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Dr. Aurelio Jimenez – Doctor at Home PV
Dr. Jimenez makes house calls! Yes, if you’re feeling ill and need medical assistance, Dr. Jimenze and his associates offer a home consultation service so that you can be attended to quickly and professionally from the comfort of your home, hotel or apartment so that you have a speedy recovery. Dr. Jimenez, creator of Doctor At home, is a general practitioner who graduated from the University of Guadalajara in 2016 (professional ID 11526687), since then he has worked as a general practitioner and has extensive experience with the diseases that afflict the Puerto Vallarta tourist.
Blanca Villaseñor is one of the leading nutritionist experts in the area and is highly experienced in pre-surgery weight control and post-op nutritional care. She is also certified in ketogenic dieting which is a great program for visitors who have a short amount of time in town but still want to lose some weight, whether it be for an upcoming surgery or a better beach body. Blanca speaks Spanish, English and French and can see you at the office or at your home in PV. Her services range from $450 MXN up to $700 MXN for house visits. This includes a full evaluation and nutritional treatment every time. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/VitaNutrire/
Got insurance? Don’t become a GoFundMe campaign and make sure you have insurance. Brett LaMar is an insurance agent who represents multiple insurance companies offering Health and Life Insurance options for expats living abroad or for travelers outside of their home country of passport. Get a free quote at BrettLaMar.com or email Brett.L@expatinsurance.com
Farmacia Union PV
Farmacia Union is located at Basilio Badillo 216-Int. 1 and has all the medicines (prescription and over the counter) that you may need while visiting.
As an expat, one of the main problems you will face is finding a health insurance provider in Mexico that fits your unique wants and needs; Bilingual assistance anytime you need it, free election of doctors and hospitals, direct payment benefit and a policy structure simple to understand. At Guardian Insurance MX, we have personally researched and evaluated the options in the market, and we have chosen only companies that can match and exceed your insurance expectations in every way. You can rest easy, knowing that every program that we offer is one put to the test by us, a team of expats and nationals working together towards the same goal: your satisfaction. For more information visit https://guardianinsurancemx.com/
Pause Anti-Aging & Wellness
This is Puerto Vallarta’s first-ever clinic that specializes in Bio-Identical hormone replacement. Working with the transgender community, this clinic provides personalized treatment and care, to provide a more stable hormonal management. Staff also specializes in Andropause for men and Menopause treatment for women.
Renew IV Bar & Med Spa
Renew IV Bar & Med Spa is Puerto Vallarta’s brand new premier wellness clinic conveniently located in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town (Zona Romantica). If you are looking for ways to feel younger and healthier, or have a need to boost your immune system or recharge your body, look no further. Renew offers highly effective, affordable IV Therapies and safe, personalized aesthetic treatments in a comfortable, relaxing environment. With a primary focus on anyone to be able to take control of their health & wellness by using safe and results driven products with highly-trained professionals. For more information visit https://www.renewspapv.com/
SETAC provides health services programs for LGBTQ residents of Puerto Vallarta. SETAC Wellness Center has a comprehensive and integrated health services program that includes educating and disseminating information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). SETAC has three locations, Aldanaca 178, Int. 4A, on the corner with Viena, in Colonia Versalles; the Wellness Center in Zona Romántica, located at Calle Lázaro Cárdenas # 379 C in the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood; the “Rapid Connect” information booth in Parque Lázaro Cárdenas aka Parque de los Azulejos. For more information visit https://setac.com.mx/
Doctor Luis Dominguez Zuniga
Anti-aging, nutrition, fitness and more! Dr. Zuniga is a wellness professional offering a variety of services including facial rejuvenation with botulinum toxin. Take care of wrinkle removal and lines of expression. Want to look and combat aging? Get your botox treatments in Puerto Vallarta by a certified doctor. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Luis-Dom%C3%ADnguez-Z%C3%BA%C3%B1iga-104482918249756/
Vallarta Medical Center
With modern facilities and cutting-edge medical equipment, Vallarta Medical Center’s healthcare staff is ready to provide medical, surgical and hospital care. Focused on making you feel the best during your stay, the medical center has a group of nationally and internationally recognized specialists. With bilingual medical professionals, the team is a specialist in stabilizing and treating patients in any emergency.
Restaurants and Bars
All Access Sports Bar
All Access Sports Bar is located at Calle Lazaro Cardenas, half block from the beach and offers a terrace setting with view of #Plazalaza. It is gay owned and has local fun and gay-friendly staff, this is the place to be to watch sports on the screens or to enjoy live music. Watch their Facebook for the events.
