Puerto Vallarta: Fun in the Sun and So Much More
A road trip to remember
I will never forget my journey to Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Road trips can be alot of fun,Especially if you are one who enjoys site seeing. What I like most is that it’s slightly unpredictable. One may have a sudden notion to travel a different route or to stay longer than was previously planned. With a Road trip, Anything is possible. For us, It was quite an adventure being able to visit a few different beaches along the way. When we first arrived, It was late evening on a weekday.The town looked deserted and hardly no one was out and about. This gave me the impression that I might be in store for one of those slow paced vacations. Actually, Nothing could be further from the truth.I was already tired from a long ride and Seeing nothing but cactus and desert sand for the past several hours, I was ready to call it an early night.
Our simple accommodations
I checked into a nearby hotel. My room was nothing fancy but it was very clean, Comfortable and well kept. The staff, Whom I later discovered were a family, Happened to be very friendly and hospitable. After a good night’s sleep, I was awakened rather early by the sound of a rooster, I guess he was saying “buenos dias” But it was Ok. Actually, It was a nice change compared to my alarm clock back home.
Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not at all a morning person, Especially while on vacation. However, The aroma of home cooked Mexican food kinda changed my mind. Apparently Rosíta Is quite the cook. She, Along with the help of her two younger sisters prepared a delicious breakfast for myself and about six other guests. They made tortillas de harina y maiz, All by hand and served along with Blanquitos con Chorizo Mexicana, Refritos y salsa casera. Believe me, It was a real treat and quite a way to start the day.
After breakfast, I took a taxi into the city Because I needed to find a bank and pick up a few personal items for my stay but that gave me a chance to do some site seeing As well.
Several nice tourist attractions
Later, I returned to the hotel and after changing, Made my way down to the coast. When I finally arrived, I was pleasantly suprised to discover that there was so much to see and do that It was almost overwelming. For those who have not yet been here, Allow me to give a brief description…There is the Islas Marietas National Park, Which is a great place to unwind if you are one who is in touch with nature and enjoys a peaceful enviroment. Then There’s Bahias de Banderas, Another nice attraction for tourists. My favorite happens to be Los Muertos Beach (Dont let the name fool you) because it is indeed very lively and always an exciting place to visit. This well known beach has a 4.5 star rating and for good reason.
One of my favorite things to do when vacationing at any beach is jet skiing. To my suprise, There was a nearby shop that had rentals and plenty to choose from. As you can imagine, I spent most of that afternoon on the water and having an absolute blast.
The rest of my stay was spent exploring and learning more about the culture and history of this unique town.
Honestly, I never knew that so much beauty and culture was only a matter of hours from my hometown.That just goes to show that one does not always need to go very far to find adventure.
Much has changed since that time
It was many years ago since my first visit and Puerto Vallarta has since expanded. It is now a medium sized resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Which is Located in Jalisco state. One famous attraction there is it’s cobblestone center. Here, You will find the Ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church. There are also many nearby restaurants, Most are family owned and serve the best homecooked Mexican food one could imagine.
Though my stay there was only two weeks, I explored many distant villages of this quiet and peaceful land. During that time, I was able to meet several other travellers. Also, It gave me the chance to enjoy alot of interesting conversation with the locals, Who happened to be quite friendly. Luckily, I speak a fair amount of español, Which is the primary language there.
Beautiful Puerto Vallarta is only one of the many interesting places that I have explored in younger day and I have returned many times since.
If you should find yourself in the area, You might want to add this to your list of new destinations to explore…Great food, Friendly people and amazing nature to discover. Who could ask for more?