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Pinnacle Picks: Makal Restaurant

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One of the things guests love about Pinnacle Resorts is that their luxury Romantic Zone vacation rental is perfectly located within easy walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. A recent addition to our neighborhood has been making a colorful splash on Puerto Vallarta’s already impressive culinary offer – Makal.

Located on Basilio Badillo, this charming eatery serves contemporary Mexican cuisine that is both delicious and creatively plated. Lead by Chef Israel Plascencia, who is always focused on fresh local ingredients, Makal is the ideal choice for those looking to explore a more Haute approach to Mexican food, that still plays true to the rich flavors and tradition of local cuisine. Complementing the food is a well-considered menu of cocktails, craft beers, and an excellent wine list.

The dining room – a hybrid of indoor/outdoor seating with a large front wall of sliding windows that open entirely – is a mix of downtown chic with polished cement tables and an eclectic collection of seating but with an updated Mexican vibe including beautifully tiled walls and vibrant hand-painted murals.

Service is attentive and friendly, with bilingual servers making you feel welcome from start to finish, who are knowledgeable about each dish on the menu, including changing daily specials that take advantage of the freshest offers from the daily markets.

If you are looking for a cool and unique dining experience in Puerto Vallarta, Makal is a fantastic option. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am, you can make a reservation at 322 354 9878, via OpenTable, or with your Resorts by Pinnacle Concierge.

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Trip Tips: How to Access Travel Money in Puerto Vallarta

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Banking and accessing funds are always on the minds of any traveler, but luckily for guests at Pinnacle Resorts, managing spending money for your Puerto Vallarta vacation is easy while you’re enjoying your stay. We have a few “Trip Tips” to help you with some of the practicalities of your travel planning.

  • It wasn’t so many years ago that most restaurants in Puerto Vallarta did not accept credit cards, but our little city by the sea has become much more tech-savvy recently. In most restaurants, you can pay by Visa or Mastercard, some may accept American Express, and rarely will they take Diner’s Club, so be prepared with some backup options.  But also have some cash on hand, as it is still common practice for casual eateries, taco stands, and some family-owned eateries to only accept cash payments.
  • Most stores and restaurants will accept USD in place of Mexican pesos. The Canadian dollar is not a widely accepted currency in our city but can be exchanged for pesos at any of the numerous money exchange offices in the city.
  • Many visitors to Puerto Vallarta find using their debit card at local ATMs to be the simplest way to access cash during their visit and several machines do offer USD as a withdrawal option if that is your preference. One thing to note, the ATM conversion rate will always be less advantageous than your bank’s rate. Bank machines function in English and Spanish, so you can simply decline the “Do you accept this rate?” prompt and the machine will still dispense your desired amount using your bank’s exchange rate.
  • Traveler’s checks are not accepted in Puerto Vallarta.

Traveling to Puerto Vallarta has never been easier or more visitor-friendly, and your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge is here to help make your visit to our city and your stay in our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone incredible.

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Pinnacle Resorts Welcomes Tintoque to the Neighborhood

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An award-winning Puerto Vallarta restaurant has recently located from its original location in Marina Vallarta to our Romantic Zone neighborhood, and it is a gastronomic adventure that you will want to add to your vacation itinerary.

Chef Joel Ornelas brings his unique touch and vision to update traditional Mexican cuisine with a particular focus on Pacific Coast ingredients and inspiration. His vanguard approach to Mexican tradition and flavors won Tintoque a place in the 120 Best Restaurants in Mexico in Guía de México Gastronómico 2021 published by Culinaria Mexicana, among only four other restaurants in the city to win such a prestigious culinary distinction.

Truly the driving force behind the concept of Tintoque, young Chef Joel Ornelas has a particular love of our Pacific Coastal cuisine as a Vallarta local who has apprenticed and worked in numerous renowned restaurants in Mexico City, England, and Spain, to hone his craft before returning home to create Tintoque. A beautifully presented menu has options for vegetarians as well as seafood and meat lovers, and changing daily specials take advantage of the best and freshest produce and ingredients purchased each morning from local markets. Each dish tells a story, both on the plate and on the palate, with incredible bursts of color and flavor that you will want to photograph and share before savoring.

One of the reasons Pinnacle Resorts has become a top choice for visitors seeking luxury vacation rentals in the Romantic Zone is that our location is within easy access to some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, and we are very happy to welcome Tintoque to the neighborhood. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for reservations and enjoy!

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The Clean Beaches of Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is one of the leading beach resort destinations in Mexico for many reasons – a wonderful climate, tours and activities, an incredible culinary scene, and a warm and welcome local population, among many others. But did you know that Puerto Vallarta has the cleanest beaches in Mexico with the largest number of Blue Flag Certified Beaches found here on our shores?

