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Puerto Vallarta has a special hidden paradise waiting for those that want to get away from the big city rat race and everyday stress, a quiet, beautiful place, surrounded by nature and bathed by the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

This ideal place we are talking about is Yelapa, a small town just 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental.
The word Yelapa is of Purepecha origin and means "place where waters become a pond or come together."



The tranquility and privacy provided by this fishing village has been very attractive for many artists and writers from around the world. It is so beautiful that there are several that have decided to make this their permanent residence, that way they can enjoy the daily inspiration that comes in the combination of sea, nature and mountains.

Yelapa, a hidden paradise

If you want to get from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa you can do so by sea and it is the easiest way to get there, plus it’s a nice trip, you can do so either by a water taxi or another boat. Some of the sea taxis leave from Playa Los Muertos and others from Boca de Tomatlan. The trip to beautiful Yelapa is 45 minutes long from Puerto Vallarta and around 30 minutes from Boca de Tomatlan.

This place has so many wonders that one day is not enough to explore them all, its thick and beautiful jungle is the home to creatures that include parrots and iguanas and the river El Tuito plus two impressive waterfalls.

There are a variety of activities to enjoy while in Yelapa. Among these we can mention fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, swimming, paragliding, horseback riding, buying local Mexican crafts and more. If you prefer a more adventurous experience, Yelapa is also ideal for camping, exploring in the jungle, boating or just lying on the sand under a palapa or enjoying the sunshine.

If you prefer, rustic restaurants also abound by the beach where you can delight your palate with delicious dishes prepared with the fresh local fish and seafood, don’t forget to order a delicious raicilla specially made in Yelapa. Maybe during the night you can also spend an evening right there in the very same restaurants, but in a more romantic setting, since the lack of electricity makes them use candles for lighting, so this, and the mesmerizing moonlight reflected in the sea will make sure you enjoy an unforgettable night.

Yelapa, a quiet and beautiful place

For those who love nature, Yelapa has so much to offer, it is at night where you really notice the abundance and diversity of the local wildlife. You’ll will see a lot of insects, including the flashes of the firefly’s romantic calls, you will see bats flying around eating of the bountiful insect population, crabs that come out of their underground caves to find food by the streams and on the beach, birds, crickets, cicadas , toads and frogs that chant incessantly, the sound of the jungle is varied, constant and fascinating. Spending a night in Yelapa is a prize and an opportunity not to be missed if nature is your thing.

If you are considering staying the night, there are some small rustic hotels like the Hotel Lagunita, where you can have a pleasant and romantic stay, remember, electricity here is a luxury and at night candles will be your guide. If you want to go dancing during your stay, visit the Yacht Club and enjoy the all night party.

So now you know, if you want a different experience, to be in contact with nature, a place where even cellphones don’t spoil the show, Yelapa is the ideal place. There are trips that include meals and in some cases even diving equipment that start off from Vallarta, so there is really no reason to miss the opportunity to visit this little piece of hidden Mexican Pacific paradise.

Once again the month of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta is almost here, bringing with it the reward of great tasting food and fabulous gourmet experiences. This year it'll be held from November 8 till the 18th and will be held both in Puerto Vallarta as in the Riviera Nayarit.

Festival Gourmet XVIII, 2012

1995 was the first year the Festival Gourmet was held, the result of a conversation between Thierry Blouet from Café des Artistes, Heinz Reize from Hotel Krystal and Silvan Müller of Nestlé. This conversation led to the idea of promoting Vallarta's vibrant gourmet scene and the excellent local restaurants for the world to see.

The 10 day gourmet festival the last 17 years has enriched both the local gastronomic activity and has made Puerto Vallarta a destination with more than the normal appeal of a Mexican beach town.

In 1995 the first festival was held with six 5 star hotels and six local restaurants in the roster, each with an invited guest chef. Until this day, the format hasn't changed, each host restaurant brings an invited chef, but now the participants are much closer to 30 each year.

The invited chefs work together with the local masters, both at the hotels and the local restaurants, creating new and superb quality dishes, that'll make this a one in a kind happening.

Visit the official site to reserve your space in the various events.
Festival Gourmet 2012 Program

Welcome to this unforgettable "Fiesta!!

Virgin America has started flying between San Francisco (SFO) & Puerto Vallarta's International Airport (PVR) on Friday, Dec 2, 2011.

Virgin America now flies to Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta was recently voted the best Mexican holiday by USA News & World and the northern neighbor resort destination, Riviera Nayarit, was named the newest celebrity hot spot worldwide by Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Virgin America onboard facilities

Virgin America offers many onboard facilities.

You can watch free TV or listen to music on the individual screen at every plane seat. You can also order drinks or food from the screen. There are plugs for laptops and WiFi is available onboard for a fee.

Virgin Airline Fares

How much will it cost to take Virgin America on a trip south of the border?
Flights between San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta start at $119 dollars, you must add to this price: taxes, restrictions & fees.

Virgin America flies Airbus planes to Puerto Vallarta

We continue to see strong demand for Mexico travel and we’re pleased to launch new service to these historic and world-class destinations.  With unrivalled service and amenities, we hope that our new flights will allow travelers to kick off their Mexican vacations in style –  from the minute they step onboard one of our aircraft,” stated David Cush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America.

