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THE THE BEST BEST OF OF BANDERAS BANDERAS BAY BAY & & RIVIERA RIVIERA NAYARIT NAYARIT NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 2019 2019 -- 2020 2020

An An all-inclusive all-inclusive guide guide to to what what makes makes our our paradise paradise exceptional exceptional

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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WELCOME HOME

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PROTECTING SEA TURTLES

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE

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AT THE TILE PARK

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ON THE WATER

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LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

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FROM HERE

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THE BEACHES OF VALLARTA

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2020 EVENTS

READER’S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

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TIME TO TAKE A DAY TRIP

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BEST OF PUERTO VALLARTA

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BEST OF BANDERAS BAY

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BEST OF RIVIERA NAYARIT

FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ CORONA

DAVID CUEVAS GARCÍA

NEIL GERLOWSKI

Chairman of the Board, CPS Media

CEO, CPS Media

Editor, Vallarta Tribune

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CPS Media Design Team

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VOTING FOR A HEALTHY PLANET THROUGH PATRONAGE & RECOMMENDATIONS

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ntil recently, most of us have associated the numerical sequence “20/20” with eyesight more so than with a calendar year. As we begin the year 2020, we may wish to look forward with hope and commitment toward improvement over human society’s collective impact on the planet. This past century, we’ve treaded quite heavily and appear to be in a rut of consuming far more than nurturing or encouraging renewal. However, here in the Banderas Bay region, “though much is taken, much abides,” to quote Tennyson. As we enjoy the abundant natural splendor surrounding us, we can make commitments from small daily decisions to impactful lifelong choices that set our collective course toward a future of hope and sustainability. After resolving to these kinds of daily decisions and lifelong choices, we can vote with our wallets through our purchases. Through the Vallarta Tribune, we also have a way to influence other people’s choices through our recommendations. In the last two winter seasons, we’ve surveyed thousands of people whose votes determine the Best Restaurant, Best Happy Hour, Best Art Gallery, Best Real Estate Agent, Best Tour Guide, and much, much more.

In all, we cover over 150 categories of favorites all across the region from Cabo Corrientes through Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta, continuing past Banderas Bay to Riviera Nayarit destinations like Sayulita and San Pancho. Beginning the first week of December 2019, we will start the voting on the third Reader’s Choice Awards, so share your favorites with us locals and our visitors from all around the world! Sincere thanks to you who voted, and with that, have shared your love of Puerto Vallarta. This guide is loaded with information about local businesses that help keep our region a leading tourist destination worth returning to time and time again. As you support the winners through your patronage, be sure to tell them that you found them through the Vallarta Tribune and the Best of Banderas Bay Reader’s Choice Awards Guide.

Saludos tropicales y feliz 2020,

Neil Gerlowski Editor, Vallarta Tribune

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WELCOME TO PUERTO VALLARTA WELCOME TO TO WELCOME & RIVIERA NAYARIT PUERTO VALLARTA VALLARTA PUERTO & RIVIERA RIVIERA NAYARIT NAYARIT &

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PUERTO VALLARTA & RIVIERA NAYARIT TIME ZONE: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the state of Nayarit. BUSES: A system of urban buses can take you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between. If you’re going further north than San Pancho or south past El Tuito, you’ll need to head to the main bus terminal to catch a bus. TAXIS: There are set rates within defined zones of town. Do not enter a taxi without agreeing on the price with the driver first. Make a note of the taxi number in case you leave something behind. Drivers often do not carry change. UBER: New in 2017, Uber is typically cheaper than a taxi. The benefits of using Uber are set fares and the ability to follow up directly with your driver if there is an incident or you leave an item behind. DRINKING WATER: While Puerto Vallarta’s water has been awarded a certification of purity for the past two decades, the quality of the water tested at the source varies greatly from what

comes out of the tap at the other end. So do be careful. If you want to be doubly sure, you can pick up bottled water just about anywhere. MONEY EXCHANGE: Usually a bank will give you a higher rate of exchange than the exchange booths (Casa de Cambio). You will need your passport. Better yet, use- your bank card to withdraw funds from any ATM. Note that ATM’s in the banks are the safest to -use and charge lower fees.

attention to your surroundings. Know where you are going. Pay your bills (and don't forget to tip). And have fun! DRINKING AND DRIVING: First off – just don’t. The consequences are not worth it. Taxis or Ubers are cheap and plentiful. Fines are as much as 12,000 pesos. You can be taken to jail and your vehicle impounded. There are many checkstops on the weekends, and you will be asked to blow if they suspect you have been drinking.

EXPORTING PETS: Falling in love with LEGAL SYSTEM: Not knowing the the street dog outside your hotel is law is not a valid excuse in Mexico, or common and it’s relatively easy to bring anywhere. If you find yourself caught in them home with you too. The process is a legal situation be aware that guilt is fairly inexpensive and only takes a day presumed until your innocence can be or two, if they are in good heath. You proven. This is a very difficult lesson to need a certificate of health from a local learn if you are visiting from the United vet among other things. For the most up- States or Canada. Immediately contact IMPORTANT PHONEyour NUMBERS to-date information contact the Puerto consulate for assistance. ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911 Vallarta SPCA at spcapv@gmail.com IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

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Welcome Home Sheryl Novak

Shopping for Furniture for Your Home

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iviera Nayarit is experiencing another boom in real estate. Developers are building; Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians are buying. Some purchase to retire here full or part-time. Some buy as a vacation home and rent it out when not in use. Some are purchasing purely as a rental property from a business perspective. No matter how you prefer to use your new home in Riviera Nayarit, you will likely be in the market for furniture. Outfitting a new home is a daunting task. The average home includes close to 2000 items when you add up all the things you need to make it operational! That includes all the big-ticket items such as a sofa or sectional, coffee and end tables, dining table and chairs, bedroom suites, artwork, rugs, lighting and lamps, and appliances. It also includes all the small items such as glassware, dishware, silverware, bed linens, towels, pots and pans, and décor items. That is a lot to purchase and can result in a lot of stress. First, most people have limited time. It is near impossible to get everything purchased, delivered, and set up in that time frame. Most folks do not speak fluent Spanish to be able to converse with salespeople. Almost all new furniture buyers are unfamiliar with where to find reputable furniture and décor stores in Vallarta or Guadalajara. That will most certainly take stress levels up a couple of notches! Luckily, there are some options available to make furnishing your home not only a more relaxed experience, but also a more enjoyable one. There are numerous interior decorators and designers in Riviera Nayarit.

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Many have been here for over ten years, are familiar with the best materials to use for furniture, and are available to assist with creating a unique interior décor design based on your needs and décor preference. If you are looking to make your home in Mexico a standout, and you have the budget for design services, an interior decorator is an excellent way to go. Another easy yet less expensive way to furnish your home with a designer look is to purchase from a retailer who sells furniture packages. Furniture packages are generally available either by room or for the entire house. An interior decorator selects all the furniture and decor to create a complete look. It’s the best way to get a designer look at a fraction of the price. Whichever you choose, both handle the logistics of ordering the items on your behalf from manufacturers and getting them shipped to your home in Mexico. Most new furniture buyers underestimate how much of a service this is. The manaña approach of Mexico you enjoy when you are on holiday will frustrate you immensely when living here. Ask any person who has waited around their home for days for a delivery to arrive, and they will quickly tell you their horror stories. Shipments and deliveries come late, incorrect, and items are often damaged even if they do arrive. Having someone in charge of this for you will save you time, money, and stress. F


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Protecting

Pacific Sea Turtles Four protected species lay eggs locally: the Olive Ridley, the green sea turtle, the leatherback, and the hawksbill.

