I am Gary from San Francisco, CA. My first trip to mi Paraiso, AKA Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was in 1979 and my, how the place has changed, many aspects for the better. I enjoy OldTown/SouthSide the best but venture by car, jeep or van north and south to the small towns and beaches. The food/dining industry is in my blood and I have assembled a Beck's Best restaurant guide which I update nearly daily and is available by email. Comments, additions, corrections and suggestions are always welcome. Share your experiences with us all.
After 33 years of visits, some for a couple months several times a year, I live here full-time! Friends gather regularly for cool drinks on Playa Los Muertos, side trips north and south or dining out. I organize monthly groups to dine at various restaurants with a special menu. Email me for addition. Let me know if you care to join us!
San Francisco, CA.
June 30th 2011
I am so thrilled I made the decision to reverse my living situaton: live fulltime in PV and rent my San Francisc condo. So, my sandals are on the cobblestones daily and have made so many hundreds of good amigos over the 32 years of visits. It is safe, fun, beautiful and active. Come join in and feel free to email me. I have added mty Beck's Best restaurant guide to Amazon ebook and itunes Nook, in additon to print issues from cafepress. Latest edition just uploaded. Come immerse in the magical spirits here, especially in th SouthSide area and Playa Los Muertos.... read more
February 28th 2011
What's been going on... 2010 was quite a year. That is an understatement. I left Puerto Vallarta on December 11, 2009 having decided after much discussion and pondering that I would reverse my living situation. I would rent out my San Francisco condo year-long and live in my Puerto Vallarta place, which basically I could rent out only during high season, maybe 4-5 months total. I had lived in California since 1973 and in my condo since 1980, so there were quite a few items saved over the years . After the return flight, I was back in my condo in SF about one hour when I started going through items and sorting: PV immediately; PV soon; sell if possible; donate or give to friends; toss. Each day until April 1, 2010 was filled with such ... read more
September 22nd 2008
Puerto Vallarta... Fall, 2008 The rains are beginning to wither away for some months and the visitors are starting to pack the planes into PVR for Holiday or Beach or Visit Friends. I will do all of the above. My dining guide has just been updated and uploaded to cafepress and am preparing to savor some great food from the Mom and Pop's and Taco Stands all the way up to the 5* dining establishments but fewer of those as the pesos are low! Anyone going to be in town in October or November? Post me privately and we can set up a Get Together for lunch or dinner. We conducted 5 this past August and had so much fun, new friends, oldies but goodies and lots of conversation and sharing. Bring it on, we are ... read more
July 16th 2008
Hello all~ I will be back for a short 2.5 week stay in my condo starting 7/29 but then will return for a big one of parts of Oct. and Nov. depending upon rentals for my abode below. Let me know if you have any questions about PV and if you would like to meet for a simple lunch in SouthSide. Take care... Bahía Bonita condo on Jacarandas, corner Manuel Diéguez SouthSide Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico /wk. /mo. *Jul 14, 2008 - Jul 28, 2008 $390 1355 Jul 28, 2008 - Aug 14, 2008 $390 1355 occupied *Aug 14, 2008 - Oct 20, 2008 $390 1355 Oct 20, 2008 - Nov 21, 2008 $615 1970 occupied *Nov 21, 2008 - Jan 19, 2009 $615 1970 Jan 19, 2009 - Feb 18, 2009 $615 1970 occupied ... read more
January 14th 2008
¡Hola! If you are coming for the first time, a frequent visitor or a local or expat living in PV, ask me here or in a private message any questions you may have. I can email you my info. Let me know! After almost 30 years, I have come to know a few ins and outs and a ton of people. Life is one big learning experience! My free Yahoo group Puerto Vallarta OldTown_SouthSide is an excellent source of info in many areas. Consider asking the general membership and we will work together to make your stay in Paradise as pleasant as possible. I will be in PV April 2008 for 2 months. Last 2 weeks of May will mark the annual dining festival of at least 35 hot spots offering bargain menus. I dine every ... read more
October 5th 2005
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 10/17-11/10/05 If you are going in the near future, post me and I will address your questions to make your trip more pleasant! I first visited in 1979 and now have a spot to stay part-time. Paradise bliss...!!! I am off to PV once more on 10/17 to do research, staying in the SouthSide area, Playa Los Muertos. Lots of restaurants, bars, good, fun beach with palapas and drinks, music sometimes. Will visit a few restaurants I need for reviews in the local papers and to do a radio show promoting my newly published Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck's Best. Join in and fun...give your assessments. Gary San Francisco, CA./Puerto Vallarta, JAL. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_OldTown_SouthSide http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_Gay_Travel http://www.cafepress.... read more
July 23rd 2005
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Anybody going to tropical paradise Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in August? I plan on being there 8/1-8/11/05 staying in the SouthSide area, Playa Los Muertos. Lots of restaurants, bars, good, fun beach with palapas and drinks, music sometimes. Will be a blast!!! I am off to PV once more to do research, visit a few restaurants I need for reviews in the local papers and to do a radio show promoting my newly published Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck's Best. Although busy running here and there, I will try to record a blog daily and post here by mid-August!!! Here is my May 2005 one... http://puertovallartamay2005.blogspot.com Gary San Francisco, CA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_OldTown_SouthSide http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_Gay_Travel http://www.cafepress.com/vallartaguide http://www.lulu.com/conte... read more
June 6th 2005
Gary R. Beck first visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in February, 1979 and knew immediately that this was a special spiritual place where many wonderful experiences would follow over the years. Educated in horticulture, his livelihood turned to the restaurant business, working as a food server and wine buyer for 20 years in San Francisco, CA. Now cooking, dining out, creating recipes and exploring new tastes are hobbies that bring never-ending pleasures. Exploring Puerto Vallarta's rich array of eateries is exhilarating. He contributes regularly to Zagat surveys and has had recipes published in Sunset Magazine and local Bay Area newspapers while maintaining worldwide contacts on African violet culture, hybridizing, exhibiting, judging and photographing. Recently, his work has been published in Puerto Vallarta Bay Area newspapers and magazines. http://www.cafepress.com/vallartaguide h... read more
April 7th 2005
Hola ~ I will be visiting MI PARAISO for the 29th+ time, flying down for 17 days from 5/2-5/19/05, staying at La Palapa in the Playa Los Muertos area of SouthSide. If you will be in town at this time and available, let's get together for lunch or a sunset drink! Give me a call, leave message. Gary San Francisco, CA. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_Gay_Travel http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puerto_Vallarta_OldTown_SouthSide ... read more