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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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Summer Sales

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Two Great Ways to Save This Summer!

Pinnacle Resorts is happy to be welcoming our guests back to our luxury suites in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. And to make your well-earned summer getaway even better, we are offering two sizzling summer promotions to help you enjoy Pinnacle luxury for less!

SUMMER SPECIAL SALE

Ready for an escape from the city to Puerto Vallarta where fresh ocean breezes, spectacular sunsets, and exciting outdoor activities await you? Our Summer Special Sale offers you an amazing 20% off your 2020 stay when you book now! *

FREE NIGHT PROMOTION

Make the most of a quick getaway to the Puerto Vallarta sunshine and take advantage of one of our most popular promotional offers. Book 2 nights and enjoy your 3rd night for free! It’s the perfect way to enjoy one more beautiful Puerto Vallarta sunset! *

And while you’re here, a host of activities awaits you. Your Pinnacle Resorts concierge is happy to make suggestions for fantastic restaurants within easy walking distance, tours, and activities including sailing, sportfishing, private yacht charters, hiking adventures, public art tours, and much more. Or spend your days lounging poolside with a refreshing cocktail or join us for our famous Happy Hour at Signature Lounge, Chictini by Pinnacle or Residences Sky Bar.

Contact us now to take advantage of these incredible summer savings while they last!

*Valid for new reservations only. Some restrictions may apply. Discounts and rates are subject to change and may vary depending on travel dates and availability.

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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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Pinnacle Flex Policy

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Pinnacle Resorts Makes Vacation Planning Worry-Free

After a voluntary closure in mid-March, followed by a mandatory closure until the end of May 2020, as per the State of Jalisco health guidelines to keep our community safe, our team spent the entire month of June sanitizing all of our properties from top to bottom and training best practices to maintain a comfortable, fun, relaxing and safe environment for all our guests. And, in the past week, we are so excited that we have been able to welcome our first guests back in-house, very happily and responsibly!

We have such gratitude and appreciation for the dedication of our Pinnacle Resorts team members during a challenging time and for the effort that they are making to keep our guests secure while fully enjoying their vacation in any of our luxury vacation rental properties located conveniently in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. And we are also very appreciative of the continued support of our past and future guests and have some exciting new offers to share to help take any worry out of your vacation plans to Puerto Vallarta.

We now offer updated reservation and cancellation policies which offer you both confidence and flexibility when booking your travel plans.

Book now and cancel your reservation without any penalty up to 96 hours before your arrival date!

This limited-time offer applies to new reservations only, so contact one of our reservations team members today by clicking via our Chat function for more information. While some restrictions may apply and discounts/rates are subject to change and may depend on availability, at Pinnacle Resorts we are fully committed to making sure that all of our guests are taken care of, despite any unforeseen situation. For guests that are already reserved but must change their travel plans due to travel restrictions or other circumstances regarding international health concerns, we are offering credits and are available to help rebook your stay in your favorite suite.

So, come and enjoy a safe, social-distanced, sunny, and stress-free vacation at Pinnacle Resorts. We are here, ready to welcome you when you are ready.

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Smart Sunscreen Tips

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Easy sunscreen tips to let you safely enjoy the warm Puerto Vallarta sunshine without worry.

One of the best parts of a Puerto Vallarta vacation is enjoying our beautiful tropical sunshine, either on the beaches, doing outdoor activities, or lounging at the pool of your Pinnacle Resorts property. But a painful sunburn can put a damper on any vacation, so we have a few easy tips for sunscreen use to make sure that you can safely enjoy your time in the sun during your stay.

  • Like almost everything, sunscreen has an expiration date, but luckily, most sunscreens work at the same efficiency for up to three years, so you have plenty of time to use up a bottle. But, if in doubt, check the expiration date of your sunscreen and if you are near the three-year mark, it is time to invest in a new bottle.
  • Put it on early and reapply often. You should put your sunscreen on at least 15 (and preferably 30 minutes) before sun exposure and reapply every two hours or each time you exit the water. If you are using a waterproof sunblock for aquatic activities, you should reapply every 80 minutes.
  • Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen which will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can cause premature aging of the skin and UVB rays may cause sunburn, but both can cause skin cancer, so it is important to choose a sunblock that protects your skin from both.
  • SPF (sun protection factor) is important. A 30 SPF should be the minimum protection level for safely enjoying the sunshine, but a 50 SPF is generally regarded by doctors and skincare experts as the best choice.

If you are using sunscreen correctly, you can relax and enjoy the Puerto Vallarta sun without worrying about sunburn or damaging your skin. Another great option is to treat yourself to one of the many rejuvenating body treatments available at the Day Spa by Pinnacle for fresh, glowing skin.

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Spirits of Mexico

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A quick guide to the difference between the three cousin spirits of Mexico: Tequila, mezcal, and raicilla.

