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Viva Mexico! Celebrate the Independence of Mexico in Puerto Vallarta

Viva Mexico! Celebrate the Independence of Mexico in Puerto Vallarta

0.0 00 Once again, the national holidays have arrived as well as a variety of events and celebrations that make all the country shout out loud “Viva Mexico!”.  Every year, September 15th and 16th are the official days to celebrate the Independence of Mexico. It was in the first hours of September 16th when the independence movement began to take shape in 1810, and this is why the festivities officially start since the 15th. In 2019, we’ll have an independence weekend, as September 15th will be a Sunday. It is an ideal excuse to escape to Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and enjoy the greatest national holiday in Puerto Vallarta. Events to celebrate the national holidays in Puerto Vallarta The national holidays are celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country and each city offers different activities and festivities. This year, from Friday, September 13th to Monday, September 16th, Puerto Vallarta will fill with color and excitement with different memorial parades, art exhibitions, traditional dances, ceremonies and, of course, delicious Mexican food and mariachi music. …

Playa Las Gemelas: a small paradise a few minutes from Garza Blanca

Playa Las Gemelas: a small paradise a few minutes from Garza Blanca

5.0 01 The Banderas Bay area has a large number of beaches. Some are well known and others not that much. Some are bustling and in others you can enjoy a more relaxed and private escape. But, all of them have their particular charm. Playa Las Gemelas is a good example. This beautiful beach with a calm atmosphere, turquoise-clear water and golden sand is just a few minutes south of Garza Blanca. Its name in Spanish is translated as “Twin Beaches” as they’re two small beaches next to each other, that form a single area to enjoy a quiet escape in paradise. Each beach has an approximate length of 100 meters, and are separated by a rock wall that rises out from the sand, which makes one of them easily accessible, while the other requires a bit of hiking. To the latter arrive fewer people whose reward is to enjoy a more private and exclusive beach.   Why visit Playa Las Gemelas?     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Joel Alejandro …

Sea Lions at Garza Blanca

Sea Lions at Garza Blanca

0.0 00 We’ve spotted wild sea lions on the grounds of Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta! Since these incredible creatures have decided to make their home on the property, we would like to share a little bit about sea lions with you! Maybe you will see them the next time you visit Garza Blanca. Sea Lion Basics Sea lions are amphibious sea creatures of the family Otariidae, making them a close relative of many species of seal. Their characteristic attributes include playful behavior, exceptional swimming agility, and clever problem-solving skills. While common sea lions range from 200 to 400 pounds as well as measuring from 4 to 6 feet in length depending on age and gender, some species can weigh up to one and a half tons as well as extending to a lengthy 11 feet. They can generate explosive propulsion in the water, using their long and powerful foreflippers in conjunction with their hind flippers to reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour in the water as well …

Let Your Senses Come Alive at “Hecho en Mexico”

Let Your Senses Come Alive at “Hecho en Mexico”

5.0 01 This coming May, it is once again time for the 5th annual Hecho en Mexico event at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. This year’s “Made in Mexico” event will be divided into the following 4 categories: Gastronomy, Fashion, Music and Art. Every week, one of these four sections will be inaugurated with an exciting main event that officially opens each week’s festivities. In addition, various workshops and exhibitions will take place during the remainder of each week that are all dedicated to the particular week’s theme. Hecho en Mexico means “Made in Mexico” This annual tradition was developed in order to celebrate the many parts of Mexican culture that are so special and unique. Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai center the celebration around the 4 themes, and invite a special guest to be featured during each week. Although the exact event details are still under wraps, you can expect to see an accomplished chef, an innovative and upcoming fashion designer, incredible musicians displaying a variety of musical genres, and …

Romantic Getaways in Puerto Vallarta

Romantic Getaways in Puerto Vallarta

0.0 00 The soft, sandy beaches and curling, teal waters of Puerto Vallarta automatically make a vacation synonymous with romance. It is impossible not to feel the warmth of the sun on your bare skin, to taste the salty rim of a margarita on your lips or to hear the Latin rhythms swinging hips in the plazas and cantinas. Laying with your love, under the shade of a palm tree while watching the pastel golds, pinks and blues splash across a sunset sky allows you to stop and breathe in the sweetness of life. Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty beckons romance, and that is why the city offers you a variety of activities to bring to life the passion in your relationship. Wine and Dine A picturesque dinner for two is quintessential to sharing that ideal moment. The pleasures of a truly epic dining experience are a culmination of the senses to awaken the appetite inside you. You want to surround yourself with a tasteful yet decadent ambiance to set the mood. Interior design, soft lighting …

