Fur-tastic Fiesta: Bears Spark $20 Million Economic Surge in Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica

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BeefDip Holds Fundraiser for Local Charities; Block and Street Parties Feature Music, Fashion Show and More

Photos by Oscar Almeida

Puerto Vallarta’s iconic Zona Romantica is experiencing a wild economic surge as bears emerge from hibernation, flocking to the city for BeefDip’s 20th anniversary, Bearadise, and Mantamar Bear Week. These events are not only attracting thousands of furry attendees but also injecting an estimated $20 million pesos into the local economy.

Leading the charge in giving back, BeefDip organizer Steve Buczek proudly announced that over the past 20 years, they have given more than $1.8 million pesos in donations to Puerto Vallarta’s non-profit organizations. 

MrBear UK, Stuart Fallaize-Cunningham (@monkeyribz) made an appearance as a special guest at the Tidal Wave Fundraiser. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
MrBear UK, Stuart Fallaize-Cunningham (@monkeyribz) made an appearance as a special guest at the Tidal Wave Fundraiser. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

This year, the BeefDip tradition continued with a successful fundraiser held at Blue Chairs Resort on Thursday, FEb. 1, 2024. The Tidal Wave Fundraising Pool Party was hosted by Amy Armstrong (@amythedivaarmstrong), with music by @division4 (Australia). MrBear UK, Stuart Fallaize-Cunningham (@monkeyribz) made an appearance as a special guest. 

The spirit of generosity extends further with a benefit auction showcasing donations from local businesses, including coveted items like dinners at Let’s Pho and Marlows. Funds raised will support various community groups, affirming the event’s commitment to philanthropy.

“Donations will be going to different groups this year,” Buczek told OAPV. 

Block and Street Parties

QBO Bear Wear Presents the Lazaro Cardenas Park Party for BeefDip.

Meanwhile, the BeefDip party spills onto the streets with block and street parties, transforming Lazaro Cardenas Park into a vibrant hub of music, fashion, and celebration. With events scheduled throughout the weekend, including a fashion show featuring Mercurio Swimwear and QBO Bearwear, Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica is set to become the epicenter of bear-mania.

The event at the park begins at 6 p.m. and is hosted by Debora Chacales. A fashion show featuring items from QBO Bearwear and Mercurio Swim will start at 7 p.m. and a retro music party will last until 10 p.m.

The block party that was set for Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 has been moved to Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 – it will start at 4 p.m.

As Calle Lazaro Cardenas shuts down to accommodate the festivities, locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the electrifying atmosphere that promises to captivate hearts and wallets alike.

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