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If you are vacationing in Puerto Vallarta now, you may have been lucky enough to have caught a glimpse of humpback whales swimming through our bay from the private terrace of your Pinnacle Resorts vacation rental suite.

Every year, December through March, these majestic creatures visit the Pacific waters of Banderas Bay on their annual migratory path. Huge and friendly, often accompanied by their playful babies, they are some of our most welcome visitors.  Here are a few fun facts about humpback whales:

  1. The females are bigger than males! In length, females reach 15 to 16 meters in length (49 to 52 feet), while the males only grow to about 13 to 14 meters long.
  2. An adult humpback whale weigh about 30 000 kilos on average – that’s over 66 000 pounds!
  3. On average, humpback whales live to be 45 or 50 years old.
  4. They like to feed in polar waters, fattening up in the summer on a fish-based diet, but prefer to spend the winters in our tropical waters to have their babies and play.
  5. And playful they are! They are best friends with dolphins and will often swim and jump together.

Humpback whales are mammals, meaning that they need to come to the surface to get air, pushing water out high in the air as they exhale, before breathing back in and diving back down, often waving a fin or a tail on the way.

This is the perfect time for whale watching in Puerto Vallarta and companies like Vallarta Sportsman offer whale watching and fishing charters for every level of budget and luxury.

Whether joining them at sea or watching them from your luxury vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone of our famous Pinnacle Resorts lounges or pool decks, catching a glimpse of these amazing creatures is sure to be a high point of your Puerto Vallarta vacation.

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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 Thursday afternoon 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 very wide, 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 accompanied by the sunset at 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, since you only find it from October to May. 

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There is no doubt that Puerto Vallarta is one the most romantic destinations in the world, with our amazing sunsets, warm tropical breezes, charming cobblestone streets and architecture, and our rich Mexican heritage and tradition. If you are staying in one of our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone, you are steps away from some of the most romantic restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Here are some of our Pinnacle Picks for the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta.

La Cappella:  Italian cuisine in a beautiful open-air location in a heritage building that overlooks the crown of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church and across Banderas Bay. Dinner hours are 530pm to 1030pm.

The Iguana: Located in the former villa of Elizabeth Taylor, adjoined by a bridge to Richard Burton’s former home, this landmark restaurant is entirely romantic and serves high-end contemporary Mexican cuisine and offers lovely ocean views.  Dinner hours are 6pm to 11pm.

River Café: With a charming setting on Isla Cuale, dine to the sound of the Rio Cuale river running past and the breeze gently blowing through the palm trees. A favorite for locals and visitors, this restaurant serves international cuisine and dinner hours are from 4pm to 11pm.

La Palapa: What could be more romantic that dining with your toes in the sand with your sweetheart, while watching the sun set from this oceanfront restaurant? La Palapa is an institution on the Puerto Vallarta culinary scene, famous for the tropical setting and gourmet Mexican food. Dinner is served from 530pm to 1130pm.

Contact your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for reservations at these restaurants or for other restaurant suggestions for the perfect Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta. And, of course, your night should begin at a Pinnacle Resorts lounge for the best Happy Hours in Puerto Vallarta at Signature Lounge, Sky Bar at Residences or the new Chictini by Pinnacle.

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Did you resolve to make 2020 the year for traveling? If you are planning your vacation for the next year, we have five fabulous reasons why Puerto Vallarta should be topping your travel list.

  • Easy connectivity. Did you know that there are direct flights to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) from over 25 major cities in Canada and the United States, with flights taking as little as 2.5 to just over 5 hours to arrive? Puerto Vallarta is absolutely a top tropical vacation destination in Mexico for anyone looking for a quick and easy flight.
  • Vibrant and welcoming. Puerto Vallarta opens its arms to every type of visitor, from family travel to destination weddings and we are known the best destination in Mexico for LGBT travel. No matter who you are, Puerto Vallarta is a warm and sunny city just waiting for you.
  • Fantastic climate. Puerto Vallarta is sunny over 300 days of the year! And even during our summer rainy season, our rains come quick and fast before clearing out, bringing stunning natural light shows over Banderas Bay.
  • Affordability. From five-star dining to incredible luxury accommodations in Puerto Vallarta, like at Pinnacle Resorts, your vacation budget stretches further than you would imagine in Puerto Vallarta. In fact, you can treat yourself to a fully pampering spa treatment at our Pinnacle Day spa for less than your weekly latte budget at Starbucks!
  • So much to do! Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is enjoying Puerto Vallarta beach clubs, exciting nightlight, incredible dining, shopping, watersports, live entertainment – Puerto Vallarta has it all! And our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone put you in the heart everything with our expert Pinnacle Concierge team to help plan your time.

