Vallarta Vacation: Some People Work From Home (While On Vacation)

Work from Anywhere 

You know that photo you see of the person working on the beach, tapping away at his laptop? It’s not a dream. It’s something anyone can do. If you want to move to Puerto Vallarta but you’re stumped about how you’ll make money in the process, there are loads of options. Writers are aware of this; it’s all about deadlines and research, but that’s not for everyone. If you are so inclined, however, there are sites like freelancer.com, which can lead you in the direction of copywriting and if you have SEO skills you will be in higher demand. 

If you’re a programmer, you can work just about anywhere and depending on your skill level, there is certainly money to be made. Puerto Vallarta needs people like this, as does any growing city, but this is something you can work at from anywhere in the world, with clients all over the globe. You can also check out Virtual Assistance; though it’s a broad and somewhat diverse subject, we know people who are doing data entry, answering Skype-phone calls and updating websites, and they take their work wherever they go. Translators are always in demand. We’re not talking specifically about Spanish. You can be a translator in any language with your online skills.  

Social Marketing is not going away and you can make money with the time you spend in front of sites like Facebook. Find someone to take over their fan pages; Twitter, Instagram and other sites that use social media to get their ideas and brands across. You can live in Puerto Vallarta and be employed by someone in New York, London, Toronto, Milan, Hong Kong, anywhere. It’s a job that doesn’t require a whole lot of tech knowledge and it doesn’t matter where you work from. With the use of templates, the canvass is really quite unlimited. We recommend investing in a short coding course before you come to settle in Puerto Vallarta and you’ll be set for life. We found that learning the basics of web design was a lot easier than we thought. 

What’s your area of expertise? You can be a consultant and live in Puerto Vallarta, which the computer age has made very easy. Architecture, law, human resources, art, educational skills, stocks, trading; whatever your skill set. You may already be a consultant and only need to hone your online skills. There’s no reason you can’t work on your tan, while advising clients. The possibilities are endless.  

Online teaching is a growing industry. ESL is something you can teach from your home base in Puerto Vallarta. It’s not necessary to be a linguist; online classes will teach you all you need to know. We have a friend in Guadalajara who has been teaching virtually for many years and Puerto Vallarta is her favorite weekend getaway. 

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: Fly Here For Less

Fly the Cheaper Skies

Everyone thinks there are tricks to fly back and forth between Puerto Vallarta and that other place you hang your hat, without going broke in the meantime.

It’s a fact that Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days to fly to save your dollars and pesos. Peak times are Thursday through Monday, especially given a three day weekend on either side and that’s when the airlines are able to hike the prices up for those who have no scheduling choices. Airlines have certainly hired the best technicians in the world to determine algorithms, hence pricing, which is always based on sales and availability.

Remember the statement about buying your tickets 57 days prior to your flights? It’s a myth. Our research couldn’t even come up with exactly where and when it started but it simply isn’t true. If you are a frequent flyer to and from Puerto Vallarta and familiar with rates on the routes you usually travel and you do see a fare that is obviously the best possible price, grab it! Chances are the seats will be gone within hours; this kind of news doesn’t stay secret.

We belong to mailing lists of the airlines we commonly use. They often send out last-minute specials and they’re usually true blue deals. We also have gotten in the habit of checking Groupon, LivingSocial and other coupon sites.

Be the first one to raise your hand when announcements are made for overbooked flights. Be willing to hang out in an airport and read a good book or people-watch, and you can pick up valuable vouchers. Flying without panic and deadlines for reaching your destinations can be very lucrative. United and Delta even let you bid on how much compensation you’d be willing to give up your seat. United has been known to compensate passengers as much as $10,000; that’s a lot of trips paid for. Let the attendant know before boarding and you can get on a list. There are so many flights in and out of Puerto Vallarta on a daily basis, you won’t need to wait long.

Book your flight directly with the airline. Online booking is always your best option but it costs nothing to speak with a ticket agent on the phone and we have found them to be immensely helpful. Third-party booking is a thing of the past when you’re simply jumping on a flight. If you’re planning a trip with several stops, ground transportation and accommodations, then by all means, use a travel agent; there are good ones in Puerto Vallarta. But for uncomplicated straightforward flights, you’ll find that airlines offer the most flexibility. You can always do your own research on Expedia, Skyscanner or Google Flights so you have a grip on what you’re looking for before you commit.

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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Ten Things You Will Love About Moving to Vallarta

You’ve moved to Puerto Vallarta (or maybe you’re thinking about moving here and want to find out what these ten things are to entice you and motivate you to get with the program). There’s so much to do, you’ll never find enough time for all the enjoyment. Your friends back home think you’re swinging in your hammock, staring up at coconut palms, suffering from extreme boredom… but they couldn’t be more wrong. You’re on permanent vacation but that doesn’t mean you get lazy. True, your relaxation meter is going to be in much better territory but you’ll also have time to do things you’ve always wanted and have leftover time to schmooze with your new friends.