Stand Up Paddle Race in Puerto Vallarta

Stand Up Paddle Race in Puerto Vallarta

5.0 02 Hosted by Garza Blanca Preserve and Vallarta SUP & Surf Sunny skies, salty surf and the thrill of competition is coming to Puerto Vallarta this January 26th and 27th, with SUP races open to everyone 12 years of age and older. Paddle boarding is a gentle way to explore the local coastline and take in the mountain views of the city, but not this time. Be ready for adventure, speed and determination to compete in your choice of three different races, the Technical Race, the Relay Race or the Garza Blanca Challenge! The Itinerary On Saturday, January 26th, begins a day of preparation to get your muscles ready and brush up on your board skills. Garza Blanca is offering a yoga class from 8 to 10 am to get your body in top form for the upcoming races! This is followed by a paddleboard clinic from 10 to 1 to hone your technique and connect with your board on what may be unfamiliar waters for some. Or you can just have fun! The …

Discover Puerto Vallarta’s Best Live Music

Discover Puerto Vallarta’s Best Live Music

5.0 01 Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant destination where you will discover that entertainment is a big part of the local culture, and live music is a significant part of that. If you enjoy taking in live musical performances, you will find plenty of opportunities to do so while you are on vacation at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa. From phenomenal productions on-site at the resort to venues in town, take a look at some of the top places to discover Puerto Vallarta’s best live music: Live Music Experience at Garza Blanca When you are a guest at magnificent Garza Blanca, you will have the opportunity to enjoy live music at the resort each and every day. A talented quartet of musicians delight guests with the smooth sounds of the flute, violin, trumpet and saxophone at various locations around the resort. They play music from a vast range of genres, and while these solo artists generally play individually, there are times when they also come together for delightful ensemble concerts. The music they provide is …

Vive el Maratón de Puerto Vallarta

Experience the Marathon in Puerto Vallarta

4.0 04 Runners and their committed fans from near and far will be descending upon Puerto Vallarta to participate in a marathon that will be held on Sunday April 15, 2018. Puerto Vallarta is an ideal place for a marathon since it is home to jaw-dropping natural surroundings and incredible sunny weather that both the participating runners and their fans can enjoy. Family-friendly Garza Blanca Resort & Spa, along with adults-only sister resort Hotel Mousai, is delighted to be a sponsor of the impending marathon. Both properties are thrilled to offer special vacation deals to help celebrate this terrific event so that visitors can indulge in an amazing vacation in Puerto Vallarta while in town for the marathon. On your mark… Get set… Go! Puerto Vallarta Marathon Special Vacation Offers If you are planning to travel to Puerto Vallarta during the dates surrounding the marathon, Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai will be providing preferential rates when booking a stay at either property. When you purchase a room-only package (European Plan) when booking, you can also …

Puerto Vallarta Safe

Security Update – Puerto Vallarta Continues to be Safe for Visitors

5.0 01 The United States recently released a new travel advisory for its citizens regarding trips to Mexico. And while the security alerts for the country continue to cause concern, we are happy to confirm that there are no travel restrictions for popular tourist areas such as Puerto Vallarta. This beautiful haven of warm weather, lush tropical jungle-covered mountains and the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay make the city one of the most sought-after destinations in the country and has long been one of the friendliest and safest places to spend a vacation in Mexico. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was not named on the travel list of places to avoid last time, either. This means that there is absolutely no need to worry about planning your next vacation to Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa!   Safety is Top Priority in Puerto Vallarta Since Puerto Vallarta is such a popular spot for tourists to visit, the local officials have made the safety of the city a top priority. It has always been renowned for being …

Day Trip to Sayulita

Day Trip to Sayulita

5.0 04 In recent years, Sayulita, a formerly sleepy fishing village north of Puerto Vallarta, has become one of the most sought-after destinations among tourists for day trips. The laid-back vibe of the town is definitely infectious, which is one of the reasons why so many people flock there. If you are the type of traveler who enjoys exploring the region you are vacationing in, a day trip to Sayulita is an absolute must. Since it is about an hour away from downtown Puerto Vallarta, you will want to have a transportation plan in place to get there. If you are feeling adventurous, you can brave the local bus system but keep in mind it does take more time to get there due to numerous stops. You may also catch a taxi to get there, and many in-the-know tourists choose to hire a taxi driver for the day so they can move about whenever and wherever they choose. Once you arrive in Sayulita, there are lots of ways to pass the time. Take a look …

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Your Guide to Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore Beaches

