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Start 2018 With A Bang

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Puerto Vallarta is saying adiós to 2017 and holá to 2018 with an entertaining event, featuring music, performances and dazzling fireworks displays. On December 30 and 31, the “Luminia Fest,” will energize the streets and light up the sky with lively activities and illuminating fireworks. Bringing together talented local performers and some of the country’s best pyrotechnists, the festival is a celebratory art showcase for the community to enjoy.

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Located on the Malecón, the festival begins Saturday, December 30 at 7pm with the presentation of flamenco and gypsy music band “Gipsy Rumba.” At 8pm the Mexicanísimo Ballet will take center stage, followed by “The Grandchildren of Sebastián Lupercio Hernández” and “Nuevo Continental” mariachis. At 11pm, the sky will sparkle with a 20 minute fireworks show from “Pyromance.” The evening will close with jalisciense rock band, “Retro MX.”

The New Year’s Eve celebration promises to brilliantly punctuate the year. The evening will feature performances from “Dan Solo DJ Set,” “San Juan Project” and “Master Plus.” At 10pm the Jafed Barragán Rodríguez pyrotechnic castle will be lit and the music will continue with “Fanko.” The evening will culminate with a midnight fireworks display from the State of Mexico and a performance from “Ritmo Dynamic” to ring in the New Year.

For more information visit Vallarta Daily.

Celebrate the Season with Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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There’s truly no better place to celebrate the season than Puerto Vallarta. Christmas time comes alive, starting December 1 with the traditional Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visitors can witness one of the year’s most traditional, meaningful and enduring festivities from December 1-12.  The celebration includes elaborate processions that parade through downtown and Mexican Christmas posadas (parties), bringing together locals and tourists in the spirit of the season.

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Processions are filled with colorful banners, lively music and singing, and vibrantly decorated floats, primarily featuring scenes of the Virgin and Juan Diego. They commemorate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the Indian peasant, Juan Diego, on December 12th, 1531. Along the way, vendors sell food, sweets, artisan crafts and souvenirs.

The 12-day festival culminates with thousands of local Puerto Vallarta businesses, neighborhoods and organizations, parading with candles from their place of employment through the streets of Puerto Vallarta to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral, which was built in 1903.
To participate and for more information, please visit Discovery Vallarta.

A Memorable Meal Set to Mariachi

 

Dining al fresco, under the twinkling stars with views of Puerto Vallarta lit up below is, in part, what makes dining at Casa Kimberly’s open-air rooftop eatery, The Iguana, so special. But a meal at The Iguana is made even more spellbinding with authentic Mexican entertainment. And, on November 1, we’re delighted to welcome the return of Mariachi La Joya de Mexico, one of Mexico’s most famous Mariachi troupes, who will be performing Sunday through Friday starting at 6:00 PM. The talented group is known for romancing and serenading diners and with their smooth musical stylings.  Prepare to be enchanted by their pitch-perfect harmonies and instrumental mastery while sipping margaritas and indulging in gastronomic delights.  It’s sure to be a night to remember!

The Iguana is open seven days a week from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations required. To book a table, email info@casakimberly.comor call 322.222.1336.

Day of the Dead Descends on Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is preparing for one of the year’s most important celebrations, Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Considered to be one of Mexico’s most significant traditions, the two-day occasion is a time when people remember and honor their deceased loved ones. With the idea that the spirits return, events enliven cities and villages across the country from October 31 to November 2.

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Puerto Vallarta embraces the iconic and ritualistic tradition with several festivities, including Day of the Dead altars exhibition at the Malecón, a concert at City Hall, folk dance performances, free guided tours at the Municipal Cemetery and a traditional catrina parade in El Centro.

Puerto Vallarta’s streets come alive with colorful decorations, including catrinas, skeletons, papel picado (perforated paper), and Day of the Dead altars. It’s common for people to leave some Pan de Muerto on the altars that hold the offerings representing earth (food), wind (paper flags), water (to quench the soul’s thirst) and fire (candles). Sugar skulls are also a common offering.

If you happen to be in Puerto Vallarta during this mystical time, be sure to ask us about how you can partake in the festivities and cultural traditions.
More information about this year’s celebrations coming soon. Check Banderas News for updates.

Puerto Vallarta Proudly Welcomes Pets

If you’re not a fan of leaving your feline friend or canine companion at home while you enjoy a vacation, fret not. Puerto Vallarta is proud to welcome companion, service and comfort pets.  Visitors will find the city is pawsitively pet-friendly with endless fun to be had with a four-legged friend in tow.

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Puerto Vallarta has a number of activities for travelers to enjoy with their furry friends. Soak up some sun on one of the city’s pet-friendly beaches. Or, stroll along the Malecon, a pedestrian-friendly boardwalk lined with restaurants, galleries, shops and bars, many of which allow animals. And if your pooch needs some pampering, Beach Dog in Mexico offers grooming services.

Travelers looking to potentially adopt a pet can visit SPCA PV, a beautiful facility that houses animals in need of good homes.

Mexico does not quarantine cats and dogs arriving from the United States or Canada, though visitors must present an International Certificate of Good Health signed by a certified veterinarian. Pets must be current on hepatitis, distemper and rabies vaccinations (bring all relevant paperwork). They also should be tested for ticks and tapeworm prior to traveling to Mexico. Upon arrival, all documents must be presented to an officer at the SAGARPA-SENASICA office located inside the Puerto Vallarta airport.

Casa Kimberly is pleased to welcome pets. Please inquire directly.