Make 2020 the year you discover Puerto Vallarta and come enjoy your luxury vacation rental condo in Puerto Vallarta here at Pinnacle Resorts. We’ll be waiting for you!

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If you are spending New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta in one of our luxury vacation rentals in the Romantic Zone, you have already chosen the perfect place to ring in 2020. Our location in the vibrant heart of the city has you within easy walking distance to beach clubs, some of Puerto Vallarta’s best restaurants and nightlife. Or stay in to celebrate and enjoy the incredible fireworks show over Banderas Bay from the privacy of the terrace of your luxury suite in Old Town Puerto Vallarta or from the roof terrace at Residences by Pinnacle.

Another fun way to celebrate the start of this new decade is with participating in some New Year’s Eve traditions in Mexico. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Jot down your goals and wishes for 2020 on small pieces of paper and store them away safely. As each wish or goal comes to fruition, burn the paper for continued success.

2) Grab your empty suitcase and take a ride up and down the Pinnicular (our exterior hillside elevator) to make 2020 a year for exciting travel.

3) As you begin to countdown to midnight, eat a dozen grapes, with each grape representing a month in the new year starting with January. If the grape is sweet, the month will bring successes, but if it’s sour, it will be a month of challenges.

From all of us at Pinnacle Resorts, we wish you happiness, health and success for 2020 and a Happy New Year!

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There is something extra special about spending the holiday season in Puerto Vallarta, particularly if you are spending it with Pinnacle Resorts luxury vacation rentals in the Romantic Zone, the vibrant heart of the city. With a wonderfully walkable location, you are close to everything you need including beaches, nightlife, shopping and some of Puerto Vallarta’s best restaurants. For the festive season, we have some Pinnacle Picks for a warm and glowing holiday vacation.

1) Warm Up Poolside: enjoy the Signature or Residences by Pinnacle pool and soak up some of the perfect Puerto Vallarta winter weather and beautiful ocean, mountain and city views.

2) Gift Yourself Some Pampering: visit the Pinnacle Day Spa and get pampered by our professional therapists with an array of body treatments and facials for fresh and glowing skin.

3) Light Up the Night: walk to the famous Puerto Vallarta Malecon and see the special holiday lights decorating one of the city’s most iconic attractions.

4) Get Up and Glow: the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Choir will be presenting “Glow – A Christmas Spectacular” at Teatro Vallarta on December 20th at 8pm. Tickets are available on the theater website or via the box office.

5) Sparkle and Pop: for our guests staying on December 31st, Pinnacle Resorts offers ideal locations for viewing the amazing fireworks display over the Banderas Bay for New Year’s Eve.

Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for details on these or other holiday events in Puerto Vallarta to get your feeling a season glow over the holidays.

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The holiday season is already upon us and if you are enjoying your Puerto Vallarta vacation in our luxury vacation rentals in the Romantic Zone, you are in the perfect location to get some things checked off your seasonal gift-giving list. Our concierge team has played “Santa’s helper” to come up with their picks for Best Places for Shopping in Puerto Vallarta. 

Isla Cuale: this is a great, outdoor shopping area full of vendors selling regional and traditional Mexican art and craftwork and other souvenirs. Not only is Isla Cuale a pretty location with some lovely restaurants located riverside to stop for lunch during your shopping excursion but is it within easy walking distance from our luxury accommodations in Old Town Puerto Vallarta. 

