On March 1, 2009 (that’s tomorrow!) Tim Longpre and his staff will celebrate the 4th Anniversary of PVRPV. Five years ago, Tim Longpre began his career in the town he fell in love with after vacationing here a few times (sound familiar?). After a few days as a waiter at the PALM Cabaret bar and a year or so in real estate, Tim decided he knew what Vallarta needed….and PVRPV was born! You’re invited to stop by when you’re in town to check out all the changes in PVRPV’s new offices and meet members of the expanded staff (like the wonderful Octavio, artwork above).
“I can’t believe I’ve been in Mexico for five years!” Tim said this morning to his staff. “It’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my life. It certainly says something about the Mexican people.” Tim has been very busy with milestones the last few weeks. He’s been entertaining friends, family members and his parents, who are still in town helping him to celebrate his 40th birthday a few weeks ago and now the anniversary of PVRPV.
Congratulations to Tim and his staff on their success. When your travel takes you to Puerto Vallarta, you can always count on PVRPV to take great care of you.
On Saturday, February 20, 2009, Mardi Gras Fever hit Puerto Vallarta hard! PVPRV was one of 31 parade entrants viewed by thousands along the parade route through the southside of Vallarta. Though, like most parades, it got started a bit late but for the first year, it was a smashing success. Kudos to organizers at Club Manana and to the hundreds who rode on floats, dressed in elaborate costumes, directed traffic, passed out drinks, let us use your restrooms, and really made the night work!. Events like this really build community and we all had a blast! Can’t wait for next year…you won’t want to miss it.
Need an excuse to visit Vallarta? Already here and wonder what’s going on in the area? Here’s a great idea: If you haven’t been to Vallarta’s Botanical Gardens, you must go as this has become one of Vallarta’s most cherished attractions. The Botanical Gardens are located at Km. 24 marker, approximately 30 mins south of Puerto vallarta. on the scenic, historic “Carretera to Barra de Navidad” highway 200, the only road that goes south of PV.
You can arrive by bus by catching the bus to “El Tuito” at the corner of Carranzas and Aguacate street, in the Romantic Zone which leaves every half hour or so. This bus will return you to PV . Bus fare is 15 pesos each way. A taxi ride is about $20 US each way(From Old town Puerto Vallarta). Tell the driver you are going to the Botanical Gardens and after you pass thru Boca Tomatlan, keep watching for it on the right about 5 mins later. From the bus, its an easy 3 min stroll into the garden. Watch the traffic carefully when crossing the highway on the return (you’ll need to cross to catch the bus). You can flag down just about any thru bus and they’ll charge you about the same as the public bus (and you might get a much more comfortable seat).
Tim and Agustin share a moment with the fantastic and colorful Vallarta legend, DIVA.
So you think you’ve tried them all? Really? One of the things we try to do here on the PVRPV blog is to let you know about restaurants that we’ve found that may be off the regularly beaten tourist path but are definitely worth a try. Sometimes you want to go where the more “local” crowd goes too. After all, once you’ve decided to stay in Vallarta more than just a week or two, you’ll need to know where to go for reasonable values that are still offering great cuisine. Here is one of our favorites: Restaurant Gilmar at 418 Madero in Zona Romantica offers a wide range of options from delicious flaming fajitas to fresh seafood to spaghetti. One of the unique things about this restaurant is that shortly after your order is taken (unless its busy and then you’ll have to wait a bit longer) they bring a molcajete (lava stone bowl) to your table with an assortment of chiles, roasted tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro to prepare the freshest salsa you’ll ever taste. Many say its the best they’ve ever tasted. This is complimentary with your entree.
Gilmar also offers a complete dinner with national drink (beer or soda, etc), soup, entree and dessert for 159 pesos. Very hard to beat the taste or value in Vallarta, if you ask us!
They also offer wireless internet aceess and a computer at the front window near the bar if you don’t have your laptop. They also take credit cards, unique among some of the more local spots.
Owner Benajmin and his family will soon celebrate their 30th year operating this restaurant. If you haven’t tried it, go!
A word of warning: Restauarant Gilmar is not a place to go if you are in a huge hurry. The service is great but it takes a while to make salsa at at each table and you may find youself waiting a while if you hit them at prime”dinner hour” (730 to 830P usually). Go a bit earlier, we do.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until 11pm at 418 Madero, Zona Romantica.