PUERTO VALLARTA AMONG THE BEST CITIES IN THE WORLD TO VISIT

You have so many reasons to decide about your happiness, other than the persons telling you not to do it…

Just choose to be happy in your own skin!

You are amazing and so is Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Cities of the World to Visit Outside United States, in the category Small Cities, according to Condé Nast Traveler 32º Reader’s Choice Awards.

Our beautiful destination was granted 5th position due to its natural attributes, its powerful energy, attractive activities for the whole family, and other qualities that meet in the corner of the Bay.

Puerto Vallarta is one of the three Mexican cities that are part of the 40 Most Important Cities of the Worldand one of the two that appear among the 20 Best Small Cities. In fact, our destination is the only Mexican beach city that appears in both lists.

“We feel really honored to be part of this exclusive list of international cities. We think that this is the result of the charm that people of Puerto Vallarta offer and the diversity of attractions that can be enjoyed here”, mentioned Javier Aranda, general director of the Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta.

This year, more than 600 thousand readers worldwide were in charge of rating and sharing their experiences about their favorite places. This is the complete list of the 10 Best Small Cities of the World to Visit:

 

10. Cologne, Germany

9. Monte Carlo, Monaco
8. Puebla, Mexico
7. Florence, Italy
6. Bergen, Norway
5. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
4. Salzburg, Austria
3. Quebec City, Canada
2. Dresden, Germany
1. Mérida, Mexico

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Mexico Proposes New Rules To Tax Highly Digitalized Businesses

Mexico Proposes New Rules To Tax Highly Digitalized Businesses

A bill was introduced to the Mexican Congress on August 21 to tax digital platforms this includes such global digital companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Netflix. Wat this means for consumers remains to be seen. But it is a clear indication that homeowners who rent their properties through such services such as Airbnb are soon to be subjected to extra scrutiny.

Background of the bill
In 2019, after the new administration was elected, there was an attempt to tax some highly digitalized businesses. This time, however, the government focused on the collection of taxes from users of some digital platforms under the argument that is merely updating the current tax legislation.
In a new effort to tax highly digitalized businesses, a bill was introduced in the Mexican Congress on August 21.
Mexico’s tax on highly digitalized businesses
Introduced in the Mexican Congress, the bill intends to equalize competition between traditional and digital commerce. The bill’s report states some multinationals operate in Mexico without being subject to taxation because they have put in place tax structures that do not create taxable presence.
The report adds that the non-taxed amounts that would otherwise be paid as income tax and VAT not only create issues for tax revenue but also could lead to tax avoidance through failure to report income or falsified invoicing.
Additionally, the report states that its purpose is to not only tax such activities, but also to integrate such actors within the current Mexico’s legal framework.

Amendments to VAT
The bill incorporates as taxpayers for VAT, those “national and foreign” companies that “provide services as intermediaries through technological platforms for electronic commerce purposes”.
The bill defines technological platforms as “intermediaries that allow the exchange of goods and services to the final user, easing the selling process while using electronic payments mostly”.
The bill adds that such intermediaries are obliged to keep its accounting records.
Amendments to the income tax laws
Further, under the bill, companies, both “national and foreign” that “provide services through a technological platform to provide goods and services” must pay income tax. For this purpose, companies must register a tax domicile in Mexico and have a legal representative in Mexican territory.
The amendment considers that such businesses will create a permanent residence for income tax purposes.

Antitrust amendments
The bill proposes that the Federal Trade Commission will create a registry to evaluate compliance with the best commercial practices and antitrust practices for highly digitalised businesses.
Impact on highly digitalized businesses
The bill mandates foreign companies to register a tax address in Mexico which will clearly subject foreign companies to Mexican taxation, whether for income tax or VAT purposes.
It must be added that the consequences of such registration will create a permanent establishment in Mexico and consequently increase liability for the central office. If foreign companies register, it will also give rise to other legal obligations, like registering in the Mexican Public Registry of Commerce or filing notices in accordance to the Mexican foreign investment law.
Another aspect of the bill is that the definition of “technological platform” is mostly aimed at including businesses that act as a liaison between suppliers and consumers. This proposal does not take in consideration the different types of business models that exist, like social media platforms, search engines, or online marketplaces.
It appears that the Mexican government has finally taken its first steps to tax highly digital businesses, and it is important to be vigilant on the process to avoid unexpected surprises in the coming weeks.
– original by Fernando Juarez Hernandez, s a tax attorney in Mexico City.

