Editor’s Note: The Best of Everything!

Today is the day we officially share with you dear readers, the winners of the 2nd Annual Best of Banderas Bay Pata Salada Awards! Over 250 questions, and 10’s of thousands of responses and now we have the definitive guide for the best places to eat, to sleep, to get a shave, to clean your teeth and to trim Fifi’s nails from Puerto Vallarta to San Pancho. This year we have included the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (where there is more than 3 we had a tie!) They are listed in order.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the businesses that won, this was all you! DOWNLOAD HERE

And an equally large THANK YOU to everyone who voted, and those who tried and couldn’t and then tried again, thank you! Your participation and support of the Tribune over these last 22 years means the world to me and everyone who works for the newspaper including all our writers and contributors

In the fall we will once again publish ALL THE WINNERS as well as helpful information for visitors to Banderas Bay in our All-inclusive guide to Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit.

A couple quick notes about events – this weekend is the What a Drag fundraiser for the Banderas Bay Woman’s Shelter – page 34 for details on how you can get tickets or search on FB events for What A Drag 2019 – read John’s article on page 30 where he talks about the staggering rates of domestic violence in this country. At least in Canada and the USA there are (some) services and facilities for women and children to turn to – here, not so much. There is ONE shelter between here and Guadalajara and NONE in the state of Nayarit. The shelter here can help approx. 30 families a year. 30. Yes, thirty. I didn’t forget to add an extra zero.

It’s truly overwhelming and why every time I ask Corazon de Nina how many kids they have now, it’s always a higher number than before. Don’t even get me started on what happens to the kids at R.I.S.E. Orphanage after they turn 14.

So, buy your tickets (or make a donation, buy a sponsorship), count your blessings and support what is probably the single most important cause in Mexico, let alone Banderas Bay. Children are the future. It’s a cliché but that doesn’t make it any less true.

And on that note, safe travels.





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Living in Mexico full time since 2011, Madeline is a graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.