Number One always is time spent soaking up Vitamin D in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a healthier lifestyle for so many reasons; including Two… you’ll be eating better. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grown locally, sans GMO are available for at least one third the price you used to pay. Three, you’re sure to lose weight; the result of the increased amount of walking you’ll do. We take the bus almost every time we head out, simply because we won’t need to worry about parking, traffic, and wear and tear on our vehicle. Four, we guarantee you’ll look younger. We’ve not met one person who’s moved to Puerto Vallarta who hasn’t visibly dropped years, for all the above causes.

Five, you can finally read that list of books you’ve been trying to get to over the years. Whether you’re sitting on the beach, relaxing at home, or turning in for the night, you’re going to have more time to hit those books with bliss and intention. What’s the skill you’ve always wanted to learn? Number Six is taking up the instrument you had planned to play in college but were too busy getting good grades so you could get that great job you have now retired from, and it’s time to fulfill that desire. Chances are you’ll find someone in Puerto Vallarta from whom to take lessons, but if not, YouTube is a wonderful source for learning just about anything; painting, mosaics, crochet, photography, scrapbooking.

Seven , since you’ll be able to afford a housekeeper, you can now grow that garden you’ve dreamed about. Imagine the envy of your visitors when you explain you planted and cultivated those roses, bougainvillea, banana, orange and lime trees!

Eight …You’ve read so many books and now you are ready to write your own. You’ve never had time to tell your story and you know it’s a good one, considering some of the duds you’ve burned through. Join the Writers Club and sharpen your pencils!

Dinners out cost a lot of money up north, especially when you toss in the cost of cocktails, beer and wine but Nine is where you can afford to go out for three meals a day and find lovely little comida corridas on the back streets. The list could go on and

on but let’s end with Ten: the free time to volunteer, golf, sail or hike. Dive, swim and fish. The choices are endless. All you need is to figure out how you will schedule all this happiness!

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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Let’s Go to the Movies!

We love the movie theaters in Puerto Vallarta! Take into consideration how much we pay for a movie back where most of us come from. Film ticket prices do vary somewhat in Canada and the USA but not by much. An average seat for a first run movie in New York City is going to cost you around $16.00. In Los Angeles it’s about the same. Toronto isn’t much better with the average ticket costing about $15 CDN. How much will you pay to see Star Wars in Puerto Vallarta? The average price is $32 pesos. That’s right around $1.50 USD, depending on the fluctuation of the peso on any given day.

The seats in Puerto Vallarta are comfortable, the popcorn is great and some theaters serve alcohol and full-on meals. The theaters and lobbies are clean, plus the aisles are wide and navigable. Some theaters have recliners (in case the movie is boring you, naps are an option.) In the summer, auditoriums are usually full at all times of day, because they also have air conditioning!

We asked our friends what stands out for them in the theaters in Puerto Vallarta and they came up with interesting and helpful responses. The food gets raves at La Isla and a special shout-out to their friendly and courteous staff. The VIP Theater is considered state-of-the-art and many think their sounds systems superior, but Cinemax at Galerias seems to have the best popcorn in town and their sound system gets high marks, too. We have sadly experienced movies where the volume is turned up so high, we nearly felt our hair blowing; then again, we have also been exposed to the low level of decibels where we have strained to hear actors and missed important dialogue.

Listings for movies in Puerto Vallarta can be found in the local newspapers and are almost always correct. The best way to find listings and times is online and each theater has their own site. If a movie is listed with SUB, that means it’s in English and has Spanish subtitles. If it says DOB, you better speak Spanish. All kid movies are in Spanish and are dubbed.

Movie night in Puerto Vallarta is an inexpensive date with family, children or your significant movie buff partner. The only complaints we picked up in our survey were mainly a couple of small gripes about cheap wine, and not enough ice in drinks, but we’ve suffered much worse than that.

The best thing is the unbeatable price and everyone agrees, it’s one of the bargains that make living here a real treat.

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: Dont Miss the Outdoor Markets

Thursday Marina Market

We love to take a Thursday trip out to the Marina in high season. The Marina Market was once a small shopping experience that we enjoyed before dinner at one of the fine marina restaurants. We would buy some vegetables and sometimes pick up bread or sweets from one of the bakers. This market has grown significantly and we now find we must arrive much earlier than we once did, if we want to partake in all the fabulous booths and peruse the many vendors. The Marina Malecón has been a favorite stroll of ours for the past two decades and a drink up in El Faro is often a highlight. There is much to see from up in the lighthouse and it is a great place for watching the changes in the north part of Puerto Vallarta. The Thursday Market opens at 6 pm and merchants stay open until 10 pm or until they have sold all their products, which frequently happen with the food booths.

