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Isla Isabel is a nature sanctuary in Nayarit located in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla about 70 kilometers off the coast of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit. It's a Biosphere Reserve as well as a National Park with mountains and cliffs that offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

For travelers that value close contact with nature, Isla Isabel is a paradise with spectacular underwater landscapes and a fantastic diversity of marine species and birds extending across some two thousand square kilometers.

This is home to the Blue-Footed Booby and the Yellow-Footed Brown Booty, although occasionally a Red-Footed Booby can also be sighted. The most numerous, however, are the common frigate birds (Fragata magnificens). Many bird species depend on the island as their only nesting ground, which is why this place has become a refuge for these endemic species.

The underwater life just as amazing: manta rays, humpback whales, the unique whale shark, and beautiful coral can be found here, as well as 79 species of fish—all awaiting recreational and professional divers. And there aren’t very many coral reefs in this part of the world, so this island a priceless treasure.

National Park and Protected Area
Isla Isabel was declared a National Park in 1980, a Protected Natural Area in the year 2000, and a Ramsar Site (a wetland of international importance) in 2003. The first man ever recorded to have set foot on the island was French sea captain Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars (August 3, 1793 – March 16, 1864) back in 1863. The story of his visit can be found in his memoir titled Voyage Around the World Aboard the Frigate Venus.

Among the top activities to be enjoyed are whale and dolphin watching, swimming with the whale sharks, hiking, birdwatching, sport fishing, snorkeling, star gazing, camping, and more.

You can visit our Biodiversity in Vallarta and its surrounding areas page for more info!

Source: Vallarta Daily

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Puerto Vallarta is ready to welcome the thousands of turists that will arrive in our shores to enjoy their Holy Week and Easter holidays. In 2017, PV solidified itself as a favorite during this holiday with a 100% hotel occupancy rate for Semana Santa.

With over 12,400 hotel rooms, Puerto Vallarta is ready to receive the thousands of tourists who will be at the destination during the Easter and Holy Week vacation. It is expected that the popular Mexican Pacific town will register a 95% hotel occupancy during Holy Week and peeking to 100% March 29, 30 and 31.

The projection translates into an economic income of over $730 million pesos, according to data from the Tourism Secretariat of Jalisco (Secturjal) .

In 2017, Puerto Vallarta welcomed 4,522,800 visitors, of which 1,430,000 belonged to the national market and over 3 million from international travelers. Puerto Vallarta is one of the top choices for national tourists who decides to take advantage of the last holiday season before summer. Vacationers are attracted to the warmth of its people, its excellent cuisine of international stature, outdoor activities, beaches, the mountains and its unique sunsets.

You can read more about Vallarta's attractions in our guide.

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Last month, on Saturday, February 24th, El Rio BBQ held their 6th Annual Chili Cook Off, a incredibly successful event with more than 15 participants, emcees Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp from Greater Tuna, and $101,000 pesos raised going to several local charities!

Another beautiful Saturday at Kurt Sinner’s El Rio BBQ along the Rio Cuale in Paso Ancho. Hollis again did an outstanding job on the riblets this year.

The Jay Sadler Project, sponsor of the fund-raising event raised $101,000 pesos, thanks to our participants: 104.3 wake up show on Saturday morning with Michael Nolan, Radio Universidad Guadalajara 9 to 11, Anglers Anonymous, Captain Don’s Sports Bar, Casa Anita and Corona Del Mar, D’Z Route 66 Diner, El Torito Sports Bar, Escondida Sports Bar, Kelly’s Pour Favor, Lighthouse Specialty Foods, Luke’s Bar, Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon, Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Sports Bar, Navy League/R.I.S.E. and Torpedos Football Americano. In addition, PV Cupcakes donated $4,180 pesos from the event to charities. Sponsors:  Print PV, Patron Tequila, StratosMedia Vallarta 

Emcees were Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp. 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 www.incantovallarta.com.

Popularity Vote: 1st Place - Nacho Daddy - Chili #3, 2nd Place - Hotel Casa Anita - Chili #2, 3rd Place - Escondida Sports Bar - Chili #13 

Professional Judging Vote: 1st Place - Captain Dons – Chili #12, 2nd Place - American Legion/Anglers Anonymous – Chili #9, 3rd Place - Nacho Daddy – Chili #3

Music provided by: Zoe Lewis, Mikki Prost, Da Crew and The Texas Embassy Blues Band featuring vocalist Sean Moore

All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and the community:

Estancia Sabrina Projecto Busca un Amigo A.C. – Day care center for children with disabilities. 

