Stocking your fridge while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta


We are often asked where to get groceries and beverages while in Vallarta.  While there are many opportunities to pick- up food, snacks and beverages, here are some of our tips: If you are staying on the South Side of Vallarta (also known as the “Zona Romantica” (Romantic Zone), “Olas Altas” (Los Muertos Beach) and sometimes even Old Town (the oldest part of Puerto Vallarta) is actually “Centro” (Downtown) but the South Side is charming, quaint and often mistaken as being the oldest part of the city).

Most of our vacation rental units are centrically located and very close to a myriad on small “tiendas”  (shops), convenience stores, grocery stores or “mercados” (Markets). If you want one stop shopping, we suggest:

 “Los Mercados” on Aquiles Serdan: (between Ignacio Vallarta street and Constitucion) less than two blocks from the Molina de Agua. Inside Los Mercados you will find Mikey’s Deli, a shop with prepared foods, butcher meat, sandwiches made to order, fresh breads, dairy items and cheeses, salads and imported goods and pantry items.  Also inside of Los Mercados you will find Don Fresco, filled with fresh produce, grains, nuts, seeds and herbs and spices…. K’ rico:) is the coffee shop with juices, smoothies, pastries and beautiful cakes, tarts and locally grown and roasted coffee.  Cork & Bottle is the shop for all of your adult beverage needs with fabulous wines, liquors, beer and bar supplies. Upstairs is a Paint-your-own-Ceramic studio which is the perfect place to unleash your creativity and make a custom designed souvenir.


OXXO and Kiosko are Mexican Chain Convenience stores that stock beverages, beer, alcohol, ice, juices, milk and soda. Plenty of snacks, candy, cookies, snack cakes and some basic pantry items can be found here.


Farmacias Guadalajara– open 24 hours and located on Insurgentes and Lazaro Cardenas. A good place to pick up cereal, dairy items,  Mexican pastries, bread, even sliced deli ham and any personal items you need, shampoo, insect repellent, medicines, diapers, etc.

Emiliano Zapata Market (Mercado Emiliano Zapata) is located in the colonia (neighborhood) Emiliano Zapata which is also south of downtown Puerto Vallarta on Camichin and Lazaro Cardenas streets, about six blocks away from the beach. In and around this traditional Market you will find;  “carnecerias” (butchers), “fruterias” (Fresh Produce markets) a “cremeria” (dairy shop), a “tortillaria” (Tortilla shop) and little shops selling everything under the sun.

fresh products

Ley’s is the Mexican Chain grocery store located on the edge of Downtown Vallarta. It is on Avenida Mexico a few blocks before the start of the Malecon (and Hotel Rosita) Ley’s offers everything from dairy, produce, a deli (hot and cold Mexican items) a bakery, cleaning products to pretty much anything else you can imagine. Be sure to check out the second floor for clothing, personal items, sunglasses, jewelry, tools and make-up.

Tienda Ley

Farmer’s & Handcrafts Markets

old town farmers market

There are many Farmer’s & Handcraft Markets around the Bay of Banderas. The original Old Town Farmer’s Market is the oldest and probably one of the busiest of the markets in the area.  Located at Parque Lazaro Cardenas and Pino Suarez (streets) on the South Side of Vallarta. This is an outdoor market held every Saturday from November until May and offers a diverse group of Vendors who “Make it, bake it, or grow it” locally. Treasures you will find range from jewelry, to custom made clothes, swimwear, purses and bags, salsas, dips and fresh baked breads and baked goods (some Gluten Free), to handcrafted cheeses, soaps and lotions to art and sausages.  This market also has a few local growers who harvest what is ripe and ready to sell. Bring a bag and be ready to sample, dance (live music weekly) and enjoy a Saturday. Open from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (Saturday only).

Besides these centrally located shops and markets, Puerto Vallarta also has WalMart, Sam’s Club, Soriana, Comercial Mexicana(AKA Mega) and a Costco. If you are looking for anything in particular, please feel free to email us and we can try and help you locate what you are looking for.

Puerto Vallarta…improvements


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – According to a recent report in the Vallarta Opina, the Federal Government is willing to invest $500 million pesos in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta.

With this line of investment, the Jalisco Ministry of Tourism (Setujal), in collaboration with City Council executives, has devised several high impact projects meant to revive the most important tourist center of the region.