Basilio Badillo Street: just a short stroll from your luxury suite in the Romantic Zone, this street is called “Restaurant Row” and is also filled with specialty boutiques, wine shops, jewelry stores and more, making it easy to find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. 

La Isla or Galerias Shopping Plaza: have your helpful receptionist at your Pinnacle Resorts property call a taxi for you to take a quick 10 minute drive to either of these modern shopping plazas that are filled with brand name stores like Hugo Boss, H&M, Lacoste, Forever 21, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC and Liverpool (a department store similar to Macy’s in the USA). Taxi stands are located right out-front of each, making the return trip back to your luxury suite a breeze. 

For luxury brand fashionistas, fast fashion or handmade Mexican art and unique gifts, you’ll find it all in Puerto Vallarta! Ask your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge to help plan your day shopping in Puerto Vallarta. 

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No vacation in Puerto Vallarta is complete without some Tequila, the national spirit of Mexico made exclusively here in our home State of Jalisco. You will find Tequila shops all over town, many of which are just a stroll away from your luxury vacation rental in Old Town Puerto Vallarta at Pinnacle Resorts, and of course, Tequila is served at all bars and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. But which one do you pick and how should you drink them? We have a quick Pinnacle Guide to Tequila to get you started. 

All Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, but it comes in 5 distinct types: 

Blanco or Silver Tequila: this is unaged Tequila which is idea for making mixed drinks like margaritas or palomas. But although the silver is usually unaged or sometimes stored for a few weeks in stainless steel tanks, there are some distilleries that produce excellent blanco Tequila that is meant to be enjoyed on its own. How to you tell the difference? Generally, by the price.  

Joven or Gold Tequila: this is the trickster of Tequila, as it is an unaged (blanco) version that has added ingredients, often caramel colouring, to make it appear like an aged Tequila. A gold Tequila is ideal for margaritas but be careful because the extra sugar in the coloring can be a great recipe for a hangover.  

Reposado Tequila: meaning “rested” this is an aged Tequila that has been in oak barrels for no less than two months and up to one year. This aging process is where the flavors and nuances of the Tequila take hold and resposados make up for the majority of Tequila sales. 

Añejo Tequila: this is an extra aged Tequila that will be in sealed oak barrels for a minimum of one yearmade in batches no larger than 600 liters per barrel by law. Añejo Tequila is made for sipping, preferably in a brandy snifter to really appreciate the flavor profile. 

Extra Añejo Tequila: this classification of Tequila was only made official in 2006 and must be aged over 3 years. They are usually very rich in flavor and color and come with a very rich price tag to match. 

Distilleries will also often bottle a “reserva de casa” which is a premium hand-cut bottle produced in limited batches, as well as flavored Tequilas and Tequila cream which are quite delicious and perfect for those who want a softer type of liquor.  

Pay a visit to Signature Lounge or Sky Bar at Residences and ask our expert bartenders for their Tequila recommendations at Puerto Vallarta’s best happy hour held every afternoon at Pinnacle Resorts.  



Choosing a stay in a luxury vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone with Pinnacle Resorts means not only the convenience of full suite accommodations, but also outstanding resort-style amenities, like the Residences Sky Bar. 

Located on the rooftop terrace of Pinnacle Resorts 220Residences Sky Bar offers a breathtaking 360-degree view across the Pacific waters of Banderas Bay all the way to the horizon, city views of charming Puerto Vallarta and the lush jungle of the majestic Sierra Madre mountains. A meandering, sparkling pool with cross-over bridges invites a refreshing swim or catching some sun and a snooze on a pool lounger.  

Visit the bar and ask the friendly bartenders to whip up your favorite vacation beverage, or visit during our famous Pinnacle Resorts Happy Hour, daily from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and enjoy 2×1 top shelf cocktails and wine, while relaxing in the comfortable, shaded lounge areas. 

The convenience and amenities at Pinnacle Resorts have made us a traveler’s best choice for luxury vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta. With more spacious accommodations than a traditional hotel room and fully equipped suites with washer/dryer, complete kitchens, and many suites offering outdoor BBQs and Jacuzzis or dip-pools, your suite is as much of vacation destination as Puerto Vallarta is itself. 

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