Virgin America strives to offer travelers a unique flying experience, the same way Puerto Vallarta offers visitors a unique and memorable vacation, unlike any other, said Salvador González Resendiz, Mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is the perfect location for their newest warm weather destination. We look forward to complement Virgin America's excellent services.

Located on Mexico's Pacific coast, where the states of Jalisco and Nayarit come together, Puerto Vallarta continues to be one of Mexico's hottest destinations with a rich cultural tradition and town, a historical cobblestone center, family-friendly attractions and 1st first class hotels, resorts and facilities.

Puerto Vallarta was named Friendliest City by Conde Nast Magazine and an estimated 3 million travellers visit it annually. Riviera Nayarit, located close by to the North in the state of Nayarit is currently Mexico's most fashionable destination. The Riviera stretches along 192 miles of the Pacific coast, surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just 10 min north of Puerto Vallarta's International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit & includes places such as Nuevo Vallarta in the Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas), the historic colonial town of San Blas, the very exclusive Punta Mita, that offers top-notch resorts and golf and picturesque fishing villages plus a California favorite: the surfing village of Sayulita.

We are pleased to welcome the new Virgin America flights from San Francisco, said Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Riviera Nayarit guests will discover & enjoy a unique holiday experience, complemented by pristine beaches, luxurious accommodations plus excellent service.

If you don't fly virgin, you're in for a treat.

Puerto Vallarta is a place full of attractions for all tastes and ages, but if you want to enjoy a true Mexican experience, then you should visit Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone or also known as Viejo Vallarta (Old Vallarta Town), the right place to enjoy a tasty bit of Old Mexico.

Its picturesque cobbled streets and tree flanked streets are the perfect companions and guides on a tour of the galleries, hotels, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants this romantic area of Vallarta has to offer.

Viejo Vallarta or Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone (Zona Romántica)

In the Viejo Vallarta you can find everything, excellent hangouts like Cuates y Cuetes, a now traditional location to spend the day at the beach, relaxing and enjoying a cold cocktail, or if you prefer some beer, at this place you’ll find the famous (or is it infamous) "buckets" (cubetas), they are literally buckets of ice cold beer in a bucket of ice and water. You can also visit a nice place called Época, where you can relax under the shade of a palapa and savor a delicious margarita and enjoy the view. If you like to treat yourself to a delicious Mexican dish, you will find a wide variety of options that will surely satisfy your craving, or if you are looking for a delicious international cuisine dinner or share some quality time with your friends here in the Viejo Vallarta, there are many small local restaurants where the food is practically homemade, all the way up to gourmet restaurants where meals are prepared by local or celebrity chefs from around the country and the world.

For a casual, but delicious dining experience, can go to Fajita Republic, for example, where you can find all kinds of fajitas made from chicken, beef, seafood, lobster and even vegetarian fajitas… if you can imagine that, or another great place is the restaurant Café de Olla, both are notably popular when it comes to Mexican or Mexican inspired food.

 If you are looking for a place for your breakfast, Freddy Tucan o El Ándale are ideal and famous in the area, just ask around if you don’t believe us. If you prefer you can enjoy an evening with a scrumptious Italian dinner, you can find that either at La Piazzetta (Rodolfo Gomez 143 - (322) 222-0650, at Pizza Nostra (Francisca Rodriguez 150 - (322) 223-0703) or the Trattoria Michel on Olas Altas 507 ((322) 223-2060).

You can also enjoy a walk in the pleasant Vallarta weather and enjoy the beautiful sunsets by the beach. When the sun has slipped below the horizon it is common to crave a cold delicious drink and then take off to a night club in the area, no need to even search, bars and clubs abound in the Zona Romántica, so just stay in the area and enjoy.

At night, the fun never stops, and once you're ready to enjoy a delicious drink to start off the evening, it is important to not miss the opportunity to savor a famous Tequila, the most famous of the Mexican liquors and proudly Made in Jalisco, which you can undoubtedly find in any of the bars or clubs you visit, if they don’t feel free to move along to a real bar/club. Do not hesitate to take the traditional shot of tequila (caballito de Tequila), a short glass of pure quality tequila (Don Julio, Centenario, Herradura, are good brands), not the bad tequila you normally find around the world, which has to be forced down with salt and lemon, rather the pure delicate distillate that you drink slowly, enjoying the taste and smoothness of liquor in each sip.

Of course this Viejo Vallarta could not lack an artistic side too. For those who enjoy and truly admire (an like to purchase) beautiful crafts and arts, the romantic section of ??Puerto Vallarta has a corridor that includes more than fifteen art galleries and is held once a week from October to April, the so-called “Art Walk”. These galleries feature diverse exhibits, where you can find everything from classic pieces of Mexican art to completely contemporary art creations.

As mentioned, this beautiful area of ??Puerto Vallarta has something to please the expectations and tastes of each and every one of the visitors. Without doubt, a stroll around the romantic Old Town area will complement and even complete your visit, making it a truly unique trip where you’ll experience and grasp a little of the essence of the heart of Puerto Vallarta, not only the typical and sometimes bland all-inclusive TV dinner prepackaged trip.

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