A trip to Mazatlán changed the life of this expat from California

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Surfer and former publisher Janet Blaser.

A trip to Mazatlán changed the life of this expat from California

Janet Blaser enjoys the Mexican lifestyle and has no plans to move back to the US

A trip to Mazatlán changed the life of a California woman who has now been living in the Sinaloa resort city for more than a decade and can’t imagine moving back to the United States.

Janet Blaser, formerly a food and restaurant writer in Santa Cruz, California, moved to Mazatlán in 2006 after she lost one journalism job and had her hours cut back at another as a result of the rise in popularity of online news.

A trip to the Pacific coast city in Mexico served as the impetus for her relocation decision.

“I fell in love, I felt this heart connection somehow — there were beautiful old buildings, cobblestone streets, plazas with wrought iron and the beautiful glittering Pacific Ocean, warm and swimmable,” Blaser told the financial information website MarketWatch.

“It just felt deeply healing, friendly and welcoming,” she added.

Another reason for Blaser’s move was that she spotted an interesting opportunity.

There were a lot of English-speaking expats and tourists in town but little information about Mazatlán’s social and cultural life and Blaser’s journalistic experience and ingenuity could fix that.

So in 2006, the writer and surfing enthusiast packed up her car and set her sights on starting a new life in northern Mexico. A plan to move to New Orleans was put on the backburner.

Blaser admitted to having doubts about the move but knew that staying in California would stretch her budget and leave her with an uncertain future.

During her first year in Mazatlán, Blaser worked part time as an online editor as she planned how to start an arts and entertainment publication that would provide information to the English-speaking residents of the city and the tourists who visit.

In 2007, she launched M! Magazine and continued to run the successful publication for nine years. In the same period, Blaser started a local organic farmers’ market.

The 63-year-old is now retired but remains busy: she has just published a book entitled Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats, in which 27 essays of women living happily in Mexico are compiled.

Even though her magazine publishing days are over, Blaser is not thinking about relocating north of the border even though she says she misses her three adult children and three grandkids, all of whom live in the United States.

“I can’t imagine living in the U.S. again,” she told MarketWatch, explaining that the cheaper cost of living in Mexico – Blaser lives on about US $1,000 a month – was one but not the only reason why.

“I couldn’t afford to live in the States again” Blaser said before adding that she prefers the “easygoing Mexican lifestyle” in any case.

“It’s a very different vibe here that’s kind of hard to explain. It’s not about being retired, because I wasn’t that until a year ago. It’s just a different understanding of what’s important in life, and a more relaxed live-and-let-live attitude. If something doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow, or the next day. What’s the big deal?” she said.

“. . . I’m able to actually live a more simple life and be satisfied in a way I could never before in the U.S.”

Source: MarketWatch (en)

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Ex-Pats in Vallarta, August 2019

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 This Weeks Only  Event


 
Tuesday, Aug. 6th

5 to 7 pm

El Andariego Restaurant


Located in the 5th of December, Calle Mexico #1358
across the street from Sr Frogs with lots of  parking right behind Sr. Frogs.  Right on the bus route and lots of taxis are available.

THE SAME TEAM THAT COMES WITH GREAT DINNER CHOICES HAS CREATED A VERY SPECIAL EXPATS MENU WITH VERY SPECIAL PRICES FOR EXPATS!


We have the entire main floor.  So there is lots of room for us to move around and visit with all the other ExPats.

Tips are Not Included and because of the special pricing No Credit Cards will be accepted.

You only pay for what you order.