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ver one million sea turtles are liberated every year in Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit, which have become a sanctuary for these little chelonians thanks to the many turtle camps that dot its coastline. The sea turtle is so essential, in fact, that it is the official icon of Riviera Nayarit. Four protected species lay eggs here: the Olive Ridley, the green sea turtle, the leatherback, and the hawksbill. The most common is the Olive Ridley, which lays eggs three times a year producing an average of 100 eggs per nest, 80 percent of which hatch, though only one in one thousand turtles go on to reproduce. As each new generation of female turtles reaches maturity, they return to their beach of origin to lay their own eggs. The male turtles never return. Biologist Hermilo Esparza, Director of the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Protection and Conservation Center, explains that the official sea turtle release season begins during early August and ends in December. He explained the turtles arrive to lay their eggs in June; the hatchlings come 45 days later. Before they do, though, the staff from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) along with local volunteers set up watch on the beaches during the night to collect the eggs, protect them, and incubate them. Historically, Nuevo Vallarta’s beach registers the most significant number of arrivals in the region. The turtle camp is 14 km (8.6 mi) long (it’s been open for 25 years by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas), registering an average of 5,500 nests,

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releasing between 300 thousand and 400 thousand hatchlings every year. According to data from the National Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles, there were 51 thousand Olive Ridley nests registered in the Mexican Pacific in 2012; about ten thousand of these were on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta. In Jalisco and Nayarit in 2017, over 3 million eggs were collected, hatched and released. Hermilo Esparza points out, however, that even though it might seem a large number, the truth is very few of them survive. It’s estimated that only one or two of every thousand hatchlings reaches maturity and returns to reproduce. This is why it’s so important for local residents and tourists to take simple actions to ensure the beaches are safe for returning mothers by avoiding pollution, especially with plastic bags and soda bottles. Sea turtles often confuse them with jellyfish, eat them, and die of asphyxiation. If you see a turtle emerge from the sea, it must be left alone, do not touch it as it can lose its sense of smell and get disoriented. The turtle should be treated with respect, watched quietly and left to its own devices. Besides the Nuevo Vallarta turtle camp, there are another ten camps strung out along the coastline and offer visitors the opportunity to release hatchlings. If you are interested in learning more, volunteering or participating in a turtle release event, you can speak with your hotel concierge or visit one of the local Turtle Rescue Camps.

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Playa Platanitos, Compostela | Campamento Tortuguero Playa Platanitos f Playa-platanitos-comunidad

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Connecting Puerto Vallarta's Residents and Visitors with Nature at the Vallarta Botanical Garden

Robert Price

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erhaps the most quoted phrase of Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus, one of Mexico’s most distinguished biologists, and someone who has long called Puerto Vallarta home is, “Lo que se conoce, se quiere y lo que se quiere se cuida.” Translated to English, “That which we know, we love, and that which we love, we care for.” Since our very lives rely on nature, fostering this knowledge, love, and care is essential. This has become even more imperative as now over half the world’s population lives in cities—and most projections show this trend increasing to over two-thirds by 2050. Even as natural areas continue to suffer loss, deterioration, and fragmentation as a consequence of our increasing footprint on the planet, we are also ever more distanced from nature by our urban environments and lifestyles.

In an attempt to remedy this concerning trend, we at the Vallarta Botanical Garden are both conserving nature and fostering the knowledge, love, and care, as mentioned earlier. Chief among the most direct ways we are conserving nature is by expanding our forest preserve. Through the support of our members and specifically through a few critical donations, we have increased this area from about 8 hectares to nearly 30 in the last three years— that’s almost a 300 percent increase—and our goal is to keep this going with additional purchases. Our strategic priority is acquiring land with virgin forest along the Río Los Horcones, an essential local river whose future protection has been called into question by recent developments. When it comes to fostering knowledge, love, and care of nature, we, as staff of a botanical garden, provide a range of programs covering topics such as horticulture, botany, medicinal plants, to name just a few. But we realize that not everyone is as wild as us about plants. For this reason, we have developed a new tour of our forest preserve to explore the habitat and learn about the habits of one of the most charismatic wild animals in our hemisphere—the mighty jaguar! The jaguar is the largest predator in the Americas found from northern Argentina to the southwestern United States. But their size and power are not enough to save them in a human-dominated landscape. Because jaguars need vast stretches of healthy forests to survive, their numbers have been diminishing over the past several decades. Natural corridors connecting jaguar populations are at risk of being severed. Amazingly, despite proximity to the urban hub of Puerto Vallarta, jaguars are still present in our local forests. Just three kilometers away from the Vallarta Botanical Garden, and upstream of us along the Río Los Horcones, our neighbors in the Ejido of Emiliano Zapata routinely capture images with their camera traps, through a partnership they’ve had with CONAFOR for the past three years. Since August of 2018, Garden staff and volunteers have been camera trapping in the VBG’s forest preserve as well, through a partnership with Panthera México.

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Photo: Grégoire Dubois As these dedicated conservationists review images each month, they’re eagerly awaiting the first documented proof of a jaguar on this property. In the meantime, they’ve captured dozens of pictures of various birds, deer, raccoons, coati, and even ocelots. So while their prize species still eludes them for the moment, they’re compiling essential data about the jaguar prey. Considering that a male jaguar’s territory can span over 100 square kilometers, and their preferences for travel and hunting along the forested edges of rivers, it’s only a matter of persistence, patience and perhaps a little luck before the jaguars documented in the nearby Ejido Emiliano Zapata trigger the camera traps in the Garden’s preserve and grace our photographic equipment with their likenesses. Now through the Garden’s new tour, “A Trip to Jaguar Country,” residents and visitors can explore this habitat with guides trained to interpret these forests through the perspective of the jaguar. Participants will hike along trails in this preserve, go tracking along the shores of the Río Los Horcones, and visit camera traps off the beaten path to download the latest images. The Garden does not keep wild animals in cages, so the chance of seeing a jaguar during this adventure is slim to none, but guests F

will go away with new knowledge and appreciation for this mighty cat and its critical importance to maintaining the ecological balance of our tropical forests. And remember: just because you didn’t see a jaguar doesn’t mean the jaguar didn’t see you! If the next time you talk about the Vallarta Botanical Garden and someone tells you they think plants are boring (they have lots to learn), tell them about “A Trip to Jaguar Country” and see if that’s more up to their speed. The more we learn about and appreciate the delicate complexity of our natural world, the more we stand a chance at protecting wildlife and preserving it as a legacy for future generations. This isn’t just the job of trained scientists and government officials—nature needs you to care too! To leave you with another quote by Vallarta’s celebrated Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus, “No es un biólogo el que ostenta un titulo sino el que ama la vida.” Translated to English, “Being a biologist is not a matter of holding a title but of loving life.” “A Trip To Jaguar Country” and the “Botanical Delights Tour & Culinary Adventure” are both available to book by visiting: www.vbgardens.org VALLARTA TRIBUNE BEST OF BANDERAS BAY WINNERS 2019 | 15


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Mosaic Workshops at Parque Lázaro Cárdenas

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he largest art installation in Puerto Vallarta was launched in 2017 with the intent to mosaic tile the fixed installations and benches of the entire Lazaro Cardenas Park.