What’s truly delightful about this market is that every item is made locally. Not only is nothing imported, every item is handmade, and you will most likely have a chance to meet the person or people who crafted your purchases. We have adorned our home and body with such items as remarkable jewelry, lovely handbags and fine clothing; gorgeous baskets and paintings; wonderful holiday decorations and amusing Day of the Dead pieces. The marvelous Huichol art is here, too, of course and they do such a great job of wrapping purchases for travel.

Fruits and vegetables are organic and a variety of bread can be found, including several grains and gluten free. We often buy dinner at the market these days, and take it home to cook or reheat. These are excellent chefs who sell everything from fine meats and cheeses, to fancy liqueurs, pizza, cookies and cakes. With nearly 200 stalls, there isn’t time to take it all in.

We have been fascinated to find local hand rolled cigars that rival the most expensive found in town and at a very fair price. Ice cream, yummy cups of corn, and the typical Mexican nieves de garrafa (snow cones) are also available.

The atmosphere at the Thursday Marina Market is very festive with live music, strolling Mariachi and visiting musicians. We love the family ambiance with a mixture of locals, ex-pats and tourists.

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: Happy New Years Folks!

Happy New Year

As we hang on one another’s shoulders this year in Puerto Vallarta, bang our champagne mugs together, and sing Auld Lang Syne, let’s get ready for a fresh and friendly year.

Sadly this past year has had a lot of people at odds with one another and we’d like to see everyone, back in the homelands, and here in our own adopted territory, sharing good times and enjoying the fabulous life we are so lucky to have here in Puerto Vallarta.

Many of us have found Facebook to be a forum for voicing complaints. There are pages devoted to bellyaching and provocation. We readily admit we find ourselves sucked in to these rants, and more often than not, completely amused. However it might be more productive to stick to those alliances who cheerily share information of upcoming events, new changes in simple government policies that affect expats, alerts at the airport, new products at Costco and other stores, weather conditions and local entertainment.

If one has an issue with a proprietor; hotel or restaurant owner; local charity, for example, it will serve us all better to address the situation with that merchant rather than splash it all over social media, and has a greater likelihood of having a resolution, rather than hard feelings and even worse, effects on a business that is only doing the same as anyone else in town: trying to make a living and get ahead.

In the following New Year, I encourage my readers to engage in productive debate and not try solving the problems of Mexico and Puerto Vallarta; allowing the local government to do their job. If you feel you do have a legitimate complaint, there are proper channels. Find out what they are and follow through with diplomacy. A smile and kind words get you a long way here in Puerto Vallarta.

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: Holiday Food!

Holiday Dinners in Puerto Vallarta

We’ve recently been involved in conversations about scarcity and abundance of familiar foods during the holidays in Puerto Vallarta. We’ve talked about this before but there are always new and old ideas to share with newbies and also with faithful oldies.

This year, once again, turkeys seem to be the subject of discussion at cocktail hour; who’s having them, where to find them and how to cook them. Once was a time we couldn’t find a turkey in Puerto Vallarta but now they’re in every big box store. You’ll also find imported hams, cheeses and delights such as cranberry sauce. It’s not longer a matter of trying to duplicate what one would have prepared “back home.” Costco even has fresh bags of cranberries so you can still make your own, and ingredients such as walnuts and oranges are not scarce. On the other hand, you could try making other sauces that will delight your gourmands. Why not use papaya, mango, pomegranates, passion fruit, and make a compote that will go well with all meats.

Add some variety to your New Year’s Eve dinner. Consider tamales for your menu. They’re traditional and can be found everywhere. We actually buy ours from street vendors, have done so for a couple decades, and never had a problem. The work that goes into tamales can be left to someone else and leave you more time in the hammock.

Potatoes are always a problem. Those found in Puerto Vallarta are very high in sugar content. When mashed they end up soggy and pasty. The solution is to peel and cut them in half the previous day. Soak them overnight completely covered with water and about half cup of salt. Drain the water the next day, rinse well and cook as usual. You will feel like you are home for the holidays, if you so wish.

Vegetables are abundant here in Puerto Vallarta, fresh and basically organic. They aren’t as pretty as you will find in your fancy supermarkets in the north but they’re tasty and healthy. Carrots have robust flavor and are as pure as to leave orange stains on the cutting board. Brussels sprouts are smaller but bursting with tastiness and go well with

local cauliflower and broccoli. Chayote is a Mexican vegetable that can be treated and cooked like squash and is delicious with a bit of butter and desired amount of salt and pepper. Buen provecho!

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: Keep It Clean

Clean Up Your Act!

