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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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The Christmas Traditions of Mexico

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If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta over the Christmas season you can expect to trade in cold weather and snowed-in streets for sunshine, ocean breezes, and swaying palm trees. But you don’t need cold weather to be festive for the holidays and here are a few of the most common Christmas traditions in Mexico.

Posadas: meaning “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, in this celebration, the Bible story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to give birth is recreated. The festive celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas and include signing, breaking piñatas, eating tamales, and drinking Ponche, a traditional fruit punch.

Piñatas: not just for birthday parties, piñatas are commonplace at Christmas parties and stuffed with traditional Mexican candies, small toys, and chocolate coins.

Poinsettias: called “Noche Buenas” in Spanish, these festive plants are native to southern Mexico and their use in cultural celebrations dates back to the Aztecs who called these festive plants “Cuetlaxochitl”. Try saying that three times quickly!

Tamales: a traditional Mexican meal served over the holidays, tamales consist of masa (corn dough) stuffed with chicken or pork stew, peppers, cheese, or fruits, and wrapped up in a corn husk.

Nativity Scenes: though midnight mass will be observed in homes rather than church this year, many Mexican families and businesses will have their own nativity scene recreating the Holy family, angels, and shepherds, like in many parts of the world, but in Mexico, the Three Kings are not added to the nativity until January 6th, to mark the Epiphany or Día de Reyes, as it is known in Mexico.

Painted Tin Ornaments: though Christmas trees are not as common in Puerto Vallarta as in other parts of the world, many still decorate using traditional Mexican tin ornaments. Colorful and in endless arrays of colors and designs, these pretty decorations are great keepsakes of your time in Mexico

To all of our guests visiting our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone this month, and to all of our visitors both past and future, the Pinnacle Resorts staff wishes you the best of the holiday season. May it be as merry and bright as a sunny Puerto Vallarta day.

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Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallarta

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It feels like summer just ended and Thanksgiving is already just around the corner! November brings perfect temperatures to Puerto Vallarta and for an escape from the fall chill, there isn’t a better destination. If you visit this month during Thanksgiving, you can still easily celebrate the holiday with the help of several restaurants and chefs from our area. Here are some options:

Dine Out. Several restaurants within walking distance from Pinnacle Resorts will be offering traditional Thanksgiving dinners with turkey and all the trimmings. Some of our recommendations include Azafrán Restaurant and Café des Artistes.

Dine In. One of the nicest features of choosing a vacation rental at Pinnacle Resorts over a hotel room is that you have a full kitchen in your suite. If you love to cook, you can do an entire Thanksgiving meal right in your own Pinnacle Resorts kitchen, and you can even have all of the groceries delivered by an excellent grocery store, La Comer.

Delivery. Every year, several restaurants and catering companies offer “Turkey to Go” and they will deliver a full Thanksgiving spread right to your door. You can also have a private chef come to your suite and prepare everything for you. Your Concierge will have a list of catering recommendations from which to choose.

Dine in Nature: For 2020, the beautiful Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens is doing a special Thanksgiving at the Garden dinner, which will be a lovely way to break bread with others in an open-air environment surrounded by gorgeous garden views. Find more information here.

Be sure to talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge when you arrive or contact us in advance for further details, as seating and catering are limited, so reservations should be placed in advance.

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Dia de Muertos

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Traditions in Puerto Vallarta

If you are traveling to Puerto Vallarta during the first week of November, you’ll be visiting during one of the most important annual cultural celebrations in Mexico: Día de Muertos. Also, called Día de Los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead” is actually a two-day event, on November 1st and 2nd, and though the name may sound like a time of sadness, Día de Muertos is a celebration of the happy remembrance of family and friends who have passed.

One of the things that you will see during this time in Puerto Vallarta are colorful altars that hold the memories of loved ones. Altars will have photographs, flowers, colorful cut paper flags, candies, candles, religious images, favorite foods and drinks of the departed, and the iconic sugar skulls of Mexico decorating them. The altars are not only to honor loved ones but offered as a comfort to the souls of those being remembered, with their favorite dishes and treats to enjoy in the afterlife, candles to light their way, and flowers to bring joy.

