Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding Guide: Location (Chapter 3)

Bridesmaid walking down the aisle on the beach at the Riu Vallarta Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

Discover Puerto Vallarta’s best wedding venues, from all-inclusive beachfront resorts to intimate boutique hotels, plus an interactive map.

 

In this article:

I. Things to consider when searching for your wedding venue
II. Location pros and cons
III. The best wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta with an interactive map
IV. The best beach wedding venues
V. The best hotel wedding venues
VI. The best wedding villas
VII. The best boutique hotel wedding venues
VIII. The best jungle wedding venues

 

This is chapter 3 of The 2024 Guide To Planning a Destination Wedding In Puerto Vallarta. In Chapter 1, the first step of the wedding planning process, you envisioned what you’d like your wedding to be and brought it to life with a vision board. In Chapter 2, you created a realistic budget for your wedding using our spreadsheets and calculators. Now that you’ve done the groundwork, you know what kind of wedding style you’d like, and you know how much you can afford. You are ready to begin searching for your wedding venue!

The location sets the mood and tone for your special day. Do you fall in love with the idea of a beachfront ceremony? Do you envision a garden champagne reception? Or what about a terrace perched in the middle of the jungle? Well, if you’re dreaming of a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, you’re in luck. This beautiful city has a wide variety of options to match your style, from luxurious seaside resorts to historic haciendas and intimate garden venues. As local wedding photographers, we have firsthand experience with all of the city’s top wedding locations. So, without further ado, here are our top picks for the best wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta.

 

I. Things to consider when searching for your wedding venue

When looking for a wedding venue in Puerto Vallarta, there are several things to consider. 

  • Location: Consider the location of the venue in relation to the airport, tourist attractions, and your guests’ accommodations. You want to make sure it’s easily accessible and convenient for everyone attending.
  • Capacity: Determine the number of guests you are expecting and make sure the venue can accommodate that number comfortably. You don’t want your guests to feel cramped or uncomfortable.
  • Amenities: Consider the amenities that the venue offers, such as catering, décor, and entertainment options. Some venues may offer all-inclusive packages that can make planning your wedding easier. Also, not all venues are suited to host multiple events such as the welcome party and rehearsal dinner, so keep this in mind.
  • Style: Consider the style and aesthetics of the venue and whether it matches the theme and style of your wedding. Whether you are looking for a beachfront location or a more traditional venue, Puerto Vallarta has plenty of options to choose from.
  • Budget: Determine your budget and find a venue that fits within your price range. Keep in mind that some venues may have additional fees, such as rental fees, service charges, and taxes.
  • Reviews: Check online reviews from past clients to get an idea of their experience with the venue. This can help you determine whether the venue is a good fit for you and your wedding.

 

II. Location pros and cons

First and foremost, we recommend creating preliminary a pro-con list of possible wedding venues. For example, your dream of an intimate wedding on a secluded beach may lose its luster when you find yourself scheduling water taxis to transport everything. To get you started, we are providing a pro-con list of possible wedding venues including hotels, restaurants, the outdoors, homes, and one-stop wedding venues.

 

HOTEL WEDDING VENUE PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Everything is provided: tables, dance floor, glassware, etc.
  • It has three locations in one with multiple spaces for the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour.
  • A full staff is available, including a hotel catering manager who can help craft the menu and connect you with local vendors.
  • Guests can stay in the hotel making it convenient.

 

Cons

  • Hotels and resorts normally come with a higher price tag, including a minimum food and drink charge.
  • Some hotels require that you use their wedding vendors.
  • Some hotels can feel impersonal or dull.

 

RESTAURANT WEDDING VENUE PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Four-star food.
  • Unique atmosphere with local cuisine.
  • Normally, the ceremony is held in another location and the reception is at the restaurant, however, some restaurants may have a patio or courtyard for the ceremony also.
  • Costs are lower than a hotel or resort.

 

 

Cons

  • Restaurants are normally smaller, limiting dance floor space and forcing you to cut the guest list or seat your guests in different areas.
  • In the case of a buy-out, some owners may require you to match the revenue of a typical night, which may be expensive.

 

OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Your wedding gets to have Mother Nature as its backdrop, whether it be a stunning beach or a lush jungle, meaning you can cut down on decor costs.

