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Since 1992, La Dolce Vita has been a favorite for Italian food in Puerto Vallarta, with their iconic location on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon. They later opened a very successful second location in Nuevo Vallarta. But now, with their third location, La Dolce Vita Romantica, guests at Pinnacle Resorts have a perfect location just a short stroll from their luxury vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone.

With a lovely building that features a beautiful brick-walled interior and a wonderfully large outdoor terrace perfect for people watching – both with checkered table-clothed tables, of course – La Dolce Vita can be counted on for some of the best Italian food in Puerto Vallarta.

Service is always quick and attentive, and the menu features a wide selection of not only vegetarian choices, but all kinds of pasta come with a gluten-free option, making this an easy dining out experience for any diet.

We recommend starting your evening with Puerto Vallarta’s best Happy Hour at either at Residences Sky Bar or at Signature Lounge with 2×1 specials on cocktails and wine set off with an incredible sunset view and then a quick stroll to La Dolce Vita on Basilio Badillo Street. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for reservations.

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There is so much to see, do and explore in Puerto Vallarta, and with luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone, Pinnacle Resorts is the perfect home away from home for your vacation, just steps to the best of the city. But although you can explore many of Puerto Vallarta’s most famous sights by foot from Pinnacle Resorts, sometimes you feel like taking a ride, and a new double-decker Puerto Vallarta bus tour is offering just that!

VallarTour Buses are now on daily routes, running from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, circling continuously through the city, on a circuit that takes about 2 hours to complete and has 12 hop on, hop off locations throughout the city. Board or jump off at any off their stops for photos or exploring, with another bus passing by approximately every 20 minutes, as many times as you would like during your tour, for as long or as short an adventure as you would like.

The top of the brightly painted double-decker busses is open-air and great for photos. Or ride in the air-conditioned lower level, and enjoy guided bilingual commentary about points of interest, Puerto Vallarta culture and history and sights that you don’t want to miss.

Prices are:

  • Adults $340 pesos
  • Seniors 60+ $170 pesos
  • Kids 5 to 12 years $170 pesos
  • Kids under 4 Free

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Although May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, is often confused as Mexican Independence Day, the true date is September 16th. Puerto Vallarta always holds a citywide celebration for Mexican Independence Day over the course of a three-day weekend in the middle of the month. Pinnacle Resorts luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone are the perfect location to have you within walking distance to most of the events happening as the city celebrates Mexico. Here are a few highlights to add to your Puerto Vallarta vacation itinerary.

Saturday, Sept  14th
Charro Exhibition on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon

The famous Malecon is an easy walk from our luxury suites in downtown Puerto Vallarta and traditional cowboy (charro) culture is a huge part of pride in Mexico. 100 beautifully dressed charros in traditional costumes will ride down the Malecon on their groomed horses in a parade that starts at 10: 00 am. Later that day, at 6:00 pm, there will also be a live performance of dancing horses on the Malecon.

Sunday, Sept 15th
Viva Mexico Street Party

The main event of the Mexican Independence Day celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, the crowds will gather in the Plaza de las Armas for a street party with food stalls, live music, dancing, and the traditional “Grito” ceremony as the crowd cheers “Viva Mexico ”, followed by fireworks at 11:00 pm.

Monday, Sept 16th
Taco Fair in the Park

A national holiday from work, everyone will be in the Lazaro Cardenas park, right in the Romantic Zone for the Feria del Taco with taco restaurants from all over town competing to see who can present the tastiest tacos for the hungry crowd, from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more information about these and other ways to celebrate Mexican Independence in Puerto Vallarta this September.

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If you are planning a Puerto Vallarta vacation this September, you will find that some local restaurants close during the month for annual holidays. But there are dozens of fantastic dining options, all located just steps away from your vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. One of our favorite late summer dining choices is Gernika Pintxos, where you can enjoy a taste of Spain, with a spicy twist of Mexico. 

Pintxos”, similar to Spanish tapas, are bite-sized portions, often served on a skewer or piece of bread, perfect for sharing. The chef and co-owner at Gernika Pintxos are originally from Spain and have created a menu of traditional and authentic tastes of the Basque region. This year, they are also excited to announce a new wine list, created in conjunction with the wine experts at Uncork Mexico, which features some of the best wines from Spain and Mexico to accompany your meal. 

With a location that offers an air-conditioned dining room or outdoor terrace seating with a beautiful view of the Los Muertos Pier, Gernika Pintxos is a Pinnacle Concierge “Best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta” pick for summer dining. Contact them for directions or reservations during your stay in our luxury vacation rentals in downtown 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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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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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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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

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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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