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Check the updated Puerto Vallarta Hospitals article.

This section is no longer up-to-date, for Puerto Vallarta Health Information, Hospitals, Drugstores, Doctors, ambulances and more, check the Puerto Vallarta Health Section.

Intensive Care Ambulance:

2250386 - 2221533

Red Cross:

Rio de la Plata and Rio Balsas - 2221533

Med-Link Air Ambulance:

Apartado Postal 68-A, Aeropuerto Internacional, Puerto Vallarta
2212200 and 2212201 and toll free (in Mexico) 01-800-930-2600

Amerimed Hospital:

All doctors are bilingual US Board certified. Hospital is open 24 hours. We offer emergency and urgent care. In addtion to inhouse consultations we offer hotel consultations. Located at Plaza Neptuno at the entrance to Marina Vallarta. Call us direct at 221-0023 or 221-0024.

CMQ Hospital:

General hospital with emergency services, pharmacy and English spoken. Open 24 hours. Basilio Bodillo #365 at Insurgentes.

Hospital Medasist:

Offers 24-hour emergency services. Some bilingual staff, accept most medical insurance programs for emergency services. Located at the entrance to Mex 200, at the south end of town (across from the Pemex gas station).
2230444 - 2230656

Hospital Versalles:

Telephone: 2249292

Médico de la Bahia:

Telephone: 2222627, 2225152

Regional Hospital:

Telephone: 2244000

Dr. Jorge Ruiz & Assoc.:

24 Hour Medical Service. 2222880

Dr. Ignacio Gomez Gutierrez:

24 Hour Dental Care - 2225359

Clinica Quiropractica

(Chiropractor) Jesus Langaraica. - 2220022

Fire Dept.

Tel. 2220520 - 2250000 - 2250018

Police Emergency

Dial 060

Local Police

2220123 - 2232500


* Farmacia California: (24 hrs) 2250635
* Farmacia de Guadalajara: (24 hrs) 2220101
* CMQ: Basilio Badillo 365 (24 hrs) Telephone: 2222941
* Lux: Insurgentes 51 Telephone: 2221909
* Vallarta: Juarez 547 Telephone: 2220004

If you're looking for the Salsa Music Genre in Puerto Vallarta, click here

Authentic Puerto Vallarta salsa is easy to make and tastes far superior to anything from the supermarket. Mexican cooks use ingredients on hand to make vibrant, flavorful, and healthy salsas.

Salsa Mexicana

To make the salsa you can mix and match the following ingredients to suit your taste:

  • Tomatoes preferably Roma but regular tomatoes work fine
  • Tomatillos
  • Onion
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapeno chiles
  • Serrano chiles
  • Poblano chiles
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice

The most important step for making a great salsa is charring the vegetables. Make sure they are good and burnt all the way around.

To char the vegetables hold them over an open flame on a gas stove. If your stove is electric, preheat a large frying pan on high and char the vegetables in the pan turning often.

Many Mexican recipes have you peel the chiles. In this case, the charred bits give the salsa a deeper smokier flavor so you want to leave the skins on.

Recipe for a Typical Version of the Mexican Table Salsa


  • 6 Roma tomatoes or 3 large regular tomatoes
  • 1 Medium white onion chopped
  • 3 Jalapeno or serrano chiles (add more or reduce quantity to taste)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 2 limes (the smaller Mexican limes are the best)
  • Salt
  • Makes 5 to 6 cups of salsa

Char the tomatoes, onion, garlic and chiles. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove the tops of the tomatoes and chiles. Put all ingredients in a blender including the cilantro and the juice from two limes. I like to add two tablespoons of olive oil which gives the salsa a richer flavor. Add salt to taste. Blend until coarsely ground. Do not over blend.


Puerto Vallarta is known best for its Nightlife, with the many night clubs around. If you're into Salsa Music, Come to J & B Salsa Club. It is one of the most visited clubs in Puerto Vallarta, for it's music and excellent atmosphere. It's no reason it has so many good reviews from all who come to visit.

Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio, km 2.5 Puerto Vallarta
322 224-4616

Another Salsa Restaurant / Club is La Bodeguita del Medio, which features great cuban food and excellent music at night.

Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858, Downtown
(322) 223-1585

There are a growing number of local Puerto Vallarta English newspapers and magazines.

Puerto Vallarta Tribune

The Puerto Vallarta Tribune is an English/French language weekly printed magazine directed to the the Canadian and American expats and tourists in Puerto Vallarta.

On its website you can also download the online versions of the weekly newspaper in English. You can also find previous issues in PDF format.

If you are visiting or permanently located in the Vallarta area, there are plenty of highly recommended Puerto Vallarta dentists you can visit, either for a regular checkup or an emergency.


Associated Dentists
Basilio Badillo #311
(322) 223 0505

Big Sonrisa
Perú #1022
Colonia 5 de Diciembre (near church of Hidalgo Park)
(322) 113-0398

Clinica Dental Mexico
Morelos 83-A, Colonia Centro Fco. Medina Asencio 1959-A, Zona Hotelera, Las Glorias
(322) 223 5331 / 212 9056 / 293 5514

Consultorio Dental
Republica de Chile 175, 5 de Diciembre
(322) 222 1819 / 222 8611

Dr Adan Michel
Aldanaca #170, Corner of Lisboa
(322) 224 4761, (322) 224 8761

Dr. Adrian M. Malja
Mexico No. 23 Centro Bucerias (Nuevo Vallarta)
(329) 298-1249

Dra. Adriana Miranda Silis
Cirujano Dentista
(322) 223 1072

Dr Fernando Peñalva
General & Cosmetic dentistry, Periodontis, Oral Surgeon, Orthodontics and Paediactrics.
Clinica Dental Plaza Marina, NE. corner.
(322) 221 0165