 

 

Cons

  • Weather is outside of your control: rain, winds, humidity, mosquitos, and the like.
  • You must have an indoor plan B.
  • You must rent and transport everything to the site: tables, chairs, tableware, etc.

 

HOME WEDDING VENUE PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Private and intimate setting.
  • Choose any day and time you’d like!
  • Save a ton on costs, ie: you can buy liquor yourself.

 

 

Cons

  • You’ll have to rent the essentials: tables, chairs, tableware, etc.
  • You may have greater expenses if you plan to have a large wedding (you’ll need more than one bathroom, for example).
  • You may need to hire extra help, such as valet.
  • You may need to budget for clean-up costs.

 

 

ONE-STOP WEDDING VENUE PROS/CONS

Pros

  • Everything is in one location: the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour making it convenient for guests.
  • One location rental fee with no transportation worries.
  • Repurpose decor and flowers from the ceremony to the reception.

 

 

Cons

  • If the site hosts multiple weddings, it can feel less like your day.
  • If the site uses one room for the ceremony and reception, it may take a long time to prepare the room for the next event. If it’s longer than an hour, guests become antsy and tipsy, escalating bar and appetizer bills.

III. The best wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta with Interactive Map

Since we have been working in the wedding industry in Puerto Vallarta for over seven years, we know a thing or two about some of the best wedding venues in the area (and there are a lot!). Whether you imagine a beachfront resort, a luxury villa, an intimate boutique hotel, or a venue nestled in the mountains, we’ve got you covered with our curated lists below. If at any point you’d like help in choosing your destination wedding venue, contact us. We are available to help you scout wedding locations. You can use the map below as a reference for the following wedding venue locations. 

IV. The best beach wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta offers the perfect backdrop for a beachside destination wedding. There are many boutique hotels, resorts, and luxury villas that offer beach weddings, however, the following venues are specifically outdoor beach wedding venues. 

 

1. Martoca Beach Garden

Martoca Beach Garden, located just north of Puerto Vallarta in Bucerias, is a highly reputable and well-established venue in the area. Originally starting as bungalows in 1979, the space naturally evolved into a sought-after wedding venue as friends and family began requesting it for their own weddings. Maintaining its family roots, Martoca remains a 100% family-operated business, ensuring personalized care and attention to detail, all situated in a stunning beachfront setting.

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2. Tierra Tropical Beach Club

Located in the charming beach town of San Pancho, north of Puerto Vallarta, Tierra Tropical Beach Club presents a spacious and elegant beachfront setting. The beach club offers an A-frame designed restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, a sea-facing infinity pool, and a gorgeous open-air space perfect for a wedding ceremony and reception. 

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3. Teitiare Estate

Teitiare Estate offers a distinctive fusion of South Pacific elements, Mexican craftsmanship, and warm hospitality. Nestled amidst the tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean, this venue is located north of Puerto Vallarta in the charming town of Sayulita. You can choose to have your wedding in one of their stunning homes or on their private beach. They also offer a comprehensive range of services from location rentals to complete wedding planning and execution.

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4. Frente Al Punto Beach Club

Frente Al Punto is a beautiful beach club and restaurant that caters to weddings and events. It’s located 40 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta in the laidback beach town Sayulita. This venue would be stunning for a boho-chic style wedding.

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5. Tau Beach Club

Tau Beach Club is conveniently located in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta Marina. Set on El Salado Beach, this all-inclusive adults-only resort is 3km from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 9 km from Puerto Vallarta’s bustling boardwalk. Tau Beach Club offers a beachfront restaurant, lobby cocktail lounge, outdoor pool bar, and botanical garden.

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V. The best hotel wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta

The following hotels and resorts in Puerto Vallarta offer a variety of wedding packages to suit every taste and budget, as well as stunning settings on the beach or with ocean views.

 

6. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is an all-inclusive luxury wedding destination in Puerto Vallarta that offers stunning venues for your ceremony and reception. You can choose from grand ballrooms, sky-lit terraces, a tropical garden and a beachfront gazebo for your special day. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit can cater to any wedding style, from romantic elopements to lavish celebrations.