Arriba Bar and Restaurant
Arriba has this unusual and delicious American Classic, Fried pickles! Found only in Arriba Puerto Vallarta. With food from a classic American breakfast to more adventurous Mexican dishes (including our favorite Coconut shrimp), you’ll be able to find what you’re hungry for at Arriba, located on Olas Altas 443 A, Emiliano Zapata. Arriba is a Restaurant Bar where you can find Mexican-American food, national and international drinks, a place to be with friends and enjoy a pleasant time full of flavor and entertainment. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/ArribaPV/
Elixer Mixology Bar
Elixir Mixology Bar, located at Basilio Badillo 419, in the Emiliano Zapata Colonia, opened in early 2021 and is owned by Elena Esquer Zolezzi, her wife Sarah Rose, and Laura Jaimes.
It was a lifelong dream of Zolezzi and Jaimes to open a venue in Puerto Vallarta to welcome anyone, and to be a predominant meeting and gathering spot for the lesbian and queer women in the community. And even though the bar is LGBTQ owned, all are welcome, and the owners want to stress that anyone who comes in will feel like they belong. Visit https://www.facebook.com/elixirmixologybarpv for more information.
Did you know that Puerto Vallarta is Mary’s winter home? Of course it is! Nestled in a three-story building on Basilio Badillo 283, Hamburger Mary’s Puerto Vallarta has amazing burgers, incredible drag shows, and a full bar, right in the heart of the romantic zone! It boosts two outdoor patios for safe social distancing while you dine with the divas! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/hamburgermaryspvr/ .
Lix Ice Cream
Lix has multiple locations in Puerto Vallarta and they offer delivery service. This homemade ice cream is some of the best, and with unique flavors sure to capture your taste buds. Lix Homemade Ice Cream’s magic lies in its authenticity. We use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients to make everything from scratch in our beautiful production kitchen. Without any artificial colors or flavors, everything is made in small batches each week to ensure the most delicious frosty bites possible. For more information visit https://www.lix-pv.com/
Offering authentic regional Mexican cuisine, Makal is located on Lázaro Cárdenas 311, and it’s a restaurant that brings to life the traditional flavors of Mexico. The chefs are on a constant search for not letting their Mexican roots die, and have created a space of fusion and sensation. Makal has good vibes and good food. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/makal.gastronomia/
One Six One
One Six One is the newest LGBTQ bar/lounge located in the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. An upscale environment with a ‘living room lounge’ ambience, One Six One offers live DJ’d house music, craft cocktails, an outside patio and a rooftop. Enjoy happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/onesixonepv/ for more information.
Tony’s Please Restaurant & Bar
Established in 1978, this Mexican restaurant & bar is a Puerto Vallarta favorite. Located on Calle Lazaro Cardenas # 440, you’ll find authentic made from scratch Mexican dishes along with a wide range of international food including fantastic steak and seafood, along with select Italian dishes. Tony is everyone’s friend and would love to see you. It’s a must while you are in Puerto Vallarta.
Vallarta Food Tours
Vallarta’s number ONE tour with more than 2,600 five-star TripAdvisor reviews. It was recently awarded the number four food experience in the world by TripAdvisor for 2020! Pick from ten different food tours, almost anything to fit your taste! Vallarta Food Tours mission is to help visitors and residents alike enjoy the best that Vallarta has to offer by highlighting off-the-beaten-path, “non-touristy” food and drinks along with a local insight of its treasures. Their love of Puerto Vallarta and Mexican culture has inspired them to create the city’s finest culinary tour.
Verona Seafood and Bar
At Verona Seafood and Bar, located on Olas Altas #499 in Col. Emiliano Zapata. Who said that healthy food is not delicious? Come meet the staff at Verona who delight you with a menu that combines the health of fresh seafood with organic fruits and vegetables, making a fusion of flavors that explode on your palate. Are you vegan? With us you will find rich nutritious options. Are you a carnivore? We have the ideal cut for you. Come and discover our concept! Natural, fresh and with a great flavor! Verona offers a nice terrace that allows for outdoor eating. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Veronaseafoodpv/
Located in the same building as ACT 2 Theater, Calle Basilio Badillo 330-C Emiliano Zapata, this Japanese Restaurant welcomes you to enjoy fresh sushi rolls or a hibachi meal. The owner and chef studied under Mr. Yamada for 20 years and honored him by naming his restaurant after him. Open every day except Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Yamadapv/
Formerly called “Can’t stop cooking for the whole village” this restaurant, located in Plaza Romy, Ignacio L. Vallarta 228, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, provides home cooked meals for pickup or delivery. Rosie, Blanca and Carlos will deliver great service with delicious meals and the specials you love and cherish. Place your order by WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/cantstopcookingandbaking/
Spas and Fun
With more than 4,000 square feet, Spartacus is a men’s only gay sauna/bath house located in the gay district of Puerto Vallarta, Zona Romantica. Four floors with a large rooftop terrace, pool, dry sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, showers, and so much more.
