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Semana Santa in Puerto Vallarta


Semana Santa, the Easter celebration in Mexico, is one of the most popular times for visitors to come enjoy a Puerto Vallarta vacation.  The city welcomes visitors from Mexico City and Guadalajara, looking to escape city life and enjoy the beach, as well as tourists from Canada, the USA and other parts of the world.

Semana Santa is a 2-week holiday period, with religious observances falling on Good Friday, March 30th, and Easter Sunday, April 1st, and schools in Mexico closed from March 23rd to April 9th.

During such a popular time for family vacations in Puerto Vallarta, traffic will be a little heavier than usual, making Pinnacle Resorts’ prime location in the Romantic Zone even more attractive, as guests can walk to some of the best beaches, shopping, nightlife and dining in the city.

Visitors should anticipate that many businesses, especially small family businesses, will be closed March 30th to April 1st, except for tourism-based business and major businesses like grocery and department stores.

We recommend that you visit your Pinnacle Resorts concierge to make restaurant and tour reservations as early in advance as possible during your Semana Santa vacation to ensure availability. But enjoy this magical time in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most fun and vibrant times of the year in the city, from your luxury vacation rental in the heart of the city, where you can enjoy the action or have a peaceful retreat.

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Although your vacation rental comes with everything you need for an incredible vacation, we found three new travel gadgets that are perfect for traveling to our destination.

Here are our picks for top travel gadgets of 2018 to enhance your trip to Puerto Vallarta.

The Sandless Beach Mat – With the beach just steps away from Pinnacle Resorts, this beach mat is a terrific addition to your vacation packing. This innovative beach mat features a unique weave that has a “one-way sift” ensuring sand will fall through to the ground and not come back up and sticking to you, your food, drinks or belongings.

$40 to $166 USD on Amazon

Home-and-Away Mini Steam Iron – Cotton and linen are perfect fabrics for a Mexican vacation, but they don’t always pack well. Get the wrinkles out quickly with the world’s smallest mini travel steam iron, which is about the size of a computer mouse but packs a lot of power.

$17.99 USD on Amazon

Spectacles Sunglasses for Snapchat – Keep your social media game on point while looking stylish with these high-tech sunglasses that record snaps and sync them to your Snapchat Memories. As an added bonus, their case also functions as a charger.

$129.99 on Amazon

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With a privileged location in the heart of the Romantic Zone, Pinnacle Resorts luxury Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals are steps away from beaches, the famous Malecon and all the art, culture, shopping and dining found in this charming vacation destination. But it’s also a fantastic location for exploring the lush and beautiful jungle of our Sierra Madre mountains.

One of our top recommendations is visiting the Jorullo Suspension Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in the world, measuring an impressive 470 meters (514 yards) in length and hanging 170 meters about the Cuale River. You can tour the bridge by hiking across…. bring your camera, it’s an incredible view…. or for those that crave a little more adrenaline, you may cross on ATV or RZR vehicles.

Tours are accompanied by expert nature guides who will help you explore the extensive flora and fauna of the mountains. You will also visit El Salto waterfall, where you can take a swim in the clear, cool water and listen to the sounds of parrots and macaws overhead in their natural habitat.

Be sure to make time to explore not just the ocean, but the incredible jungle on your Puerto Vallarta vacation. Your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge can assist you with this or other fantastic Puerto Vallarta tours and activities.

Find here more recommendation on things to do in Puerto Vallarta from our team.



Our vacation rentals are not only located in the heart of the vibrant Romantic Zone, making them the perfect home base to explore the city, but they also offer easy access to some incredible day trips around the Banderas Bay region. This month, our pick for Pinnacle Trip is the Sayulita Festival.

Sayulita is Mexico’s premier boho-chic surf town, located in our neighboring state of Nayarit, about an hour and 15 minutes travel by car. From January 31 to February 4th, the 2018 edition of the Sayulita Festival will come back to this charming beach town, bringing film, food, drinks and more.