DIF New Life Home for Boys – Young boys who have had a troubled past. DIF is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families. This year one boy was awarded a full scholarship to Monterrey Institute of Technology to play football. 

The REFUGIO INFANTIL SANTA ESPERANZA (Children’s Shelter of Hope), also known as R.I.S.E. has given children in Puerto Vallarta, hope for a better life. R.I.S.E. is a non-profit shelter for babies and children up to the age of 14 who have been turned over by DIF. DIF is a Mexican government organization that protects the rights of children. Scholarships to play Torpedos American Football.

Torpedos American Football A.C. – Pop Warner youth football for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Donations are made for equipment. 

Jay Sadler Community Relations Projects A.C.– In 2017, 30 projects were completed and in 2016 18 projects. During the past 5 years 100 projects. www.jaysadlerproject.com  

Anglers Anonymous is a non-profit fishing club located on the Central Coast of California with memberships all the way to the San Joaquin Valley. The initial objective is to bring 4 to 6 veterans American/Canadian combat vets plus one sponsor to Puerto Vallarta for 5 days of FISHING AND R&R. Arrive Wednesday July 25th and depart Monday July 30th. Wayne Lucas of Luke’s Bar is working with the Canadian police association on this project. The Jay Sadler Project has pledged $20,000 pesos in support. Jeff Dana, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is leading the effort in Puerto Vallarta. Stan Francis who finished 2nd in the Popularity Vote provided the chili. 100% of proceeds raised goes toward putting veterans on boats for a full day of all expense paid fishing!

The Jay Sadler Project Community Relations (COMREL) program provides necessary resources to improve various charities and non-profit institutions in the Banderas Bay area. The Jay Sadler Project is an approved IJAS Charity and works with the Fundación Punta de Mita. The Foundation can issue a tax deductible 501 C receipt for donations from the US and similar receipts for donations received from Canada and Mexico.

Thanks also goes out to the PV Municipality, DIF and Transito for their assistance on highway banners announcing the cook-off.  

 

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According to the website US News, Puerto is the best place to retire among all destinations in Mexico.

It is not a secret that Mexico has beautiful travel destinations, featuring beaches, historic attractions, archeological sites and one of the most extensive and delicious cuisines in the world. Our country is also known for being an affordable paradise for people retired from the United States and Canada due to its weather, natural beauty, proximity and air connection to cities in both neighboring nations, as well as a low living cost.  Early this week, the American online news source U.S.News published a special feature The 8 Best Places to Retire in Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta was appointed number one.

“In Puerto Vallarta, the warm weather and picturesque location are enhanced by the colonial charm of cobblestone streets and Spanish architecture. Locals are fun and friendly, the seafood is fresh and delicious and this region of Mexico is the birthplace of Tequila. In other words, Puerto Vallarta has all the elements of a party just waiting to happen,” the article mentions.

The rest of the Mexican cities by order of appearance are: Tulum (Quintana Roo), San Miguel de Allende (Guanajuato), Mexico City, Guanajuato (Guanajuato), Barra de Navidad (Jalisco), San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas) and Morelia (Michoacán).

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

 

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The W Punta de Mita Hotel was recently recognized as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world by the online publication Reader’s Digest.

The exclusive W Punta de Mita Hotel (located north of Puerto Vallarta, at the Veneros resort in Punta de Mita) was recognized as one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the world by the online platform of the American lifestyle publication Reader’s Digest. The vacation complex was featured in the article The World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts, written by journalist Susan Campbell, along with renowned —and some even legendary— hotels such as Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi), Burj Al Arab Hotel (Dubai), Atlantis Paradise Island (Bahamas), The Westin Excelsior (Rome) and The Plaza (New York).

W Punta de Mita Hotel opened in 2016 and is one of the most appealing lodging options for discerning travelers in Riviera Nayarit, as it features stunning villas, state of the art amenities, one-of-a-kind restaurants and common areas with decoration inspired by the Huichol culture.

'Super luxe meets fun and funky at this avant garde escape on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. There are offbeat accouterments at every turn, and loads of color and culture peppered throughout. Also a surfer’s haven and a spa lover’s retreat, you never know who you might run into here trying to escape the paparazzi’s prying eyes. Was that Iman who just strolled by? Indeed, it was! Spacious suites are divided into Ocean Escape Villas and Jungle Escape Villas each harmoniously ensconced into the natural elements, but if you really want to impress, book the Extreme Wow Suite with two bedrooms and its own pool. Check out the most beautiful underwater hotels while you're at it.'

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Source: Vallarta Lifestyles & Reader's Digest