Blue Flag Certification is a recognition granted by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches and marinas that meet an established criterion of quality, safety, education, and environmental information. Mexico has been participating in this international system of clean beach evaluations since 2012 under the organization of Pronatura, an environmental organization that strives to conserve marine and other natural ecosystems.

Around the world, there are 49 countries with Blue Flag beaches and Mexico has won 20 certifications, with 8 of those beaches located in Puerto Vallarta. To qualify, beaches are strictly judged under 33 criteria which fall under 4 categories: Environment Education & Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management & Conservation, and Safety & Services.

All the 8 Blue Flag Certified beaches in Puerto Vallarta are located within easy visiting distance from Pinnacle Resorts: Palmares, Camarones, Playa de Oro, Amapas, Conchas Chinas I, Conchas Chinas II, Garza Blanca, and the Hotel Zone. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for walking directions or fast and easy transportation to any of these clean local beaches and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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What A Drag Returns for 2021

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What a Drag, one of the most popular and entertaining charity events of the year, is once again returning to the stage on March 14, 2021. The event is in support of Casa Esperanza and Compassion for the Family, which provide refuge and assistance for women suffering from domestic violence.

To create a night full of dancing and entertainment, straight men from the Puerto Vallarta community, both nationals, and foreign residents are paired with Fairy Drag Mothers, professional performers, and makeup artists, to experience a night in the life of being a fabulous woman on the stage. Some of Puerto Vallarta’s top talent in the artistic community lend their support and mentorship to help the contestants perfect their performances, with exhaustive rehearsals beginning months before the big show.

Traditionally held at Teatro Vallarta, this year, due to community health precautions, the theater will not be at full capacity and social distancing protocols will be in place. Because this is such a popular event, there will be an additional live streaming party, held in the outdoor setting of Mango’s Beach Club. Entry for the beach club watching party is $500 pesos per person and Teatro Vallarta tickets begin at $600 pesos and up.

Special guest performers this year include Vallarta’s favorite, Kim Kuzma, as well as Al Carswell, Celeste Innocenti, and Eli Estrada, which will round out what is always a fantastic night of laugh out loud entertainment to support an important cause.

Find out more about What a Drag Puerto Vallarta by clicking here or by following their Facebook page. You will also be able to find more information about how to donate if you are not able to purchase tickets for special live stream links to watch from home.

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14 Things to Love About Puerto Vallarta

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To mark Valentine’s Day, we have curated a list of 14 of our favorite things to love about Puerto Vallarta to help enhance your vacation at Pinnacle Resorts.

  1. Beautiful beaches. With 8 Blue Flag certified beaches, Puerto Vallarta tops the list for the cleanest beaches in Mexico.
  2. Incredible restaurants. With over 250 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta featuring all types of cuisine, you’ll never run out of choices.
  3. Mariachi music. This Mexican tradition originated in our own state of Jalisco.
  4. Another homegrown favorite, our national spirit can only be bottled in the nearby town of Tequila, Jalisco.
  5. The Malecon. This seaside boulevard spans over a mile in length and is lined with public art including 12 sculptures and the famous Puerto Vallarta letters for fabulous vacation photos.
  6. Marina Puerto Vallarta. Fishing, yachting, sailing, dining, and golf, all just 25 minutes from Pinnacle Resorts.
  7. The Romantic Zone. The home of Pinnacle Resorts, our neighborhood offers endless shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment options.
  8. Puerto Vallarta has a fantastic climate all year, boasting an average of over 2550 hours of sunshine annually. Pack your sunscreen!
  9. Outdoor Adventure. From ATV tours to zip-lining to scuba diving and snorkeling, there is an adventure for everyone in Puerto Vallarta.
  10. Los Muertos Beach. Our most famous beach, right in the heart of the city, with beach clubs and restaurants, just blocks from Pinnacle Resorts.
  11. Street Food. Puerto Vallarta has some of the best street food in the city and you don’t have to go it alone. Several local food tour companies can give you a guided tour of the best of the best.
  12. Puerto Vallarta consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in Mexico for visitors and has been awarded a Global Safety Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
  13. Cultural Experiences. From public art installations, walking tours of art galleries, live theater venues, farmer’s markets, and more, Puerto Vallarta is full of traditional and international art and culture to enjoy.
  14. The People of Puerto Vallarta. Our greatest asset, our wonderful people are surely the most loveable thing about our destination. Warm hosts by nature, the people of Puerto Vallarta welcome all visitors with open arms.

