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An insider’s perspective into the hidden gems of Puerto Vallarta

By Sigurd Neubauer


Yvonne Kalman, whose love affair with Mexico goes back to 1940, is Puerto Vallarta’s ultimate insider. In a wide-ranging podcast interview, she discusses the city’s transformation from a sleepy fishing village of the 1950s into a primary destination for Hollywood celebrities such as Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra, among many others, during the 1960s and 1970s. The Night of the Iguana was filmed there in 1964, starring Gardner and Richard Burton.

Kalman, the proprietor of Casa Yvonneka, lifts the curtain and provides the ultimate advice on how to maximize the Puerto Vallarta experience.

Commonly referred to as Yvonnika among friends, she is the daughter of Hungarian operetta composer Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953). 

She’s spent a lifetime promoting her father’s unmatched musical legacy. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Kálmán the composer and his daughter’s passion for promoting his legacy as one of Vienna’s preeminent operetta composers, we have published several feature interviews.

Puerto Vallarta became a popular destination in the 1960s and 1970s for Hollywood celebrities : Yvonneka

The Night of the Iguana, starring Ava Gardner, Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon, was filmed in Puerto Vallarta in 1964
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