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Puerto Vallarta Canopy Tour Adventures

Puerto Vallarta Canopy Tours Designed to Delight

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 Tour Adventures …

The Best Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

The Best Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

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 gem. Their …

Most Popular Areas How Safe Is Puerto Vallarta During Hurricane Season

How Safe Is Puerto Vallarta During Hurricane Season?

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 to some …

New Tour in Puerto Vallarta for Chocolate Lovers

New Tour in Puerto Vallarta for Chocolate Lovers

Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours recently announced that it has a new walking tour which is sure to delight tourists and locals alike who happen to have a sweet tooth.  That’s right, Puerto Vallarta now has its very own Chocolate Walk! You will join a small group on a fascinating journey through the origins and history of chocolate, as well as that of the city of Puerto Vallarta itself.  If you consider yourself a chocoholic, you definitely will not want to miss this tour during your next vacation! New tour in Puerto Vallarta for chocolate lovers The Chocolate Walk takes guests on a tour of three of the most impressive local chocolate producers in Puerto Vallarta.  You will get an inside look at two production kitchens where the enticing sights and smells of a variety of chocolates being made will whet your appetite for the samples that will undoubtedly please your taste buds and leave you wanting more.  Thankfully, you will have ample opportunity to purchase some, if not all, of your favorite treats! History and …

El Tuito Day Trip

El Tuito Day Trip

If you wonder what is beyond Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, there is so much more to be discovered than the beaches, beaches and more beautiful beaches that are found throughout Banderas Bay. A whole world of mountain life lays beyond the bay nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains where one might feel like Pancho Villa could cross their path. Only 45 minutes South of Puerto Vallarta you will find the quaint typical Mexican town of El Tuito. Divine Place El Tuito means the “Divine Place” in the Aztecan language “Nahua,” and if you take the time to visit you will know why it received such an elevated name. El Tuito is a 500 year old typical town with only 3,600 people, mainly, farmers and small business owners. Soon, the town may have its first bank. While it is moving forward in terms of technology and health services, the town was recently added to the list of authentic Mexican towns known as Pueblos Magicos compiled by the Mexican Federal Government. The main plaza It has …

Dangers of Bringing your Kids to Mexico

Dangers of Bringing your Kids to Mexico

As one of the most enchanting and diverse countries in the world, Mexico has become an obvious choice for family vacations.  Parents and children alike have discovered that heading south of the border makes for an incredible getaway for each member of the family, no matter how young or old.  Once you and your loved ones have experienced the friendly people, warm hospitality, fascinating culture, delicious food and gorgeous natural settings for yourselves, it may be difficult for you and your kids to stay away!  Read on to find out some of the other reasons that could make it “dangerous” to bring your kids to Mexico.  You have officially been warned!   Your children may become fast amigos with the friendly local kids, which could lead them to beg you to visit their new friends in Mexico over and over again.   They might become hooked on water sports like surfing or stand up paddle boarding, which in turn could force you to take every family vacation in waterfront destinations around Mexico.   It is …

What’s New on Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon

What’s New on Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon

One of the main attractions in the Banderas Bay area is Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk known as the malecon stretching from the Hotel Rosita to the Rio Cuale. The malecon was remodeled in 2011 and what used to be an esplanade with an adjacent road was redone and made solely pedestrian. New statues were installed, beautiful planters, lighting and the beautiful Los Arcos amphitheater was restored. It is now a majestic spot to view all types of venues from folkloric dancers to simple pantomime. Voladores (flyers) of Papantla A must see are the Voladores (flyers) of Papantla. Imagine four men dressed in folkloric costumes from the region of Veracruz donned in hats with ribbons all floating down rotating-unwinding around a huge pole. One man stands at the base and plays the wooden flute. It is quite a magical show. It’s free but gratuities are welcome. Los Arcos The Los Arcos amphitheater is located on the malecon across from city hall and main plaza (Zocalo). There is always something happening on this stage. Enjoy watching a show …

