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Coming up this April 26-29, Punta Mita will host the the inaugural Golf Kitchen event, featring chefs from some of the most prestigious Golf Clubs and Resorts in the USA and Mexico.

This event combines gourmet dining events and a golf tournament over three nights and four days in Punta Mita, Mexico — think of it as a spring version of our super-popular Gourmet & Golf Festival! Punta Mita Executive Chef Pato Pérsico will be the host Chef for the event, joined by the Executive Chefs and teams from Sebonack Golf Club, Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, Sankaty Head Golf Club, Winged Foot Golf Club, and Club Bosque Real. Specialties of each participating Club’s cuisine will be featured in a variety of exclusive culinary lunches, dinners, and a gala dine-around tasting pool party.

The two-day Golf Kitchen CupPro-Am will take place on both of Punta Mita’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses – Bahia and Pacifico, and will join a Chef from each Golf Club with each foursome. The event is organized by Golf Kitchen magazine. in conjunction with Punta Mita, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, and the Riviera Nayarit Tourism Board.

Special packages are available for the full event including accommodations, or for golf+dining, or dining only options — with Punta Mita residents receiving a 25% discount. Full details and reservations are available at the Punta Mita Golf Kitchen website, or,  contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read more about dining in Vallarta here.

Source: Live Punta Mita

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Online magazine Vallarta Lifestyles has published an article highliting several international photographers who have chosen our beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta as their permanent place of residence. Here's an excerpt from the article:

Although diverse reasons brought them to this region of the Pacific, these photographers have four things in common: they come from abroad, they are passionate about photographythey love life inMexico and they dedicate a good part of their time to capturing moments, landscapes and elements of local culture through their lenses. Vallarta Lifestyles approached them to learn more about their motivations for residing in Vallarta · Nayarit, as well as to understand how their photographic style is related to their daily life. In a way, their work reflects that extraordinary phenomenon experienced by visitors admiring our port’s beauty for the first time.

You can read a small profile for each photographer over at Vallarta Lifestyles.

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Starting today Thursday, April 5th, La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, is celebrating the 2018 Jaguar Cup. The Club is located in San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

This Cup is part of the Circuito de Polo del Pacífico, endorsed by the Mexican Polo Federation, bringing together two world-class venues on the coasts of Nayarit and Jalisco on two different dates: Costa Careyes Polo Club and La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club. The 19th Agua Alta Cup took place during Holy Week (March 24-31) in Careyes, Jalisco; the 4th Jaguar Cup will take place during Easter Week (April 5-8) in San Pancho, Nayarit. The 1st Pacific Polo Circuit is an initiative of Alberto Ardissone, creator of the Agua Alta Cup, together with Thomas Elliot, Rafa Sproulz, Giorgio Brignone, Martín Arriague, and Froylán Caballero; the latter is the director of the Mexico Polo Tour.

The teams seeking the Jaguar Cup are comprised of players from Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Francisco Nayarit, Monterrey), Argentina, Portugal and Guatemala. The trophy is a jaguar sculpture created by Huichol artists from San Pancho. Thomas Elliot, Equestrian Director for La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, informed there will be six teams participating in the Agua Alta Cup and four in the Jaguar Cup, with a handicap of 5 to 7 goals. The teams participating in La Patrona include: Esteta Polo, Costeñito, Agua Alta and La Patrona, with four players each who will be using at least 80 horses for the duration of the tournament.

The matches will be played behind closed doors on Thursday, April 5th. On Friday they will enjoy sightseeing within the Riviera Nayarit during the day, followed by a cocktail for the teams’ formal presentation. The polo semifinals will take place on Saturday as will the Spring Polo Picnic with live music and paella, as will the After Polo presented by Tequila San Matías Cristal. That evening the players will enjoy the best of San Pancho’s gastronomy. The traditional Sunday Polo Brunch will take place on Sunday, April 8th, with live music, as will the Subsidiary Final, the Jaguar Cup Grand Finale, and the Awards Ceremony for the participating teams.

Read more about sports and other activities in Puerto Vallarta

Source: Live Punta Mita

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According to an article published by the news site Business Insider, Mexico (and specifically Vallarta) ranked number one in places where Americans want vacation homes.

In an article titled 30 places Google Says Americans want to buy vacation homes, from Canada to Argentina, published by the Business Insider, Mexico ranked number one, with an affordable average home sale price of $40,275 USD. Additionally, Puerto Vallarta was highlighted as the most sought-after location for vacation home in the country, with the most Google searches at 10,230.

Other popular second home destinations are Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Belize. You can read the complete article here.

According to the business news source, approximately 14% of realtorsrespondents in the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of International Activity in US Residential Real Estate said they had aUS client seeking to buy a property abroad and 87 % of those clients sought to use that property as a vacation home.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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According to José Guadalupe García's report for news site AZ Noticias, Puerto Vallarta is held a 100% occupancy rate for the Semana Santa and Easter 2018 season.

In an interview with AZnoticias.mx, Ludwig Estrada Virgen, Regional Director for Jalisco's Secretary of Tourism, mentiones that just as in previous years, the tourist influx for the destination has been surpassed with 25 thousand hotel rooms counting as registered. Ludwig also said the increase in visitors can be attributed to people visiting family members and friends in our port, people coming over to their beach houses for the holiday and taking advantage of timeshares.

The Regional Director also noted that the occupancy was registered from this past Wednesday (March 28th) until Saturday, March 31st, with most tourists expected to start leaving on Easter Sunday. He also pointed out that the economic benefits for these past two weeks will reach $500,000,000 (five hundred million) pesos, overtaking the $422,000,000 for the same period in 2017.

'There's enough for everyone, and we're really a tourist destination where everyone is welcome,' reiterated Ludwig. Finally, he added that March will close with an 85% occupancy rate, also higher than last year's 82% for March.

Check out our Accomodations guide for details on options available in Vallarta.

Source: AZ Noticias (Spanish)