Day Trip: Bucerias

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A short, 30-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias is what some say Puerto Vallarta was like 50 years ago.  The small coastal town that was a former fishing village is located on the Banderas Bay in the Riviera Nayarit region, and boasts a scenic five-mile long beach. The beach’s soft sand and calm waves make it ideal for aquatic activities like surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and boogie boarding.

Beyond the attractive and active beach, Bucerias is brimming with various attractions and sightseeing activities. Want to explore the landscape? Try horseback riding or ATV-ing. Prefer strolling? Wander the charming cobblestone streets and get a glimpse of the Iglesia a la Señora de la Paz (Our Lady of Peace Church), the remodeled central plaza and the colorful houses. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Thursday evening art walk along Lazaro Cardenas street, an event where galleries welcome patrons with refreshments and stay open late to interact with visitors.

Foodies will enjoy Bucerias’ fresh fare, including “pescado zarandeado” (grilled fish), ceviche, shellfish and lobster. A local market even features eateries where visitors are offered fresh oysters off the shell.

Bucerias has come a long way from its humble beginnings; in the 1940s the town only had seven palapa huts and was quite difficult to access. Today, a main road helps visitors experience this beguiling and burgeoning village.

Enjoy a Taste of Puerto Vallarta with Vallarta Food Tours

Part of experiencing a city is enjoying its cuisine and Puerto Vallarta has fantastic food to whet your appetite. There are many great dining options throughout the city, but if you’re looking for a curated culinary experience, Vallarta Food Tours is known to delight epicureans with a taste of the best local flavors and dishes.

Groups of up to 10 people enjoy a guided 3 to 3½ hour food and city walking tour featuring samples from the city’s most notable family-owned restaurants and food stands. Think fresh tortillas, mole enchiladas, ceviche tostadas, fresh coconut, specialty beverages, and regional candies.

With the goal of giving guests the authentic local experience and satiating more than just their stomach, guides lead patrons along a route that includes visits to some of the city’s best landmarks and attractions, including Guadalupe Church, Old Town, and the Malecón. A true feast for the eyes!
Tours run every day and tickets are $49 for adults, $39 for children under 12. For more information, visit Vallarta Food Tours.
 

Recreate Cozy Casa Kimberly Mornings

Buenos dias! Waking up at Casa Kimberly is often a bright spot for our guests. Fluttering the eyes open to the tropical air kissing your face and soft sunshine beaming through the windows is the epitome of being on vacation. But, it’s Casa Kimberly’s signature breakfast that many guests remember for years to come. So, we’re sharing a few tips about how to recreate a Casa Kimberly breakfast at home.

You may not be able to capture the exact essence of those luxurious vacation vibes once you’re home, but you can certainly replicate the cuisine to create a supreme staycation. Start with fresh fruit, especially papaya and mango. Add a squeeze of fresh lime and even a sprinkle of salt to further bring out the tropical flavors. Warm up a flaky croissant and don’t forget butter and jam. Skip orange juice from a carton and opt for fresh-squeezed. Pour yourself some strong coffee. And, if you want to splurge, go for some champagne…after all, you deserve it, don’t you? Be sure to use your fanciest place settings; it will feel more indulgent. Now, sit back and relax. Voila, you’ve mastered vacation mornings!

5 Reasons to Visit Puerto Vallarta this Summer

It may be considered “low season,” but summer is shaping up to be one the best times to visit Puerto Vallarta. We think if you can’t beat the heat, might as well enjoy it. So, here are five reasons to visit Puerto Vallarta right now:

  1. It’s turtle nesting season. Every year from June to September, thousands of sea turtles land on Banderas Bay beaches to lay their eggs. After about 45 days of incubation, the hatchlings are born and released into the sea.
  2. The Turicleto, a sustainable vehicle in which visitors can traverse Downtown Puerto Vallarta just got the green light. The pedal-powered Turicleto comes with a bilingual guide who explains the history of the city, pointing out the most iconic attractions, to up to 20 passengers.
  3. Because summer tends to be warmer than other months of the year, the city is less crowded making it easier to explore the charming cobblestone streets of Romantic Zone or stroll the waterfront Malecon with fewer visitors vying for the same vantage point.
  4. If you want to compete with your friends’ summer vacation Instagram feeds, hit the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. The azure warm waters will undoubtedly inspire wanderlust…and cool you off. There are several picturesque playas to choose from, but Playa los Muertos, Playa Bucerías, Playa Chacala, Playa Mayto and  Playa Careyesare a few visitor favorites.
  5. Casa Kimberly’s new package,“Hot Nights Cool Savings,” is a sizzling summer offer not to be missed. The deal includes four nights for the price of three, deluxe continental breakfast in the morning and complimentary cocktails and tapas in the afternoon – to be enjoyed poolside or on your suite’s private terrace. Rooms can be booked online, by calling 877-218-3248, or emailing info@casakimberly.com.

Toast Dad with a Tantalizing Tequila Tasting

Not sure how to honor Dad this Father’s Day? Perhaps popping down to Puerto Vallarta will prove just how much you care. Casa Kimberly is excited to celebrate the family patriarch with a special offer that is sure to make him feel special.

Trade in giving Dad an unimaginative tie and opt for a relaxing vacation and a tantalizing tequila tasting in one of the world’s best tequila regions. Casa Kimberly’s expert bartenders will walk him through a flight of tequilas — from blanco and reposado to sweet and smokey. We have a feeling it will lift his spirits and warm his heart.

 

“Father’s Day for Tequila Lovers” is available June 15 through July 15. Book two nights and receive an additional 10% off already discounted summer rates. Package begins at $290 USD per night for double occupancy, excluding taxes. Rooms can be booked online, by calling 877-218-3248, or emailing info@casakimberly.com. Cheers!