We absolutely love when the city government steps up to help in the beautification of Puerto Vallarta. It happens in the stunning overhead decorations for the holidays and public entertainment around town, including our local Parque Lázaro Cárdenas and the Los Arcos Amphitheater, among other venues. It also occurs when authorities have an evening on the south end of the Malecón during the holidays, visit a fine dining establishment and have to step around piles of garbage. The holiday period generates vast amounts of trash and food waste. Visit the airport on any day from shortly after the North American Thanksgiving celebration, until the first week of January and the arrivals and departures of tourists is overwhelming. Indeed, the municipality can barely keep up with it. Lavanderías (drop off/pick up laundries) are piled high with vacationers’ sandy clothing items, WiFi connections are slow due to overload, pharmacies run out of key supplies, and garbage generates at an amazing rate.

This year, we are thrilled to discover Puerto Vallarta will increase garbage pickup for the Romantic Zone and that is a very big deal! This area of town is the most visited by tourists and it’s important we give off a good impression, rather than the scent of rotting oranges. We have bemoaned the state of the sidewalks in some years past in Puerto Vallarta, when leaving the beach and walking through the neighborhood, dodging piles of debris and the street dogs they attract. It’s simply not a great image and it’s so good to know that with other improvements, this is one of them.

Restaurants in a square grid between Insurgentes and the waterfront, and Aquiles Serdán and Pilitas will put their garbage out for an extra pick up at midnight, each night during these festive days. The rest of us will abide by our regular schedule of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on our respective collection days but how nice to know the places we walk will be kept clean. For the tourists but for us, too, since we get to live here.

Busloads of people, including many families, come to this special area of Puerto Vallarta, made famous by the Pier, the Statues on the Malecón, and the exclusive restaurants on the beach. We are happy to welcome them with pride.

Que es cómo es.

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Vallarta Vacation: New Years In Mexico

İProspero Año!

We love New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta. Everyone gets in on the act and the fun goes on all night long, with dancing in the streets and endless fireworks. There are so many great venues where you can hang out to say goodbye to the old year and greet the new. The beach at Los Muertos has always held a special draw for us, whether we go fancy, all dressed up, or jeans and t-shirts with tacos on the street for dinner. We’ve gone both routes, and from year to year, it can be a difficult decision, because both are a lot of fun. Many of the local restaurants on the beach have fixed menus and reservations are highly recommended. They plan accordingly and it’s a time of year for everyone to show off, too. Wherever you dine, you will most likely be served 12 grapes after your dinner, at midnight. You can munch on them while you watch the incredible fireworks display the entire length of the Bay of Banderas. Eat each grape, make a wish for the coming year, twelve months in all, and if you’re close enough to the church, gobble them down with the striking of the midnight bells. If you’re looking for love, don’t forget to wear your red underwear for good luck!

After the fireworks have ended, we love to walk down the Malecón with crowds who linger into the early morning hours. It will have cooled down considerably, sometimes getting as low as 60° F/15° C, so be prepared with a light jacket or wrap.

If the beach doesn’t interest you, there are fine dining establishments where reservations also are necessary, not along the beachfront, but those tucked in the back streets, away from much of the hubbub and noise. Entertainment is often the enticement for these venues and performances will be memorable.

An option we have participated in the past is the bonfires at the beach at Playa del Holi, which is adjacent to Peninsula, across the river, down a long dusty road. Locals set up canopies over tables, which are covered with elegant lacy cloths. Fine china and crystal are carried into the site during the daylight hours; candles and lanterns are lit after dark, and a New Year’s Eve feast ensues, usually around midnight. Barbeques dot the area

with low flames and delicious odors, music from portable devices mix with laughter and singing. Iceboxes full of beverages arrive full and depart empty.

The spirit of camaraderie that exists in Puerto Vallarta begins at the unfolding of each New Year with ringing bells, raised glasses and voices, dancing and singing, and a pyrotechnical show that few can rival. Enjoy, don’t drink and drive, and tip generously.

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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: The Yvonneka Foundation Fundraiser Dec 2017

Foodie update Joe Jacks Fish Shack has reopened after a remodel and upgrade is back at their original location you know and love  on Basillio Badillo in the popular Romantic Zone.  It is also the Lucky 13th year as one of Puerto Vallarta’s favorite restaurants.  The new look is the same as before just a bit better with menu changing on a regular basis but keeping the old favorites.

There are a couple other new faces in the restaurant scene as well  on Basillio Badillo as well the new jewel in the crown of Hacienda San Angel  Boutique Hotel, Restaurant of same name, The Iguana opened a year ago and the newest addition looking across at the dome of the Cathedral Nuestra Sra Guadalupe is La Capella with an international menu with an Italian theme.  The view from this space is truly breathtaking and like taking a trip to a magic place.

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a favorite tourist destination with something for everybody.  Puerto Vallarta has world class Golf, Gourmet Restaurants, great water sports and fishing, it is a natural paradise with great hiking, mountain biking, zip lines thru the jungle as well as great shopping, art galleries and is known as one of the friendliest cities in the world.  


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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