First Annual We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards Announces Finalists

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The first annual “We Are Puerto Vallarta” awards has announced the top three finalists in its celebration of the businesses, venues, entertainers, and special people that have made Puerto Vallarta a truly remarkable destination.

There are a total of 25 categories, from Outstanding Individual and Favorite Business Owner, to Favorite Taco Stand.

Sponsored by local rental and real estate company PVRPV, the award nominations were collected by surveying thousands of guests. 

We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards, sponsored by PVRPV.
We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards, sponsored by PVRPV.

Jamie Alexander, director of business development for PVRPV, said after the initial call for nominations were completed by guests, it was opened to the public to vote, with voting shared across social media platforms and through email invitations sent by PVRPV to its large database. Once announced, the momentum and enthusiasm for the awards took flight. Other agencies, companies and other media outlets from Puerto Vallarta loved the idea so much they too asked to share the survey with their guests, customers and audience.

“We surveyed thousands of their guests and to develop the nominations,” Alexander explained. “Instead of a popularity contest, it is the actual people that come to PV to enjoy what PV has to offer that selected the nominees. We know that these inaugural awards are just the beginning of an exciting journey. As we move forward, we will continue to add new categories & nominees based on the recommendations and insights shared by guests through surveys and through people like YOU, who love our community.”

A Facebook page has been created, We Are Puerto Vallarta, to share the information on the nominations and awards. You can view it here

Alexander said that they will be adding categories next year based on feedback from voters. 2024 voting will start in December 2024 and the winners will be announced in 2025. 

“Thank you to EVERYONE for your participation in recognizing the people and businesses that make our community so great,” he said. “In the first 24 hours of voting, we received over 1,200 responses to the 2023 ‘We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards’.”

Here are the top three vote getters in each category, and one of these listed will win a beautiful trophy (sponsored by Hernan Bonilla at PrintPV) along with the title as one of Puerto Vallarta’s Favorites. Winners are expected to be announced soon. All listings are in alphabetical order and are not ranked. 

Outstanding Individual:
Celebrating an individual that has made contributions to the community:

Lisa Manoogian and Billy Pilawski (volunteers with RISE)
Lydia Damato (volunteer at large)
Tricia Lyman (founder and moderator of the popular Facebook group Puerto Vallarta Everything You Need or Want to Know

Favorite Business Owner:
Celebrating business owners that have made contributions to the community.
Cassandra Shaw (Cassandra Shaw Jewelry)
Tim Longpre (PVRPV)
Tracy Parks (Incanto)

Favorite Jewelry Shop:
Albertos Jewelry Shop
Cassandra Shaw Jewelry
Roberto’s Silver

Favorite Art Gallery:
Contempo Gallery
Dane Gallery
Qulture Galleries

Favorite Beach Club (gay oriented):
Blue Chairs Resort
Mantamar Beach Club Bar and Sushi
Ritmos Beach Club

Favorite Beach Day Club:
The Sea Monkey
Sapphire Ocean Club
Swell Beach Bar

Favorite Martini:
Garbo Piano Bar
The Corner Bar
Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge

Favorite Place to Get a Drink:
(There are four listed as two tied with votes)
La Cantina Margarita
Garbo Piano Bar
La Noche
Sea Monkey

Favorite Ultra Club:
CC Slaughters
Industry Nightclub
Morelos Bar

Favorite Gay Bar:
(There are four listed as two tied with votes)
Anonimo Video Bar
La Noche
Mr. Flamingo
Paco’s Ranch

Favorite Piano (solo show):
Derek Carkner
Mark Hartman

Favorite Live Entertainer (group show):
Amy Armstrong
Branden & James
The Three Tenors

Favorite Live Entertainer (solo show) Male Artist:
Fernando Gonzalez
Kevin Anthony
Luis Villanueva

Favorite Live Entertainer (solo show) Female Artist:
Amy Armstrong
Effie Passero
Kim Kuzma

Favorite Drag Performers (local):
Diva Devine
Mizz Peaches
Super Wendy

Favorite Drag Performer (touring):
Hedda Lettuce
Mama Tits
Miss Conception

Favorite Performance Venues:
Act2PV Stages
Incanto (now closed)
The Palm Cabaret

Favorite Place to Get a Hamburger:
Cafe San Angel
Derby City Burgers
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack

Favorite Restaurant with a View:
Casa Isabel
Casa Kimberly
La Capella

Favorite Beach Restaurant:
Daiquiri Dick’s On The Beach
El Dorado
La Palapa Restaurant

Favorite Breakfast Spot:
Casa Nicole Restaurant
Coco’s Kitchen
Freddy’s Tucan

Favorite Fine Dining:
Barcelona Tapas
Cafe des Artistes

Favorite Casual Dining:
Bravos Restaurant Bar
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Whiskey Kitchen

Favorite Specialty Cuisine:
Archie’s Wok
Bonito Kitchen Bar
Let’s Pho Vietnamese Cuisine

Favorite Taco Stand:
Panchos Tacos
Pepe’s Taco
Sonorita Olas Altas

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