Vallarta Vacation: Drag Anyone?

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Drag in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has long offered drag shows with men dressing and entertaining as women. We even have an annual event in Puerto Vallarta where straight men don women’s clothing, makeup, and high heels to raise money for the local women’s shelter.

When we originally arrived in Puerto Vallarta, drag shows were relegated to the Amapas neighborhood, the southwest side of the Romantic Zone, and people flocked from afar to attend these fun and raucous shows. Today, we can see these shows in more localized venues and they are attended by everyone. Drag shows have gained respectability with entertainers who display amazing talent, much of it imported from Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles.

Legend has it that role reversal in Mexico is ancient and until the conquistadors arrived it was considered normal and acceptable. Different tribes had diverse customs but for the most part, the indigenous had no problem with men dressing as women and vice versa. Some males took on the role of lady of the house, dressing the part and doing female related chores. It wasn’t until Catholic Europeans arrived that this lifestyle was considered odd in any way.

Many places in Mexico in modern times still believe the being of two spirits embodied in one person is welcome. Known as muxe, it is not unusual for them to marry, have children and remain a part of their community with equal respect. In fact, a muxe can be a shaman in some indigenous areas and they are highly revered. Muxes are seen as a third gender, neither male or female, or both.

Tolerance for homosexuality in Mexico has often followed the actions of whatever politician is in control and at times it hasn’t been easy for gay people. In the famous incident of 41 at the turn of last century, a cross-dressing party was raided by police in Mexico City and everyone was hauled to jail for the exception of one person. This is a story worthy of exploration and relevance, since the actual number of attendees was 42, one being the nephew of then President Porfirio Díaz, who had him whisked away while the rest of the party-goers suffered public humiliation and inscription into the Mexican army. 

It is a fact that Mexico has been much more tolerant of homosexuality than their northern neighbor.  Mexico was ahead of the United States in AIDS research and accommodations. Mexico legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, whereas it took until 2015 in the United States.

Que es cómo es.

At Casa Yvonneka, paradise is found just off a simple cobblestone street. As you enter through a massive iron door, you walk through a stunning tropical garden to enter your own private oasis. From the moment you look across the infinity pool with its breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta and Bay of Banderas, you see an exquisite property that has been thoughtfully planned to be your private island of comfort.  The spectacular villa has an elevator, and is fully air-conditioned and includes many luxurious details.

Casa Yvonneka in Puerto Vallarta features several indoor and outdoor living areas, a spacious terrace by the infinity pool with outdoor dining, multiple terraces and a gym. Our luxury Puerto Vallarta vacation rental villa is ready and waiting for you!

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Vallarta Vacation: Keepin Things Clean

Vallarta Vacation: Keepin Things Clean

Wash Your Hands

We can’t be reminded enough of this simple deterrent to the flu and other illnesses, which assault Puerto Vallarta at the same rate as the remainder of the world outside paradise. The initial recommendation is to get an annual flu shot. The more people get vaccinated, the more are protected and create herd immunity. This year, winter 2017 -2018, it is suggested to not use the nasal spray application (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV), which is often used for children. Injectable shots are more effective, painless, and available in Puerto Vallarta. There are different strains for age, pregnant women and adults. Standard flu shots are the most common; high-dose for older people and those made with adjuvant, also for older people. Since there are constantly changing viruses, annual shots are highly advised. This year we are protected from three to four circulating flues on this continent, depending on whether we have received the quadrivalent or trivalent.

For those planning to travel to or from Puerto Vallarta, consider it takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to do their job, so plan accordingly. Even though October is the primary month to get vaccinated against the flu, it will be beneficial to protect yourself all through the season. It’s never too late. Flu season can last as late as May. There are never super accurate statistics on flu due to the fact that only the sickest are hospitalized or see a doctor, whereas most of us simply slog through it until we feel better. According to the CDC, flu vaccinations are not perfect but they are the best tool for protection against illness. The only complete prevention is living in a bubble and they usually don’t do so well at the beach.

Preventative measures include washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face and staying away from people who are ill. 

