Puerto Vallarta,Mexico,has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for a reason. This expat haven and tourist hotspot is always brimming with fun and exciting events in and around the Banderas Bay area,which lies on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Recent and upcoming events in and around include the 9th Annual Puerto Vallarta Altruism Festival,the Vallarta Yacht Club’s 2013 WesMex Regatta and Punta Mita’s Third Annual Gourmet and Golf Classic,which both occurred in mid-April.
According to Banderas News,this year’s Altruism Festival will take place at 6 p.m. May 5,with some of the area’s best restaurants offering food and refreshments in the beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta. There will also be live entertainment,dancing and cultural aspects to the evening,which includes displays created by 24 different charitable organizations to tell their story of positive change. An added bonus is that 100 percent of money collected will reportedly be equally distributed among the attending charities.
The seventh annual International WesMex Regatta wrapped up April 21 at the Vallarta Yacht Club,which lies around six miles north of the city’s international airport in Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. This small boat regatta attracts hundreds of competitors from around the world each year and is sanctioned by the Mexico Sailing Federation.
Finally,the Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic returned to the region in mid-April for the third year in a row. More than 200 attendees from around the world come to experience a variety of world-class local and international cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs,along with the opportunity to play the local world-class Jack Nicklaus golf courses.
In other news about Puerto Vallarta,a new species of magnolia has been named the city’s official flower. Discovered in August of 2012 by researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara,the new species is native to the area and can only be found in the Puerto Vallarta and Cabo regions.
Finally,expat associations are rapidly growing in number and influence as more and more international buyers purchase Puerto Vallarta real estate. These organizations reportedly meet regularly with the city’s municipal authorities,the police and other community leaders to establish and maintain direct channels of communication between tourists,resident expats and local officials.