Official whale watching season in the Punta Mita area begins in December and extends through March 23rd. Ecologically conscious boat tour operators scan the ocean to spot the distinctive calmer areas on the surface of the water which indicates the likely presence of a whale below, then position their boats at an appropriate distance from these locations – close enough to see, not so close as to disturb the whales.
The Mercado Los Mangos, a new weekly outdoor market featuring exclusively local artisan products, opened on January 28, 2017. It is located on the grounds of the beautiful Los Mangos Library in Puerto Vallarta. The opening celebration attracted over 700 visitors, who shopped for the colorful local artisan handicrafts, ate tasty food and danced to live music.
Local sculptor Jim Demetro, creator of several of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic sculptures, was honored at a gathering in Puerto Vallarta on January 12, 2017, to recognize the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the State of Washington. The rooftop celebratory dinner and reception was attended by more than 100 arts supporters in the area.