-Only August Dinner-

Las Adelitas

Thurs,Aug.15, 6pm 

Since this will be our only

dinner in August, do not

miss it. You will
be very   if you do.

Located between Plaza Caracol and Costco
on Ave. Fluvial

Reserve Now!

Delicious Menu, Good Service!

Adelitas Combo – Arrachera, Chile relleno, chicken taco, quesadilla and nopal asada
$275 pesos

Black Angus Rib Eye – with baked potato, tossed salad, and garlic bread.  $290 pesos

BBQ Ribs – Las Adelitas famous  BBQ pork ribs along with fries, coleslaw and garlic bread
 $200 pesos

Giant Shrimp in garlic sauce – Served with  rice, beans and garlic bread.  $285 pesos

Peruvian Chicken – 1/2 BBQ Peruvian Chicken with fries, cole slaw and garlic bread.  $145 pesos

Grilled Fish Filet  –  Grilled mahi mahi with cole slaw, garlic bread, fries and beans. $190 pesos

We have been coming to Las Adelitas for many years and we have never been disappointed.  Plus you will love the authentic Mexican decor and the excellent service.

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Your Reservation

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be paid in advance.

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Moving to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Kids – Update

Moving to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Kids – Update


July 31, 2019
When we moved to Puerto Vallarta our kids were 4 and 5 years old so we felt the timing made sense for the transition to a new country and a new culture. And, as it turns out, we were right.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – About 8 years ago we moved our family to Mexico. I wrote an article then about the trials and tribulations of the move and thought it would be timely to give an update.

¿Habla Español?

When we moved to Puerto Vallarta our kids were 4 and 5 years old so we felt the timing made sense for the transition to a new country and a new culture. And, as it turns out, we were right. The kids picked up Spanish with ease and quickly became fluent. Their Spanish is perfect and they can switch between English and Spanish – depending on who they are speaking to – on a dime. As for their parents? Well let’s just say that it hasn’t been as fast for us to master the language. The proof is when our kids give us blank stares when we speak to them in what we think is perfect Spanish!

Finding a School That Meets Your Needs

In my last article I wrote about the terrific private school options for children in Puerto Vallarta. Because all schools are not the same, if I had to start the process all over again I would likely be more thorough in my analysis. There is a standard Spanish curriculum that all schools are required to follow, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Some schools offer extensive sports programs, while others don’t. Some are heavier on theatre and music. Some offer swimming lessons on site. Some are more rigid and others more relaxed. In terms of academia, some schools follow a project-based learning approach, while others follow more traditional teaching methods.So, when it comes to choosing a school, my advice is to make a checklist of the elements that are most important for your child to thrive. Make a short list of the three schools that fit the bill. And most importantly, if timing permits, visit those schools to experience what they have to offer firsthand.

Being Social

If the school you choose is not in the neighbourhood in which you live, it can be a challenge for kids to hang out with their friends after school. When we grew up, our school was in the neighbourhood in which we lived and our school friends were our neighbours. So it was very easy for us to get together after school once home.

Our place in Puerto Vallarta was a 20 minute drive from school, and there were no similar-aged kids in our condo. So we needed to make a concerted effort to get to know the parents of our kids’ school friends and plan out play dates in advance so that our kids could stay connected with their friends.

Staying Active

The typical school day starts early, sometimes as early as 7:15, and ends at around 2:30. While our kids would love nothing more than to spend the rest of their waking hours on their “devices” we made sure that there were non-electronic-based activities for them to participate in after school.

Many schools offer after school programs, including soccer, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, archery, chorus, and the list goes on. If your school doesn’t have the specific programs that your kids are into, there are many private facilities that do. Puerto Vallarta has some great tennis and golf clubs. It seems there is a gym on every corner, offering unlimited exercise options.Advanced gymnastics programs are typically not offered at schools, due to the need for proper equipment, but group programs can be found at private gyms for around 125 pesos a week ($7 USD).