You will also likely spy La Catrina at this time of year, the representation of animated female skeletons dressed in fanciful hats and European dresses in the style of the early 1900s. A creation of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada around 1910, La Catrina has come to be a widely popular part of Día de Muertos celebrations throughout Mexico.

And another part of Día de Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta that you will want to try is Pan de Muertos, a soft and sweet bread traditionally served for the occasion. Pan de Muertos is generally baked in a round shape to mimic the shape of a skull baked with cross pieces of dough to represent the bones of the dead and then topped with sugar. Pan de Muertos is widely available in late October and early November at bakeries, grocery stores, and cafes around Puerto Vallarta.

November is a particularly special time to visit Puerto Vallarta as the city celebrates joyful memories of friends and family and we hope to be able to host your stay at Pinnacle Resorts, centrally located in the heart of the Romantic Zone within walking distance to all the cultural attractions of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

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Mexican Independence Day

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Many people mistakenly believe May 5th to be Mexican Independence Day, but in reality, the anniversary of the country separating from Spain is celebrated on September 16th and is a national holiday that is highly anticipated every year.

Mexico is a proud country and though this year there will not be large scale public celebrations, to support the good health and wellbeing of our community and visitors, Independence Day will be celebrated in homes and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and across the country, and visitors will be able to feel and see the spirit of the occasion all around them during the month of September. Streets will be decorated with the red, white, and green colors of Mexico, flags will fly in honor of the occasion and local eateries will be serving special meals in celebration.

One of our suggested ways to celebrate is with dinner at Kaiser Maximillian, an upscale restaurant within easy walking distance from us, to enjoy the traditional Independence Day dish of Chiles en Nogada until October 10th.  Another excellent option is Gaby’s Restaurant, a traditional Mexican restaurant in downtown Vallarta, serving delicious and authentic Mexican dishes in a casual atmosphere. Or, if you would like to stay in and watch the sunset from the terrace of your suite, have Chiles en Nogada delivered in from caterer Claudia Lovera. Your concierge can assist you in placing an order for delivery via WhatsApp message to 322 128 0120 or with restaurant reservations.

Or stay in and visit any of the Pinnacle Resorts sky bars or lounges for Tequila, Margaritas, and other Mexican wines, spirits, beers, and cocktails during our famous nightly Happy Hour when all drinks are 2×1 and raise your glass with a hearty “Viva Mexico!” in celebration.

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Real Mexican Cuisine: Chiles en Nogada

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If you are lucky enough to be visiting Puerto Vallarta during September, you are in for not only a cultural but a culinary treat. September 16th marks Mexican Independence Day and part of the traditional celebrations is a very traditional Mexican dish called Chiles en Nogada.

Chiles en Nogada is popular at this time of year because the colors of the dish – red, white, and green – mimic the colors of the Mexican flag and the Poblano peppers are at its peak during this time. It is one of the country’s most iconic dishes and is said to have been created from a recipe made by 19th century Catholic nuns in San Andrés Calpan in the State of Puebla in Mexico.

So, what is Chiles en Nogada? It is a large roasted Poblano pepper (not found to be spicy to most tastes) stuffed with a mixture of minced meat, dried fruits, almonds, and spices. It is then covered in a rich and creamy, white walnut of Castile sauce, called Nogada, and sprinkled with juicy pomegranate seeds and garnished with parsley. It is as much a treat for the eyes and is it for the palate and is a must-try dish to add to your culinary adventures in Puerto Vallarta.

There are numerous restaurants in the Romantic Zone located within easy walking distance from your vacation rental which will be serving Chiles en Nogada this September. Ask your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for restaurant reservations or to-go/delivery options or try making this recipe in the fully equipped kitchen of your suite.

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Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta

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Sportfishing in Puerto Vallarta

If you are planning to visit sunny Puerto Vallarta for a well-deserved vacation this summer and are an experienced fisherman or have always had an interest in trying the sport, there is no better time to be planning your trip to Banderas Bay!

