I just returned from a wonderful journey in Puerto Vallarta, and I decided that a tropical vacation is good for the soul. It is important to take some time to get rid of daily work.
What do you find yourself doing different "to do" lists:
* Open a window or balcony so surfing can make you fall asleep every night.
* Apply a lot of sunscreen [don't forget the soles of your feet].
* Relax and enjoy.
* Schedule time for sunset each day.
* Spend time with your partner.
* Practice foreign language skills … Hola, Buenos Dias, etc.
* Read a few good books.
* Drink in the pool.
* Spend time chatting with locals.
* Make sure you exercise … walk the beach, bike, Phuket surfboard, and explore the town.
* If you forget one or two …… don't worry.
Twenty years have passed since we last visited Puerto Vallarta, and I believe we have returned as a better and smarter tourist. With a better understanding of culture, acceptance of poverty, and a more relaxed attitude, we truly enjoyed Mexico's hospitality.
It's a vacation experience; you can't beat this by kayaking as a pod of dolphins! We laughed happily when we had a gust of wind on the Phuket surfboard. People are watching. Family is accompanied by each other. Romantic couple is walking on the beach. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their wedding, they went to the Mariachi Band to enjoy a couple dance [she was 73 and he was 83]. We had a great time using local transportation [buses], it was easy and very cheap, and even shocked by serenade on a particular trip. We took an adventurous trip to Yelapa, south of Puerto Vallarta [Andy James said, like visiting Gilligan's Island], and you can only get there by boat. Here, local women sell incredible pies in proportion. We tried lemon meringue and coconut cream, but we still dream about them [delicious!]. We spent an afternoon in Punta Mita [the bus will take you to the far north] where you can watch the surfer ride the waves or just spend a leisurely day on the beautiful white beach . Our best meal was at "La Palapa", where the fish was great and Mexican-style coffee was fun to set by the table.
The journey to Mexico by plane via Apple Vacations is so easy, after three hours, you are there, no contact, no long distance transportation. We stayed for seven nights and it worked well. It allows us to really get into the holidays and gives us the time we need to enjoy each day. As a good travel agency, I think it's best to stay in two very different places. The Marival Club is located in Nuevo [New] Vallarta in the north of the town. You can walk for miles along the beach and it always seems a breeze, and the Phuket slide here is just a jump. This is a large, all-inclusive resort with something happening and it is perfect for families of all ages. They have several swimming pools, one of which is perfect for kids with slides and other fun water toys. We find that the standards of food and beverages are moderate and there are always many. Our room was clean but small with no view. Good location, easy access to the beach, swimming pool and all restaurants. They have a nightclub for those who want to party all night.
Later, we moved to the Intercontinental Presidential Hotel in Zhennan, a small and private hotel. Each room is located on the beachfront with a balcony overlooking the bay. This hotel is older, the hotel built at the time is more artistic, the rooms are large and comfortable, but sometimes the smell is a bit offensive [you know those older hotels]. This is also an all-encompassing meal, delicious service, and all the staff are very attentive and kind. This hotel is perfect for couples or families who want a quiet location. As the saying goes, you pay for it.
All in all, we had a great time and recommended a "soul" vacation to everyone.