Chili lovers rejoice: the 6th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 24th from 1-5 pm at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho. This year the chairman for the event is Jim Sullivan.  All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and the community.

It's an "All you can eat" chili feast, featuring recipes from some 16 popular PV area bar restaurants and sponsors - all competing for trophies and bragging rights. There will be two categories of chili judging - one by popular vote from attendees and one by professional judges. Cost is $250 pesos per person. In addition to all of that chili, an order of El Rio's famous smoked riblets and an agua fresca are also included. Regular El Rio menu items will be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by several cookin' musical groups.

Emcees Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp are two of the 22 zany characters from Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy about small towns, small minds and big hearts, now playing at Incanto in Puerto Vallarta.   All 22 characters are portrayed by two men, Tracy Parks and Ron Spencer.  There are 42 lightning fast costume changes in the show which will keep you laughing from start to finish.  For tickets please visit 2 bottles of PATRON Tequila will be raffled off. Bring a non-perishable food item for one free raffle ticket. 1 ticket per donated item. Food will be distributed to those in need.

El Rio BBQ is located in Paso Ancho, in a beautiful setting alongside the Cuale River. Doors open at 1 pm. Directions: from the south or El Centro/Old Town, take the Libramiento through the small tunnel, then turn right at the signal just past the bridge. From the north, turn left at the signal after the large tunnel and just before the bridge. Free parking will be available. The 04 Blue bus from Old Town, which you can catch on Lazaro Cardenas, drops you off at El Rio's front entrance.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any of the event's sponsors, including Steve's Sports Bar and Carol's Boutique, both on Basilio Badillo in Old Town. There's still have space available for a couple of more entries. Anyone interested in participating by making their own 5 gallons of chili, please contact Donna Wong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Puerto Vallarta Hotel Association reports that PV set a new record in hotel occupancy and international arrivals in 2017. The destination, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, had a 75.6 percent occupancy rate for the year of 2017. Similarly, Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR) received 3,093,200 international passengers, according to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, which runs the airport.

Visitors from the United States make up the largest percentage of international arrivals with 50.78 percent, followed by Canadians at 15.62 percent and Europeans at 1.51 percent. National arrivals make up 32.09 percent. Los Angeles (280,812), Dallas (240,927) and Seattle (211,944) are the top origins from the U.S., while Calgary (153,342), Vancouver (118,365) and Toronto (105,001) are the top from Canada. In additional, 293,791 cruise passengers visited Puerto Vallarta in 2017 as 145 cruises called on the city’s port, three more than in 2016. 

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board said it will host its annual tourism tradeshow Gala Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit from February 12-13, the largest tourism industry event in Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit started 23 years ago as a way to grow business for Puerto Vallarta’s hotels and tour operators; in 2006 the event expanded to include Riviera Nayarit properties and tourism offerings.

This year, over 95 hotels from both destinations and 500 travel professionals will participate in Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit with over 1,027 appointments already confirmed. Almost 70 wholesalers, 40 from the U.S. and Canada, are confirmed to attend, including representatives from Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines Vacations, Apple Vacations, Best Day Travel, Book it, Delta Vacations, Expedia, Gran Plan Aeroméxico,, Southwest Vacations, Sunwing Vacations, West Jet Vacation and others. A delegation of national and international travel industry media will also be in attendance.

Read more about how to get to Vallarta and its hotels.

Source: Travel Agent Central



Starting on the 14th of March and through the 18th, Puerto Vallarta will host the National Stand Up Paddle Championships, which will count with approximately 80 competitors. The event will serve as a pre-selection round for the Panamerican Championships in Lima, the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro and eventually the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where this discipline will make its olympic debut.

At a press conference, led by the director of the Municipal Sports Council (COMUDE), José Amador Hernández Madrigal, the details of this championship were announced. The event is a championship and festival, allowing people to enjoy the sport as a spectator or competitor.

The municipal official indicated that it is the first event of the year for Staund-up Paddle Boarding and will be headquartered in Puerto Vallarta, in addition to a day of competition in Quimixto, Cabo Corrientes. He indicated that this is an important competition, integrating the national team for the World Cup in Brazil and the Pan American Games of Lima, which will be qualifiers for the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, where paddle will be debuting as an Olympic sport.

Felix Garcia, technical director of the Association, said that Puerto Vallarta is the best scenario for this national meeting, which will be held at Camarones beach and will also be visible on the Malecón. You will have the Carrera Larga (18 Kilometers), starting the circuit at the height of Uruguay Street to Holi Beach, from there to Conchas Chinas and back to the starting point with two laps.

Read more about surfing and other sports in Puerto Vallarta.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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The 2018 edition of the Traveler's Chocie Awards included several hotels, restaurants and beaches from Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in its Top lists. Some of these lists include Top 25 Hotels, Luxury Hotels, Beaches, among others. It's important to note these awards are incredibly reputable thanks to being chosen by the public through their opinions on Trip Advisor. The hotels, beaches and restaurants included in these lists are detailed below:

Top 10 Destinations in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta (3rd place)

Top 25 Hotels in Mexico:  Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta (6th place), Playa Escondida (17th), St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita (18th), Hotel Mousai, Puerto Vallarta (21st), Sunset Plaza Beach, Puerto Vallarta (25th).

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico: St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita (5th place), Hotel Mousai, Puerto Vallarta (10th), Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta (12th), Four Seasons Resort, Punta de Mita (24th).

Top 10 Beaches Mexico:  Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Nuevo Vallarta (7th place).

Top 10 Restaurants in Mexico:  Le Kliff, Puerto Vallarta (4th place), Cafe des Artistes, Puerto Vallarta (5th), Tuna Blanca, Punta de Mita (7th), La Leche, Puerto Vallarta (8th).

 As you can see, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit remain among the best travel destinations in Mexico for tourists, as these awards are the only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. 

Read more about beaches, hotels and restaurants in Vallarta and the Bay area.

Source: Trip Advisor

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This friday, February 9th, will mark the start of the 3rd annual Book Fair at Plaza de Armas in Puerto Vallarta, the event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until the 18th of this month. There are 40 editorials confirmed to attend offering books at a reduced price, and there will also be workshops for kids Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Through the Third Reading Fair (or Book Fair), Vallarta's residents and visitors alike will have acces to thousands of books at a reduced price, as well as workshops and other activities, at the Plaza de Armas  from the 9th thorugh the 18th of February. Over 40 publishers are confirmed to participate offering books with discounts of up to 60% of the regular price, according to the spokesperson for Vallarta's Cultural Institute, Fernando Sánchez Aceves.

Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Armando Soltero, proposer and founder of the fair, the program has gained strentgh and this year in particular the academic community will see its presence strengthened with many university level theses available at the fair. 'We have expanded our invitation to university students working on theses related to Vallarta and the 100 years of our municipality, this means the fair is among the events contributing to the general program,' said Sánchez Aceves.

Among the activities within the fair, there are book signings, readings and lectures, such as the one by Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus with 'The Ocean and its Resources'; Luis González y González, Carmen Anaya, Rosa María Chávez, Raúl Gibrán, Fernando Félix Baños, among others. The fair special guest will be Jalisco's own Jaime Yáñez, who will also be offering lectures and workshops for poetry writers of all ages.

Read more about What To Do in Puerto Vallarta.

Source: Vallarta Independiente (Spanish)


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