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7. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is an all-inclusive resort that offers a stunning beachfront location for your wedding. This resort has over 26,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. You can choose from a beach, a penthouse, or a ballroom for your ceremony and reception. The resort also has 335 oceanfront suites, some with private plunge pools, and five restaurants and bars. You can enjoy the resort’s spa, fitness center, live entertainment, and outdoor recreation. You can also witness the seasonal whale watching from the resort. Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is only 20 minutes from the airport and offers state-of-the-art technology and dedicated service managers for your wedding planning.

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8. Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort is a beachfront venue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that offers four wedding packages for different budgets and preferences. The resort has stunning ocean views, two infinity pools, a spa, and seven restaurants and bars. It also provides a certified wedding planner, live music, fireworks, and other amenities to make your wedding day unforgettable.

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9. Wyndham Alltra Riviera Nayarit

Alltra by Playa Riviera Nayarit is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, that offers a wide range of all-inclusive wedding, honeymoon, vow renewal, and anniversary packages, some of which are completely free or totally customizable. The resort has a private beach, three outdoor pools, a spa, and 12 restaurants and bars. It also provides a wedding coordinator, live music, floral arrangements, and other amenities to make your wedding day memorable. 

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10. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

If you are looking for a beachside hotel with 5-star amenities and services for your destination wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico, you may consider The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. This resort offers multiple event spaces to choose from, such as the beach, the garden, or the ballroom, that can accommodate up to 500 guests. You can enjoy stunning views of the ocean and the mountains from the resort and have access to a golf course, a spa, and a fitness center. The resort has a professional staff and event planners that will help you with every detail of your special day, from catering to entertainment to photography. You can also customize your wedding package according to your needs and preferences. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is a perfect venue for couples who want a luxurious and relaxing wedding experience in a tropical paradise.

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11. W Punta Mita

W Punta Mita is a luxury hotel located on a beautiful beach in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. It offers a blend of bohemian and modern design, inspired by the indigenous Huichol culture. The hotel can host weddings of any size and style, from intimate ceremonies to lavish banquets, in various indoor and outdoor spaces. Some of the options include the E-WOW beach, the Chevycheria restaurant, the Garden Plaza, and the Garden Terrace. The hotel also provides in-house wedding services, such as florist, furniture rental, lighting, catering, and event coordination. The couple and guests can enjoy the hotel’s amenities, such as the spa, the fitness center, the pool, and the restaurants. W Punta Mita promises an unforgettable wedding experience with its creative approach and innovative design.

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12. Secrets Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort

Secrets Bahia Mita is an all-inclusive adults-only resort located in Punta Mita, about 30 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta. It is considered a luxurious 5-star resort with a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean that is perfect for an elegant wedding. 

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13. Secrets Vallarta Bay / Dreams Vallarta Bay

Secrets Vallarta Bay is Secrets Bahia Mita’s other location in Puerto Vallarta. There are two towers sharing the same beachfront real estate: Secrets Vallarta Bay – which is adults-only – and Dreams Vallarta Bay – which is kids friendly. They both hold the same luxurious 5-star standards with multiple options for a beautifully elegant wedding ceremony and reception. 

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14. Armony Luxury Resort & Spa

Armony Luxury Resort is a gorgeous 5-star luxury resort located 30 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta in Punta Mita. They have a beachfront location that is perfect for a wedding along with a palapa that overlooks the ocean that is ideal for the reception. 

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VI. The best wedding villas

The cost of renting a villa for a wedding in Puerto Vallarta can vary widely depending on a number of factors such as the size of the wedding party, the time of year, and the specific villa chosen. It’s also important to note that many villas have a minimum stay requirement, which can affect the overall cost. Additionally, the cost of wedding services such as catering, entertainment, and decorations are typically not included in the rental cost of the villa. I also recommend checking out the website Agave Villas which offers a wide selection of luxury villa rentals in Puerto Vallarta. Here are our top wedding villa choices for your Puerto Vallarta wedding:

 

15. Villa La Mansion

For a beachfront wedding with a garden gazebo, Villa La Mansion is a great choice. This 11-bedroom villa can accommodate up to 100 guests for events and has a pool, a jacuzzi, a tennis court, and a staff of 8. It also offers a wedding planner service and a wedding package that includes a ceremony on the beach or gazebo, a cocktail hour, and a reception with dinner and dancing. The rates start from $1,500 USD per night for 6 bedrooms in low season and $2,500 USD per night for 11 bedrooms in high season.