Spearheaded by Natasha Moraga, one of the most recognized names in the Puerto Vallarta art community for her signature mosaic style. Moraga’s public art installations can be seen all over town, from the Puerto Vallarta sign as you enter the city, to murals in the marina and the benches on the walkway to the pier.

Efforts to finish the project resume in November with the completion of the park scheduled for late spring. They offer workshops that will focus on the newly retrofitted planters that line the perimeter of Parque de los Azulejos. Last year they tiled the columns with designs reflecting the unique personalities and the things held dear by those who contributed; think peace signs, rainbows, dogs, roosters and butterflies, and Frida. This year, it’s all about the abstract in their planter workshops. Designs that flow, moving seamlessly from one thing to another, with less focus on depicting objects and more emphasis on colors and patterns.

The massive undertaking of reshaping and transforming Lazaro Cardenas Park is their most substantial undertaking yet. This exciting project invites visitors and residents to volunteer to helpFor more information on how you can participate For more information on how you can participate create this public art installation.

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On The Water On The Water On The Water Capt. Gregory Pilkington Capt. Gregory Pilkington Capt. Gregory Pilkington

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ON THE ON THE ON THE N THE The Bay of Banderas is genuinely one of the undiscovered wonders of the world. You could spend a lifetime out on the water here and still be amazed daily.

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very year from late November until early April, the Humpback Whales make the Bay of Banderas their home. They come here to mate and return the next year to deliver their young and teach them how to swim in our calm and safe waters. Whether you witness one of these 40-ton gentle giants take to the air or experience a newborn calf learning to swim, every encounter will be etched into your memory forever.

But, as spectacular as the Humpbacks are, they aren’t the only game in town: dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, seals, and more either pass through or stay yearround. Think of a day here as the equivalent of an African Safari ‌ on the water!

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Visit the inspiring beachside village of Yelepa for lunch and enjoy a short hike to the waterfall. See Old Town Puerto Vallarta from the best vantage point - the water. Or perhaps, head to the Islas Marietas National Park and see some Boobies (Blue-Footed Boobies, of course). F


World-Class Marlin and Sport Fishing Inshore and Marlin offshore and fishing is as good or better than World-Class Sport Fishing World-Class Marlin and Sport Fishing anywhere else on the planet, and there is something for everyone.

Inshore fishing is perfect for the novice angler, families with children and those without much available time. You won’t need to travel long distances to put bends on the rods. And, with the whales, turtles, manta rays, seals, and other marine life as your hosts, no one ever gets bored waiting for the fish to bite. It is the offshore marlin and big game sport fishing, which separates our region from other global fishing hotspots. Here you are more likely to encounter XXLsize Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna than anywhere else. If you want to catch BIG fish, this is the place.

Other Water-Based Activities Other Water-Based Activities Other Water-Based Activities Of course, this is only a small sample of what to do on the water. Surfing, Kite-Boarding, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and much more await you. You might need to extend your vacation, or better yet, do what we did, and make the move to paradise.

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Life in the Slow Lane Kelly Wilson

Social Education Through Travel

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n keeping with the theme of this magazine, you should know about the best places to spend your tour budget. Sure, there are plenty to choose from; sightseeing, tequila tasting, swimming with the dolphins, and the list goes on. How about a genuine glimpse into the lives of local entrepreneurs, spending time in interior towns, decorating a piñata, tasting pure honey, and participating in food preparation?

Since 2014, Human Connections has found great success in promoting responsible tourism while introducing visitors to their various partners, whose talents range from making hammocks, rugs, ceramics, jewelry and carved wood, to catering, beekeeping, and farming.

Human Connections, based in Bucerias, is not your average tour operator. Open year-round under the leadership of a board of directors, a small handful of enthusiastic employees, and a group of dedicated volunteers, this non-profit organization offers a unique and enriching experience. Their pledge is this:

Both the Bucerias Cultural Tour and the Heartland Traditions Tour are interactive, giving adult and young visitors a hands-on approach as artists and restaurateurs share their personal histories and showcase their expertise. Hailing from many parts of Mexico, they have varied backgrounds, some having faced significant challenges, including learning to speak Spanish. Marie Heim came to Human Connections as a Global Fellow and now holds the position of Administrator.

“We commit ourselves to work with others to take responsibility for achieving the economic, social, and environmental components of responsible and sustainable tourism.” – 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism

“Many of our partners migrated here from all over the country to find more opportunities to sell their wares. Some spend the summer in their hometowns, creating their handmade pieces, returning with their new items for the high season.

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We are always looking for new partners to collaborate with to enhance the experience�. Each reasonably-priced tour includes air conditioned transportation from the office in Bucerias, bilingual guides, visits with partners in their homes or workshops, and fair payment for their time and materials. You will also enjoy an authentic and delicious Mexican lunch that you may very likely assist in preparing. Aside from day tours, Human Connections also organizes educational programs, hosting Interns from around the globe. They specialize in customizing experiences for students whose interests may lie in sustainable development, international relations, or intercultural management, by exposing them to real-life non-profit responsibilities through teamwork with local entrepreneurs. Do you have a corporate group interested in a diverse travel option? Accommodations, itinerary, and meal plans - Human Connections does that, too. Adults and children, singles, or groups; this is an experience the discerning traveler won’t want to overlook. For details about their cultural tours and a deeper sense of what Human Connections embodies, and for further information regarding educational programs, tailored tours or volunteer opportunities, go to humanconnections.org.

  

   

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The Beaches of Vallarta

OLAS ALTAS You may find the waters suitable for surfing or boogie boarding near the River Cuale. Olas Altas starts at Daiquiri Dick's excellent restaurant and runs north to the River. It attracts fewer sunbathers then Los Muertos but gets lively during holidays.

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EL HOLI Located at the mouth of the Pitillal River in front of Plaza Peninsula. Occasionally has a good surf break.

BOCA DE TOMATES

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GARZA BLANCA LOS MUERTOS Puerto Vallarta’s original beach, Playa los Muertos (Beach of the Dead), is action central for both locals and tourists alike. The flat stretch of sand starts south of the River Cuale and runs about 1.5 km (one mile) south while hugging the Romantic Zone. There is a non-stop parade of vendors hawking grilled fish on sticks, jewellery, sombreros and sarapes. You can take a banana-boat ride, rent a stand-up paddle board, try out the jet boots or go para-sailing. A string of restaurants run the length of the beach, most with umbrellas and lounges for daytime and romantic tables for candlelight dining.

White pristine sand, beautiful beach in front of the ritzy Garza Blanca resort.

