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Fly Fishing Gains Popularity in the Beautiful Banderas Bay

Fly Fishing Gains Popularity in the Beautiful Banderas Bay

Puerto Vallarta has come a long way from the small fishing village that it once was. The horseshoe shaped Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas) is the third largest bay in Mexico with over 50 miles of beautiful shoreline. The Pacific Coast waters in this region are abundant with sea life making it a prime fishing spot.   While fishing is a known activity in the area, fly fishing is increasing in popularity. Some North Americans may be familiar with freshwater fly fishing, but saltwater fly fishing is a completely different experience since the species are different. You won’t find trout here in these waters. Inside Banderas Bay, you’ll find snook, jacks, mahi mahi, roosterfish, red snapper and sailfish.   Carlos Sanchez is a local resident who became an avid fly fisherman after learning the techniques when he visited Scotland. He came back to Puerto Vallarta and devoted himself to perfecting his craft and to learning all he could about fly fishing. There wasn’t anyone else offering it in the area and he thought he could offer something new. He started Snook Mafia five years ago. It is not a mafia at all but got its name because of the knowledge he gained about fly fishing that he wanted to keep secret, that to him felt like the mafia. And one of his main hobbies is going to the river to catch snook. He says: “I don’t like fishing, I like …

Taste the extraordinary history of Mexico on a secret food tour

Taste the extraordinary history of Mexico on a secret food tour

Food tours are growing increasingly popular around the world and put together by local experts, they help you to taste the very best that different regions have to offer. The Puerto Vallarta Secret Food Tour takes you on a flavorful journey through the history of Mexican cuisine. This is the perfect tour for foodies where you will learn about the significance of food within Mexican culture.   During this 3-hour tour, your local expert guide will take you to seven stops to sample delicious dishes from different regions of Mexico while giving you insights about the history and culture as you leisurely stroll through Puerto Vallarta’s beautiful downtown streets.   You will be introduced to sopes, a Mexican antojito, which literally translates to ‘little cravings’ and can be eaten at any time of day. Sopes are comprised of a thick corn tortilla, which is thicker than a conventional tortilla. The tortilla is fried in oil and pinched at the sides to make a kind of bowl to which different ingredients are added such as pork rinds, meat, …

Experience the Marigalante Pirate Ship in Puerto Vallarta

The fireworks that kick off a night in the streets of Puerto Vallarta not only delight locals privileged with a waterfront view, but are part of a spectacular fantasy adventure on the Banderas Bay. The Marigalante Pirate Ship in Puerto Vallarta invites children of all ages on an action-packed presentation that doubles as a guided tour of the waters off this scenic coastal locale. Departing from the city’s Marina twice each day, this swashbuckling affair includes a range of activities including thrilling pirate performances and themed audience participation games. The day tour and night tour each present their own experiences, and although both options include full open bar access, one type of tour may have more to offer an individual visitor or day plan. The show is also presented in both English and Spanish to include the most possible visitors. Day Tour At 10am Monday to Saturday, this carefully reproduced 700-ton scale replica of Christopher Columbus famous Santa Maria that brought European migrants to the Americas sets sail for Majahuitas Island. During this 6-hour tour, …

Los Cabos Lights Up All August Long

Los Cabos Lights Up All August Long

While many tourists shy away from a visit to Mexican destinations like Los Cabos during the wetter months, experienced travelers know that August offers some of the best space on the calendar in which to discover the twin towns. Not only is August perfect for avoiding the large crowds that descend upon the area most of the year, ensuring a seat for visitors at popular bars and restaurants, there are also a range of public events scheduled for these exhilarating weeks. Wonders in the Waves August represents a prime time in Los Cabos for lovers of the ocean, as swell patterns bring favorable conditions for a number of nautical activities. Surfers from around the world flock to the tip of the Baja California peninsula to enjoy consistent waves at beaches on the Sea of Cortez such as Old Man’s Beach and The Rock without the chillier temperatures that come with ideal surf on the Pacific side during the winter.  Beneath the turquoise waters off the shores at Los Cabos, the locale offers one of the …

An Active August in Cancun

An Active August in Cancun

What is commonly called “low season” in Cancun brings high times for those in the know, as August is one of the more active months for community events with a focus on locals. This month brings on a full schedule of festivals, cultural presentations, and other special presentations that ensure anyone who finds themselves in the city during these weeks will return to their routines with a newfound appreciation for this destination. From August 11th through the 13th, the natural splendor of Cancun and its beaches are celebrated with the Fiesta de la Playa en Cancun. This citywide beach party spans over 12 kilometers of shoreline between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, making it one of the most massive and activity-dense seaside events in the world.   The Fiesta de la Playa in Cancun incorporates options for the entire family from street food installations and live outdoor concerts to themed parties and parades. There will also be competitions including windsurfing and jet ski races as well as an extensive fireworks display after nightfall. In fact, the …