There are many more things to love about Puerto Vallarta and from our convenient location in the heart of the Romantic Zone, our guests are perfectly positioned to experience them all. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for more information about any items on this list and share with us what you love most about Puerto Vallarta.

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Signature Sips: The Michelada

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Our expert bartenders at Signature Lounge, Residences Sky Bar, and Chictini by Pinnacle are masters at creating delicious cocktails, but there is one traditional Mexican cocktail that you should really try while you are enjoying your Puerto Vallarta vacation in the Romantic Zone that isn’t made with liquor but does come with a kick of alcohol: The Michelada.

A Michelada is made with beer as the base and can be made for all different tastes using light beer or dark beer (although dark beer is more common) and always the essential ingredients of lime juice, a little chile, and some seasoned salt. But from there, a Michelada can be custom-made depending on your request or the specialty of the house. Some bartenders add tomato juice, others use Clamato. Some will add a special touch with a splash of Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or even teriyaki sauce. A stalk of celery, cucumber, or lime wedge is a common garnish and beach bars often add a large shrimp on the side of the glass – or sometimes several shrimp on a skewer making your Michelada more like a meal than a drink.

Visit any of our three Pinnacle Resorts cocktail lounges in the Romantic Zone and ask one of our friendly bartenders to make his special version of a Michelada for you. You can even visit all three – Signature Lounge, Sky Bar and Chictini – for a Michelada tasting to find your favorite version as every bartender has his own special recipe. Micheladas are a perfectly refreshing tropical drink and with your luxury Romantic Zone vacation rental just steps away, you can feel free to try a few without worry. See you for our famous Happy Hour!

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Pinnacle Picks: De Cantaro

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One of the things our guests love about our luxury vacation rentals in the Romantic Zone is that we are located within easy walking distance of some of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. One of our Pinnacle Picks is De Cantaro, a contemporary Mexican restaurant located on Puerto Vallarta’s restaurant row, Basilio Badillo street.

Even though located on one of the city’s most vibrant streets (and just a short stroll from all Pinnacle Resorts properties), De Cantaro offers a lovely and spacious patio for outdoor dining that is quiet and charming, or you can choose the interior dining room for air-conditioning in the summer months. But it is the recent addition of a new chef that has truly made De Cantaro a Pinnacle Pick for one of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.

Always strong with Mexican dishes and seafood, De Cantaro has now become one of the best grills and steakhouses in the Romantic Zone, consistently serving excellent quality cuts that are perfectly grilled and artistically presented with fresh, local ingredients. Another favorite dish is their famous half grilled chicken – portions are large so bring your appetite or order dishes to share.

An excellent cocktail list, large wine selection, specialty mezcal, and craft beers on tap, along with friendly service, round out the dining experience at De Cantaro. You can find them located at Basilio Badillo #219A and they are open for lunch and dinner from 11:00 am to midnight daily. Your Pinnacle Resorts concierge will be pleased to make reservations for you or provide you with easy and short walking directions.

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Photography Source: De Cantaro Facebook Page

The Wonderful New Year’s Eve Traditions of Mexico

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Mexico has some fabulous traditions that are celebrated on the eve of a new year and whether you will be ringing in 2021 with us in your vacation rental, or celebrating from afar, here are some of the fun traditions of Mexico that you can add to your celebration.

Tidy Up! Although your Pinnacle Resorts suite will be immaculately clean, in Mexico we have a tradition of sweeping the broom through the door or throwing a bucket of water over the terrace (please make sure to look down below to avoid soaking passersby!) to “clean out” all that is leftover from the year before, preparing ourselves for all joys that a new year will bring.

Pack Your Suitcases! Although you may have just arrived for your vacation in Puerto Vallarta, grab your suitcase and do a quick walk around the block. This tradition promises that 2021 will be a year full of travel and adventure for you. (Don’t worry, you don’t need to really pack again – empty suitcases work just as well!)

Grab Some Grapes! Eat 12 grapes at midnight, one for each month of the upcoming year. Every sweet grape will mean that the corresponding month will be fruitful and successful, but a sour grape warns you to take precautions for more challenging times.

Pick Your Underpants! Maybe the silliest of all the New Years Eve traditions, the color of your underwear can bring good things to you in 2021:

  • Yellow for wealth and prosperity
  • Red for love and passion
  • Green for good luck
  • Blue for good health
  • White for peace and harmony

…we suggest something multicolored to cover all your bases!

To our guests ushering in 2021 with us and to all our visitors both past and future from around the world, the Pinnacle Resorts staff wishes you 2021 full of good health, travel, and adventure.

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