Our hope is to provide you with the resources to keep you in touch with your recovery program while you are visiting Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area known as the Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas).
Following is a list of various programs provided in English in the greater Banderas Bay and beyond. Although we have done our best to provide accurate information, some of the meetings are seasonal and are subject to change. Please use the contact information where provided to confirm the meeting times and locations.
Puerto Vallarta :
Alano Club: Basilio Badillo #329 - (Just 1 building West of the North-West corner of Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes) . Call Angela (322) 222-3906 or Bob 044-322-171-5220.
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
Daily at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sun - 11:00 a.m. French (Seasonal)
Mon - 5:00 p.m. 11th Step Meeting (Seasonal)
Wed - 5:00 p.m. French (Seasonal)
Wed - 8:00 p.m. Open Big Book Study
Thur - 10:30 a.m. Women
Thur - 5:00 p.m. 11th Step Meeting (Seasonal)
Fri - 8:00 p.m. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (Closed)
ARTS (a 12 step program for creative people): (Seasonal)
Fri - 5:00 p.m. , contact Angela, (322) 222-3906.
Mon - 6:30 p.m.
Wed - 9:00 a.m. Step Study
Wed - 6:30 p.m.
Fri - 6:30 p.m. (Seasonal: November - May)
Sat - 9:00 a.m. Men's Meeting
CODA Step Sisters:
Tues - 6:30 p.m. Women's
OA (Over Eaters Anonymous) (Seasonal)
Mon - 5:00 p.m.
Wed - 5:00 p.m.
NA (Narcotics Anonymous)
Daily - 5:00 p.m.
Mon - 9:00 a.m. (Seasonal)
Constitution #427 (Corner M.M.Dieguez) : Contacts: Ed T. local tel (322) 224-1974, U.S. Vonage (617) 933-8885 for Sunday meeting info or Peter D, local cell 044-322-120-6138, U.S. (323) 876-4500 for Wednesday meeting info.
AA - Bucerias
Daily - 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Open
Wed - 5:00 p.m. Open
One Block North and 1/2 block East of the Catholic Church. There is a sign in English hanging in front. The meeting is on the second floor. Contact Jim, cell 044-322-181-6688.
AA - Rincon de Guayabitos
Mon & Thr - 7:00 p.m.
Hotel Penamar - first floor (inquire at desk) Avenida Sol Nuevo (main street) Seasonal (time zone is the same as PV). Call first: Nancy (327) 274-0017.
AA - Lo de Marcos
Mon, Thr & Sat - 4:00 p.m. Step Study
Before Rincon de Guayabitos opposite the Panaderia, Emiliano Zapata 37. Seasonal - call first: Judith (327) 275-0328.
AA - Melaque-San Patricio
Sun - 10:00 a.m. Big Book Study
Wed - 5:00 p.m.
At English Speaking Church, South of Main Plaza near the Beach. Just ask locals for church location (no contact info or address).
AA - Nuevo Vallarta pvangels/aanuevovallarta
Mon, Wed & Fri - 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays - 6:00 p.m. - Men's Meeting
Paradise Plaza Mall, in unit L15 on the 2nd floor above supermarket. Contact Zena, (322) 134-3502 or Mark, (322) 170-0913.
AA - Punta de Mita
Mon, Wed & Fri - 6:00 p.m.
20 de Noviembre, corner of Otilio Montano & Emiliano Zapata, in front of Ejidal House and 3 blocks behind Peace Mexico Building. Directions: Once you pass the Punta Mita gate #1 turn left into Soto street until reaching the town square, turn right immediately and left again on Otilio Montano, turn right next corner on 20 de Noviembre. The white with blue letters and the AA logo printed on the wall will be on the right side.
AA - San Francisco (San Pancho)
Tue, Thr & Sun - 6:00 p.m.
In Museum next to San Pancho Cafe. Contact Glenda, (311) 258-4488
AA - Sayulita
Tue & Fri - 10:00 a.m.
Calle Primavera 11. (There are signs at Choco Banana and Rollies Restaurant. Contact Heather M at firstname.lastname@example.org, (322) 141-5994, or Linda (329) 291-3933.
CODA - Santiago (Manzanillo)
Wed - 5:00 p.m.
Calle Miguel Hidalgo #36 (Salon de Iglesia Santiago)
Yelapa: (No Listings Currently)
For helpful articles and links to help agencies in the United States, visit AlcoholAwareness.
Each January, The Serenity Group of AA in P.V. hosts a "Sobriety Under The Sun" Convention in Puerto Vallarta.
Visit our convention website between mid-March and the week before the convention to pre-register (that makes your life MUCH easier when you check in).
Register early for the best rooms and the biggest discounts. Click the link to go right to the convention website at aapvconvention.com.
Year after year we keep having a great weekend of sobriety, fellowship and fun under the sun in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
This year promises to be another memorable weekend with a great speaker line-up, workshops and AA and Al-Anon meetings in a beautiful traditional Mexican hotel.
As always, we count on a large group of volunteers to put this weekend together and would love to have you join us in service.
We'd love to see you here with all of us in the tropical sun and warmth of beautiful Puerto Vallarta.
We always need something... here are some ways you can help.
Although the specific needs change almost daily, we always need AA and Al-Anon literature. So if you are planning a trip to PV and have a little extra room in your suitcase to bring some books or pamphlets down, you can help us a lot.
Connie S., our Literature Chair, has offered to have you contact her by email to let us know you're willing to help. She can tell you our current needs, and she'll even have the literature delivered to your home if there's enough time.
To contact Connie just click here. She'll get back to you right away to arrange everything. And THANKS for helping.
PV Alano Club:
The need to complete and pay for the renovation of our new location is ongoing.
You can help us and leave a lasting memento of your help at our new club in the form of our "Leave A Mark" Tile - a custom, 4 inch square wall tile. The cost is $50 for each tile and the proceeds help us tremendously.
You can include your First Name and Last Initial, your sobriety date and your home group along with the AA, NA, or Al-Anon symbol.
Or, you can create a memorial tile for someone who's passed on with their name and their home group or other significant information. We've provided a couple of examples and ordering info here.
Of course, if you'd like to just make a contribution to the Alano Club of Puerto Vallarta and not order a tile, we've provided the button above for that as well.
Thank you for helping us to provide a pleasant meeting environment for people in recovery!
Last updated: April 2, 2017 · Charity ID: 101
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Juvenile Integration Center
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Juvenile Integration Center
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Juvenile Integration Center
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Juvenile Integration Center
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Sobriety Under The Sun
Welcome to The Recovery Community in Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay Area. Year after year, we keep having a great weekend of sobriety, fellowship and fun under the sun. Hope you can attend on January 18-20, 2013.
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