Learn About the Culture

On one of our first days in Puerto Vallarta we decided to walk through the neighbourhood to one of our favourite restaurants. On the way we met neighbours who were having a birthday party for their child. The parents gave our children two beautifully decorated eggs. We said gracias and continued our walk to the restaurant – my mother and I protecting the two eggs so as not to break them. When we arrived at the restaurant, so proud that the eggs made it, our waiter told us what the eggs were for. These eggs are meant to be smashed over someone’s head so that the confetti inside comes out.

Yep.

There was a lot for us to learn.

Go With the Flow

When coming to a new country there can often be a tendency to expect things to be as we were accustomed to in the country we moved from. And when things are not, the result is frustration. Kids can sense and feel their parent’s frustration and from the beginning we did not want that for our kids.

Of course it’s easier said than done, but when in a situation where the process doesn’t quite make sense, or when something is taking a bit – okay a lot – longer than it did back home, my advice is to take a deep breath and be thankful.

Thankful for the beautiful warm weather; thankful for the gorgeous landscape from the ocean to the Sierra Madres; thankful for the warmth of the people of Mexico; thankful for being welcomed to a county and city like no other.


Warren Brander is an expert real estate agent working with Remax in Puerto Vallarta. He can be reached at 322-200-2253, or by email at warren(at)remaxinpv.com. You can also check out his website for a great selection of Puerto Vallarta condos and homes for sale at WarrenBrander.com.To learn more about Warren Brander Real Estate, click HERE.

PERCEPTION OF SECURITY IN PUERTO VALLARTA HAS INCREASED

The perception of insecurity increased in the municipalities of Guadalajara and Zapopan, while Puerto Vallarta, Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, and Tonalá, came out better qualified during the second quarter of the year, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety of the National Institute of Geography and Statistics.

The highest percentage of people who feel safe in their Jalisco city was Puerto Vallarta. The perception of insecurity decreased from 57.4 to 43.1%, meaning 56.9% of the population consider Puerta Vallarta as a safe place to live. This is Puerto Vallarta’s highest ranking since the quarterly surveys started.

According to INEGI data, during the first quarter Guadalajara had a perception of 80.2 percent, while last June, the perception of insecurity increased to 85.0%. In Zapopan, the perception rose from 68.6 to 70.6 percent.

Tonalá had a perception of insecurity in 85.1% of the population during the first three months of the year and dropped to 76.6 in the second quarter.

Tlajomulco decreased from 72.8 to 65.0 percent. In Tlaquepaque, the perception of insecurity was also reduced from 80.2 to 72.6 percent.

According to the most recent National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), seven out of 10 people perceive the city where they live as insecure, at a percentage of 73.9% of Mexicans feel insecure.

The cities in Mexico where people consider that living is more insecure are: Ecatepec (State of Mexico) 97%; Coatzacoalcos (Veracruz) 94%; Naucalpan (State of Mexico) 94%; Villahermosa (Tabasco) 92%, and Tapachula (Chiapas) with 92.3%.

On the other hand, the cities with the least perception of insecurity were: San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León (18.9), Mérida, Yucatán (30.2), San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León (31.5), Los Cabos, Baja California Sur ( 36.1), Durango (40.8) and Puerto Vallarta (43.1%).

The survey does not take into account actual crime statistics and is not a guide to determine the security or insecurity of any destination in Mexico.

WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

WALMART IN MEXICO LAUNCHES GROCERY ORDERS VIA WHATSAPP

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WhatsApp, the free text-messaging service owned by social media platform Facebook, is ubiquitous throughout Mexico. Superama shoppers can text an order to a WhatsApp number run by Walmart, known in Mexico as Walmart de Mexico.

A Reuters reporter tried the service on Monday, sending a photo of a handwritten grocery list. A company

representative responded immediately, punctuating responses with smiley-face and winky-face emojis.

The representative said Superama charges 49 pesos ($2.55) for delivery within 90 minutes, or 39 pesos ($2.03) for a later delivery time, and would accept payment in cash or by card upon delivery.