Hamam Turkish Spa
By appointment only Hamam Turkis Spa is a boutique authentic hamam spa that provides an oasis of tranquility and revitalization. Choose from a comprehensive range of turkis bath Hamam rituals, body scrubs with Vichy shower, and massages. This indulgent time can be share with up to two people at the same time, and arrangements can be made for men only, ladies only, or couples.
Old Town Market
This gay owned store has almost everything you may need! Looking for food or supplies to stock up your rental or hotel room? Need a quick run for some adult beverages? Located on Lázaro Cárdenas 315, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta. @OldTownMarketPV
Handmade in right here in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, these custom chocolate treats start with the finest Belgian chocolate and the freshest local ingredients. All chocolate is all natural and free of preservatives. Each truffle is carefully and lovingly hand-painted or decorated and prepared with care and passion creating the finest chocolate truffles that are as beautiful as they are delicious! Xocodiva handmakes all of our other delightful products, from a huge assortment of mouthwatering creative barks to our hand poured bars. Check them out (Monday thru Saturday, 10 -6) at their production kitchen (A. Serdan #368), where you can watch the magic happen.
Angels PV Store
Looking for club, fitness and swim wear for men made in Mexico. Angel’s Store PV offers quality products made and designed in Mexico. Proud to support the local economy by buying and selling locally. Visit https://www.facebook.com/angelsstorepv/
Mercurio Swim was conceived and launched in 2018 by Paul Crist and fashion designer Todd Barnes with a mission to create men’s swimwear of high quality, excellent fit, and limited production for local guys and tourists. The swimwear line was designed in order to address several shortcomings they saw in the men’s swimwear available in local stores. At Mercurio Swim, we’re very serious about quality and quality control.
Ryan Donner & Associates
Ryan Donner quickly climbed the ranks of the real estate business in Puerto Vallarta. In 2018 he began forming his team of agents that work under him while he worked as a realtor himself. In 2019, Ryan formed Ryan Donner & Associates (Ryan Donner Y Asociados S de RL de CV). The company quickly began expanding and working with other real estate agents in Mexico that share the desire to work together to create a larger network that benefits real estate buyers and sellers.
David Hoffman, Real Estate Agent
David is a world traveler, but his heart and home is in Puerto Vallarta. He loves Mexico and its people. He’s bought and sold real estate for many years – his own homes, rental properties, and his then-Puerto Vallarta vacation home. David is originally from the midwest (U.S.), and worked in corporate America for 20 years in progressively more senior roles. David served as President of a toy and gaming company in Seattle, where he designed a turnaround plan then led the company through a successful turnaround. After he sold the company to Paramount Pictures, he made a life change, and moved to Puerto Vallarta. David believes in knowledge, integrity, and trust and is looking forward to being your real estate partner in Puerto Vallarta. For more information visit http://www.davidhoffmanproperties.com/
Monica Miller, Real Estate Agent
Ryan Donner & Associates
Monica was born in the San Francisco bay area and raised two sons in the Napa Valley. Monica’s background is personal and business finance. She has managed multiple investment real estate properties in the Napa Valley as well Vineyard Operations. Monica’s knowledge of the area combined with her finance background and her steadfast work ethic make her a trusted resource to a broad spectrum of clients.
Timothy Real Estate Group
Timothy Real Estate Group is a locally-owned and operated real estate brokerage with strategic sales office locations throughout the Bay of Banderas from the Romantic Zone to Sayulita. Because the Banderas Bay area has varying neighborhood personalities, we practice localized real estate. We believe neighborhood knowledge is a top factor in solid sales, and we know our communities well.
Alfredo Sanchez, Real Estate Agent
Alfredo has more than 14 years of experience with Tropicasa Realty, and is passionate to help you find your Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit dream home. Alfredo says “I understand that for most of you, buying or selling a property in Mexico is a completely new experience, but my goal is to simplify this process.I will support you through the entire real estate process so you can make an informed decision. “ Tropicasa Realty was founded in 1997 by Wayne Franklin, a former broker from California with over 25 years of real estate experience in the U.S. and Mexico.