PLAYA LAS GEMELAS The cleanest and most accessible beach south of Vallarta. A huge swath of fine white sand with lots of families having picnics on the weekends.

CONCHAS CHINAS South of Vallarta, this beach features hidden coves with crystalline water and millions of white shells broken and polished by the waves. The individual coves are ideal for secluded sunbathing and snorkeling. FB.COM/VTATRIBUNE F

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Many in the know, hike to this beach, which is moderate 45 minute hike.

Because of its shallow waters, Playa las Animas is ideal for children and often fills up with families on weekends and holidays. Seafood restaurants line the sand.

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BOCA DE TOMATLÁN Mostly a boat launch, there is a small beach/tributary. This is where you hire water taxis to the beaches further south. Beaches south of Boca de Tomatlan are only accessible by boat or hiking, depending on your fitness level.

PLAYA MISMALOYA

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LAS CALETAS Former home of John Huston, this beach is the home of the Rhythms of the Night as well as a popular spot for weddings and a stopping point on many Vallarta Adventure tours.

MAJAHUITAS Often touted as the best snorkeling and dive spot in the bay. The waters here are clear and there is plenty of fish and sea turtles to spy on. This is where the Pirateship day tour stops.

YELAPA This once tiny hippy haven has boomed in recent years and now sports both electricity and cell phone towers, but remains only accessible by boat. Still a treat for a day or a week, the beach is lovely. The town is charming and there are two relatively accessible waterfalls. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the flora and fauna around Yelapa are amazing. FB.COM/VTATRIBUNE F

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2020 Events Holidays and Cultural Events in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Mexico

January 1 — New Year’s Day is a national holiday. Most spend this day recovering. January 6 — Three Kings Day is a gift-giving day for children who receive toys and gifts in honor of the Three Kings. This is the day you share the Rosca bread and hope you don’t bite the baby Jesus hidden in the dough. Some local charities will visit hospitals, orphanages, and communities to deliver gifts to needy children. February 5 — Anniversary of the Mexican Constitution. A national holiday with a parade through Centro. February 14 — Friendship Day represents not just love but friendship. It is similar to the US/ Canada. February 24 — Day of the Mexican Flag. March 19 — Equinox. March 21 — Benito Juarez Day is a national holiday honoring the former president. April 5 - 19 — Semana Santa and Pascua. The week before Easter and the week of Easter are the busiest vacation holidays in Mexico and often coincides with spring break. Puerto Vallarta will be at peak occupancy. April 9 & 10 are bank holidays.

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2020 Events April 30 — Día del Niño. May Cultural Festival — A month-long, governmentorganized cultural festival with events throughout May, ending with the City’s birthday celebration on the 31st. May 1 — Labor Day. A national holiday. Banks and government offices closed. May 5 — Cinco de Mayo is in memory of the defeat of the French Army at Puebla in 1862. A local holiday. May 10 — Mother’s Day. A national celebration. Schools will honor mothers with a party. It’s a significant cultural event. May 18 - 25 — Gay Pride Festival. A week-long event with a parade, commitment ceremonies, events, and more. May 31 — Puerto Vallarta’s Birthday. A concert on the Malecon followed by great fireworks. June 1 — Navy Day. A national event honoring sailors lost at sea. June 20 — Solstice.

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2020 Events Events 2020 Third week of July — Mexican schools let out for the summer. Last week of August — School resumes. Month of September — Fiestas Patrias! September 14 — National Charro Day. Mexican Charros (cowboys) parade through the center of town in traditional charro costumes with their horses in their finest saddlery. September 15 — Independence Eve. The City hosts a live music/cultural festival along the Malecon. At 11:50 pm, the Grito! is recited. Midnight, fireworks begin. September 16 — Independence Day. The festivities continue on Independence Day, a national holiday celebrated by a parade through the center of town. Banks and government offices are closed. September 22 — Equinox. October 31 — Halloween. Usually, a part of the more significant Dia de los Muertos celebrations hosted by the City. Celebrated in bars with costume parties and along the Malecon and in some neighborhoods with children trick-ortreating. November 1 — All Soul’s Day. Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed on.

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2020 Events November 2 — Day of the Dead. Vigils at gravesites and families build altars in their homes to honor those who have passed. Mid to late November — International Gourmet Festival. Participating restaurants invite international chefs to create unique menus and events celebrating gastronomy in Banderas Bay. November 20 — Mexican Revolution Anniversary. National holiday observed on the third Monday (16th) of the month. December 1 - 12 — Guadalupana. During these twelve days, religious processions beginning in the early evening take place along the streets of Centro to the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in honor of Mexico’s Patron Saint. As we get closer to December 12, the processions become larger and more boisterous. Lots of dancing, singing, and excellent street food. At midnight on the 11th, thousands of people will sing “Las Mañanitas,” Mexico’s “Happy Birthday” to the Virgin. December 12 — Virgin of Guadalupe Festival. An important religious and social holiday that marks the anniversary of the day the Virgin Guadalupe miraculously appeared to San Juan Diego. Banks are closed.

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December 21 — Solstice December 16 - 24 — Christmas Week. Friends, family, and businesses celebrate this week with posadas, traditional Mexican Christmas parties with re-enactments of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. The main celebration of Christmas is a traditional family dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by attending Midnight Mass. December 25 — Christmas Day. Religious celebration and a national holiday. Banks and government offices are closed. December 31 — New Year’s Eve. Around the Bay of Banderas, there are hundreds of parties. The streets of Old Town in Puerto Vallarta are closed off and filled with people dancing. The fireworks displays from the towns and resorts will light up the bay for hours. Grab a seat on any beach, and you’ll be amazed.

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There are regular market called tianguis that occur in many neighbourhoods throughout the week where you can usually buy produce. clothing and household items. the markets and events here represent local producers, artisans and entrepreneurs. unless noted (*) most run from the first week of november through april.

FRIDAYS

*Marsol Friday Market by the Pier - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Open all year, located on Francisca Rodriguez at the Marsol Hotel lobby, off Olas Altas

Sayulita Mercado del Pueblo - 10 am -2 pm On Calle Revolucion before the bridge

Southside Shuffle - 6 pm - 10 pm

Along Basilio Badillo in Old Town. Every second Friday.

SATURDAYS

Olas Altas Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am - 2 pm at Lazaro Cardenas Parks, Old Town

Three Hens & a Rooster Market - 9 am - 1:00 pm Lion’s Club, Francisco Madero #280, Old Town

Tianguis Lo de Marcos - 9 am - 2:00 pm Located in the main plaza

SUNDAYS

Huanacaxtle Farmer’s Market - 9 am -3 pm Located at La Cruz Marina

TUESDAYS

Riviera Market - 9 am - 2 pm Located in Nuevo Vallarta in the parking lot behind the Casino.

WEDNESDAYS

Bucerias Forever Spring Market - 9 am - 1 pm

In the Chedraui parking lot

*Vallarta ArtWalk - 6 pm - 10 pm

13 galleries located through the Centro neighbourhood of Puerto Vallarta. Runs through May.