In addition to international film screenings, the festival will offer tastings from local distilleries and breweries with incredible food pairings of regional cuisine. Yoga classes, family-friendly events including a Kid’s Day and a fun run will round out the event. Or enjoy some of the year-round activities in Sayulita like surfing, paddle boarding, mountain biking, shopping in unique boutiques and sampling the many excellent local restaurants.

Click for more information on the Sayulita Festival or talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for information on this and other day trips from Puerto Vallarta.



It’s summer time in Puerto Vallarta, which is the perfect time to be enjoying your luxury accommodation in the Romantic Zone. We know that there’s nothing better than enjoying delicious cocktails while you take a break from the summer heat, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 places to go to get the perfect cocktail in the Romantic Zone.

  1. Signature Lounge – Located on the top floor of Resorts by Pinnacle, enjoy an amazing cocktail with the best view in Old Town. Happy hour starts at 5:30!
  2. Bar La Playa – Fabulous recipes, super fun staff, and great atmosphere. This place is definitely one of our favorites.
  3. Joe Jack’s Fish Shack –  Best mojitos in all of Vallarta! We’re not kidding. You can have a classic mint mojito, or switch things up a bit with ginger, pineapple, strawberry, or our favorite, Passion Fruit.
  4. Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge – Great atmosphere, and fantastic martinis. You can’t go wrong!
  5. Apache’s Martini Bar and Bistro – Ambience, cocktails, friendly staff, and as gay friendly as it gets.
  6. Bar Solar – Located right on the beach just past the north end of the Malecon boardwalk. Dip your toes in the sand and lounge in front of the ocean while enjoying fantastic cocktails and delicious food.
  7. Piano Bar and Jazz Garbo – We dare you to try the martinis!
  8. 116 Pulpito – Delicious tapas and creative cocktails make this place a perfect place to visit with friends or for a romantic date night. It’s not very big though – be sure to make a reservation!
  9. El Soñador – One of the most beautiful terraces in all of Vallarta, incredible staff, a great pool table, and delicious cocktails make this one of the best places to visit in Old Town Puerto Vallarta
  10. Panchofurter Brats and Bier Haus – If you’re a beer lover, or are travelling with someone who is, this place has a variety of national beers to try that are out of this world. For the not so keen on beer, they also have a great cocktail list.

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Imagine free falling from 10,000 feet above sea level, with a spectacular view of the coastline and mountains along Banderas Bay.

Skydiving in Vallarta is the ultimate adrenaline rush for anyone looking to experience something that will leave you feeling like you’ll never be the same person again.

The team at Skydive Vallarta are nothing short of extraordinary. They use only the highest quality state of the art equipment and pay attention to every little detail when it comes to making sure you are 100% comfortable throughout every second of your experience.

A tandem jump refers to jumping while harnessed to a professional skydiving instructor. It’s the perfect worry-free way to experience your first jump – and where better to try it than in beautiful Puerto Vallarta?

Their private plane takes you on a beautiful 20-minute flight up above the coast and the mountains, and it’s impossible not to lose yourself in the mesmerizing shades of green and blue while you prepare to have the experience of a lifetime.

Certified by USPA, and with over 16,000 jumps and 18 years of experience, the Skydive Vallarta instructors will walk you through every step of your jump, and add the perfect balance of humor and fun to make your experience unforgettable.

Visit to learn more about this one-of-a-kind experience and to book your jump while enjoying your luxury accommodation in the Romantic Zone.




The newest jewel in the Resorts by Pinnacle group is soon ready to open its doors.  Residences by Pinnacle offers Puerto Vallarta visitors boutique, condo-style acccomodations in the heart of the city.

Every detail of Residences by Pinnacle has been considered to ensure that guests have the most relaxing vacation possible.  From fully stocked kitchens, to spacious outdoor terraces with grill areas and luxurious bathrooms, Residences is designed for dream vacationing.

Visitors will enjoy beautiful lush jungle views of of the Sierra Madre mountain range from their suite.  Or take in 180 degree ocean vistas from the impressive rooftop pool, perfect for lounging during the days or watching the twinkling lights of the city below at night.  Guests can also stay fit at the Residences Gym, a modern gym with impressive views to inspire your workout.