Puerto Vallarta is a world-class sportfishing destination and July through November are the absolute best months of the fishing season. We asked the local fishing experts at Vallarta Sportsman about what fish are currently in season in Banderas Bay and what length of charter one should book to target each species during the summer fishing season in Puerto Vallarta.

6 to 8 Hour Charters

  • Football tuna
  • Sailfish
  • Dorado (also known as Mahi-Mahi)
  • Roosterfish

10 to 12 Hour Charters

  • Large tuna
  • Blue & black marlin, with striped marlin running September to November
  • Red snapper
  • Grouper

Although all Pinnacle Resorts properties are conveniently located in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone, within an easy walk to the iconic Puerto Vallarta Pier, most charter boats depart from the Puerto Vallarta Marina, approximately 15 minutes by car. Most fishing charters come equipped with a bilingual captain and deckhand, all fishing equipment, live bait, ice, bottled water, and fishing permits included, and your crew can assist in filleting and packing your catch on ice or suggesting a restaurant in the marina that will cook your catch for you.

Fishing charters are a great way to get back out into fresh, open-air while allowing for all the safety protocols necessary as we welcome guests back to Puerto Vallarta. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more details about booking a fishing charter during your stay.

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DISCOVER THE ART & MARKET OF MARINA VALLARTA

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Puerto Vallarta never ceases to amaze us. Even though we believe we have seen it all, we discover that there are always new things to do. 

Maybe you have heard about the Artisan Market; if you walk along the Marina’s boardwalk on a Thursday evening, you will find the picturesque “Art & Market Marina Vallarta”. This small market opens from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and it is frequented not only by tourists but also by local customers and best of all, it is pet-friendly! So even your pet is guaranteed to have a good time. 

Among its stalls, the market hides: culinary delights, artwork from local Vallarta artists, Huichol art, handmade clothing and jewelry, art exhibitions, sculptures and even live entertainment. It is an excellent option to support local entrepreneurs and buy unique souvenirs to take home. 

  We recommend you go hungry, since the gastronomic proposal is extensive, from vegan food to dishes made at the moment all made in an artisanal and organic way, always trying to be friendly to the environment, so we suggest you take your own bag.

After enjoying your walk along the Marina’s boardwalk, you can end your day with a glass of wine or a craft beer while adminring the sunset from one of the several restaurants in the area. 

Getting to the “Art & Market Marina Vallarta” is very easy, ask your concierge in your rental condo at Pinnacle Resorts to request a taxi and you will arrive in a few minutes. 

For additional information visit their Facebook page: https: ART & MARKET MARINA VALLARTA

Enjoy this traditional market as soon as possible, as it will only be open during the high season from October to May. 

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DIA DE MUERTOS IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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Dia de Muertos in Puerto Vallarta

If you happen to be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta during the first weekend of November, you will be lucky enough to experience one of the most beautiful and important cultural celebrations in Mexico: Dia de Muertos. Also referred to as Dia de  Muertos, and translating to “Day of the Dead”, it is a two-day celebration of the memory of friends and family members who have passed. Not a time of sadness, Dia de Muertos is a celebration of joy, love and memory, with many colorful traditions associated. If you are staying with us, you will be within easy walking distance to many of the celebrations. Here are a few you will want to see.

October 31

Stroll down our downtown city streets including Plaza Los Armas on the Malecon, Calle Iturbide, Los Arcos on the Malecon, Plaza Hidalgo and Lazaro Cardenas Plaza – all easily walkable from our luxury accommodations in the Romantic Zone – to see traditional Dia de los Muertos alters and carpets.

November 1

Visit the Plaza Los Armas and Los Arcos on the Malecon for a street party, music and dancing from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

November 2

Plaza Los Armas will host a full day of interactive activities, workshops and guided tours to help you participate and understand the history and tradition of Dia de Muertos in Puerto Vallarta.

Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for other Dia de Muertos activities in Puerto Vallarta and participate in what is perhaps the most important and iconic celebration in Mexico’s culture.

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