Hidden Gems of Puerto Vallarta

Looking for some of Puerto Vallarta hidden treasures…a writer on a 6 month long sojourn dishes on her favorite secret spots.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – When you think of Puerto Vallarta, an image of all-inclusive resorts and typical tourist attractions may spring to mind. Because of time constraints, many vacationers to Vallarta unfortunately miss the rich food, art and culture scene that bubbles beneath the facade. The city is a magnet for talented artists, chefs, writers, musicians and instructors.

I am in PV for a six-month solo writing sojourn and love the blend of metropolitan life with small-town heart.

The Old Town Farmer’s Market is filled with gourmet treats from around the globe on Saturdays.

For those who prefer a homey holiday, cooking here is a pleasure with the neighborhood markets’ availability of freshly picked produce, herbs, cheese, fish, seafood and meat. On Saturdays, the Old Town Farmer’s Market is filled with gourmet goodies made by vendors from around the globe.

read more in the Journal Pioneer


For a great place to stay while visiting, check out Villa Pacifico for your Puerto Vallarta Vacation Rental needs


Are We There Yet? Not quite for this traveling family.

We all love to travel, but an 11 year long road trip takes the cake. Read this cool story of the Zapp family and their traveling addiction.

Imagine traveling around the world with your family, by car, for 11 years straight.

For some it would be like a dream come true. For others, it would get old pretty quickly.

But Herman and Candelaria Zapp, along with their four children — all born on the road — are living the dream. read more at MSNBC


Herman and Candelaria Zapp with their four children, from left: Paloma, 3; Pampa, 8; Wallaby, 1; and Tehue, 5.


El Malecon – Puerto Vallarta Vacation Must See

Here’s a fun little video of the El Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon is a mile-long oceanfront boardwalk that follows the beach and the main street in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The music is awesome but bit loud..You were warned. ;-)

Need a place to stay while visiting Puerto Vallarta? Check out Villa Pacifico Azul for all of your Puerto Vallarta Vacation Rentals needs.


Bike your way through the Oregon Coast? There’s an App for That!

Bike your way through the Oregon Coast?…Well, there’s an App for that too..
(ok..it’ll be available soon) Daniella and Elliot Crowder, owners of the Bike Newport bike shop, unveiled their plans for a new iPhone app today.


How Elizabeth Taylor transformed Puerto Vallarta.

In honor of Elizabeth Taylor, we thought you might like this piece from Fox Entertainment News about how Taylor’s steamy romance with Richard Burton in 1963 turned Puerto Vallarta into a world class tourist destination.

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor was an American icon, but her death today at age 79 has a special poignancy in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was that sleepy Mexican town that her steamy and tumultuous romance helped build into the thriving resort it is today.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2011/03/23/elizabeth-taylors-mexico/#ixzz1Jvk3tZsP


Just a short drive from Depoe Bay

What a great place for a family fun adventure day!!!


Glass Blowing at Lincoln City.


Glass blowing in Lincoln City


Check out this awesome powder!

Last week dumped over 56” of fresh powder on Mt Bachelor and the guys at Newschoolers wasted no time in posting this awesome vid of some deep powder skiing.

Courtesy of Newschoolers.com
Lucas Wachs and Peter Alport on Mt Bachelor


Puerto Vallarta hits #4 spot in top 10..

This Mexico resort town recently took home the #4 spot in Cheapflights’ Top 10 Destinations for Spring Break Students in 2011 report. Billed as the most lively and sophisticated of all spring break hot spots, Puerto Vallarta also ranks #8 on Orbitz’s list for 2010 International Destinations….For us…We think it’s #1!!!


Eat your heart out…

Another cool testimonial from this awesome Portland couple, RaeJeanne and Ennis. We sure are glad you guys had a great time in Mexico and wanted to share it with all of us. Thanks so much from all of us at Blue Pacific.

Wish you were here!!!