Superama represents about 92 of Walmart’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, which is the U.S. retailer’s largest overseas market by store count. Superama already takes orders via its website and a Superama app, as well as through Cornershop, a third-party delivery app that sells goods for a variety of other stores.

Walmart’s plan to buy Cornershop, which operates in Mexico and Chile, for $225 million, was blocked earlier this month by Mexico’s competition regulator, which said that Walmart could not guarantee an even playing field for rivals also using the app.

($1 = 19.1885 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Leslie Adler

DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

DISCOVER 5 GLAMPING SPOTS IN VALLARTA · NAYARIT

Estefanía Montes

Jun. 19, 2019
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Vallarta · Nayarit offers diverse places for demanding travelers with a like for exploring new natural environments, without losing style and comfort, through ecological spaces which promote glamping.

Glamping is an experience that combines glamour + camping, so you can reconnect with yourself in a more private and personalized environment, all while in harmony with Mother Earth. For this reason, we bring you a selection of 5 glamping spots in the region.

Verana

This place is located south of Puerto Vallarta, in the picturesque town of Yelapa, where the only access is through the ocean. Due to this, it has the privilege of being immersed in the mountains, and having its own private beach.

There, you will find your personal refuge which will allow you to breath in pure air, witness the most spectacular sunsets, and illuminate your nights with stars, while you listen to the murmur of the sea.

Verana has 10 rustic installations made of different materials, each one with its own unique style, and all the necessary features to make your stay most pleasant. To complement this, you may savor the culinary delicacies that the chef of the place offers, so you can then walk along the edge of the beach, and end your day in the relaxing spa.

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Vereda Palapa

 North of Yelapa, you will find Vereda Palapa, a place that offers a revitalizing experience through an ecological stay which combines the sound of the channel where the river flows, and the soft breeze of the wind.

Vereda Palapa is composed of four palapas with very tropical names, as well as a garden which shelters flowers and fruits representative of the region, a gallery (where you may find different art pieces like paintings and sculptures inspired on animals and the human body), a kitchen, and a very peculiar pool, through which a small creek flows.

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Xinalani Retreat

 Between Las Ánimas and Yelapa is Xinalani Retreat, an intimate natural sanctuary which serves to delight the senses, and at the same time helps you enter a state of peace.

This site offers luxurious houses and palapas walled on three sides, with a palm ceiling, and in front of each room, there is a large window which is always open to be able to observe everything around you. It permits the moon to light your nights, and for you to awaken with the first rays of sunshine. Let yourself be spoiled at the spa, stretch, and strengthen your body in the diverse yoga rooms, enjoy the beach club, and try the delicious treats offered at the restaurant and bar.

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Playa Escondida

Towards the north of the Banderas Bay, in Sayulita, you can find Playa Escondida, a spot which will seduce you with its incredible view. At the beach you can have long walks while you listen to the relaxing sound of the waves and birds. You can conclude your day tasting the gourmet flavors which are offered at the site’s restaurant.

This place has different palapas distributed along a jungle-like terrain, close to a private beach. Due to its distribution, depending on the cabin that you choose, you can be a few steps away from the ocean, or contemplate it from the heights, among a natural green curtain. Furthermore, you will find amenities such as a bar, restaurant, pool, spa, yoga room, and even, a jacuzzi and hammocks in certain cabins.

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Aldea Bamboo

In San Pancho, you may leave your worries behind as you near Aldea Bamboo, a spot immersed in a paradise in the middle of the jungle. Let yourself strengthen your ties with Mother Earth, as you are surrounded by abundant foliage.

The three octagonal wooden cabins that this site offers are integrally equipped so your stay is as comfortable, and peaceful as possible. At night, you may contemplate the starlight, and the moon from a small dome located in the center of the upper cover.

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Without a doubt, in any of these spots you will live a unique experience to get a breather, enjoy nature, and reconnect with yourself.

PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

PUERTO VALLARTA IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO THE SARGASSUM INVASION OF THE CARIBBEAN

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Sargassum is a dark- colored seaweed that is dispersed by ocean currents through the Atlantic, which, when they reach the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, find the perfect opportunity for their waste to coagulate, forming what scholars call garbage patches, and which have invaded the Caribbean coast of Mexico and now threatens Africa and Europe.

The invasion of sargassum to the Caribbean coast of Mexico is motivating travelers to search for other destinations in Mexico.

In the Pacific, such as Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, you will find the perfect alternative. In addition to an extensive range of beaches, the area has activities for all tourist segments: family, LGBT, pet-friendly, weddings, adventures and foodies, among others.

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico, located in the State of Jalisco, the birthplace of Tequila, Mariachi and Charra culture, recognized as Heritage by UNESCO.

This destination harbors the tradition and colors of Mexico through its squares, streets and its people, named the friendliest city in the world by the magazine Conde Nast Traveler.

The place offers travelers natural, cultural, historical and gastronomic delights, thanks to its wide range of restaurants, and is considered the second mecca for foodies in Mexico for its cuisine of the sea, mountain, and international flavors.

The traveler will find a sea of ​​activities throughout the day, sophisticated amenities, a wide range of hotels, excellent weather, festivals celebrating music, and gastronomy.

The other jewel of the Mexican Pacific, Riviera Nayarit, is just 10 minutes from the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta. It is famous for its eclectic charm and luxury hotel, virtues that have given it international recognition.

Located in the Mexican state of Nayarit, the region offers 309 kilometers of beaches with crystal clear waters on the Pacific coast, the wonderful mountains of the Sierra Madre, the spectacular Bay of Banderas and endless protected natural wonders.

The Riviera Nayarit houses the tourist center of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic town of San Blas, the exclusive refuge of celebrities in Punta Mita, the “boho-chic” surfing mecca in Sayulita, and a variety of picturesque fishing villages.

There are plenty of activities that range from golf courses, zip lines, diving, and surfing, to bird watching, whale watching, and turtle release programs.

Accommodations range from luxury resorts and all-inclusive establishments that target families, to boutique hotels and all kinds of options.

Riviera Nayarit has four hotels that have the distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four-distinguished AAA rating of five diamonds, 11 AAA four- diamond hotels and 13 AAA three-diamond hotels.

The AAA Diamon Award is awarded by the American Automobile Association (AAA) to hotels and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and guarantees that the establishment offers the highest standards of luxury, quality and high-level service.

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PUERTO VALLARTA NOMINATED AS ‘BEST CITY’ BY CONDÉ NAST READERS

PUERTO VALLARTA NOMINATED AS ‘BEST CITY’ BY CONDÉ NAST READERS

Each year, readers of the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveler vote for their favorite destinations, as well as hotels, resorts, islands, cruises, airlines, and airports, highlighting the best of each category that guides many travelers in the world.

It is with great pride that the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust informs that this destination, once again, is nominated in the Best City category. Also included are 17 hotels located in Vallarta, which stand out for the excellence of their lodging services.

The voting is simple, an email is registered and a basic profile is completed. Then select the category in which you want to vote, and in the online voting platform, you put the name of the destination or hotel, by selecting it, in the brief survey.

More than 400 thousand readers around the world participate year after year in the survey leaving tens of thousands of comments; This is the 32nd edition of the survey (the first was conducted in 1987).

The magazine is designed for the discerning and frequent experienced travelers with a wide variety of travel experiences and information covering frequent flyer programs, art, fashion, architecture, culture, gastronomy, and shopping in a variety of destinations around the world.

It is a publication for the sophisticated person who travels regularly with a strong interest in leisure activities. It has specialized content for the sophisticated traveler from the latest in hotels, the best tourist destinations in the world, the most innovative restaurants, and exclusive spas, to the most fascinating adventure trips.

The printed circulation of the magazine is 807,873 in the United States; Eight editions a year are published.

The complete results will be in the print and online edition in the month of November.

Voting is open until June 30.