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Low minimum-wage hurts the Mexican economy as many people make more money working “under the table”, an estimated 60% of working people, and not paying taxes. National attention in Mexico has focused on the country’s shockingly low minimum wage after the Mexico City government suggested it could act to increase the local minimum. The debate...
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The issue of Mexico’s low national minimum wage is gaining national attention after the government of Mexico City suggested it could act to raise the salary on a local level. The debate at a city-sponsored forum this week highlights the near-universal dissatisfaction with the country’s minimum wage of just over 67 pesos per day, or...
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Banda music is the soundtrack of modern Mexico, with its thumping polka beat and trumpets blasting everywhere from rural fairs to working-class Mexico City weddings. And it’s increasingly made in the USA. Once the equivalent of country music, with lyrics about rural life sung by men from Mexico’s western badlands, it is more and more...
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With the support of the Tourism Board of Puerto Vallarta, through the Public Relations department, a team led by Humberto Urban filmed in nearby hotels and resorts such as Garza Blanca, CasaMagna Marriott, Fiesta Americana and Villa Premier and other locations in the beach destination. The Travel Channel also filmed the preparation of various food...
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Puerto Vallarta (often referred to as Vallarta or just PV) is known for its friendly atmosphere, so it’s not surprising that it attracts a lot of tourists. Many of the expats you’ll meet here started out as tourists. The ones I spoke to told me they came here on vacation but realized pretty soon that...
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Let’s face it: it’s not all that difficult to start a fitness routine. After all, most of us have done it more than once. The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, we get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we...
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I owned too many sailboats, including one I lived on in Antigua before moving to Napa Valley. I also was once a contributing editor to Sail magazine. Of course, I also write about wine all the time. But let’s be honest: The big draw was Puerto Vallarta itself. I hadn’t been there in almost 30...
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Mention Mexico and you usually hear Cancun, Cozumel and earlier ports I used to fly into as an airline pilot like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo with the sand and beaches. But you don’t know the essence of Mexico until you visit the heart of it, Mexico City. In previous columns, I’ve mentioned slow-paced, courteous...
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Most recently, new direct weekly Dreamliner flights have been announced to Puerto Vallarta from Gatwick and Manchester in the UK via Thomson Airways, while less mainstream packages are always available via specialty travel and tour providers, and British Airways offers convenient one-stop flights each week. “Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and especially its northern stretches, has long...
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My love affair with the vibrant culture and cuisine of Mexico began many years ago. As a kid, growing up in South Florida, where at the time Mexican meant Tex-Mex and the restaurants were often chain, the idea of Mexican food felt so very exotic, so foreign in an otherwise white bread existence. There was...
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Mexico’s Pacific coast, and especially its northern stretches, has long been the playground of American tourists: now, thanks to new weekly flights to Puerto Vallarta from Gatwick and Manchester with Thomson, we Britons can join them in the sand pit. Puerto Vallarta itself may not be quite on the scale of Cancún or Acapulco, but...
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Any individual who needs proof that the gay and lesbian traveler need the same things in their vacation as their straight counterparts should invest some time in Puerto Vallarta. The charm of miles of perfect sunny shores embracing vine-hung foothills, climbing above cobblestone roads, shops overflowing with the nation’s best crafts, close to flawless climate,...
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by Elena Hiatt Houlihan Why stare at cold gray skies and dirty snow when you could enjoy warm sea breezes? That was the question I asked myself back in 2008. So I decided to search for an ocean view. I conjured up a vision of an international community in a town with an Old World...
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Several local businesses have joined together to create fundraising events for Vallarta Pride 2014, scheduled to take place from May 22nd through the 26th. A Page in the Sun will hold a book reading by Maurice Monette, author of the novel Confessions of a Gay Married Priest, on Friday, April 4th,...
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