THURSDAYS

Bucerias ArtWalk - 7 - 9 pm Along Lazaro Cardenas

Marina Vallarta Night Market - 6 pm - 10 pm Along the Marina

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BEST BEACH FOR A ROMANTIC WALK PLAYA DESTILADERAS Our choice for “Most Romantic Beach� is Playa Destiladeras, located about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta at km 9 along the highway to Punta de Mita. This long, flat, white sand beach is perfect for strolling hand in hand with your loved one as you watch the sun set behind Las Marietas Islands. To walk from one end of the beach and back takes about 50 minutes but we like to stop at the stylish beach club of Los Veneros for a midway cocktail to enjoy the full experience.

Just before Playa Majahuitas on the south shore lies our choice for the best beach to go to for the freshest seafood and coldest margaritas in the bay, Playa Las Animas. This golden sand beach is lined with five or six beachfront, thatched roofed restaurants to choose from. We recommend ordering the local specialty of Huachinango Zarandeado, which is whole red snapper rubbed with spices and cooked over a wood grill. Delicious! To get to Playa Las Animas, you can take the same water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan. Or for the more adventurous, you can hike along a well-marked path from Boca to Las Animas. It takes approx. two hours and is of moderate difficulty.

BEST BEACH FOR BOOGIE BOARDING PLAYA PUNTA DE MITA Most visitors to Punta de Mita head to local favorite Playa El Anclote, which is located in front of the main street and lined with seafood restaurants. However, our favorite is the lesser known Playa Punta de Mita that is located south of the small marina and is the perfect spot for playing in the gentle waves. Take the stairs across from Hotel La Quinta del Sol and spend the day enjoying the surf rolling in along this lovely white beach.

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January 2019. Listed here are the results. You can vote for your favorite businesses in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards by voting online at www.vallartatribune.com

Best of Puerto Vallarta Winners 2019 BEST HOTEL Hyatt Ziva Carretera Costera a Barra de Navidad, Zona Hotelera Sur n 322 226 5000 Hyatt.com f hyattpuertovallartaziva/

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL/PRIVATE VILLA Casa Karma Boutique Resort Carretera a Barra de Navidad 1247 n 322 221 6047 Casa-Karma.com f casakarmapv/

BEST RESORT Marriott Resort & Spa Paseo de la Marina Norte 435 n 322 226 0000 puertovallartamarriott.com f marriottpv

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT Barrio Bistro España 305, Colonia Versalles n 322 306 0530 Barriobistro.com f barriobistromx/

BEST FINE-DINING RESTAURANT Bravos Restaurant Bar Francisco I Madero 263, Colonia Emiliano Zapata n 322 222 0339 Bravospv.com f bravospv/ BEST RESTAURANT PATIO La Palapa Restaurant Púlpito 105-3, ColoniaEmiliano Zapata n 322 222 5225 Lapalapapv.com flapalapapv/

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BEST KIDS FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Restaurant Café Lukumbe Av. Los Tules 449 Fraccionamiento Jardines Vallarta n 322 225 6000

BEST TACO STAND Pancho’s Takos Basilio Badillo 162, ColoniaEmiliano Zapata n 322 222 1693 Pachostakos.restaurantwebexperts.com/

BEST VIEW RESTAURANT Hacienda de Oro Restaurant At the Vallarta Botanical Garden Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km. 24 n 322 223 6182 Vbgardens.org fVbgardensac/

BEST SUSHI Sushi In House Francia 135, Colonia Versalles n 322 145 9476 Restaurantsnapshot.com/Sushiinhouse f Sushiinhouse/

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT River Café Isla Río Cuale 4, Colonia Centro n 322 223 0788 Rivercafé.com.mx fRivercafépv/

BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Planeta Vegetariano Iturbide 270, Colonia Centro n 322 222 3073 Planetavegetariano.com fPlanetavegetarianopv/

BEST BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT El Barracuda Paraguay 1290, Playa Camarones n 322 222 4034 Elbarracuda.com

BEST BREAKFAST Freddy’s Tucan Basilio Badillo 245, Colonia Emiliano Zapata n 322 223 0778 Fredystucan.com f Fredystucanpuertovallarta/

BEST BRUNCH Coco’s Kitchen Púlpito 122, Colonia Emiliano Zapata n 322 223 0373 Cocoskitchenpv.net f Cocoskitchenpv/

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BEST RESTAURANT WINE LIST Café Des Artistes Guadalupe Sánchez 740, Colonia Centro n 322 226 7200 Cafédesartistes.com f Cafédesartistes/

BEST TRADITIONAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT El Arrayán Allende 344, Colonia Centro n 322 222 7195 Elarrayan.com.mx fElarrayan/

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Mariscos Polo’s Basilio Badillo 223, ColoniaEmiliano Zapata n 322 222 4568 Mariscospolos.wixsite.com/Polosrestaura f Mariscospolospuertovallarta/

BEST HAMBURGUER Derby City Burgers Rodolfo Gomez 130 n 322 223 3323

BEST CEVICHE 8 Tostadas Río Guayaquil 413 n 322 222 7691 8Tostadas.restaurantwebexperts.com f Ochotostadas/

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BEST BBQ El Río Bbq Bar Felipe Angeles 245, Colonia Paso Ancho n 322 222 2510 Elriobbqbar.com f Elriobbq/

BEST BREW PUB Los Muertos Brewing Lázaro Cárdenas 302 n 322 222 0308 f Losmuertosbrewing/

BEST SPORTS BAR Champions Sports Bar Paseo de la Marina Norte 435 Marriott Resort & Spa n 322 226 00000

BEST BARTENDER Diego Mendoza

BEST HAPPY HOUR Cuates y Cuetes Francisca Rodríguez 101 n 322 223 2724 Cuatesycuetes.com f Cuatesycuetes/

BEST COFFEE SHOP A Page In The Sun Lázaro Cárdenas 169, Colonia Emiliano Zapata n 322 222 3608 Apageinthesun.com f Apageinthesun/

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BEST GROCERY STORE Soriana n 01 800 220 1234 Soriana.com f Sorianacom/

BEST BUTCHER Sonora’s Meat Av. Prisciliano Sánchez 540 n 322 209 75 62 Sonorasmeat.com f Sonorasmeatpvr/

BEST FLORIST Flowers To Go Rodolfo Gómez 126, Colonia Emiliano Zapata e Sales@Flowerstogovallarta.com n 322 223 5686 f Flowerstogovallarta/

BEST MECHANIC Radial Llantas Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio 2164, Colonia Díaz Ordaz n 322 225 6341

BEST CLOTHING STORE Lemongrass Boutique Agustín Rodríguez 315 f Lemongrass

BEST SWIMWARE STORE La Sirena Reina Juárez 174B, Colonia Centro Lasirenareina.com f Lasirena BEST EYEWARE STORE Costco Av. Fluvial Vallarta 134 Fraccionamiento Fluvial Vallarta n 322 226 2580 f CostcoMex/

BEST SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORE Deja New! Jacarandas 280 n 322 100 2316 f Dejanewconsignment/ BEST PIPE, BONG AND ACCESORY STORE Havana Cigar House Morelos 277 n 322 222 0246 f Havanapv/

