By Barbara Peters
May is a very special month and a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta due to the number of special events happening here, our beautiful blue skies with the bougainvillas in full bloom, cool breezes with little humidity and a time to enjoy our paradise with less crowds. Those who are not here now are also missing some spectacular sunsets. May 1st was Labour Day with a parade downtown, May 3rd is Day of the Cross, dedicated to construction workers, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the battle in Puebla many years ago where Mexico defeated a French army.
The most important day is Mother´s Day on May 10th where everyone honours their mothers with flowers, gifts or a meal in a restaurant. Día de las Madres is an unofficial holiday in Mexico, It is a really special day for children to honour and thank their mothers for raising them. At many schools, kids prepare handmade gifts and often present skits and song for their moms. According to a Mexican custom, sons and daughters go to the family home on Mother’s Day eve and start the celebration early.
Escort Mom, bring the entire family – or just treat yourself! – to a wonderful lunch or early dinner at Kaiser Maximilian, on Olas Altas Street where you can savour the flavours of Europe right here in Puerto Vallarta – and save 50% – during their Mother’s Day celebration, until May 10th. Many other restaurants will have Mother´s Day specials.
May is the ideal month for the annual Bougambilia Festival from May 9th through 11th because the flowers are spectacular now. Free events will be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. There will be a parade on Saturday, May 10th starting at the north end of the Malecon at 7 p.m. featuring Miss Vallarta finalists, mariachis, bicycles, the Navy Band, charros and folkloric dancers. For a schedule of festivities check the Vallarta Tribune or the tourist offices on the main plaza.
The Salsa & Mambo Festival will be held May 8-11th at the Marival Resort in Nuevo Vallarta. Classes and dance workshops, presentations by the most prestigious international dancers, contests, parties, and concerts are all part of the fun. The Salsa & Mambo Festival is open to the public with a variety of options to enjoy either the whole event or just some of the shows, workshops and parties.
Another reason to visit Puerto Vallarta in May is (Restaurant Week from May 15 to 31st.)
Gary Beck, author of Beck´s Best Restaurant Guide will join Vallarta Tribune with three special issues dedicated to a selection of participating restaurants with their special menus on May 16, 23 and 30th. Everyone is invited to join Gary´s Groupies for dinner on the following dates and venues at 7 p.m. Guests are required to pay for their meal, beverages and tip. Contact Gary Beck for more information and to reserve at email@example.com
May 31st is the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta and will be celebrated with music, festivities and fireworks in the main square. Watch the local newspapers for more information