5.0 01 Do you consider yourself to be a beach girl or guy? Do you love finding hidden coves and secluded beaches? If so, Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore is a gift straight from Mother Nature to you. The best beach hopping on the south shore can be enjoyed when you stay at Garza Blanca in Puerto Vallarta! Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore The Garza Blanca Resort & Spa rests in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore and overlooks the stunning Banderas Bay while being backed by palm-covered mountains. The beaches considered to be “south shore beaches” are those that can be found between Cabo Corrientes (at the southern tip of the bay) and the southernmost end of Los Muertos beach.    South Shore Beach Hopping The certified beach found at the Garza Blanca resort is one of the most beautiful in the area, certainly, but the whole coastline is peppered with some of the most stunning beaches, coves, and hideaways in the world. Whether you rent a vehicle, or use the efficient and reliable public …

Why visit Puerto Vallarta in 2018

Why visit Puerto Vallarta in 2018

4.0 01 From its gorgeous beaches to its impressive culinary scene, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most irresistible destinations for a blissful vacation. The waterfront city is home to amazing weather and breathtaking scenery which creates the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable getaway. There are plenty of things to see and do, from perusing the local boutiques, markets and art galleries, to thrilling outdoor adventures and water sports that allow you to explore all of the natural wonders of Banderas Bay. If you want to plan your next vacation at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta but haven’t made up your mind on when to do it, let this list of reasons to visit each month of 2018 guide you! January Three King’s Day (January 6th) – Better known as “El Dia de los Reyes” in Mexico, this festive celebration of the wise men in the biblical story of Jesus’ birth marks the end of the holiday season, which always includes gathering together to eat a special sweet bread baked just …

Puerto Vallarta Canopy Tour Adventures

Puerto Vallarta Canopy Tours Designed to Delight

5.0 01 Thanks to its breathtaking coastlines that hug the shores of Banderas Bay, warm and inviting weather, a sensational dining scene and activities that appeal to every type of traveler, Puerto Vallarta is definitely one of the best places to spend your vacation in Mexico. Adventure seekers from all over the world delight in the area’s canopy zipline tours that take you flying high above the lush tropical jungle foliage with a bird’s-eye view below of gorgeous canyons, winding rivers and sometimes even wildlife sightings! When you choose to spend your vacation at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, you will have access to all of the best canopy tours available in Puerto Vallarta. Gather up your fearless travel companions, whether they happen to be family members or best pals, and prepare to have the time of your lives while creating memories you will never forget. Get ready to feel like the star of your own action film as you soar above the trees on a Puerto Vallarta canopy tour! Puerto Vallarta Canopy …

The Best Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

The Best Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

5.0 01 If you plan on visiting Puerto Vallarta soon, one thing you should be considering is where you are going to eat while you are there! No trip to Mexico would be complete without at least a few meals consisting of tacos, and thankfully Puerto Vallarta has a plethora of exceptional dining options to satisfy any taco cravings you may have. From succulent grilled meats or veggies to delights from the sea, there is a taco out there sure to please your palate, even for those with dietary restrictions (think gluten-free and vegan options). Here is a rundown of the best restaurants to try in Puerto Vallarta on your quest to discover the most delicious tacos: El Barracuda Although this relaxing restaurant situated right on the beach serves a variety of foods, mostly based on freshly caught seafood, their selection of tacos is simply superb. Whether you try the Baja-style fish, octopus al ajillo, smoked marlin or steak and shrimp, all of your taco fantasies can come true with a visit to this waterfront …

Most Popular Areas How Safe Is Puerto Vallarta During Hurricane Season

How Safe Is Puerto Vallarta During Hurricane Season?

5.0 08 Tropical storms such as hurricanes should certainly be given major respect, considering their ability to cause a great deal of damage when they are seriously strong.  With that being said, however, hurricane season should not be a deterrent to enjoying a well-deserved getaway in Mexico, especially in a destination like Puerto Vallarta!  Situated along the glittering waters of Banderas Bay, this charming city is fortunate to remain relatively unscathed when most hurricanes threaten the region’s coastline.   Banderas Bay is a natural barrier to hurricanes and storms The bay, as well as the lush mountains that envelop it, provides an extra barrier of natural protection that makes Puerto Vallarta one of the safest places to visit on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific coastline during hurricane season, which typically runs from June through November.  Storms in the area should always be taken seriously, but they generally do not pose any major risks for tourists.  For example, when Hurricane Kenna struck the Pacific coast in 2002, the powerful storm did cause flooding in Puerto Vallarta which led …