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HOLIDAY SHOPPING VALLARTA STYLE

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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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THE QUICK GUIDE TO TEQUILA MASTERY

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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.  

RESIDENCES SKY BAR AT PINNACLE RESORTS 220

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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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THE MANY BENEFITS OF MASSAGE IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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Going to the spa to get a massage feels like a luxury or special treat for many people, but did you know there are many scientifically proven health benefits of massage? Just some of the medical conditions for which doctors recommend massage include chronic back pain, anxiety and stress, the treatment of soft tissue injuries or delayed onset muscle soreness, sleep issues and improving high blood pressure.

But beyond medical reasons, getting a massage can enhance your Puerto Vallarta vacation in many physical and psychological ways, including reducing muscles soreness or stress from travelling, helping relieve jet lag, stimulating your lymphatic system and improving skin tone after the dehydration of air travel, and just for general relaxation to help you ease into your holiday.

At Pinnacle Resorts luxury vacation rentals in downtown Puerto Vallarta, located just steps away from all the vibrant Romantic Zone has to offer, our own Pinnacle Day Spa offers a full menu of the best massages in Puerto Vallarta including sports, deep tissue and Swedish massages. The Pinnacle Day Spa also offers a full range of professional spa services including manicures, pedicures and facials designed to reinvigorate your body and spirit, the perfect addition to any stay in our luxury downtown Puerto Vallarta suites. Contact your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more information or reservations.

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SIGNATURE SIPS: THE PALOMA

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When you think of famous Mexican cocktails, of course, the Margarita comes to mind. But have you been lucky enough to sample the Margarita’s cousin? We’re talking about the delicious Paloma. Tequila and grapefruit-based, the Paloma cocktail is perfectly refreshing for summer and may just become your new favorite vacation drink. Here is how to make one to enjoy on the spacious terrace of your Pinnacle Resorts luxury vacation rental in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

What You Need

¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ cup Tequila

¼ cup mineral water

Course salt

1 grapefruit wedge to garnish

What You Do

Gently rub the grapefruit wedge around the rim of your cocktail glass and then dip the glass in a plate of salt, for a nice salty rim. Add grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Mix in Tequila, ice cubes and top up with mineral water. Then garnish with your grapefruit wedge.

Or, for an easier recipe, visit the friendly staff at Signature Lounge or Sky Bar at Pinnacle Resorts, and have our expert bartenders make you a Paloma at the best Happy Hour in Puerto Vallarta, happening every evening in time for sunset.

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FUN FATHER´S DAY ACTIVITIES IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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If you’re celebrating Father’s Day in Puerto Vallarta on June 16th, Pinnacle Resorts has suggestions for some perfect activities that any dad would enjoy. 

  1. Deep Sea Fishing – show Dad he’s a catch with a fishing trip for Father’s Day. Fishing charter companies like Vallarta Sportsman can arrange an inshore or offshore fishing trip, and June is a best month for doradoamberjack, roosterfish and tuna fishing in Puerto Vallarta. 
  1. Massage – give Dad have some well-deserved relaxation with a specialty massage at Pinnacle Day SpaLet him enjoy a 60 or 90-minute Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Hawaiian or traditional Swedish massage for some real pampering. 
  1. ATV Tours – is Dad an adrenaline junkie? For active dads, there is nothing better that a heart-pounding adventure ride through the jungle trails and rivers of the Sierra Madre mountains and jungle. 

Your Pinnacle Resort Concierge can arrange any of these options or help with other suggestions for tours and activities in Puerto Vallarta, or with making reservations in some of Vallarta’s best restaurants to celebrate.  Pinnacle Resorts offer luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone, meaning that the best of the city is always within easy access. 

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THE MOST DELICIOUS MONTH IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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Foodies get ready because Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week is returning May 15th so you can enjoy some of the best restaurants Puerto Vallarta has to offer with special promotional dining experiences. This event is so popular that since its inception in 2005, it has grown from just a one-week event to a culinary festival that now spans over 3 weeks (May 15 to June 10, 2019) and includes 61 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit! With so many restaurants participating in this three-course experience, offered at $289 pesos, $399 pesos or $466 pesos, choosing can be difficult, so our concierge department has offered their favorite options within easy walking distance from your luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone.