Dr. Francisco Rincón
Púlpito #135
(322) 223 4182

Dr. Ignacio Gomez Gutierrez
Specialist in Esthetics and Prosthesis.
Calle Ignacio L. Vallarta No. 322
(322) 222 5359

Dr. Jose Maria Hurtado Rolon
Peru 1108
(322) 222 6105

Dr. Penalva
Plaza Marina

P V Smile Spa Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
17 Liverpool Street
(322) 293 2696

Grupo Odontològico Integral
local G24 & G25 Plaza Marina

Nucleo de Especialidades Medicas
Basilio Badillo 377
(322) 223 2025

Smiles at Vallarta
Fco. I Madero #383
(322) 223 9648

Unident - Unidad de Especialidades Dentales
Timan s/n Local D, Cond. , Royal Pacific, Marina Vallarta
(322) 209 0999

On the Banderas Bay's North Shore

Marival Resort is a 495-room hotel resort on North Shore of the Banderas Bay in Nuevo Vallarta, offering a wide variety of recreation from a climbing wall to an archery range as well as family, "quiet", and children pools.

Marival in Nuevo Vallarta

An All-Inclusive resort

Water-sports equipment, 7 eateries and 7 bars, day and night activities, a disco, teen facilities, and a children club are among amenities included in room rates at Marival Resort & Suites Nuevo Vallarta all-inclusive.

Rooms and suites

Marival in Nuevo Vallarta offers barefoot-friendly, tropical decor guestrooms and one, two, and three bedroom suites that include marble bathrooms. TVs offer premium channels.

The term "Golden Years" seems to have all kinds of connotations; to some it may mean the beginning of the end, to others more fortunate it means the years of freedom with gold!

retire in puerto vallarta

Yes, to many of the latest generation of baby boomers about to retire or recently retired, the "Golden Years" have become the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, i.e., the free time and the financial ability to enjoy their favorite activities and perhaps even serve a purpose to their community.

Retirement often coincides with important life changes; over time, a retiree will virtually eliminate the frequent social contacts with previous work-related associates, will have a completely different spending pattern, will have the time for new or inactive hobbies, sports, or other activities, might sell a long term residence, and yes, may even move to a new location.

Most assume that people who retire to Puerto Vallarta due to the low cost of living in Mexico. But the reasons why many have come to Vallarta for years have very little to do with the cost of living. One of the reasons has to do with the latitude of Vallarta which is the same as Hawaii, resulting in a climate absolutely perfect for golfing, fishing, tennis, hiking, swimming, or whatever your hobby is.

The population of PV just surpassed 350,000. Of the 350,000 inhabitants, there are close to 50,000 North Americans during the seven month “high season”. They have retired here in order to enjoy the many world class restaurants, seven magnificent golf courses, world class deep sea fishing, modern supermarkets and shopping malls, and night life galore. Most of these North American residents of Vallarta have satellite TV, high speed internet service, air conditioning, and all the other modern conveniences which one would expect.

Clean water, clean food, modern hospitals with the latest in sophisticated equipment for first class medical care, and a high regard for safety will be found here in PV. Knowing this, there are very few reasons not to live in Vallarta.

Come join us.

If you're in searching for a cheap hotel in Puerto Vallarta, you should also consider Hotel Azteca in Viejo Vallarta (Romantic Zone).

It is comfortable and clean and well located, close to the most active area in Puerto Vallarta (Old Vallarta or Viejo Vallarta), where most the fun is on and it will not cost a lot. This way you'll have more to spend on entertainment and eating out and there are innumerable options within a few blocks around.

It's much better to have things at hand, if you're not staying in a boring all-inclusive, you don't stay much at the hotel, you're out having fun.

Hotel Azteca
Francisco I. Madero 440, Puerto Vallarta.
Tel. 222-2750

The Puerto Vallarta condominium Plaza Dorada is located on the beach in the old town section of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico just minutes away from markets, shops and restaurants.

Velas Vallarta

The large sandy beach has amazing views of the ocean and sunset vistas. A pier provides access to fishing and fiesta boats as well as ferries to nearby coastal villages like Yelapa and Mismaloya.

The building is well maintained, has an elevator for your convenience, is managed by a courteous and efficient staff, and has 24-hour concierge presence at the front desk. The swimming pool and terrace adjoin the beach and offer easy access to the many restaurants located along the strand.

Vallarta from the hill

If Spanish is not your native language, or you haven't had the pleasure to visit Puerto Vallarta, you might be making the same mistakes.

Puerto means harbor (harbour in English) and

Vallarta is the surname of Ignacio Luis Vallarta, Mexican lawyer and governor of the state of Jalisco from 1872 to 1876. Read more.

Here is a list of the most Common Misspellings of Puerto Vallarta:

  • puerto valarta
  • porta vallarta
  • puerto varta
  • puerta vallarta
  • puerto vallarto
  • puerto vallarte
  • puerta varta
  • puerto vallerta
  • puerto villarta
  • peurto vallarta
  • puerto vallarata
  • puerto viarta
  • puerta villarta
  • puert vallarta
  • puerta vallerta
  • puerta viarta
  • puerto ballarta
  • puertavallarta
  • purto vallarta
  • peurta vallarta
  • puerta vallarte
  • puerto vaillarta
  • puerta valarta
  • puerto vallata
  • pueto vallarta
  • porte vallarta
  • porta varta
  • porto vallarta
  • port vallarta

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You can obtain more information by phone or visiting their website.

1107 Bolivia
Col. 5 de Diciembre
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Phone: 044-322-303-3176
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