Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Puerto Vallarta 'May Fest 2018' Celebrates Centennial With Music, Art, Culture, Exhibitions and Sports


May Fest takes place May 26 to 31 with concerts by Grammy Award winners La Santa Cecilia
and Coachella darlings Bomba Estereo

Puerto Vallarta – A series of artistic, cultural and sports activities make up May Fest 2018, as Puerto Vallarta continues celebrating its centennial as a municipality and 50 years as a city. Organized by the Culture Institute of Vallarta, with the full support of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the Ministry of Culture of Jalisco and the Municipal Council of Sports, the May Fest 2018 main stage will be located next to the city’s original lighthouse, now on the Malecon seaside promenade.
The lineup will feature a number of local acts, such as the award-winning Xiutla folkloric ballet, the Salty Feet Jazz Orchestra, the Alas singing school and performance trio La Boquita. International performers will take the main stage, as well. Grammy-winning group La Santa Cecilia — which earns critical acclaim for its mix of genres such as cumbiabossa nova and boleros —  be the closing act the night of May 26, while Colombian group Bomba Estereo, will close out the night of May 30.

May Fest 2018 will conclude Thursday, May 31 with the cutting of a double-anniversary cake to the sounds of a mariachi band. Closing honors will go to Mexican superstar Pepe Aguilar, to be followed by a pyrotechnic show and performance by Sonido Satanas, a native Guadalajara group whose mix of cumbia rhythms with other musical genres never fails to get listeners on their feet and dancing.

Other activities also will take place across Puerto Vallarta’s neighborhoods. The Marina hosts the Centenary Expo from May 18 to June 3, with international exhibitors from Algeria, Cuba, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Russia, Tunisia, Egypt, Panama, Thailand, Iran, Ghana and Ecuador. Visitors will be able to purchase crafts and sample regional and international cuisine. The Museo del Cuale on Cuale Island, meanwhile, will reopen during the festivities with an exhibition of the archaeological remains of a Galeón de Manila, or Manila galleon (also known as La Nao de China, or “China Ship”), which illustrates the anthropological, commercial and cultural ties of Puerto Vallarta and the Far East. The exhibition has the backing of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the San Diego Fort Museum. And, starting May 25, two photographic installations recalling key social, economic and cultural events that have shaped Puerto Vallarta since its founding will be shown on the Malecon.

Puerto Vallarta will celebrate its birthday the entire year. Major local events are joining in on the festivities; the MEXorc Regatta in March featured a Centennial Race from Los Arcos to the Malecon, Vallarta Downwas held for the second edition and Vallarta Pride hosts a traditional Mexican feria, or fair, complete with clowns and churros in late May. This year has seen the inauguration of many new events, such as thePuerto Vallarta Open, which took place earlier this month. Other events are being worked on and will be confirmed as the months proceed. For more information about May Fest 2018, go tohttp://www.puertovallartaalcien.com. For more information on Puerto Vallarta, please visitwww.visitpuertovallarta.com

Mariachi Workshop For Kids Launches This Summer At Velas Vallarta In Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Starting this summer, kids visiting Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta can now learn to be a true mariachi. Believed to have originated in Jalisco, the state in which Puerto Vallarta is found, in the 18th century, mariachi music is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Dressed in traditional mariachi clothing, children from 4-12 years old will be given guitar and maracas lessons from a local musician. The resort’s social media community manager will be available to take pictures of the kids in the mariachi clothing to share with parents. Held every Thursday, this class will last an hour and a half.

Velas Vallarta showcases Mexico’s cultural customs with traditional arts & crafts workshops, a weekly Mexican fiesta, Mexican cuisine, and nightly musical performances from Mariachi Vallarta 2000. Led by Romero Figueroa, son of Felipe Romero Huerta, founder of the legendary mariachi “Los Pipianes” (1950 – 1982), the group has performed for 365 days a year for the last 12 years.

Velas Vallarta’s extensive Kids’ Club program features an indoor area with cozy spots for arts and crafts, video games and movie entertainment and outdoor fun for the entire family. Activities such as tennis clinics, cooking lessons, magic comedy, bonfires on the beach, Mexican bingo, karaoke and more all included in the resort’s nightly rate.

This summer, rates start at $180 per person per night in double occupancy. Kids and teens rates are $36 and $48 respectively per night. All-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For reservations or more information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visithttps://www.velasvallarta.com.

About Velas Vallarta
Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive family resort located on 10 oceanfront acres with lush gardens in Puerto Vallarta, walking distance of Marina Vallarta Golf Course, five minutes from Puerto Vallarta airport and just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Situated on the emerald waters of Banderas Bay, Velas Vallarta features 345 suites in three eight-story buildings, a high-tech Convention Center that can accommodate up to 700 people, three swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa along with spa cabins seaside, fitness center, multiple restaurants, and an inviting lounge with live music. Nightly theme dinners and local specialties are sure to please even the most discerning palate, and room service is available around the clock. When it comes to daytime and evening entertainment, guests can choose from an exciting and original array of activities and events, from Straw Mosaics, making piñatas and jewelry, yoga on the jetty to Mexican fiestas and casino nights. The Kids' Club also welcomes children under 13 with supervised activities like treasure hunt, face painting, sand castles to crafting with beads, allowing parents to indulge in a choice of exciting or relaxing pursuits like a game of golf, a variety of excursions or pampering at the spa. In addition, the resort was one of the first in the destination with a Green Globe certification, dating back to 2008. Puerto Vallarta features championship golf courses, world-class spas and magnificent beaches, not to mention various sports and activities up in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The possibilities for rest and relaxation, or fun and excitement, are endless. Velas Vallarta was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The 100 Best U.S. Summer Travel destinations: Washington DC leading

