This is Paradise


A whirlwind of weeks of frantic activity at the PCC hit a wall named Christmas. With a deep collective sigh, we enjoyed The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars last Friday night. A year ago, when I heard the name of this group for the first time, the word JAZZ reared its ugly head and I looked long and hard at my calendar to try and be busy elsewhere. Both JAZZ and BANDA do the same thing to me: nerves get wrecked in a heartbeat and I want to be anywhere else but within earshot. Hah!

Two minutes into their first number and I was hooked. I have had the pleasure of hearing every BBJA concert at the PCC and I am never tired or bored with what they can do with their instruments; more like riveted to every note. This is a consummate group of TALENT that I am so happy to report will be at the PCC Stage every week starting January. Give yourself a gift of brilliant music and an evening out, and do bring all your friends – they’ll love you for it.

New Year’s Eve has come and gone, a new year begins unfolding with hope and renewal and promises of goodness, another few days off; another wall. Then the PCC Stage jumps into overdrive January 7th as the 4th Annual Film Series continues with “The Gatekeepers” at 7pm. Get tickets in advance, save 10 pesos and put it towards a fabulous margarita while you enjoy the movie. Then, Wednesday night Latcho and Andrea, the Blonde Gypsies enchant with a new show starting at 8pm. If you like the Gypsy Kings and Ottmar Liebert then here’s your chance to enjoy flamenco music at its best: Live on the PCC stage!

The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars return (yeah!) at 8pm on Friday the 10th. I am letting you know a week in advance because they will sell out, so hurry and get your tickets at the box office at our Saturday Co-op Farmer’s Market. (How’s that for a good segue?) Market opens at 9am with tons of food – fresh, frozen, eat-in or take out; sweet pastries, spicy sausages, pizza, bagels hot out of the oven, coffee brought down the hill from San Sebastian and some of the finest arts and crafts to be found in the state of Jalisco. For gifts to take back to the frozen North, first get a drink from our Cantina, slow down and walk around, chat with our very friendly vendors and shop in a civilized manner, under cover of our huge palapa that keeps the sun and rain off your head.

My B & B has officially launched: look for reviews on Trip Advisor within the week for Heartwood Vallarta and get your friends and family – the tourists we love – off the streets and into a cozy, comfortable home.

Until next time – ciao!


The Paradise Community Center Pulpito 127 between Olas Altas and Amapas Streets in Old Town Puerto Vallarta smack in the middle of the Romantic Zone and across from Coco’s Kitchen.

Marcia Blondin