Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride May 22-26, 2014

“Orgullo Vallarta Pride” is a new annual event
celebrated  in May in Puerto Vallarta. It
was launched in 2013 to celebrate the diverse LGBT community that both lives in
and visits Puerto Vallarta, and that over the years has positively influenced
and formed part of its culture, heritage and history.

The LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on
the weekend of May 22 to 26, 2014. Previously it was a 2-day celebration and
will now be expanding into a week-long cultural celebration. Celebrate Puerto
Vallarta and its international population with 
music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, parade, and activities in
participating bars and clubs. Puerto Vallarta is the number one Mexican travel
destination for LGBT tourists.

Puerto Vallarta offers an LGBT inclusive atmosphere in the
Romantic Zone area, in the heart of downtown, which is home to many businesses
that are LGBT-owned and/or target the consumer, including beaches, tours,
activities and restaurants bars and clubs to choose from. LGBT travelers have
the option of choosing from gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and
breakfasts and guest houses. One of my favorites is Hotel Mercurio. Nuevo
Vallarta is 20-30 minutes further north and that is where you find the sterile big
chain resorts and this is where the cruise ships dock. I highly suggest you
stay in Romantic Zone to get the true feeling of Mexico and skip the big chain

In the Fall of 2013 the state of Jalisco, where Puerto
Vallarta is located, approved a civil union law that allows couples co-habiting
to register their union with the state and allowing for certain rights,
including that of inheritance, property ownership, and medical rights among
others. Puerto Vallarta provides a perfect backdrop for a wedding and a
honeymoon all in one. During the week of pride events there will be a mass
commitment ceremony.

Updates will be posted on their facebook page as the
schedule is announced.


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Grand Opening at Di Vino Dante November 22nd!

Friday, November 22nd
Basilio Badillo 269 A

50% off wine by the glass and tapas 5-7pm


20% off wine by the glass and tapas 7-11pm

4-11 pm, Monday thru Saturday - Closed Sundays
Email: info.divinodante@gmail.com   
Phone: (322) 223.3734


Please keep in mind that were are currently
only accepting cash or
American Express.

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Fun Parties at Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Mercurio!

What better time to escape the cold Midwest  and head to Puerto Vallarta for sun and fun!
OUR FAVORITE HOTEL - Hotel Mercurio  has a great location, with a gorgeous pool and a friendly staff!  
Hotel Mercurio now has  a pool party each Wednesday, 4-6 PM, “Wet Wednesday” (or, in Spanish, Miercoles Mojados)… with water balloons, squirt guns, pool games and prizes (bar tabs at local gay bars, clothing from local men’s boutiques, massage and spa services, etc.). 
It’s basically a bunch of adult gay men acting like crazy kids and having lots of fun! It’s great because we get a fun mix of locals and visitors of all ages, and nobody gets to be a wallflower… it’s wild, wet, and crazy, and our hosts Joey and Isaac make sure everybody gets in the spirit!”  says  owner  Paul. 

On Sundays, they have just launched “Beers, Boys & Burgers” from 4-7 PM, with all the beers you can drink and all the burgers you want, for only $150 pesos (about $12 USD at current exchange rates). 
Our sexy Burger Boys are on the grill – with not much more than an apron and a smile on. And Jorge is serving up the beers and his famous margaritas. It’s a great place to stop in after a day of sun and sand at the gay beach, which is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.”

Locals and tourists all love Hotel Mercurio! Stop by and say HI!
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PVR Vallarta Fever Thanksgiving 2013

It was Latin Fever…then Vallarta  Fever….now it’s 

THE PVR 2013 Music + Culture Festival!  It’s still an amazing weekend!  Bigger and better than ever!


