In Puerto Vallarta, September is known as SeptiHambre…“Hungry September.”
September finds many businesses in Puerto Vallarta closed for the entire month. Owners traditionally leave Puerto Vallarta to vacation elsewhere and usually don’t return until October, taking the first week of that month to make repairs, paint and lay in supplies. This means their employees are often jobless during this period of time. Though they must be paid a minimum weekly wage, if they depend on tips they will be stretching their pesos in creative ways, since this extra money is a huge part of their income.
September is also a low time for foreigners to visit and businesses that do stay open need the support of expats and everyone else. Most will be preparing for the one big event that occurs in Puerto Vallarta in September. Independence Day, September 16th, will attract a lot of national tourists, eager to celebrate. They camp on the beach, bring their own food and drink, and party with seriousness. This year Independence Day lands on a Friday so the revelry will begin on Wednesday, which will make for one of the longest puentes of the year.
On September 14th you will want to be on the Malecón for the time-honored charro parade, with colorful costumes and marvelous horses, also dressed for this special day. September 15th we will be in the Plaza de Armas (main plaza in front of the Cathedral) in the evening for el Grito, which is the main event. In attendance will be His Honor, the Mayor; local celebrities; and dignitaries. They will do a semi-reenactment of the night that began Mexico’s lengthy struggle for independence. A cake is always presented and shared with the entire community, until it lasts. This is followed by a typically elaborate fireworks show and there will be live music late in to the night. It’s a good time to get out and support the town, show off your latest revolutionary costumes and practice your language skills.
Tip generously and make this a time to eat out at restaurants and cafés that are open; do some early holiday shopping. You can make a difference!
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!
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