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For the second year in a row, our beautiful Vallarta Botanical Garden (VBG) has been nominated by a panel of experts to compete against 20 of the best public gardens and arboretums in North America for a spot on USA Today's '10 Best' list for 2019.

Known as THE place to go for trusted travel advice, 10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

Anchored by USA Today's award-winning travel website, it encompasses themed lists that explore fun and inspiring getaways, attractions, events and special holiday spots.   In this case, they are searching for the 10 best public and botanical gardens on the continent, and, once again, VBG is the only Botanical Garden in Mexico to have been nominated. To be eligible, all of the gardens must help to promote and conserve the plant diversity of our planet, while showcasing their vast collections in stunning, visitor friendly ways.

A not-for-profit organization started in 2004 with the mission to propagate, study, discover, conserve and display native plants from Mexico and from around the world, the Vallarta Botanical Garden sits on 64 acres of land and is home to a vast diversity of Mexican plant species, including the most visited public collection of orchids in Mexico.

As the Banderas Bay region's most popular living museum, last year, adoring fans voted the VBG into 4th place in USA Today's '10 Best Botanical Gardens in North American' contest, but this year, we are going for The Gold!  You can help us promote the spectacular Garden in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by Clicking HERE to vote for Vallarta Botanical Garden on USA Today's '10 Best Gardens in North America' list for 2019.  Votes may be submitted once a day, every day, until the polls close on Monday, April 22 at noon ET. The winners, chosen by you, will be announced on Friday, May 3.

Source: Banderas News

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The gastronomic festival Restaurant Week announced the list of participating restaurants for the edition that will mark its 15º anniversary in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. 

Participants comprise a wide range of types of cuisine and are located all along Banderas Bay, providing local and foreign diners with the opportunity to taste the varied flavors of the destination at reduced prices. Restaurant Week will be held from May 15 – June 10 and, for the second year in a row, the festival has broken its record for participating restaurants, with 62 establishments preparing for the 2019 edition (the previous record was set in 2018 with 59 restaurants).

Throughout the event, these venues will offer innovative, three-course menus (with three different options each) and will be grouped into three price categories: $289, $399 y $466 MXN per person, which in some cases represent a discount up to 50 %. Note that tips and beverages are not included in these prices.

This year’s 62 participating restaurants are: Amadeo’s Bistró, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Bistro Limón, Bistro Teresa, Bistro Orgánico (Hotel Cielo Rojo), Blanca Blue, Boccon di Vino, Boquería Hidalgo, Café des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos, El Arrayán, El Dorado, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cappella, La Cigale, La Leche, La Palapa, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Bistro Café, Le Kliff, Lobster Paradise, Lupita Mexican & Seafood, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Sapori di Sicilia, Seasons PV, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Beach, Sonora House, Spice Market, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Umai, Venazu and Vitea.  

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta is the second most sought after beach destination for the upcoming Holy Week holiday among national tourists, according to online travel and hotel agency Expedia.

Puerto Vallarta is the second most sought after beach destination for the upcoming Holy Week holiday among national tourists, according to online travel and hotel agency Expedia in their most recent poll, titles “Best and Cheapest Destinations for Holy Week”, where one thousand citizens answered about their preferences for the upcoming vacations.

According to the results, first place goes to Cancun, Quintana Roo, with 28%. However, Puerto Vallarta positioned itself in second place with 16%, overtaking the Riviera Mara (15%). Other favorites for travelers are Tulum (12%), Cabo San Lucas (10%), Acapulco (8%) and Playa del Carmen (7%).

This same poll also revealed how important cost planning is for national tourists when thinking about vacationing. 40% of people polled noted price is the imperative factor when choosing where to travel.

Expedia also revealed the destinations considered cheapest by the public, in this order: Guadalajara, Toluca, Ciudad del Carmen, Veracruz, Puebla, Ciudad de México, Monterrey, León, Tampico, Huatulco.

Source: Vallarta Opina

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Marina Vallarta’s Rotary Club is inviting the public and their pets to the very first ‘Furry Festival’ on April 27 and 28 at the Agustín Flores Contreras Sports Complex starting at 10:00 am.

In a press conference, the organizing staff noted the festival is looking to raise money for Puerto Vallarta’s Control and Help Center & Municipal Shelter (CCAAAM for its initials in Spanish.) The event includes two days of activities for our furry friends, like costume contests, runways, challenges and lectures on diverse subjects with canine and feline specialists. There will also be adopting opportunities during the event.

One of the most interesting activities in the festival will definitely be the ‘Urban Mushing’, which is a bike route, or any other wheeled artifacts, that owners can enjoy with their pets. There are participants attending from out of state for this race alone.

According to the organizers, there will be a family environment, with music, food and drink. To gain access to the festival for both days, there will be a $20 pesos entry fee, while children pay only $10 pesos. Over two thousand people are expected to attend the event.

Source: AZ Noticias

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Holland America Line will offer 20 cruises on three ships in the Mexican Riviera between October 2019 and April 2020.

A seven-day series of itineraries will be offered aboard Oosterdam and Eurodam, while Maasdam’s popular EXC In-Depth Voyages expand to Mexico in 2020. All of the regular season cruises sail roundtrip from San Diego and each itinerary features three Mexican ports of call, including an overnight at Puerto Vallarta. All cruises also include calls at Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Oosterdam kicks off the season Oct. 6, 2019, with one of 14 seven-day cruises offered through April 18, 2020, including two holiday departures Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

Passengers will find an identical itinerary aboard Eurodam Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2019. Cruisers interested in a longer sailing can extend Eurodam’s Oct. 19 voyage by embarking four days earlier at Vancouver for an 11-day cruise that adds a call at Santa Barbara, California.

For an even deeper exploration of the Mexican Riviera, Maasdam’s 12-day EXC In-Depth Voyage departs April 3 and April 15, 2020, and includes seven Mexican ports that rim the Sea of Cortez. Along with Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, guests see La Paz, Loreto, Guaymas and Topolobampo.

Source: Travel Week

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