November 27th to December 1st 2013

Wednesday, Nov 27 SUNSET KICK-OFF @ Blue Chairs Rooftop 6pm-10pm

Wednesday, Nov 27 HOLA P.V. @ Paco’s Ranch 10pm-6am

Thursday, Nov 28 THANKSGIVING BASH! @ Enter Nightclub with DJ Hector Fonseca 10pm-6am

Friday, Nov 29 RIPTIDE @ Almar Beach Resort with DJ Manny Lehman 9pm-3am

Friday, Nov 29 AFTER-GLO @ Enter Nightclub with DJ Kidd Madonny décor by 3DX 3am-late (afterhours)*

Saturday, Nov 30 SQUIRT PARTY @ Blue Chairs Rooftop with DJ Kidd Madonny 4pm-9pm

Saturday, Nov 30 THE LEGENDARY WHITE PARTY @ OSCAR’s with DJ Isaac Escalante 10pm-3am

Saturday, Nov 30 WHITE-AFTER @ Enter nightclub 3am-late (afterhours)*

Sunday, Dec 1 ADIOS PVR! Party @ CC Slaughters 10pm-5am

* afterhours events are not included in the weekend pass

To purchase PVR 2013 tickets and weekend passes visit www.viptkts.com/pvr-2013 or for more information visit www.willgorges.com. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pvrfestival

This posting sponsored by:  Hotel Mercurio!

“Our management and staff are working hard to make HOTEL MERCURIO
the best vacation value in Puerto Vallarta. This means offering
excellent accommodations services, and “extra” perks to help make your
vacation unforgettable, all at an unbeatable price.

So we work with
local Puerto Vallarta businesses that we think will be of interest to
our guests: restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, etc… to put together
special hotel packages that are more than just your basic hotel stay.”

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Puerto Vallarta Lifeguard FireFighter Calendar for 2014

Puerto Vallarta Lifeguards and Firefighters are turning up the heat
by releasing a 2014 calendar that will be instrumental in raising funds
for their projects. The calendar was launched at a private party with
live entertainment, raffles and more. Several calendar ‘models’ were in
hand as a token of gratitude for all the efforts to make their programs

“This event serves as a reminder of the enormous risks taken by
emergency responders on a daily basis”  remarked Elroy Quenroe who
graciously donated his winnings back from the 50/50 raffle “We are
grateful for your life-saving efforts and public service to all of us in
Puerto Vallarta and throughout Banderas Bay.”     Carol Clarke was one
of the first to purchase the $200 peso 14-month calendars, adding “First
responders are the unsung heroes who respond day and night to life
threatening situations without hesitation or delay and deserve tonight’s

Calendars are available for purchase at Salud Super Food, PVRPV.com
office and Deja New Consignment in Emiliano Zapata; and The Coffee Cup
and Alexander A Salon in Marina Vallarta. Calendars cost $200 pesos
each, with 100% of the proceeds for the Puerto Vallarta Fire
Department’s training and education programs. 

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Casino Cruises

Taking a cruise used to be an activity that was only enjoyed by the very rich, but today it is accessible to everybody and the most exciting and exotic type of cruise for anyone who enjoys a little gambling is a casino cruise. With a casino cruise you get a touch of everything, from top quality casino gaming, first class dining and entertainment, pools and spas, comfortable cabins, to top class service.

Many of the larger casino cruise ships are essentially the kind of casinos that you are likely to find in Las Vegas with the main difference being that they are floating on the sea. However if you prefer a more intimate experience, there are many smaller ships of various formats including at the top end of the luxury scale casino yachts which cater for selected high rollers. 

On a casino cruise you don’t spend all of your time on the ship. Typically the cruise will put in at a number of ports where you will get the chance to go ashore and perhaps enjoy an organised excursion to some of the local tourist spots, beaches and even casinos. While there are casino cruises to many parts of the world, one of the more popular destinations is around the beach resorts and islands or central America which always seems to provide just the right mix of sun sand and fun.

Typically for a Caribbean casino cruise you will need to fly to an airport close to your embarkation point. Many Caribbean cruises depart from Florida, though there are also cruises from Philadelphia and Mexico. A cruise on the other side or Mexico is also good choice, and seeing Puerto Vallarta from the sea can be a great experience. There are also more generic cruises which have a casino onboard rather than cruises that specialise in casino gaming. The disadvantage is that these casinos do not operate 24/7, but luckily gaming in  www.onlinecasinoaustralia.com.au  is always an option.