Rainy Season Guide to Puerto Vallarta

Rainy Season Guide to Puerto Vallarta

The tropical climate of the Central Mexican coast brings higher temperatures and increased humidity to the forecast for this sunny city by the sea during the late summer months. This time of the year is known in the area as “rainy season,” and although the weather may be wet sometimes, the storms rarely last all day and there are a number of activities that can still be enjoyed while visitors wait out the strongest of the storms.  Storm Watching Many visitors who have never watched a storm roll in over the ocean are stunned to discover what a spectacle it is. Tremendously brilliant waves of light are interspersed with the daunting rumble of thunder to create an exciting exhibition that is impossible to ignore. Rather than see incoming clouds as a negative, embrace the showcase from a window seat at Blanca Blue, or take in the intensely romantic show from the comfort and privacy of your balcony.  ATV Tours Taking to the streets of Puerto Vallarta on an ATV or off road vehicle delivers hours …

The Los Cabos International Film Festival

The Los Cabos International Film Festival: Debuts at Lands’ End

The 8th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival has become a true fixture of the event calendar in these thriving twin towns on the Baja California coast. Since its inaugural edition in 2012, the festival has attained an international profile, drawing in thousands of filmmakers and silver screen enthusiasts from across Mexico and around the world. From November 13th through the 17th of the month, the Los Cabos International Film Festival will dominate the local cultural scene. Last year’s edition welcomed more than 15,000 attendees to enjoy 40 national and international films over 80 screenings, including 15 debuting Mexican films and 2 world premieres. Guests of honor included industry luminaries such as Adam Driver, Terry Gilliam, and Spike Lee, highlighting the global profile of this yearly event. This year’s festival is expected to be even more of a spectacle, offering prizes to standout filmmakers in over 20 categories. Winning entries will earn their creators millions of pesos in cash prizes from event sponsors along with an international platform for their work, as the Los Cabos …

Playa Las Gemelas: Twice as Nice

Just a few minutes’ drive south of the Garza Blanca resort grounds along the Barra de Navidad highway awaits the picturesque Playa Las Gemelas, with its soft, powdery sands and calm cerulean waves. Approximately 9 kilometers removed from the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Las Gemelas is an outstanding option for visitors looking for an escape from the fanfare and bustle of the city proper. The name “Playa Las Gemelas” translates from Spanish as “Twin Beaches,” as this stretch of shoreline actually comprises two waterfront areas in close proximity to one another. The north beach and south beach are separated by a rock wall rising out of the sand, and so while the nearest beach is easily accessible to the public, getting to the southern shore will likely require a bit of hiking over the boulders that form the defining line or taking a brisk swim offshore. View this post on Instagram Se RENTA departamento en Puerto Vallarta, por dia, sema o mes…. En Playa las Gemelas #PuertoVallarta Disfruta del contacto directo con la #naturaleza y …

Chichen-Itzá: Center of the Mesoamerican World

Chichen-Itzá: Center of the Mesoamerican World

Joining marvels such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China on “The New 7 Wonders of the World” list created by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2007, the ruins of the pre-Columbian city by the name of Chichen-Itzá have been standing in some form for hundreds of years. Located outside the city of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, the installations at Chichen-Itzá were constructed between the 6th and 13th Centuries, and represent one of the most widely recognized and frequently visited archeological sites in the nation. The story of Chichen-Itza is one of the various peoples that shaped its legacy, including the Toltecs as well as the Maya. As a result, the ruins are a tapestry of Mesoamerican culture, with the surviving stone monuments and artistic works offering rare insights into each civilization’s evolving visions of the world as well as the Universe beyond. Together, they create a narrative of construction techniques and aesthetic themes employed over nearly a thousand years. The city as a whole was …

Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo is tiny, remote village about 60 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, with a population of about 100 full time residents. It was once a fishing village but in 1995, the waters offshore from Cabo Pulmo were designated a National Marine Park by the Mexican government. The Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve is one of the healthiest marine areas in the world, attracting snorkelers, scuba divers, scientists and conservationists from around the world. It is a great place to visit, and highly recommended if you are into snorkeling or diving. To get to Cabo Pulmo, north and east on highway 1 for about 2 hours. You will find yourself in a remote area, surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range. Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park stretches five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes, with the village of Cabo Pulmo in between. There isn’t much in the village except beaches, scuba divers and a few local businesses, but that’s what makes the village itself such an …