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The Best Puerto Vallarta Canopy Tours

If you are an adventure seeker heading to Puerto Vallarta over the summer months, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the breathtaking canopy zip line tours where you will soar above the lush tropical jungle and really experience what it is like to fly!  If you are a guest staying at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa or Hotel Mousai, you will have easy access to the best Puerto Vallarta canopy tours available in Puerto Vallarta. Gather your friends and family members and prepare to face your fears as you enjoy the thrill of an action-packed zip line tour. The heart pumping adrenaline you will feel as you race down a zip line up to 1,200 meters flying at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, will make you stop and think, this is what it is to be alive!  Ever since the pandemic hit, the tour operators have adopted the necessary international safety guidelines and protocols including: temperature checks, placing hand sanitizing gel at all the entrances, the use of mandatory face masks, reducing capacity and maintaining social distancing.   There are several reputable tour operators in the area with excellent canopy tours to choose from:  Outdoor Zip Line Adventure: Vallarta Adventures  …

Los Cabos Reopening

On June 15th, Los Cabos, Mexico started its phased reopening based on the plan of the Los Cabos Tourism Board after making a great effort to exercise quarantining and social distancing. After several months of being closed, this incredible destination is finally ready for a gradual reopening.    The government of the state of Baja California Sur, which includes San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, gave the green light for local businesses to reopen. The municipality of Los Cabos went from a level 6 Health Alert to Level 5, which allows the reopening of non-essential businesses. Restaurants, hotels, tour operators and beaches were permitted to reopen and will operate with reduced capacity restrictions of 30 per cent.    Los Cabos Health Director, Adán Monroy, said: “People should continue complying with sanitary measures like facemasks, using hand sanitizing gel, keeping a safe distance and taking temperatures outside businesses.”  Civil Protection authorities together with the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) will carry out inspections to determine whether companies are in compliance with recommended health measures. Companies that are not in compliance with the standards, will be subject to closure or a fine.  Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos received the COFEPRIS certification and reopened on June 20th. Additionally, it was mandatory for each worker at Garza …

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Summer Getaways with Preferred Points

Now is the ideal time to plan your summer vacation. Use your Preferred Points, which allow you additional vacation time in the summer, and bank your Club Points to take an extra-long winter vacation.   Each year, members receive the equivalent of their annual Club Points for use between weeks 18 to 43 (May through October) for a maximum of 14 nights. Preferred Points are privilege that you can enjoy in addition to your annual allocated Member Time. The best thing about Preferred points is that they won’t cost you anything, unless you use them. If you decide to use your Preferred Points, you just have to pay the prorated maintenance fees on the points you use to make your reservation. If you can’t use them this year, while you cannot bank or borrow your Preferred Points, you will receive a new allotment of points each year.  Another benefit of using Preferred Points is that you can combine them with your Club Points to book a larger and more luxurious suite so you can vacation with a group of friends or family. Reservations must be made 60 days in advance.  Here are some additional guidelines to follow when booking with Preferred Points:  At least one member must be present …

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The History of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a magical place with its lush jungle and mountains that wrap protectively around the city, the azure ocean, the blue sky that is the backdrop for its spectacular sunsets. Puerto Vallarta’s breathtaking beauty can be found in every direction you look. It is no wonder that it has evolved into the bustling tourist destination it is today. But it wasn’t always like that.    In the 1500s, when the Spanish arrived, indigenous people called the Aztatlan were living in the Ameca River Valley region (now known as Nuevo Vallarta). Spaniards named the area Bahía de Banderas, which means Bay of Flags, as a reference to the indigenous population who carried colorful flags into battle.  While sailors, explorers, and pirates stopped in Banderas Bay to rest during long sea voyages between the 1500s and 1800s, the area wasn’t officially founded until the mid-1800s.    In the early 1800s, the Puerto Vallarta we know today looked a lot different and was only a small fishing village without paved roads or electricity. At that time, in the state of Jalisco, Mascota was the second largest city with several mines extracting silver. The Vallarta area, known back then as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe, became a small port and …

Quarantine Health Tips

With COVID-19 and government stay-at-home orders, we are all experiencing a different rhythm of life. For many of us, our regular social activities have stopped and if we do interact, we are advised to stay two meters (six feet) away from others. This is something we are not used to and it is important that we find ways to manage our well-being as we temporarily adapt to this change in our lives.   We have put together a list of useful tips to help manage any stress or anxiety you may be feeling.  Even if you don’t feel like you are stressed or anxious, the Coronavirus outbreak and quarantine is a stressful time for all of us, worldwide.   Signs of stress include:   Fear and worry about the future  Difficulty sleeping  Loss of appetite  Feeling overwhelmed  Racing thoughts  Loss of patience  Inability to concentrate  Irritability  Increase in alcohol consumption  Here are some ways that you can help yourself and others reduce stress and take care of their mental health:    Stay Connected   Staying at home and not interacting the way we are used to can make us feel more isolated and lonelier. Make …

