Puerto Vallarta Holiday Review

After returning from a wonderful trip to Puerto Vallarta, I decided to have good tropical vacations for the "soul". It is important to take the time to get a way of your daily routine.

What is the list of different tasks that you find yourself?

* Open a window or balcony so windsurfing can shake you to sleep every night.

* Use plenty of sunscreens (don't forget the top of your feet).

* Relax, enjoy.

* Allow time for sunset every day.

* Spend time with your partner.

* Practice your foreign language skills … Hola, Buenos Aires, etc.

* Read a few good books.

* Enjoy a refreshing drink at the pool.

* Take the time to chat with the locals.

* Be sure to exercise … Walk on the beach, enjoy a bike ride, boogie board, and explore the city.

* If you forget one or two …. Don't worry.

It has been almost 20 years since our last visit to Puerto Vallarta and I think we are back as a better and smarter tourist. Through a better understanding of culture, acceptance of poverty and a more relaxed attitude, we truly enjoyed the hospitality of Mexico.

It was a holiday of experiences. Rowing as a pod of dolphins' swim by; you can't beat it! Laughing a lot as we caught a wave on the boogie board. People watching, families enjoy the company of romantic couples and couples walking along the beach. Enjoy two nights of dancing at Mariachi as it celebrates 50 years of marriage (73 and 83). We had a great time using local transportation (buses), it was so easy and inexpensive that we even felt weird on one particular trip. We enjoyed an adventure trip to Yelapa, south of Puerto Vallarta (Andy James says it's like visiting Gilligan Island), only accessible by boat. Here, local women sell incredible pies from the chip. We tried the lemon meringue and coconut cream, we still dream of it (delicious!). We spent the afternoon in Punta Mita (the far north where the bus will pick you up) here you can watch surfers, or just enjoy a relaxing day on a beautiful white sandy beach. We had the best meal at La Palapa where the fish was amazing and the mexican coffee prepared a fun tabside.

It's an easy trip to Mexico via Apple Vacations, by plane, and three hours later, there were no connections, no long distances. We stayed for 7 nights which worked well. It really allowed us to get into the holiday mood and gave us the time we needed to enjoy every day. Being a good travel agent, I felt it was better to stay in two very different hotels. Club Marival is located in Nuevo (New) Vallarta, north of the city.You can walk for miles along the beach.It seems there was always a nice breeze and the ride here was a kick. This is a totally large resort that always has something, it's great for families of all ages. They have many swimming pools, one of which, was fantastic for kids with slides and other fun water games. We found that the food and drinks were moderate in standards, there was always plenty of it. Our room was clean but small without a view. The location had great easy access to the beach, pool and all the restaurants. They have a nightclub for those who want to celebrate all night.

Later we moved to the Inter-Continental Presidente south of the city, a small and cozy hotel where each room is located on the beachfront with a balcony overlooking the bay. This hotel is old and was built at a time when the hotels were an artistic model, the room was large and very comfortable, but sometimes the smells were a bit unpleasant (you know those old hotels). They also included meals that were delicious, and the service was amazing for all the staff very attentive and generous. This hotel is best for couples or families who want a quiet place. Rings say true old you get what you pay for.

All in all we had a great time and recommend a "soul" vacation for everyone.