Washington DC is the number one, Orlando the number two and Austin number three U.S. Travel Destination for the Summer on a scale from 1 to 100. The number 100 is Santa Rosa, California. This is according to a recent study released by Wallethub.
According to the study comparing the best vs. worst:
  • The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $319, lasts 3 hours and 57 minutes and has 0.4 connections.
  • The Las Vegas metro area is the most attractive destination on the West Coast and the Washington D.C. metro area on the East Coast.
  • Florida and Texas are home to the top summer destinations in the U.S., each with at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely,   Pennsylvania has one of the largest number of most unpopular summer destinations.
  • The Oklahoma metro area has the lowest nightly rate for a three-star hotel room, $43, which is five times less expensive than in New Orleans, the metro area with the highest at $214.

Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination’s scenic quality, this report focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. However, it does take into account the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination to ensure visitors will stay busy and entertained throughout the trip.
Source: WalletHub

Destination (Metro Area)Total Score‘Travel Costs & Hassles’ Rank‘Local Costs’ Rank‘Attractions’ Rank‘Weather’ Rank‘Activities’ Rank‘Safety’ Rank
1Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area67.34984819146
2Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area67.252314962267
3Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area66.37193613211832
4Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area66.18886455338
5Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metro Area65.93105516151058
6Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area64.8513436481625
7Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area64.5631531413437
8Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area62.8011148177969
9Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area62.632019777791
10Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area62.367923502977
11New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area62.263393266110
12Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area62.174682149951
13Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area62.12284328401529
14St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area62.06215025122457
15Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area61.21126427112583
16Richmond, VA Metro Area60.93662135322318
17San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area60.5726618384589
18Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area60.26358312421240
19Knoxville, TN Metro Area59.6664250365062
20Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area59.4716544771208
21Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area59.4266720701953
22Columbus, OH Metro Area59.30222574205631
23Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area59.2725777443941
24Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area59.2522066565161
25Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metro Area58.8638725333656
26Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area58.8247434751727
27Chattanooga, TN-GA Metro Area58.58561838147776
28San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area58.5627921080420
29Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area58.56601332165366
30Raleigh, NC Metro Area58.42294546225259
31El Paso, TX Metro Area58.33431086108623
32Jacksonville, FL Metro Area57.95481626612765
33Boise, ID Metro Area57.8575243930625
34Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metro Area57.8139771467571
35Albuquerque, NM Metro Area57.714032455499
36Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area56.9955651376770
37Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area56.93155330434184
38Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area56.91148141513735
39Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area56.5049762164273
40Tulsa, OK Metro Area56.41421260186086
41Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area56.03133144525781
42Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area56.0337856901130
43Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area55.82514075644416
44Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA Metro Area55.78587933312842
45Tucson, AZ Metro Area55.70701717573088
46Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metro Area55.65363559766912
47Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area55.456254998898
48Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area55.3531961173267
49Madison, WI Metro Area54.8434655787224
50Dayton, OH Metro Area54.75302689658339
51Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area54.61243740235896
52Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area54.4117821924760
53Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metro Area54.25451145138797
54Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area53.58412776248090
55Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area53.19578755263144
56Jackson, MS Metro Area52.7482389289625
57Columbia, SC Metro Area52.66722864287385
58Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area52.26185958793879
59Greensboro-High Point, NC Metro Area52.05614283356555
60Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area51.77553295539433
61Springfield, MO Metro Area51.76596061278294
62Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area51.54812988299548
63Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metro Area51.44543091257893
64Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL Metro Area51.29506162N/A3254
65Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metro Area50.91734772606663
66Lexington-Fayette, KY Metro Area50.63744152548447
67Rochester, NY Metro Area50.18637356854614
68New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metro Area50.16789115392174
69Lafayette, LA Metro Area50.12803373479750
70Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area49.9083718077645
71Akron, OH Metro Area49.306822937410024
72Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY Metro Area49.28657042824343
73Syracuse, NY Metro Area49.18716967847511
74Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area48.51696837787252
75Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metro Area48.19846285689213
76Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metro Area47.94475754N/A3595
77Fresno, CA Metro Area47.8192527129380
78Wichita, KS Metro Area47.745223793390100
79Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro Area47.61678963725517
80Honolulu, HI Metro Area47.3198100191646
81Baton Rouge, LA Metro Area47.17945169464878
82San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area47.03449443884921
83Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metro Area46.97768094454064
84San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area46.703299395872
85Corpus Christi, TX Metro Area46.36876668346492
86Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area45.4553975941368
87McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area45.1096496589834
88Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL Metro Area44.837958100595949
89Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA Metro Area44.77914897816322
90Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA Metro Area44.70937570N/A703
91Toledo, OH Metro Area44.49894484638975
92Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metro Area44.39854690829936
93Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area44.3077952993331
94Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metro Area44.15907878868115
95Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metro Area43.14863965897482
96Bakersfield, CA Metro Area41.5199638749187
97Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area39.14100908169712
98North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Metro Area37.63884999N/A6128
99Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metro Area33.8495888295859
100Santa Rosa, CA Metro Area28.01979898916819

Source: Wallet Hub