to reach spots less frequented. There are even hot springs up river that are just amazing! This could be the perfect camping spot as well.

In Puerto Vallarta, rivers are a part of life both literally and figuratively. The best time of year to enjoy the river is Springtime when the water is calm, less cold, and air temperatures are warm! Once the rains start in mid-June, swimming in rivers is not advisable. Just one look at a raging, muddy river will tell you why. As the Summer turns to Fall and the rains become more sporadic, it is still risky to swim in rivers as currents are still strong and you never know if rainstorms further up the river can create flash flood type swellling. I hope you all enjoy the last couple weeks of Springtime here in Puerto Vallarta and get a lovely river day in!

Have you ever been to La Desembocada? What is your favorite river in the Bay? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! – Christina

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Flights to Puerto Vallarta Resume

The airlines are scheduling more and more flights to hopefully take advantage of summer travel plans. Vallarta is preparing for the return of tourism in the coming months as we see the arrival of international visitors once again!

Here is the list of airlines that have announced their new itineraries:

· Aeromar
Starting June 1st, 2020, Aeromar will resume its daily operations in Guadalajara and Mexico City.

· Aeroméxico
During the month of May 2020, they have offered three weekly flights to Mexico City. It is expected that as of June 1st, 2020, the frequency will be daily.

· Air Canada
Air Canada is expected to restart operations on July 4th, 2020, with one direct flight to Vancouver per week.

· Air Transat
Air Transat will return to Vallarta · Nayarit in the first week of July 2020 with a frequency of three departures to Vancouver per week.

· Alaska Airlines
Service to Los Angeles will continue as of May 31st, 2020.

· American Airlines
Daily service to Dallas.

· Copa Airlines
It is expected that Copa Airlines will resume operations on December 2020, with two direct trips to Panama per week.

· Delta Airlines
Starting June 2020, Delta Airlines will resume operations with a gradual increase in weekly departures to Los Angeles.

· Interjet
With two weekly flights to Mexico City, they are expected to resume daily operations starting in the second week of June 2020.

· Magnicharters
Magnicharter’s operations are expected to begin on June 11th, 2020, with daily flights to Monterrey and two weekly flights to Mexico City.

· Southwest Airlines
It is expected that Southwest Airlines will resume operations on October 8th, with a daily flight to Houston and a new route, Phoenix.

· Suncountry
Suncountry will resume activities on July 2020, with two weekly flights to Dallas that will gradually increase to one daily.

· Sunwing
With plans to return to our destination on the second week of October 2020, Sunwing provides connectivity to cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

· TAR Aerolíneas
Starting June 1st, 2020, flights to cities such as Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí will be provided by TAR Airlines.

· United Airlines
Will resume operations during the first week of June 2020.

· VivaAerobus
With two weekly trips to Monterrey and Mexico City, VivaAerobus’ activities will increase to daily service as of June 1st, 2020.

· Volaris
Currently, Volaris operates four weekly flights to Mexico City and two weekly flights to Tijuana, and will increase the frequency as of June 1st, 2020.

· Westjet
Westjet direct flights to Vancouver are expected to return the first week of July 2020.

Do you have any flights scheduled this summer? When will you be back in PV? I would love to hear from you below in the comments! – Christina

Ice Cream in PV, My Top 3 spots!

As the weather starts to warm up, it’s natural to crave a nice ice-cold treat in the afternoon. For some it’s an afternoon cocktail or frosty beer, for me it’s an afternoon ice cream cone! I just love a homemade, artisan ice cream. I thought I would share with you all my Top 3 options for great ice cream in PV!


pericos ice cream puerto valalrta

Pericos has amazing ice cream! They have two convenient locations on both the north section of the malecon across from Ley supermarket, and inside of Plaza Caracol. Hand-made locally, Pericos offers some of the most incredible flavors. You must try the Chocolate Tequila flavor, just wow! They have been making deliveries during quarantine, and have brought liters of hapiness into my home!



lix ice cream puerto vallarta

Located on the most happening street (Basilio Badillo) in all of Puerto Vallarta, Lix is an iconic  ice cream stop. This adorable dessertery offers small batch, locally made ice cream. It is absolutely delicious! Lix is also run by the owners of the Xocodiva chocolatier shop, so they are veritable pros when it comes to sweets. As you stroll Basilio Badillo in the afternoon, stop in for an icecream cone to take to the beach for sunset, there’s nothing better!


ice cream puerto vallarta

These chic little cafes offer some yummy Italian gelato! Pair your ice cream with an Italian espresso and enjoy the people watching from their malecon and Romantic Zone locations. I love their Ferrero Rocher flavor, which is a take on the delicious little chocolates in the golden wrappers!

Vegan Paradice

vegan ice cream la cruz puerto vallarta

Okay, I couldn’t resist. One more bonus option!! Vegan Paradice is an amazing vegan ice cream shop in downtown La Cruz de Hunacaxtle. If you’re in PV, I highly recommend taking the 50 minute drive north to La Cruz to try some of their unique flavors. Activated Charcoal and Turmeric are just a few of the artisan flavors you can’t miss!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I would love to hear from you in the comments below! – Christina

Vallarta’s Reintegration Plan

First off, I hope that this finds you and your loved ones well, and minimally impacted by the events of this global health situation. At a time when CLEAR information comes at a premium, and it can sure be hard to come by, we wanted to offer a translated report for the policy released by the Governor of Jalisco regarding the first stage of Economic Reintegration for the state.

Known as “Phase 0,” this will go into effect today Monday, May 18th, and intimately impacts Puerto Vallarta and the businesses that we know and love here in town.

During Phase 0, we are trying to slowly reopen certain sectors while maintaining our low numbers of infections, postive diagnoses, and mortality rates.

While reintegration begins, the state still urges people to stay home that are considered at risk. There will be scaled hours at workplaces so that public transportation isnt overwhelmed with crowds at typical rush hours. Ubers will ask passengers to wear masks and please sit in the back seat to give drivers some space.

Reintegration will cover three segments of the economy. The essential service sector is open but being asked to operate at half its work force to avoid germ dispersal. The commercial and professional sector is slowly coming back in to service as well. Hotels will be able to open with common areas closed while we are in Phase 0. Masks are still obligatory in public spaces. Churches are still closed. Beaches, parks, and plazas will be reopening during Phase 1 which starts on June 1 st.

We are slowly putting the pieces back together and creating our “new normal”. It’s still going to be wonderful, everyone! We can’t wait to see you down here.

Is your hometown starting its reintegration proccess? How is it panning out for you? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!