The Maritime Museum in Puerto Vallarta

The Maritime Museum in Puerto Vallarta

Since it opened its doors in 2006, the Naval Museum and Historical Center in Puerto Vallarta has dedicated itself to the education of visitors as to the far reaching and positive effects that the Mexican Navy has had upon the country. The goal is to exhibit and preserve Puerto Vallarta (and Mexico’s) the rich naval culture and history. The museum is ideally located right next to Los Arcos on the famous Malecon boardwalk in a colonial style building which has also served as a Navy hospital, Port Authority office, and local Navy Headquarters. So, why not get out of the hot, midday sun and lose yourself in this fascinating museum for an hour or two? You won’t regret it! Mexico’s Maritime History This maritime museum in Puerto Vallarta introduces guests to the maritime history of Mexico which actually dates back to the pre-hispanic era. You will learn about the local history of Puerto Vallarta, too, which has long been a port. Exhibits show the city’s past, and documented sea journeys, encounters with Nao ships from …

Free Walking Tours in Puerto Vallarta

Free Walking Tours in Puerto Vallarta

If you are vacationing on a budget in Puerto Vallarta, you might want to save your funds for really special trips and activities like whale watching and the Marigalante Pirate show. Luckily, you will find plenty of free activities to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta! Here are a few of our favorite free walking tours in Puerto Vallarta: Downtown Tour Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am and 12 noon, and each Saturday at 9am, the Downtown Tour leaves from the Tourist Office (found on the town square) and winds through the downtown area. All are welcome to join the tour and learn about the history, architecture, and famous denizens of the city over the space of around two hours. We recommend that you bring water and wear comfortable shoes as it can get very hot! Free Sculpture Tours Gary Thompson leads the Galeria Pacifico sculpture tours from the “Millennium” sculpture every Tuesday morning at 9:30. Sometimes the sculptor of this piece, Sr. Fernando Baños (who is also known as Mathis Lidice), will kick start the tour …

Off the Beaten Track Near Puerto Vallarta

Off the Beaten Track Near Puerto Vallarta

Step out of the ordinary when it comes to the awesome tourist activities you can enjoy in Puerto Vallarta and explore beyond Banderas Bay. It’s not just about beach sun and marvellous margaritas! There is so much more to be discovered in and around Puerto Vallarta. Here are some of our favourite hidden jewels off the beaten track near Puerto Vallarta Tehuamixtle and Mayto Located one hour and forty-five minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta on the Costa Alegre corridor, the beaches of Tehuamixtle (also known as Tehua, pronounced Tewaah) and Mayto offer a wonderful day trip. If you like mixing with the locals and love seafood, the small cove of Tehuamixtle (also known as La playita de amor [Little beach of love]) is a must visit. Upon arrival, you can sit under an enormous palapa and eat fresh oysters that were pulled out of the ocean that lays right in front of you and enjoy fabulous views of a never-ending beach and rocky cliffs. Enjoy a bucket of beer with salsa Mexicana and then a …

Enjoying the Beaches on Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore by Boat

Enjoying the Beaches on Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore by Boat

Puerto Vallarta’s South Shore, just a short distance from Garza Blanca Resort & Spa will provide visitors with memories that will last a lifetime. The small, charming villages located here boast rich heritage and stunning settings. You will feel like you have stepped back in time. Head to Yelapa, Las Animas, Quimixto, or any other exciting spots along the way by taking a water taxi, chartering a yacht or taking an organized excursion. La Animas can be reached by foot too, if you like to hike from Boca de Tomatlan. Getting to the beaches on Puerto Vallarta’s south shore Unless you have chartered a sailing boat or yacht for the day or are thinking of joining an organized excursion, you can reach the beaches on Puerto Vallarta’s south shore by water taxi. The easiest way to do this while staying at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa is to take a taxi or bus to the town of Boca de Tomaltán, which is about 5-10 minutes from the resort by car. From Boca de Tomatlán, you …