BEST ART STUDIO Art Vallarta Calle Pilitas 213 Artvallarta.com f Artvallarta/

BEST YOGA STUDIO Yoga Vallarta & Pilates Studio n 322 222 1706 Yogavallarta.com f Yoga.vallarta/

BEST PILATES STUDIO Yoga Vallarta & Pilates Studio n 322 222 1706 Yogavallarta.com f Yoga.vallarta/

BEST DANCE STUDIO Zumba Con Efrén Muñoz n 322 101 3630 https://bit.ly/2o0btph f Zumbaconefrenmunoz/

BEST ART GALLERY Galleria Dante Basilio Badillo 269 n 322 222 2477 Galleriadante.com f Galleriadante/

BEST MARTIAL-ARTS STUDIO Kung Fu Vallarta n 322 120 1013 TaiChiVallarta.com f kungfuvallarta/

BEST LIVE PERFORMING-ARTS VENUE Act II Entertainment Stages Insurgentes 330 n 322 222 1512 Act2pv.com f Actiientertainment/

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Tito at the Fit Club Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 130 Rivera Molino de Agua n 322 223 0063 f Thefitclubpvr/

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Nacho Daddy Basilio Badillo 287 n 322 688 5566 Nachodaddymexico.com f Nachodaddypv/

BEST MEDICAL CLINIC Hospital Medasist Manuel M. Dieguez 360, Alta Vista, n 322 223 0656 f Medasisthospital/

BEST GYM Vallarta Fitness Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio n 322 209 1100 Vallartafitness.com.mx f Vallartafitness/

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BEST LOCAL DESIGNER Luisa’s Calle Juarez 144, Colonia Centro n 322 222 5042 e Luivallarta@gmail.com

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BEST DENTIST/DENTAL CLINIC Smile Vallarta Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio 2898-104 n 322 209 0499 f SmilevallartadrSánchez

BEST VETERINARIAN CLINIC Sabuesos Colombia 1198, Colonia Cinco de Diciembre n 2225775 y 1130332 Veterinariasabuesos.com f Veterinariasabuesos/

BEST BARBERSHOP Barber & Booze n 322 222 8554 Barberbooze.com f Barberbooze/

BEST DOGGY DAYCARE /BOARDING FACILITY The Dog Father Lago Victoria 158 n 322 293 0536 Thedogfather.com.mx f Thedogfather.esteticacaninavallarta/

BEST HAIR SALON Salon Malecon Calle Morelos 819 n 322 222 7783 f Salonmalecon/

BEST SALON FOR MANI-PEDI Metamorfosis Day Spa Francisca Rodriguez 159 n 322 222 6162 Metamorfosisdayspa.com f Metamorfosis-Day-Spa

BEST SPA Artepil Spa Ave. Fluvial Vallarta 260, Interior 1 n 322 225 9418 Artepilspa.com f Artepilspafluvial/

BEST PET SUPPLY STORE Petco Av. Francisco Villa No. 1273 Colonia Residencial Fluvial Vallarta n 322 225 9397 Petco.com.mx/ f Petco.mexico/

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT International Altruism Festival n 322 226 0048 f Fiapv/

BEST GAY BAR Paco’s Ranch Ignacio L Vallarta 237 Pacosranchpv.com f Pacosranchpvm/

BEST PET GROOMING Veterinaria y Estética Mascota’s Calle Melchor Ocampo 109 n 224 0319, 299 6463 f Vetmascotaspv/

BEST COMMUNITY CHARITY Pasitos de Luz Boulevard Federación San Vicente, Nayarit n 322 182 7090 Pasitosdeluz.org f Pasitosdeluz2/

BEST LESBIAN EVENT/BAR Apaches Olas Altas 439 n 322 141 6752 f Apachespuertovallarta/

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BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Dana L. Scapa Loft 268 Local 6, 268 Venustiano Carranza, Emiliano Zapata n 322 147 3459 Remaxinpv.com f Danascaparemax/

BEST GAY TOUR Diana’s Tours Dianastours.com/

BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY PVRPV Vacation Rentals Lázaro Cárdenas 205 n 322 222 0638 pvrpv.com/es/puerto-vallarta f pvrpvrealestate

BEST NOTARY Notary 5 - Carlos Castro Segundo Río Amarillo No. 235 Col Residencial Fluvial Vallarta. n 322 222 13 98 | 222 16 78 | 222 51 40 f Notaria5pv.com/En

BEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Tropicasa Realty Púlpito 145-A, Colonia Olas Altas n 322.222.6505 Tropicasa.com e info@tropicasa.com

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January 2019. Listed here are the results. You can vote for your favorite businesses in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards by voting online at www.vallartatribune.com

Best of Banderas Bay Winners 2019

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD OR TOWN Old Town

BEST BEACH FOR EATING AND DRINKING Los Muertos

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR ALL-NIGHT PARTYING Olas Altas

BEST BEACH FOR SNORKLING Los Arcos

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR OFF THE GRID LIVING El Tuito

BEST BEACH FOR PRIVACY Punta Mita

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR RELAXING Mismaloya

BEST BEACH FOR SURFING Sayulita

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR HEALTHY LIVING Old Town

BEST BEACH FOR STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING Bucerías

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FOR SHOPPING Downtown Puerto Vallarta

BEST BEACH FOR PARTYING Los Muertos

BEST BEACH FOR KIDS Los Muertos

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS Malecón

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BEST HISTORIC LANDMARK Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

BEST LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION Malecón

BEST PUBLIC ART Malecón Sculptures

BEST MURAL Lázaro Cárdenas Mosaic Mural Parque Lázaro Cárdenas Puerto Vallarta E info@tileparkpv.com tileparkpv.com f parqueazulejospv/

BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER Josef Kandoll n 322 138 3788 josefkandollwphotography.com/ E josef4us@yahoo.com f Josef Kandoll W Photography

BEST LOCAL ARTIST Javier Niño Calle Lázaro Cárdenas, #322 Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta n 322 120 3270 f javierninofabrica/

BEST PLACE FOR KARAOKE Kooky Karaoke Bar

BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE WATCHING El Malecón

BEST KEPT SECRET Vallarta Botanical Garden Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km. 24 n 322 223 6182 vbgardens.org/ E info@vbgardens.org f Vallarta Botanical Garden

BEST TENNIS COURTS Buganvilias Club n 322 226 0404 BuganviliasPuertoVallarta f buganviliasclub.com/

BEST ARTISAN MARKET Olas Altas Farmers Market Parque Lázaro Cárdenas Puerto Vallarta n 322 278 8170 E olasaltasfarmersmarket@gmail.com f olasaltasfarmersmarket/

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BEST TRANSPORTATION SERVICE Uber uber.com/global/es/cities/puerto-vallarta/ f ubervallartaoficial/

BEST PRIVATE CHEF Mavi Graf Mastil 2 Puerto Vallarta n 322 135 8570 arteculinario-mavigraf.com E info@arteculinario-mavigraf.com f arteculinariobymavigraf/

BEST LAWYER Félix Zarate Avenue Tepic 302 Sur. Mezcales, Nyarit 606A Marina Golf Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco n 322-356-5963                               felixzaratelawyer.com