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16. Villa Balboa

Are you looking for a stunning and luxurious wedding venue in Puerto Vallarta? If so, you might want to check out Villa Balboa, a spectacular oceanfront villa that can host up to 50 guests for your destination wedding ceremony and reception. Villa Balboa combines modern design and Mexican flair in a spacious and elegant setting. It has 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, an elevator, a private screening room, a pool, and a full-service staff. You can choose from different locations on the property, such as the rooftop terrace, the garden, or the observatory bar. Villa Balboa has a professional staff and event planners that will help you with every detail of your special day. You and your guests can also enjoy in-house spa services and fun activities such as ziplines, horseback riding, and boat cruises.

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17. Casa Karma Private Villa

For a boutique wedding with a private beach area, Casa Karma is a wonderful option. This 8-bedroom villa can host up to 80 guests for events and has a pool, a jacuzzi, a spa, and a staff of 6. It also provides a wedding planner service and a wedding package that includes a ceremony on the beach or terrace, a cocktail hour, and a reception with dinner and dancing. The rates start from $1,200 USD per night for 6 bedrooms in low season and $2,400 USD per night for 8 bedrooms in high season.

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VII. The best boutique hotel wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta

Choosing a boutique hotel for your wedding in Puerto Vallarta can offer a unique and intimate setting for your special day. Since boutique hotels typically have a smaller capacity compared to larger hotels or resorts, it’s important to consider the number of guests you are expecting and make sure the hotel can accommodate that number comfortably. Many boutique hotels often have a distinct style or theme that can add to the atmosphere of your wedding. Consider the style of the hotel and whether it matches the theme and style of your wedding. The average cost of a wedding at a boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta can vary greatly depending on the size of the hotel, the season, and the amenities offered. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 USD to $20,000 USD or more.

 

18. Casa Velas

Hotel Casa Velas is an adults-only boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that offers four wedding packages for different budgets and preferences. The hotel has a golf course, a pool, a spa, and a restaurant. It also provides access to a beach club, a wedding coordinator, live music, floral arrangements, and other amenities to make your wedding day special. The hotel has excellent reviews from previous guests who praised the location, cleanliness, service, and value.

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19. Hotel Playa Fiesta

Hotel Playa Fiesta specializes in destination weddings and group events. You can have the entire hotel for only you and your guests, creating a private resort atmosphere. Hotel Playa Fiesta has 28 rooms, a pool, a bar, and a restaurant. You can also enjoy the magnificent views of Banderas Bay and the mountains. Hotel Playa Fiesta has an experienced coordination team that will help you plan and execute your dream wedding. They also offer different packages and options to suit your preferences and budget. Hotel Playa Fiesta will make your wedding a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests.

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20. Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway offers a romantic and intimate setting for a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta. We are proud to say that Chas Photography is the hotel’s exclusive wedding photographer! With a range of event spaces to choose from, including a beachfront terrace and a garden, the hotel can accommodate weddings of different sizes and styles. The hotel’s experienced wedding planners can customize every detail to create a unique and unforgettable wedding day.

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21. Imanta Resort Punta Mita

If you are looking for a wedding venue that offers you a luxury boutique hotel in Riviera Nayarit, you might want to consider Imanta Resort Punta Mita. This hotel is located on a virgin paradise in the tropical jungle on the slopes of the Sierra de Vallejo. Imanta Resort Punta Mita has 12 suites and villas, all with private pools and ocean views. You can also enjoy the spa, the golf course, and the nature reserve. Imanta Resort Punta Mita has three restaurants, serving organic and seasonal cuisine with local ingredients. You can also savor creative cocktails at the Observatory Bar, with panoramic views of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. Imanta Resort Punta Mita is a member of the Relais & Châteaux association, which guarantees excellence in hospitality and gastronomy. Imanta Resort Punta Mita will make your wedding a unique and exclusive experience for you and your guests.

