Editor’s Note: Slower but still busy!

The month of May is upon us! May is an exciting time here. Not only is it the birthday month of Puerto Vallarta with MayoFest, but we also have the tail end of the Tennis Open, the Azteca Folkloric Festival with its free cultural events, Pride, the Vallarta Down mountain bike race and Restaurant Week.
I understand how some people want to get back to their home’s after being here for the better part of the winter, but I also know it snowed in Calgary, AB this past week, and for that reason, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t extend your time here. Or return until the weather behaves.
May temperatures are still mild, humidity hasn’t ramped up to 100%, yet. The rains don’t even start until well into June, typically. Really, if you don’t have to return, or are thinking about another trip to Puerto Vallarta, I always recommend visiting in May and/or in November. Both are excellent times to be here for the weather and the many events but also the light crowds and ‘off-season’ prices.
Last week I joined some friends for a special dinner with guest Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe at Tintoque in Marina Vallarta. A Japanese Mexican inspired four-course menu (600 pesos) that comes with wine pairings for only 900 pesos. Impressive menu, with impeccable service. I’m not sure when it ends, but it’s worth checking out Tintoque, even if they don’t have a special celebrity guest, for an elegant and expertly prepared dinner.
Then playing tour guide, I took a visiting friend out to Litibu Grill, which we had tried to visit last year, but they were closed. This time we were lucky enough to find them open and with plenty of space for us! Reservations are required. It’s a spectacular beachfront setting, with plenty of comfortable seating including hammocks swaying in the breeze. We both enjoyed the catch of the day – possibly the best piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, as well as a sweetly tart key lime pie. I can’t even remember the last time I had key lime pie. I’m not making that mistake again. So good.
Not one to slow down, we also spent an afternoon wandering El Tuito, visiting friends and rescuing a tiny abandoned puppy – now safely in the care of rescuers here in Vallarta. The weather in Tuito was divine. We stopped for fresh out of the oven ‘pan’ stuffed with cajeta, cream cheese, pineapple and vanilla at the roadside bakery along the way, and then had a lovely lunch at one of the restaurants along the main plaza. It’s really a sweet town, and if you haven’t been, it’s easy to get to by bus, taking about an hour and about 30 pesos.
Potential plans this weekend, involve a trip to Punta Perula. What are you up to?
The live music calendar has been edited to the best of my abilities. Bruce made some changes, and I managed to contact many of the venues – but not all had responded before we went to press so some info might be a little out of date. Please check with each place if you need confirmation.
Finally most, but not all seasonal Farmer’s Markets are done. The Thursday evening market in Marina runs to the end of May (Thursdays 6-10pm), and the Friday Marsol Market by the Pier runs year round (Fridays 9:30am – 1:30pm). The Wednesday evening (6-10pm) Vallarta Artwalk through Centro also continues until the end of the month.
Incanto, Act II, El Rio and plenty of other places continue with limited live music and entertainment schedules. Check the back pages for all the details.

Have a great week and safe travels.