BEST COOKING CLASSES My Mexican Kitchen 11 Lázaro Cárdenas Street Bucerías, Nayarit, n 322 116 4493 mymexicankitchen.com E mymexicankitchen@yahoo.com f MyMexicanKitchen/

BEST IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT Norma Alicia Rodríguez Ibarra Iguana, Isla Iguana, Puerto Vallarta n 322 209 1107

BEST NEW CONDO DEVELOPMENT Loft 268 Venustiano Carranza #268, Emiliano Zapata Puerto Vallarta n 322 222 0638 pvrpv.com E info@pvrpv.com f PVRPVLOFT268/

BEST BANK Intercam Ignacio L. Vallarta 130 Int. 1 y 2, Col. Emiliano Zapata Puerto Vallarta n 322 223 3080 intercam.com.mx f intercam.com.mx/

BEST WINE STORE Vinos América n 33 5000-5100 vinosamerica.com E contacto@vinosamerica.com.mx f vinosamerica/

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BEST LIQUOR STORE La Playa n 322 223 1852 superlaplaya.com e autoserviciolaplaya@gmail.com f laplayavta/

BEST HOTEL/BAR LOUNGE Pinnacle Resorts 180 Púlpito 180, Puerto Vallarta n 322 222 3556 pinnacleresortspv.com f pinnacle.resorts/

BEST TEQUILA STORE Agave Liquors Delfin #20 Sayulita, Nayarit, n 329 298 8934 agaveliquors.com E agaveliquors@gmail.com f agaveliquorssayulita/

BEST PLACE FOR COCKTAILS Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge Calle Ignacio L. Vallarta 228-18 Puerto Vallarta E twistedpalmspv@hotmail.com f twistedpalms/

BEST PLACE FOR A MARGARITA Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Basilio Badillo 212 Puerto Vallarta n 322 222 2099 joejackspv.com E admin@joejackspv.com f JoeJacksFishShack/

BEST LOCAL DESIGNER - JEWELRY STORE Cassandra Shaw 276 Basilio Badillo Puerto Vallarta n 322 223 9734 cassandrashaw.com E cassandrapv@gmail.com f cassandrashawjewelry/

BEST PLACE FOR A MICHELADA Ocean Grill Puerto Vallarta n 322 111 0157 oceanlivelovegrill.com E oceangrillpv@gmail.com f oceanGrillPVR/

BEST LOCAL DESIGNER - FURNITURE Studio 365 Interior Design Carretera Federal a Tepic n 322 114 0462 studio365.com.mx E studio365pv@gmail.com

BEST PLACE FOR CHEAP BEER Sea Monkey Aquiles Serdan 174, Puerto Vallarta n 322 222 2174 f Sea-Monkey-284102501664787/

BEST FURNITURE STORE Solutions México Avenida Héroe de Nacozari #126 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 6399 solutions.com f solutionsfurniture/

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BEST TATTOO STUDIO Vallarta Ink Puerto Rico1580 Puerto Vallarta n 322 223 8412 Vallartaink.com E Culturaurbana83@Gmail.com F Vallartainktattoo/

BEST DANCE/DJ CLUB Mandala Paseo Díaz Ordaz 640 Puerto Vallarta n 322 142 9111 mandalanightclub.com E mandalapv@hotmail.com f mandalavallarta/

BEST BIKE SHOP Velo Bike Plaza Neptuno, Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio, km7.5, Local B1-B2 Col. Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta n 322 209 0716 f VeloBikePV/ velobikepv.com

BEST PLACE TO GO DANCING La Bodeguita del Medio Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jal. n 322 223 1585

BEST LOCAL FESTIVAL Festival Gourmet Internacional festivalgourmet.com E inform@festivalgourmet.com f Festival.Gourmet.International/

BEST LOCAL BAND Los Bambinos n 222-4357 losbambinosmusic.com E losbambinosmusic@gmail.com f LosBambinosMusic/

BEST DRAG QUEEN SHOW Luna Lounge 27 Av. Mexico Bucerías, Nayarit, Mexico n 329 298 3242

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BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE El Barracuda Paraguay 1290, Playa Camarones n 322 222 4034 elbarracuda.com E info@elbarracuda.com f El-BarracudaBar-Solar-251484981531614/

BEST PARTY BOAT CRUISE Vallarta Adventures - Rhythms of the Night Av. de Las Palmas No. 39 n 322 297 1212 vallarta-adventures.com f vallarta.adventures/

BEST CRUISE TOUR - SAILBOAT Mike’s Charter and Tours Mástil 2, Interior 1, Condo Marina Sol, Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta n 322 221 1979 mikes-charters.com E info@mikes-charters.com f mikeschartersandtours/

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Best of Riviera Nayarit Winners 2019

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January 2019. Listed here are the results. You can vote for your favorite businesses in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards by voting online at www.vallartatribune.com

BEST HOTEL Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Av Cocoteros 98 Sur Nuevo Vallarta n 322 226 8677 vallarta.grandvelas.com f gvrivieranayarit/

BEST NEW RESTAURANT La Boqueria Hidalgo Miguel hidalgo #2F Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 688 0791 f boqueriahidalgo/

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL Villa Amor Camino a Playa los Muertos Sayulita, Nayarit, n 541 482 9311 villaamor.com f villaamorsayulita/

BEST FINE-DINING RESTAURANT Mezzogiorno Avenida del Pacifico 33, cowrner Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez Bucerías, Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta Area, n 329 298.0350 mezzogiorno.com.mx/ f mezzogiorno.com.mx/

BEST RESORT Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Avenida Paseo de las Moras s/n Nayarit n 800-292-9446 f grandluxxenuevovallarta/

BEST RESTAURANT PATIO Mark’s Bar & Grill 56 Lázaro Cárdenas, Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 0303 marksBucerías.com f marksBucerías/

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BEST KIDS FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Los Alcatraces de Nuevo Vallarta Bloulevard Nayarit 1423 Nayarit n 322 297 4720 f alcatracesnuevovallarta/

BEST VIEW RESTAURANT Insu Sky Bar Paseo de los Cocoteros # 53, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit n 322 297 0262 f InsuSkyBar/

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT Toscana Mia Bucerías, Nayarit n 329 298 1525 trattoriatoscanamia.com/ f TrattoriaToscanaMia/

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BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Sandrina’s Lázaro Cárdenas 33, Bucerías, Nayarit, BEST BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar Marlin #2, Sayulita, Nayarit, n 329.291.3090, 329.291.3153 donpedros.com f DonPedrosRestaurant/

BEST BREAKFAST Mr. Cream Pancakes and Waffles Avenida Paseo de las Palmas 5 Puerto Vallarta n 322 297 0201 f MrCreamNuevoVallarta/

BEST BRUNCH Sunday Brunch at Marival Residences Luxury Resort Bloulevard Nuevo Vallarta y Paseo de los Cocoteros No. 53 Nayarit n 00 326 6600 marivaldistinct.com f MarivalDistinct/

BEST TACO STAND Tacos Junior Bucerías Avenida Héroes de Nacozari, Bucerías, Nayarit n 322 183 8821 karensplaceBucerías.com f pages/Tacos-Junior/

BEST SUSHI La Sushita Héroess de Nacozari 129, Bucerías, Nayarit, n 322 142 0771 lasushita.mx f LaSushita/

