This week is Valentines Day which is a little different in Mexico as it’s more about friendship than romantic love. In fact, it is called Dia de la Amistad, or day of friendship. It’s not as much of a consumer holiday here as north of the border, but small gifts or flowers may be exchanged, and of course, lots of restaurants are offering special menus. A special fundraising gala is taking place at the Marriott on February 14 in support of the Corazon de Niña home for children. This is a very worthwhile cause that could use your support. If you haven’t made plans for Valentine’s consider reserving your tickets to this extravaganza.
“Please get your tickets we are almost sold out! Join us and Canadian Idol finalist Paul Fracassi as we celebrate five quinceañeras at the Marriott Resort and Spa, enjoy a beautiful dinner, dance and fireworks at our 5th annual Open Your Heart Gala! By attending this event, you help us create lasting memories for some of Vallarta’s most vulnerable children and youth. Together we are changing the course of history, one child at a time.”
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We also have Carnaval on February 13. There is a parade planned for the evening starting at the Sheraton and winding south along the Malecon, ending at Lazaro Cardenas Park. If you are along the Malecon by 8:30 pm, you should see lots of great costumes, decorated cars, and floats, and don’t forget to collect all the necklaces.
I was at the beach with friends twice this weekend, once at Boca de Tomates and then at Playa Camaron and both times we saw humpback whales splashing just off the shore. I haven’t been on the ocean for a while, but it seems like now is the time book a whale watching tour. Or hop a water taxi to Yelapa and maybe you’ll get a ‘free’ sighting along the way. The whales tend to pack up and leave the bay by the end of March, so you have another 6-8 weeks to find the time.
If you are interested in turtle releases, the turtle Camp in Boca de Tomates still has some babies to release. If you have never participated in a turtle release, it’s the best way to spend a sunset, ever. Check out their facebook page each day for updates on releases and directions on how to get to the camp. It’s an excellent family fun affair. Search Campamento Tortuguero Boca de Tomates on Facebook.
That’s it for me this week. Happy Valentine’s.