Reasons for a Summer Vacation in Puerto Vallarta

Reasons for a Summer Vacation in Puerto Vallarta

Winter is Puerto Vallarta’s high season; the temperatures are perfectly warm, but not too hot, and the weather is reliably sunny. This is just one of the reasons that so many snowbirds come to Puerto Vallarta when the frost descends on their hometowns. However, summer is an overlooked gem in Puerto Vallarta! The atmosphere gets even more laid back in summer, and, if you can take the heat, it’s also less busy at this time of year. Here are some of the reasons as to why we think a summer vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a great option. Warm Water Those who are partial to swimming in the sea, but dislike the cold, will be pleased by the inviting ocean temperatures found in Puerto Vallarta during the summer months. The pleasantly warm waters make for perfect swimming, snorkelling, and diving conditions. A summer vacation in Puerto Vallarta means that it is never too cold to get wet in the ocean. Lush Scenery The tropical landscape which surrounds the town of Puerto Vallarta, and fills the …

Premier Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Premier Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta is well known as one of the premier hotels in Puerto Vallarta, and this is for very good reason. Not only does this 5 star hotel offer amazing gourmet all-inclusive packages, the resort ranks highly on TripAdvisor thanks to all the reviews from delighted guests! So, what makes Garza Blanca one of the premier hotels in Puerto Vallarta? Impeccable service Stellar service is just one of the reasons that the Garza Blanca Resort & Spa is considered one of the premier hotels in Puerto Vallarta, but it’s an important reason! Guests staying in all types of accommodation can expect exceptional service as standard when they stay here. Many reviews specifically mention the service as a great asset. Book a suite with butler service and you will know what it is like to be a VIP! A choice of luxury accommodations The breadth of choice here has often been quoted as a positive factor by Garza Blanca guests choosing premier hotels in Puerto Vallarta. You can choose from …

Tequila Trolley and Show in Puerto Vallarta

Tequila Trolley and Show in Puerto Vallarta

Did you think that a tasting experience was limited to swirling and sipping wines? In Mexico, tequila is a growing industry that competes even with the world’s best wine and champagne markets? Puerto Vallarta has many small “mom and pop” tequila tasting venues where you can just walk in off the street and sip tequilas of all grades, prices and flavors or you can opt for a sophisticated tequila tasting experience at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa. However, if you are looking for an even more complete encounter with Mexico’s most famous export, you might opt for the Viva Tequila Experience. The Viva Tequila Experience On the south side of downtown Puerto Vallarta, located in the Teatro Vallarta building, there is a magnificent Tequila Museum that offers a full afternoon experience that even your young ones can enjoy. You will travel back to earlier times to learn about Mexico’s agricultural revolution and how agave cactus became one of the country’s most prized resources. Tequila Trolley Your experience begins on the Tequila Trolley. You may have …

Business Meetings in Fabulous Places - Cabo​

Business Meetings in Fabulous Places – Cabo​

It has quickly become common for companies to offer their most productive and hard-working staff members places on incentive trips to exotic or foreign locales, or to hold important business meetings in fabulous places! So much so that the incentive trip and business meeting industry contributes an average of $30 million to the global economy, and statistic shows that warm and exotic locations like Los Cabos, Mexico are topping the list of favorites. After all, why shouldn’t they? From the employee’s’ point of view, these trips are a great way to reward those who go above and beyond by consistently offering excellence. Los Cabos certainly offers a great playground and source of inspiration for business meetings and incentive trips. Find out why below: Incentivizing Travel in Los Cabos Incentivizing rewards like company trips play a surprisingly huge role in talent retention, morale, job satisfaction, and even productivity! These are motivating factors which help to ensure that staff feel valued and important to the company. A satisfied and motivated workforce is one that feels valued, and …