WIth a fantastic Old Town Puerto Vallarta location, guests of Residence by Pinncle have access to the best of the city, just steps from their door.  Enjoy the beach at Playa Los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beachfront with beachclubs, restaurants, bars and more.  Or stock your Residences kitchen with fresh, regional goods from the Old Town Farmers Market held every Saturday.  Don’t feel like cooking?  There are literally dozens of restaurants to choose from, all just a short stroll away.



We at Pinnacle group celebrated our posada this past weekend and we thought that we would share a little bit about the types of Christmas celebrations in Mexico.

Our Pinnacle posada leaned more towards your traditional office party, albeit a whole lot more fun and in a glamourous setting!  Our own Villa Paraiso was the venue and the beautiful terrace space overlooking the ocean is absolutely the perfect place for a party.  Food, drink, games and gifts were enjoyed by all, as well as some dancing…some of which could possibly be attributed to the drink…but hey, don’t go to a party in Mexico unless you’re prepared to have a good time!

But there are also traditional posada celebrations that are currently being held in Puerto Vallarta and all over Mexico.  The word “posada” literally translates to “inn” and it is a reference to the story of Mary and Joseph searching for a place to welcome the Baby Jesus.   Traditional posadas are usually a group or community event, with half of the attendees playing the role of innkeepers, who will stay inside, and the others who will be outside carrying candles and representing Mary and Joseph.  Both sides will sing a call and response song until the innkeepers throw open the doors to let them in and the party begins.

Our Pinnacle posada and the traditional posadas are the perfect example of the wonderful duality that is unique to Puerto Vallarta:  a city rich with modern, international sophistication that yet still retains its unblemished Mexican charm and culture.  It’s just one of the reasons why our guests come to visit us again and again.

To all of our readers, we hope that your Christmas celebrations are as merry as ours.



Did you know that all Resorts by Pinnacle luxury vacation rental suites in Puerto Vallarta come with their own fully equipped kitchen?  While our fantastic location as the only luxury accommodations in the Romantic Zone means that our guests are just steps away from a huge selection of amazing restaurants, it’s nice to be able to have the option to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in the luxurious comfort of your Resorts by Pinnacle suite.  We’re sharing one of our favorite recipes for traditional Chilaquiles Verdes, one of the most tasty and traditional breakfasts in Mexico and the perfect way to use up day old tortillas.


  • Salsa Verde
  • 8 medium tomatillos (about 1 1/2 pounds total weight), husked and rinsed
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño chile, stemmed
  • 1/2 white onion, halved again
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Crema fresca for garnish


To make the salsa verde: Put the tomatillos, chile, onion, and garlic in a medium pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are soft and the tomatillos turn pale green, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Carefully transfer the boiled vegetables, along with the cooking water, to a blender. Puree for a few seconds to blend; be sure to hold down the lid with a kitchen towel for safety. Add the 1/2 bay leaf, oregano, thyme, salt, and broth. Continue to puree until smooth. You should have about 1 quart of salsa verde.

Place a wide pot or pan over medium-high heat and coat with the corn oil. When the oil is hazy, pour in the salsa verde; it will bubble a bit. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Cover, reduce the heat to very low, and keep warm while you finish the chips.

Pour the vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed pot or countertop deep fryer to a depth of about 2 inches and heat to 375°F over medium-high heat. Stack the tortillas and fan them with your thumb to separate. Cut the tortillas into 8 wedges like a pie.

Working in batches, fry the tortilla chips, turning them with a skimmer or slotted spoon so they don’t stick together, until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the chips to a paper towel-lined baking pan or brown paper bag to drain and cool. (Let the oil return to the proper temperature between batches.)

To finish the chilaquiles, uncover the salsa verde and raise the heat to medium. Just when it starts to bubble, stir in the beaten eggs. Cook and stir for about 5 seconds, until the egg feathers into the sauce, thickening and binding it. Immediately add the chips, tossing gently until they have absorbed enough sauce to become soft. Take care not to break the chips. Sprinkle the Jack cheese on top and let it melt.

Divide the chilaquiles among 4 plates. Sprinkle with the queso fresco, chopped onion, and cilantro. Garnish with the crema fresca and serve immediately.

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