Archie’s Wok (Asian Fusion) $289 pesos
Appetizers: Thai Green Papaya Salad or Vegetable Tempura or Asian Gazpacho
Main Courses: Pan Seared Fish Fillet or Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Breast or Hoi Sin Vegetable Stir Fry
Dessert: Thai Sweet Rice or Coco Tiki Flan or Gelato de Jour 

Azafrán (Mediterranean Fusion) $399 pesos
Appetizers: Mixed Salad with Duck Breast or Avocado Mango Tartar with Shrimp or Fresh Tuna
Main Courses: Beef Ragout a la Stroganoff or Salmon Filet with Saffron Crust or Tomato Ravioli
Dessert: Freshly Baked Apple Beignets or Passion Fruit Ice-Cream or Saffron Panna Cotta

Daquiri Dick’s (International) $399 pesos
Appetizers: Oven-roasted Cauliflower Soup or Arugula & Watercress Salad or Teriyaki Salmon Clear Rolls
Main Courses: Pan Finished Chicken or Pan Finished Escolar Fish or Marco Polo Spaghetti
Desserts: Fresh Fruit Tart or Young Coconut Crème Brulee or Key Lime Pie

Kaiser Maximillian (Austrian Cuisine) $466 pesos
Appetizers: Spinach Strudel or Marinated Mahi-mahi or Chile Poblano Cream Soup
Main Courses: Beef Tenderloin or Salmon Trout Fillet or Braised Rabbit
Desserts: Rehrücken Chocolate Cake or Sour Cream Cheesecake or Cottage Cheese Strudel

Take to your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for reservations and find full Restaurant Week listings here:  RestaurantWeekPV.com.

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CHOOSING AN EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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Many of our guests stay in our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone to celebrate a wedding, anniversary or other special event.  And while we can promise that your stay at Pinnacle Resorts will be memorable, you may want to consider hiring a photographer for your event or wedding in Puerto Vallarta. Having hosted many public and charity events, our Pinnacle Resorts team has some suggestions for choosing a photographer in Puerto Vallarta for your special occasion. 

Request a full portfolio – don’t be taken in by just a handful of photographs from a website. A professional, experienced photographer should have an extensive portfolio showing many different types and styles of work. 

Talk budget – have a clear idea of what you are willing to spend on photography in Puerto Vallarta and remember, that price can often reflect quality.  

What’s your style – talk to your photographer about how you want your Puerto Vallarta wedding or event captured, be it traditional posed portraits or more spontaneous, casual images. 

Personality – During your event, the photographer will interact with your guests and it is important that he or she is professional, serious and focused on capturing and creating amazing images. 

Talk to our Pinnacle Resorts concierge staff for suggestions about photographers and other ways that we can make your special event or wedding in Puerto Vallarta even more memorable.  

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TOP TOURS FOR SPRING IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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Spring is here and this the perfect season for a Puerto Vallarta vacation, especially enjoyed from the convenient central location of your Romantic Zone luxury vacation rental at Pinnacle Resorts. With almost guaranteed sunny days and fabulous temperatures, this is a wonderful time for adventure travel in Puerto Vallarta and getting out to explore some Vallarta tours and activities. Here are some of our top picks to add to your Puerto Vallarta vacation experience this spring.

Zip Lining and Canopy Tours – get out and explore the incredible Sierra Madre jungle range that surrounds Pinnacle Resorts with one of the many zip-lining tours available in Puerto Vallarta as you fly over the jungle canopy.  Your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge can help suggest the tour options best suited for you.

Jorullo Bridge – choose your own adventure level, as you walk or drive an ATV across Jorullo Bridge located in the heart of the jungle, suspended 500 feet above the Cuale River. This is the world’s longest suspension bridge for vehicles, measuring 1550 across, and will be the highlight of your Puerto Vallarta vacation Instagram feed.

Food Tours – Vallarta Food Tours and Vallarta Eats both offer fantastic walking culinary tours in Puerto Vallarta, where you can learn about the city’s history, local cuisine and cooking techniques and sample some amazing off-the-beaten-track food from insider local favorites.  Take advantage of lovely spring temperatures and indulge in some amazing Puerto Vallarta local cuisine.

Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for these and other great tours in Puerto Vallarta to add to your vacation itinerary.

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