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22. Casa Kimberly

If you are looking for a luxurious wedding venue that combines history and romance in Puerto Vallarta, you might want to consider Casa Kimberly. This boutique hotel was once the home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who fell in love while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1964. The hotel features nine suites, a spa, a pool, an open-air dining area, and a tequila bar. You can also admire the Puente Del Amor (Bridge of Love), which connects the two houses where the famous couple lived. Casa Kimberly offers a variety of beautiful gardens, fountains and terrace areas for your special occasion, accommodating up to 60 guests. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Banderas Bay, the Sierra Madre Mountains and the charming cityscape. Casa Kimberly will make your wedding a luxurious and unforgettable experience.

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VIII. The best jungle wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta

23. Terra Noble Art & Healing Center

Terra Noble holds a special place in our hearts as this is where we had our wedding in Puerto Vallarta last year. You can read about our wedding venue scouting journey here. We were searching for a unique venue set in the middle of the mountains and jungle, but still had an open and airy atmosphere. Terra Noble delivered this and more, including views of the entire Banderas Bay from its incredible terrace. The space was perfect for our 50-person wedding, equipped with a long candlelit table, buffet-style dinner, and dance floor overlooking the sea. Oh, and bonus points for its convenient location just 2 km from downtown Puerto Vallarta!

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24. La Patrona Polo Club

La Patrona Polo Club, the sister company of Tierra Tropical, is a polo club nestled in San Pancho, surrounded by the green mountains of the Sierra Madre and bordered by the Pacific Ocean. It offers a beautiful large terrace overlooking the polo field, with a delicious restaurant serving local, authentic Mexican food by Chef Carlos García. This venue is absolutely breathtaking, giving off a Jurassic Park-esque vibe (without terrifying creatures, of course!), so expect a hefty price tag if you dream of renting out this luxurious space.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes Puerto Vallarta a popular destination for weddings?
Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination wedding location due to its international airport that offers affordable and short flights from the US and Canada, and the variety of beachfront wedding venue options that span across the 16-mile Banderas Bay.

2. How do I choose the best wedding venue in Puerto Vallarta?
We recommend choosing a wedding venue based on your budget, guest list size, wedding style, and any specific amenities desired.


3. What are the top beach wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta?
Some of the most popular beach wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta are: Hyatt Ziva, Garza Blanca, Secrets Vallarta Bay, Hotel Mousai, Casa Karma, Martoca Beach Garden, and Grand Fiesta Americana.


4. What unique wedding venues can be found in Puerto Vallarta?
We recommend Terra Noble as a unique wedding venue in Puerto Vallarta because it has a unique blend of jungle and mountain backdrops with panoramic sea views of the Banderas Bay, all within 2 kilometers of downtown Puerto Vallarta.


5. Can you recommend any all-inclusive wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta?
The best all-inclusive wedding venues in Puerto Vallarta are Tau Beach Club, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, Hilton Vallarta Riviera, Wyndham Alltra Riviera Nayarit, and Secrets Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort.


6. What is the best time of year to have a wedding in Puerto Vallarta?
The best time of the year to have a wedding is between November and March because of the cool climate, however, this is also high-season where you’ll pay much higher fees. Another option is to have your wedding during the shoulder-season when fees are lower and the climate is still somewhat moderate during May and June.


7. How do I plan a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta from abroad?
We always recommend visiting Puerto Vallarta at least once to tour possible wedding venues and meet wedding vendors face-to-face. It is also a good idea to hire a local wedding planner to assist you in planning your wedding.


8. What are some tips for guests attending a Puerto Vallarta wedding?
Puerto Vallarta is a popular wedding destination because it’s easy for guests to travel, transportation is easy and affordable, English is widely spoken, USD is accepted almost everywhere, and there are tons of tourist activities.

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Author:

Hi, I'm Taylor, the Creative Director at Chas Studios. I co-founded a matchmaking company at the age of 16 and have since amassed two decades of experience in the dating and relationship industry. My deep understanding spans critical areas, from the spiritual growth potential within relationships to navigating finances with your partner. In 2017, just two weeks after relocating to Mexico City, I met and fell head over heels for Diego, who was working in the fashion and editorial world at the time. We subsequently moved to Puerto Vallarta and launched Chas Studios, a photography and film house specializing in weddings and events. We also married in Puerto Vallarta in 2023 allowing us to offer our local knowledge and experience to our readers. 

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