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Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta May 24-26

Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta! 

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th,
Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s
Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT
culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals,
beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities
in participating bars and clubs.

A member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association,
Puerto Vallarta has been a preferred LGBT friendly destination in the
Americas for over 60 years.
Puerto Vallarta offers an LGBT inclusive atmosphere in is Romantic Zone
which is home to many businesses that are LGBT-owned and/or target
the consumer, including beaches, tours, activities and restaurants bars
and clubs to choose from. LGBT travelers have the option of choosing
from gay friendly resorts, hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and guest
houses. (Many first time  travelers make the mistake and stay out in Nuevo Vallarta. While there are many great places to stay out there, the LGBT community is in Romantic Zone – Old Vallarta).

The City’s Tourism Department at City Hall, led by Director Carlos
Gerard and Sub-Director Enrique Tovar, aims to increase tourism to the

The 3-day event was created to celebrate the unique and
all-inclusive culture that has flourished in Puerto Vallarta,
successfully integrating the rich traditions of the Mexican culture with
the varied ideas that have been introduced to the local community from
its large expatriate community from all corners of the world including
the US and Canada, and as far afield as Asia, Russia and Europe. The
LGBT community is just one of the many communities that thrives in
Vallarta organizers explained.

Confirmed events for Vallarta Pride 2013
• Opening Reception Vallarta Pride 2013
Friday May 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula

• Commitment Ceremony
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
Lido – Beach Club
• Vallarta Pride Fashion Show
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Blue Chairs Beach Club
• “HEAT” – Tea Dance
Saturday May 25, 2013 from 4:00 pm
Lido / Blue Chairs
• Vallarta Pride 2013 @Night
Themed Nights at participating bars/lounges/clubs
Saturday May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
• Vallarta Pride Parade 2013
Sunday May 26, 2013 from 4:00 pm
Romantic Zone
• Vallarta Pride Festival 2013
Sunday May 26, 2013 from 5:00 pm
Lazaro Cardenas Park / Romantic Zone
For more information visit media partner www.gaypv.mx or the official Puerto Vallarta website www.visitpuertovallarta.com
To win a trip to Puerto Vallarta, please visit: www.winatriptopuertovallarta.com/lgbt
For Pueto Vallarta’s LGBT destination brochure, please click here.

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Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Puerto Vallartan Foreign Tourists and Residents

In an effort to further assist the foreign tourists, the Puerto Vallarta municipality has opened the Oficina Municipal de Atención y Asistencia al Turista y Residente Extranjero (OAATRE), or Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Foreign Tourists and Residents. The office is conveniently located at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, in colonia Emiliano Zapata, and is staffed by specially trained, French- and English-speaking staff.
Puerto Vallarta Mayor Ramón Guerrero was present at the opening ceremony, along with US and Canadian Consular Agents Kelly Trainor and Lyne Benoit, respectively. “What matters the most,” Guerrero commented, “is that we want foreign visitors to know that, when they visit Puerto Vallarta, they will have access to a support system that includes professional staff, ready and eager to ensure that their time spent here is truly spectacular.”
The office is open 24-7. 
Reach the OAATRE by telephone, you can dial (322) 222-2224.
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Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2013


Puerto Vallarta 
Restaurant Week 2013! 
From coast to coast, from New York to London, dining events in which participating
restaurants offer a special, fixed price menu during a week or two, draw locals as well as tourists.
Known in
most places as Restaurant Week, these dining events encourage visitors
and locals to experience restaurants’ exquisite offerings at reduced

Following the trend of other influential fine dining destinations
around the world, Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group established
Restaurant Week in 2005 through a two-week festival that takes place
every year from May 15 – 31. 

