In 1962, Elizabeth Taylor began filming Cleopatra in Italy. Although she was married to Eddie Fischer at the time, she began an affair with Richard Burton. Their affair spiraled into a relationship that would go on to become one of the most famous in Hollywood history. While Richard was filming Night of The Iguana in Puerto Vallarta, Liz joined him.
Puerto Vallarta soon became their favorite vacation spot. Richard Burton bought Casa Kimberly and the bungalow across the street for Liz on her 32nd birthday. He then built a bridge connecting the two houses, which resembles Venice’s Bridge of Sighs. The best part about Casa Kimberly is that it is set back in the mountains in a quaint neighborhood. Besides seeing the bridge that connects the two homes, you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it, which makes it the perfect celebrity getaway. After Richard died in 1984, Liz Taylor was famously quoted saying “after Richard, the men in my life were just there to hold the coat, to open the door. All the men after Richard were really just company.” For someone who was married to seven different men, Liz made it very clear that Richard was the love of her life.
Liz eventually sold Casa Kimberly paving the way for it to become a Puerto Vallarta hot spot. Casa Kimberly is now completely renovated into a luxury spa, restaurant, and boutique hotel. I went to Casa Kimberly’s restaurant The Iguana for Easter dinner and it is easily my favorite restaurant. Plus, while you are eating, the most amazing mariachi band plays songs such as “Besame Mucho” and “Volare.”
This is the pool that is waiting right over the bridge from Casa Kimberly.
Sculpture of Liz & Dick in the entrance to Casa Kimberly.
The Iguana is not only the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been to, but the food is also amazing. The sea bass, chicken enchiladas, and stuffed squash blossoms are delicious. If you are in Puerto Vallarta, make sure to make a reservation!
Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer, including amazing food!