State officials are currently working with the city’s director of Infrastructure and Municipal Government Services, Héctor Chaires Muñoz, to Continue reading

Vallarta Beach Crawl

I don’t do the Vallarta Beach Crawl often; however, it’s fun to expose first time Puerto Vallarta visitors to a small variety of easily accessed Banderas Bay beaches that they may not get to otherwise and they do always seem to request a repeat expedition in following visits. Over the years, I have fine tuned a route. 

Karen's Place, BuceriasTo be honest, this crawl is really about eating and drinking so, depending on hunger levels, we sometimes start at Karen’s Place in Bucerias for a late breakfast.A long time favorite of both visitors and locals, Karen’s Place is on the beach in front of Costa Dorada Suites.Karen has lived here for many years and she knows how to operate a restaurant.

The ambiance is thoroughly pleasant, the food is great and there is a choice of Continue reading

Mexico’s Health Care Ranked 5th Worldwide On Global Retirement Index

Healthcare in MexicoMexico’s outstanding combination of great weather, magnificent beaches, world famous cuisine, fascinating culture and world-class real estate have made of it one of the best places to retire in the world. But you already knew all that, what you might haven’t heard before is that it also has one of the best health care systems in the planet.

Amazing, right? Well, according to the Global Retirement Index 2014 published by, Mexico’s affordable and top-notch health care is Continue reading


Pain Relief therapy in Puerto Vallarta


            Electronic Muscle Stimulation, Ultrasound, TENS

Proven therapy and pain relief from Acute & Chronic pain, resulting in increased mobility and decreased dependence on medication and other invasive treatments

  • Sports Injuries/Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs/Achilles Tendon
  • Diabetic Ulcers and Neuropathy/Pressure Ulcers
  • Arthritis/Bursitis/Osteoarthritis
  • Passive Exercise of Injured Muscles
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sciatica / Back Pain/Hip Dysplasia
  • Post-Surgical Pain Management
  • Degenerative Disc ad Joint Disease
  • Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
  • Sinusitis/TMJ pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Biceps/Thigh/Muscle
  • Knee/Joint Pain
  • Post-Operative Soft Tissue Lesions
  • Gout


Helene at Cell: 322 131 5125 / Home: 223 113 0445

E-mail :            ** Also available for House Calls

Tourist office


    This is a highly significant move by the mayor and the police regarding tourist safety in Puerto Vallarta.

    Puerto Vallarta Opens Special Office for Foreign Visitors

    In an effort to further assist the foreign tourists who favor our destination season after season, the Puerto Vallarta municipality has opened the Oficina Municipal de Atención y Asistencia al Turista y Residente Extranjero (OAATRE), or Municipal Office to Attend and Assist Foreign Tourists and Residents. The office is conveniently located at Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas, in colonia Emiliano Zapata, and is staffed by specially trained, French- and English-speaking staff.
    Puerto Vallarta Mayor Ramón Guerrero was present at the opening ceremony, along with US and Canadian Consular Agents Kelly Trainor and Lyne Benoit, respectively. “What matters the most,” Guerrero commented, “is that we want foreign visitors to know that, when they visit Puerto Vallarta, they will have access to a support system that includes professional staff, ready and eager to ensure that their time spent here is truly spectacular.”
    The office is open 24-7. Should you need to reach the OAATRE by telephone, you can dial (322) 222-2224.

Oldtown Farmers Market – Puerto Vallarta

Oldtown Farmers Market Puerto Vallarta

Every Saturday morning from 9.30am to 2pm from November through to May the place to be is Basilio Badillo at the Oldtown Farmers Market where everything sold is grown, produced or made within a 50km radius.  Fresh berries, veges, pies and baking, jewelry and clothes, souvenirs, creams, remedies, liquors and much more.  Stroll at your leisure and stop in for a bite to eat at one of food options in ‘Nacho Daddys’.  Enjoy the street music and  the experience of just being here in Puerto Vallarta.

Oldtown Farmers Market



Green Flash Sunsets

  • Green Flash Sunsets

    Puerto Vallarta is famous for the sunsets and recently we have had some magnificent but elusive green flashes. Did you know the sun takes 2min and 37seconds to fall from the moment it touches the water until it is gone? Well now you do. And just at that last moment when the conditions are just right (with or without happy hour tequilas) and you are very lucky you will see the green flash. Make it a challenge on your next visit if you haven’t already seen one.