The Differences of Tequila, Mezcal & Raicilla

While Tequila is perhaps the most famous Mexican distilled spirit, it has two close cousins – mezcal and raicilla – that you should sample during your Puerto Vallarta vacation. Here is a quick learner’s guide to the differences between each spirit.

Tequila

The most well-known, this spirit is made exclusively with the Blue Agave plant and to be called Tequila, it must be produced in our own state of Jalisco, in the Tequila region – much like how true Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France. Tequila comes in 5 distinct categories according to the amount of time it has been aged in oak barrels:

  1. Blanco or Silver Tequila (unaged)
  2. Joven or Gold Tequila (unaged)
  3. Reposado Tequila (aged two months and up to a year)
  4. Añejo Tequila (aged at least one year)
  5. Extra Añejo Tequila (aged at least three years)

Mezcal

Like Tequila, mezcal is also an agave-based spirit but can be distilled using a variety of up to thirty different agave plants and it is produced in several areas including Jalisco, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Puebla and Zacatecas. Like Tequila, a Joven, mezcal has been unaged and a reposado mezcal will have been aged in oak barrels for two months to a year. However, some upscale mezcals can be aged for many years, giving the spirit a richer, deeper smoky flavor.

Raicilla

Like Tequila, raicilla is also a product of Jalisco but is distilled from two varieties of agave plants: Lechuguilla and Maximiliana. Raicilla was a bootleg liquor for generations in Jalisco, only becoming legal for sale in the 2000s, but with a sweeter and fruitier taste than mezcal, it has become increasingly popular with mixologists around the world.

The expert bartenders at Pinnacle Resorts can give you a personalized experience with all these spirits of Mexico and show you the proper techniques to drink them neat or create the perfect cocktail for your tastes. Be sure to visit Chictini by Pinnacle, Signature Lounge, or Residences Sky Bar during your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta.

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Sergio Bustamente: The Surreal Side of Mexican Art

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Sergio Bustamente is one of Mexico’s most famed surrealist artists, whose sculptural pieces and jewelry collections are sent from his main gallery in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco – about a 4.5-hour drive from Puerto Vallarta, in Guadalajara – to buyers around the world.

Orphaned as a child in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Bustamente was raised by his grandfather, a Chinese immigrant named Jose Chong, who became a lifelong inspiration in his work. When he was nine years old, he moved to Guadalajara, where motivated by his love of painting and the different ways that spaces can intersect, he began to pursue a degree in architecture. But soon, he realized that fine art was where his passion lay and was only 17 when he presented his first public exhibition. He then moved to Amsterdam to continue his profession as an artist, honing his craft there for two years before returning to Mexico.

Bronze sculpture work is the medium for which Sergio Bustamente is most well-known. His most famous piece, En Busca de la Razón (In Search of Reason) is located on the Malecon, the iconic oceanfront walkway in Puerto Vallarta that is lined with public art. In Search of Reason was unveiled in 1999 and is one of the most photographed sculptures on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon. The sculpture is a large bronze ladder that is approximately 30 feet high – and wide and sturdy enough that visitors can climb it for photographs – and depicts two small children climbing up while their mother beseeches them to come down safely.

Sergio Bustamente has said simply that the piece is meant to be a comment on “liberty”, but like all his work, the interpretation is always that of the viewer’s imagination. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more information about this famous sculpture and for other Puerto Vallarta cultural suggestions.

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FREE GUIDED PUERTO VALLARTA MALECON TOURS

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No visit to Puerto Vallarta would be complete without visiting our world famous Malecon, the mile long oceanside walkway with the gorgeous Pacific blue water on one side, stretching from the neighborhoods of Cinco de Diciembre all the way to the Romantic Zone.

A favorite spot for visitors to take vacation photos, including in front of the colorful Puerto Vallarta sign and the Los Arcos Amphitheatre, the full length of the Malecon is lined with bronze sculptures from some of Mexico’s most renowned artists.

Some of the pieces include Origin & Destiny by Pedro Tello, Nostalgia by Jose Ramiz Barquet, Nature as Mother by Adrián Reynoso, The Subtle Rock Eater by Jonás Gutiérrez, The Good Fortune Unicorn by Aníbal Riebeling and Triton and Mermaid by Carlos Espino, but all of the sculptures can be easily discovered with two free walking tours offered every week during high season.

From November through April, you can choose from a Tuesday morning tour starting at 9:30am or a Thursday sunset tour starting at 6:00pm hosted by Gary Thompson, owner of Galeria Pacifico and a Vallarta resident for over 38 years. The morning tour departs from the Millennium sculpture located next to the Hotel Rosita and the sunset tour departs from Galeria Pacifico at 174 Aldama Street.

Both tours are offered free of charge, but you are invited to make a donation in support of Biblioteca Los Mangos, Puerto Vallarta’s public library and cultural center, a non-profit organization that relies solely on private donations.

Ask your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more details about the Puerto Vallarta weekly guided Malecon tour or other recommendations for fantastic ways to explore the city during your visit.

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