If you get sick, stay home; don’t expose others. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, using disposable tissue. Pre and probiotics are highly recommended on a daily basis to shore up the immune system; drinking a lot of water is essential. Your body weight divided by two is the suggested minimum amount of ounces. Keeping yourself hydrated is the best advice under any circumstance and when in elevated temperatures, make sure you have a vessel with you at all times. No, gin and beer don’t count.

If you are traveling, consult with your insurance carrier to make sure you will be covered in Puerto Vallarta. It is amazing how many people we meet who are here on extended stays and haven’t thought of this. Hospitals and doctors in Puerto Vallarta are certainly very reasonable compared to their counterparts to the north but any serious illness will set you back, regardless, especially if you must be hospitalized. 

Que es cómo es.

At Casa Yvonneka, paradise is found just off a simple cobblestone street. As you enter through a massive iron door, you walk through a stunning tropical garden to enter your own private oasis. From the moment you look across the infinity pool with its breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta and Bay of Banderas, you see an exquisite property that has been thoughtfully planned to be your private island of comfort.  The spectacular villa has an elevator, and is fully air-conditioned and includes many luxurious details.

Casa Yvonneka in Puerto Vallarta features several indoor and outdoor living areas, a spacious terrace by the infinity pool with outdoor dining, multiple terraces and a gym. Our luxury Puerto Vallarta vacation rental villa is ready and waiting for you!

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Vallarta Vacation: Paddle Boarding

Vallarta Vacation: Paddle Boarding

Stand Up and Paddle

Our first introduction to standing on a surf board with a paddle was a wet one. It took several attempts to learn our balance points but the landing was always soft and forgiving. Stand Up Paddle, known as SUP, has become increasingly popular in Puerto Vallarta over the past few years. SUP is an all-ages sport. Competitions are regular and entertaining, up and down the coastline, with Sayulita hosting a variety of annual events.

SUP might be new in Puerto Vallarta but to surfers, it’s been around for a long while. Hawaiian surfers called it Board Surfing and when the surf wasn’t high, they could still be in the water and move about at will, waiting for a big one to come along. The idea is to place your feet parallel faced toward the head of the board. Using your large back muscles, pull a long stroke, making sure your grasp is a shoulder width apart, otherwise you’ll wear yourself out quickly with short movements. A sesh (session) is the length of time one works out on their board and the goal is to lengthen the seshes on a daily basis in an effort to improve balance, strength, and endurance. It’s an alternative to the gym and we like the outdoor aspect. In Puerto Vallarta, summer is a great time to strengthen skills and lengthen seshes; the water can be a method to cool off in the intense heat and humidity.

Some think Puerto Vallarta’s surf is a little too rough and that may be true for the beginner, though the ocean is unpredictable. We have seen the Bay of Banderas at Beach Los Muertos as smooth as a pond. We’ve found calm waters in the bay at Yelapa, north in Sayulita, and Bucerias, and to the south, off the shores of Las Animas and Quimixto. Mismaloya, with its protected cove is ideal for SUP.  It’s not necessary to schlep your board to these destinations but we do see them often toted onto buses. Boards in zippered cases are a common site in oversized baggage at the airport, as well. 

Tours of Stand Up Paddle are very common and it’s nice to have a guide who can teach you the fundamentals. Ask at any beach kiosk in Puerto Vallarta or any of the above mentioned locations and you’re likely to find just what you’re looking for, along with someone knowledgeable and experienced. We recommend SUP as a great relaxing form of exercise; low impact and easy for anyone.

Que es cómo es.

At Casa Yvonneka, paradise is found just off a simple cobblestone street. As you enter through a massive iron door, you walk through a stunning tropical garden to enter your own private oasis. From the moment you look across the infinity pool with its breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta and Bay of Banderas, you see an exquisite property that has been thoughtfully planned to be your private island of comfort.  The spectacular villa has an elevator, and is fully air-conditioned and includes many luxurious details.

Casa Yvonneka in Puerto Vallarta features several indoor and outdoor living areas, a spacious terrace by the infinity pool with outdoor dining, multiple terraces and a gym. Our luxury Puerto Vallarta vacation rental villa is ready and waiting for you!

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