Health Tips

Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of our members. Some of you started vacationing with us more than 30 years ago, and we have been your trusted partners in travel ever since. Therefore, we feel it’s important to give you some tips to help you during these stressful times.   Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in anxiety and fear around the world with new developments of COVID-19 being reported every day. Stress has been shown to negatively impact our health.    Signs of stress include:  Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones.  Changes in sleeping or eating patterns.  Difficulty concentrating.  Worsening of chronic health problems.  Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.  Our mental health is important and it affects how we think, feel, and act. It also determines how we handle stress.  Here are some ways that you can help yourself and others take care of their mental health:   Check-in on your friends and loved ones while still practicing social distancing (FaceTime/video chat, texting, private messaging, social media, phone calls).   Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news …

19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta

If you are a film buff or just love films, don’t miss the 19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV).  This is the biggest annual film event in the destination and hugely contributes to the development of the film culture in the region. The festival runs for 12 consecutive days from March 11th to 22nd, 2020.  FICPV is organized by the University Center of the Coast (CUCosta) of the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco’s Government and the Ministry of Culture. This year the country of Chile will be the guest of honor.  More than 50 national and international films have been selected to be shown during this year’s festival and will be projected in different locations free of charge. All screenings are open to the general public. The films will be divided into several sections including: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border cinema, Short films, and Children. This year a new “Echoes of Havana” section has been added thanks to a link with the “International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.” Several actors and directors from Havana will be attending the festival with their films to be screened.  Some of the FICPV venues where the films will be screened include:   The Arches of the Malecón amphitheater – Malecón   Lázaro Cárdenas park – Romantic Zone  The Jazz …

The Annual San Jose Jazz Weekend!

If you are visiting Cabo San Lucas during the 14th and 15th of February, be sure not to miss the annual San Jose Jazz weekend! A number of renowned local, national and international artists will be performing at Plaza del Pescador in San Jose del Cabo, from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, to share their talent in this original and melodic music genre. Enjoy a family-friendly, spirited atmosphere, dine at one of the plaza’s signature restaurants, tap your feet to dynamic Jazz bands and shop your way through the artsy market or the plaza’s retail stores! The San Jose Jazz Weekend is a true delight to the community and continues to grow in popularity each year, with more than 5000 locals and tourists attending the event in recent years. The atmosphere bursts with vibrancy as music, culture, and art are brought together in one place! The event is set in the modern and voguish Plaza del Pescador but you still get a sense of traditional Mexican culture with a quaint market, art displays, sculptures, and …

The Five Best Markets to Visit

Vacation is a time to relax, soak up the sun’s rays and perfect your tan, but it wouldn’t be complete without a shopping trip to buy things you can’t get back home, like handmade Mexican pottery and giant sombreros. It is also a time to buy souvenirs for friends and family to let them know that while you were having the time of your life in paradise, you still had time to think about them.  In Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area, you will find some amazing open-air flea markets and famers markets that are operate daily or weekly during the high season throughout the winter. Here is a list of our top 5 favorite shopping spots for those who really love to shop until they drop:  The Night Market in Marina Vallarta  From October until May, every Thursday night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm you can enjoy an incredible atmosphere at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market, held all along the Marina Boardwalk. This is a lively market with a mix of both locals and tourists and a great place …

Lady of Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

If you are in Puerto Vallarta during the first 12 days of December, don’t miss one of Puerto Vallarta’s most beloved celebrations, the Festival of Guadalupe. This 12-day long festival celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe,) the patron saint of Mexico.   The festival takes place between December 1st and December 12th  as hundreds of people take over the downtown historical zone near the Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe. The Cathedral is a well-known landmark in Puerto Vallarta with an elaborate crown in the shape of a tiara on the top.   During this important festival, the streets of Puerto Vallarta become filled with devoted followers making their way through the city in traditional ‘Peregrinaciones‘ (pilgrimages) or processions that start from the corner of Juarez and 31 de Octubre streets and continue to the Cathedral where they place gifts for the Virgin and receive a special blessing from the Priests. Baptisms, confirmations, first holy communions and even weddings take place within the local community to coincide with this special date.  Thousands of people from schools, businesses and communities from PV and surrounding towns come to pay homage to the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the peasant Juan Diego on December 12, …