Restaurant Week features many of Puerto
Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s most coveted restaurants. Participating
establishments offer innovative three-course menus, with three options
available for each course. Since the prices are often discounted by up
to 50%, dining out during Restaurant Week is not only more fun, but also
much more affordable. Presently, participating restaurants can choose
to offer their special, Restaurant Week menu at $189 or $299 pesos per
person, tips and beverages not included.

Restaurant Week is highly anticipated by locals and gourmet
aficionados from around the world, who plan an annual vacation in Puerto
Vallarta specifically for this delicious dining festival. In addition to other
important festivities that take place during the month of May, such as
the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta’s foundation as a city and as a
municipality, Restaurant Week has become an important event that
encourages visitors to choose the month of May as an attractive time of
year to explore Banderas Bay.

Information for Visitors and Locals

Vallarta Lifestyles publishes the menus of participating restaurants
in a special, Restaurant Week Menu Guide section of the May issue of
Vallarta Lifestyles magazine, featuring the special menus offered by all
the restaurants. The Menu Guide is also printed separately, and is made
available for distribution at participating restaurants. And for those
with a tablet or smart phone at their disposal, the Menu Guide can also
be viewed online (here’s last year’s menu guide).

Restaurant Week enthusiasts frequently take the opportunity to
schedule dining events with friends and loved ones, checking out new
eateries together, and comparing notes with one another, adding a
memorable social element to the experience of enjoying some of our
destination’s finest establishments.

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Travel Warning in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Is it safe to travel to

Puerto Vallarta?

In a word, the answer is BIG yes! It is safe to travel to Puerto

PV is part of the very diverse and large Mexican state of
Jalisco. Some sensational news outlets have incorrectly reported that the US State
Department is warning against all travel to Jalisco. NOT TRUE.

The US Department of State   said for  Puerto Vallarta -  There is no recommendation
against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto
  There is also no recommendation against travel on principal
highways in
Jalisco between Guadalajara including the
portions that cross in to the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.

Also – Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect.

Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Board has commissioned a study from the security consulting firm Thomas Dale and Associates (TDA).
The firm found that “the number of negative events involving foreigners
or non‐foreigners is fractional compared to the large ex‐pat resident
population and the millions of visitors that come to vacation each year
in Puerto Vallarta.”

you can read more at Visit Puerto Vallarta.

Unless you were under a rock the last few years, you could not help but hear how
dangerous  parts of  Mexico has become, and yes, it’s true drug wars have
escalated violence in parts of Mexico. “Collateral damage” the news calls it – which really means  that innocent people
have been robbed, hurt or killed. 


When I went to Vallarta last Spring, a friend told me , “OH MY GOD, I won’t go there any more because of all the kidnapping and robberies!” – I called some friends in PV and they assured me it was NOT happening there. And that is mostly all happening near the border. 


So I went for a week. And everything was fine. Just as it always
was.  I walked the streets Vallarta  alone day or night. I never felt
uncomfortable or scared.  Gay people are welcomed with open arms and can freely walk down the streets, hand in hand. Every year Puerto Vallarta seems to become more popular as a gay vacation spot. I actually have a friend here in Chicago, trying to sell his condo in Chicago, so he can retire early and live PV.
I’ve been living here for 11 years. And have had ZERO problems
or run-ins with bad guys or police (well, there was that ticket for
using my cellphone while driving…), ” says Paul who owns Hotel Mercurio

“Many cities in the US have much more security problems than PV…or many other Mexican cities, for that matter.


Puerto Vallarta is the most visited gay destination in Mexico.

With a great climate, beautiful ocean bay, beaches, mountains and lush
tropical jungle as the setting, Puerto Vallarta is a small city devoted
to serving the visiting traveler. While retaining much of its old style
Mexican charm, Vallarta has over the years built up the infrastructure
of a modern resort community. Internet cafes, ATM machines, great
restaurants in all price ranges, a beautiful airport, modern medical services, drinkable water
supply, and a safe, tolerant environment are now all part of the
Vallarta scene. 

See  Gay Guide Vallarta for more gay information.

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