Places to Stay/Rentals
Casa Tamarindo is an adults only traditional styled villa, located in the Alta Vista neighborhood of Old Town Puerto Vallarta. Located just mere steps from Zona Romantica, dining, nightlife, the Malecon and beaches. Nestled on a hill, there are stairs to climb to reach the accommodations, but you get an incredible unobstructed view of Banderas Bay, breathtaking sunsets and panoramic city sights of Old Town from the rooftop deck and pool.
Hotel Mercurio has been ‘home’ for LGBTQ guests for nearly two decades. Arriving for your stay with them, you’ll feel the warm and welcoming embrace of greeting beloved friends. Most of the staff have been part of the Mercurio family for many years, so our returning guests really do become our friends—an experience you may not enjoy at larger hotels or rental properties. Hotel Mercurio offers a popular breakfast every day, included in your room rate. Breakfast is 8 am to 11 am weekdays, and until noon on weekends (with free mimosas and bloody Mary’s!).
Maxwell Vacation Residencies
Welcome Home! Maxwell Vacation Residencies offers a new way to stay in Puerto Vallarta. Pamper yourself with resort amenities in the privacy of a luxury residence, all just steps from Zona Romántica. You’ll get the spaciousness of a private residence combined with the services, amenities, and quality guarantee you expect from a resort. With daily housekeeping and room service, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy al-fresco living on your expansive ocean-view terrace. Relish the exquisite sunset from our breathtaking infinity pools and indulge yourself at our full-service rooftop restaurant and bar. Savour time together in a space that feels like home, because it is a home. Visit https://www.maxwellpv.com/ and when you book, put in promo code O&APV to receive a $100 resort credit, pre-stocking of the fridge and bar (no including grocery cost) and a late check-out and early check-in.
Offering apartment rentals in Puerto Vallarta, in the heart of the Romantic Zone, Old Town, just one block from the beach Playa Los Muertos. Offering different apartments for rent at with all located close to the beach. Concierge and free wifi connection in all units. One well-behaved dog is allowed in some units. Our staff speaks Spanish, English, French, German and Dutch. So please contact us if you are looking for a house or apartment for rent.
Samson Waters offers vacation rentals, concierge services, and property management. With a staff that prides themselves on an ability to understand its guests needs and provide an experience that will surpass all expectations. Samson Waters has offices in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida and Puerto Vallarta, and caters to international individuals who wish to maximize their rental income or those looking for an exceptional vacation experience.
Guey Design Studio
Are you looking to build your dream home in Puerto Vallarta and not sure where to start? Is the language a barrier? Not sure how to make a budget or a plan? The team at Guey Design Studio can help! With a creative, young and frank thinking, we seek to give a güey treatment to our graphic and architectural designs, that is, with daring ideas, outside the conventional, but always taking care of aesthetic canons and the reason for implementing them. Our vision is to be a benchmark design studio, and have fun in the process. (YHLQMDLG) *. For more information visit https://www.gueystudio.mx/
Pianist and Piano Teacher
Salvatore Rodriguez, professional musician and teacher, has played piano since age eleven, ultimately earning a degree in music at the University of Guadalajara. He has since played for some of the biggest names in music, including icons Juan Gabriel, Rocio Durcal, Lila Downs, Vikki Carr and many others. He is the only Mexican who has won the prestigious Yamaha Piano Award, and in 2016, he was named “Best Lyricist Pianist of Latin America”, an award given by Mexico’s Secretary of Culture. Learn how to play piano from this expert. Give yourself a chance. No obligation and totally free. Request an informative appointment at no cost. For more information call 322 533 12 13
Luis Ochoa is a young entrepreneur whose search for the perfect beach life and work balance led him to Puerto Vallarta, where he is offering his Personal Assistant services to local and visiting clients. Ochoa, whose experience includes clients from various countries and different backgrounds, is excited to work in a community that is as diverse and as plentiful as Puerto Vallarta’s. Why should you hire a PA? Luis will create a plan with you as a team; there are no language barriers and no exorbitant fees. YOU are Luis’s priority, always! No job is too big or too small. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/vipluisassistant/
Infinity Gabo – Massage Therapy
Offering sensual, erotic and therapeutic massages, Infinity Gabo brings massage to a new level to help your body and mind heal emotionally. As emotional beings, when we keep things inside and pent up, for fear, for not wanting to hurt, we hurt ourselves. Massage therapy of any kind helps remove blocks and emotions come out and your body starts to detox. For more information or appointment visit https://www.facebook.com/infinitygabostart-105079731539033 or call/text to +528120226646.