BEST RESTAURANT WINE LIST Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Carretera Puerto Vallarta-Tepic Punta de Mita, Nayarit, n 329 291 5957 restaurantcarolina.com f carolinarestaurant/

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BEST TRADITIONAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT Si Señor Punta de Mita Av. Anclote #200 Punta de Mita, Nayarit, n 329 291 6652 f sisenorpuntademita/

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT El Barracuda Nuevo Vallarta Bloulevardde Nayarit 708, Villa 5, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay. n 322 22 24034 elbarracuda.com/ f elbarracuda.famosamarisqueria

BEST HAMBURGER Las Famosas Burgers Hidalgo#11, Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 31 84 f lasfamosasburgers/

BEST CEVICHE Mar y Sol Restaurant Avenida Pacifico 4,Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 1914 f MarySolBucerias/

BEST BBQ Sonora al Sur Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit sonoraalsur.com.mx f SonoraalSur/

BEST BREW PUB La Negra Bucerías Abasolo #11 Bucerías, Nayarit, lanegracerveceria.com f lanegracerveceria/ BEST SPORTS BAR Yo Yo Mo’s Av 17 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 6073 f yoyomos.Bucerías/

BEST BARTENDER J.P. Ramos at Yo Yo Mo’s

BEST HAPPY OUR Karen’s Place Benito Juárez 12 Bucerías Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 3176 karensplaceBucerías.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP Lateral Café & Bistro Héroess Nacozari 126 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 6190 lateralcafebistro.com f lateralcafebistroBucerías/

BEST BAKERY Panino´s Héroes de Nacozari s/n Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 2964 f paninos.food93.com

BEST GROCERY STORE Mega Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio, km 6 1/2, Col. Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta n 322 221 0490 megasoriana.com

BEST BUTCHER Sonora al Sur Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta Nayarit n 322 297 5307 sonoraalsur.com.mx f SonoraalSur/

BEST ICE CREAM SHOP Buonissimo Plaza 3.14 Local 37 Nuevo Vallarta n 32 2 297 78 41 buonissimo314.com f Buonissimo-314

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BEST FLORIST Cattleya f flowershopCattleya/

BEST MECHANIC Car Doctor Av. Tepic 949, local 9 y 10, Col. Flamingos Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 5076

BEST CLOTHING STORE Rosemary Sayulita Boutique Delfin #16 (between choco f RosemarySayulita/

BEST SWIMWARE STORE Coral Reef Surf Shop 114 Heroes de Nacozari Bucerías, Nayarit, Mexico 329 298 0261

BEST EYEWARE STORE Eye-Metrics Mega Comercial Mexicana,, Flamingos, Nay. n 329 298 0760 f eye.metric.pv/

BEST SECOND HAND CLOTHING STORE La Chula Boutique f LaChulaBoutique/

BEST PIPE, BONG AND ACCESORY STORE Cuban Tobacco Shop Paradise Plaza Shopping Center Local B5, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit.

BEST ART STUDIO A Broken Art Mosaic Gallery and School 62 Lázaro Cárdenas Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 2506 abrokenart.com f ChristyAnnBeguesse/

BEST ART GALLERY Jan Marie Boutique Gallery Lázaro Cárdenas 58 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 0303 f Jan-Marie-Boutique-Gallery

BEST LIVE PERFORMING-ARTS VENUE Luna Lounge 27 Av. Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 3242 lunaloungeBucerías.com f BuceríasLunaLounge/

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Drunken Duck Avenida , Centro Bucerías, Nayarit, f ddnayarit/

BEST GYM Fitness Center Bucerías Carretera Federal 200 #600 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 0048 fitnesscenterBucerías.com f FitnessCenterBucerías/

BEST YOGA STUDIO Shala Ananda Yoga Río Colorado 5 Flamingos Bucerías, Nayarit, n 322 227 1557 shalaananda.com f ShalaAnandaBucerías/

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BEST PILATES STUDIO Bahía Fitness Carretera Tepic- Vallarta 1297 Plaza Mega Comercial Bucerías, Nayarit Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 1426 f BahiaFitness/

BEST DANCE STUDIO Quilombo Avenue Revolución 137 Sayulita, Nayarit, n 322 131 6890 f QuilomboSayulita/

BEST MARTIAL-ARTS STUDIO Siam TanaiLuarkMuayThai/

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER Marcelo Mico Paseo de La Marina Sur No. 129 Local 15 Puerto Vallarta n 322 209 0901 marcelomico.com/en/ f marcelomicopilates

BEST MEDICAL CLINIC Hospital CMQ Riviera Nayarit Av. Héroess de Nacozari 280 Bucerías, Nayarit, hospitalcmq.com f HospitalCMQRivieraNayarit/

BEST DENTIST/DENTAL CLINIC Dr. Adrian Malja AvHéroes de Nacozari 280 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 1249 adrianmalja.com f DentistAdrianMalja/

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BEST BARBERSHOP Last King Barbershop Bucerías Ave Héroess de Nacozari #600 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 322 241 9394 LastkingBucerías/

BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY Ocean Key Properties n 322 297 1717 oceankeyproperties.com f oceankeyproperties/

BEST PET SUPPLY STORE Clinica Veterinaria Animalitos f veterinariaanimalito/

BEST ANIMAL HOSPITAL Veterinaria Valle Dorado BEST HAIR SALON Salon Divas, Bucerías Melchor Ocampo 51 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 2372 divasrivieranayarit.com f salondivasBucerías/

BEST SALON FOR MANI-PEDI Salon Divas Melchor Ocampo 51 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 2372 f salondivasBucerías/

BEST DOGGY DAYCARE/BOARDING FACILITY Veterinaria Valle Dorado Carretera Tepic -Vallarta N.1485 f Valle Dorado

BEST PLACE TO GET A FACIAL Sunflower Massage Miguel Hidalgo No.3 Col. Centro Bucerías Nayarit Bucerías, Nayarit, n 322 110 1082 sunflowermassage.com.mx f sunflowermassagepv/

BEST LOCAL CHARITY Amigos de Bucerías amigosdeBucerías.org/ f AmigosdeBuceríasAC/

BEST SPA Harmony Center Río Amarillo 231 Puerto Vallarta n 322 224 5071 f harmonyofficial/

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BEST VETERINARIAN CLINIC Pet Vet & Care Héroes de Nacozari # 69 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 1622

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT San Pancho Circo de los Niños Ave. Tercer Mundo #12 San Francisco, Nayarit, n 322 779 1519 circodelosninosdesanpancho.mx/ f circodelosninosdesanpancho

BEST NOTARY Notary 2, Bucerías notariapublicados.com/

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT Andy Cabrera, Bienvenidos Real Estate Carretera Puerto Vallarta-Tepic 140, Locale 14, Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 1733 bienvenidosrealestate.com f bienvenidosrealestate/

BEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE Elements Realty Av 23 Bucerías, Nayarit, n 329 298 6011 homein.com f elements.realty.group/

BEST BAKERY Panino’s Héroes de Nacozari S/N Bucerías, n 329 298 2964 Paninos.food93.Com f Paninos-Bucerias

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