Comfort Inn Puerto Vallarta
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascenci
Puerto Vallarta, 48335
Phone: (52) 322 2267979
Fax: (52) 322 2267979
Designed by famed architect Joe Finger, this course opened to the public in 1989 and offers world-class golf in the beautiful Marina area. The 18-hole golf course is beautifully situated with lagoons and plenty of wildlife to make for a memorable outing. The course is managed by the various member hotels, which allow their guests to utilize the course. Member hotels include: Marriott Casa Magna, Sheraton Buganvilias, Hotel Fiesta Americana, Camino Real, Krystal Vallarta, Westin Regina and Velas Vallarta Grand Suite Resort.
Though decidedly not for everyone, traditional bullfights or corridas de toros are presented regularly each Wednesday at La Paloma in the Marina area on the airport road. Matadors appear with the 'suit of lights': the sparkling costumes they wear to confront the bulls. The pageantry is colorful, but first-time visitors should know that it always ends badly for the bull. Aficionados who attend often prefer the shady side of the arena. Bullfighting season starts in November and lasts until April. Bullfights open at 5pm daily.
The month of June marks the beginning of the summer months in Puerto Vallarta, and with it the beginning of the sea turtle season. Many varieties of sea turtles depend on Banderas Bay as a breeding ground and so in order to help with the preservation of those turtles, many hotels have started programs to protect the eggs by building nurseries. Adults and children are usually invited to participate in daily Turtle Liberation ceremonies, a fun way to celebrate the propagation of the species.
Cruceros Princesa has daily trips to beautiful Playa Yelapa, Las Marietas Islands, Quimixto and Las Animas, and guarantees a full day of fun. Activities include a free bar, on board contests, snorkeling lessons, kayaking and windsurfing. Some trips even include nature hikes featuring incredible waterfalls. Scuba diving courses are available during the high season (June-September). Whale watching is also available in mating season (November-April). Medical insurance is included in the cost of the journey. Sunset trips are also available.
Puerto Vallarta hosts a series of sporting events, in which locals and visitors can participate in a variety of different activities. They include basketball, softball, children soccer, aerobics, a 7km fun run from the Sheraton Buganvilias to the Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta, tennis tournaments and a Pro Beach Volleyball tournament. Most events will take place at the Municipal Stadium, while others will happen within the Sheraton Hotel Complex. Nightly parties and dancing will also be hosted for participants and guests at Carlos O'Brians and the Christine Discotheque.
Although not a Mexican tradition, Halloween has become very common around the country, and especially in Puerto Vallarta. Many of the local hotels and clubs have made it common practice to celebrate el dia de brujas (witches day), as it is referred to. Local bars and clubs have contests for the best costume, and the holiday presents an excellent opportunity to see how Mexicans have adapted to this tradition. Everybody seems to find the opportunity of dressing up as something else - from former presidents, to famous clowns, to drag and beauty queens and beauty queens - quite enjoyable. Many people dress in Grim Reaper costumes, which is appropriate because the following two days are dedicated to the memory of the dead Dia de Muertos.
Inaugurated in March 2010, this theater is located where Vallarta Cinema once stood. It can hold 960 people, and has professional sound installations, lighting, props and costumes. There also is an art gallery, and a school on site that is dedicated to art education for children.
About a week before Christmas, Puerto Vallarta streets are filled with La Posada, candlelight processions that recreate the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's fruitless search for lodging. Groups of men, women and children follow along as the couple knock on doors, asking for entry and are turned away each time. Traditional songs are sung at each location. Businesses, private homes and hotels host parties during this period as well.
During the wintertime, the high season in Puerto Vallarta, nine galleries band come together to offer free, twice-monthly Art Walks through the picturesque Downtown section of the city. The active gallery selection may vary, and no one is required to go to all of them, but it is a great way to wander the art district in the company of other like-minded individuals. Past participating galleries include Galeria Arte Latino-Americano, Galeria Arte Popular Mexicano and Galeria de Ollas. No fee.
With benches crafted of local quarrystone called cantera and a row of graceful arches framing the backdrop provided by the sea, this beautiful open-air theater is well worth a visit. Even if there is not a scheduled performance, it still provides a dramatic photo opportunity. Various free presentations are offered here almost every night throughout the dry season. Check the local newspapers for details or simply show up for the sunset. This is one of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta.
Centro Cultural Cuale is a wonderful option for those interested in the arts while visiting Puerto Vallarta. This local cultural center, which was built very recently, in 2003, hosts its own theater and has a wide variety of activities for the whole community to enjoy. From film screenings, plays, conferences to workshops and art shows, Cuale Cultural Center has it all.
The Santa Barbara Theater is one of the main and most popular theaters in all of Puerto Vallarta. They stage all kinds of performances from drama to musicals and other performing arts. The theater also features the Broadway Cafe to grab a bite before the show, and the bar also hosts bingo and karaoke. The Santa Barbara Theater is the finest community theater in Puerto Vallarta.