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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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Airport Travel Tips for Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation

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Pinnacle Resorts is so pleased to have welcomed our guests back to our Puerto Vallarta properties in the beautiful Romantic Zone location. We have a series of dedicated staff protocols in place to keep our properties sparklingly clean and sanitized for our guests so that you can enjoy a worry-free vacation, and we have been thrilled with the positive feedback about the safety and security guests feel while spending time with us.

 

If you’re ready to return to Puerto Vallarta and enjoy some sunshine and ocean breezes from our rooftop pool lounges or your own private balcony, we have a couple of tips passed on to us by our guests to make your airport travel easy.

 

  1. Check-in for your flight online. Most airlines offer an online check-in either through their website or app which allows you to scan your boarding pass to your smartphone or print a paper copy to avoid lining up at the check-in counter.

 

  1. Travel light and avoid checking luggage. Puerto Vallarta has a casual, beach vibe and with our summer weather, you can easily pack your travel wardrobe into a carry-on bag. Traveling lightly means not having to wait at the baggage carousel at arrival, so you can start your vacation sooner! Just remember to pack only travel-sized liquids and have them in a sealed plastic bag.

 

Your Pinnacle Resorts concierge can assist with private transportation arrangements to and from the Puerto Vallarta International airport direct to your luxury vacation rental, to make your travel even easier. And although you may not want to ever leave your spacious suite overlooking the ocean or the lush jungle of the Sierra Madre mountains, your concierge will also be available to assist with restaurant and activities suggestions and reservations to complete your Puerto Vallarta vacation experience.

Contact us today to learn more!

 

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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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DISCOVERING CHOCOLATE IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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If you are a chocolate aficionado or simply want to learn more about this important part of Mexico’s culture and heritage, a new Puerto Vallarta chocolate tasting and tour company has recently opened its delicious doors.

Cacao Mágico is an authentic, artisanal chocolate factory and store showcasing the rich cultural tradition of chocolate in Mexico, dedicated to international service standards for a unique and fascinating gourmet experience. Located in Puerto Magico, a shopping and entertainment space in the Puerto Vallarta cruise ship terminal, it is an intimate space where guests can enjoy a decadent professional chocolate tasting while learning about its production, or choose the Healing Chocolate Ritual, an unforgettable journey into 3000 years of history, mysticism and legend that has interwoven chocolate into the culture of Mexico since pre-Hispanic times.

Cacao Mágico uses 100% organic and vegetarian products which are regionally sourced to support the local community, making it a guilt-free decadent treat. Whether you take one of their chocolate making classes or just purchase a box to enjoy at home, Cacao Mágico is certainly a sweet new addition to Puerto Vallarta. Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge for more information.

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PINNACLE PICKS: GERNIKA PINTXOS

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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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