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North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 19th 2010

One day last week we went south of Puerto Vallarta to a little place called Mismaloya. It took us 3 buses to get there....about an hour or so. If you are old enough to remember Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the story of how they fell in love and got married (not sure which time....) begins here. Richard Burton was starring in a film called "Night of the Iguana" that was set in the jungle - and the filming location was Mismaloya. They stayed in Puerto Vallarta, bought a couple of houses there, built a bridge to connect the two houses - and you can still see these houses in PV today. Anyway - we aren't allowed to go into the location of where the filming was done just outside of Mismaloya, but the little place ... read more
Water taxis at Mismaloya
The bar
View of beach at Mismaloya

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 17th 2010

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a display of the typical plants found in the jungles of this area, and is found south of Puerto Vallarta, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. The plants range from palms to cacti, and flowers such as orchids, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Actually, not much was flowering when we went, so it was mostly green, but a good representation of the area. The trip there was an adventure in itself. We had to take 4 different busses - Bucerias to PV, a bus through PV “centro”, the bus to Mismaloya, then another inland to the gardens. Along the way we saw the really big expensive houses in the hills south of PV in the area known as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta. And we also got a really nice ... read more
A view of Los Arcos
The Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta
A more typical home/store in contrast to the houses in the hills

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 14th 2010

Sunday afternoon, after cooling off from our morning at the market, we hopped a bus and went into Puerto Vallarta. We walked around, taking in the sights of what is called "Old Town", and hanging out on the Malecon some more. The Malecon is the ocean front walk, and is always full of people, artists, vendors, food stands, and on Sunday there was a band. It was a nice, relaxing day, and beautiful weather too, so we really enjoyed our day. We ended the day with some tacos al pastor - my favorite - found unexpectedly at a little place at the end of the Malecon. I have included a picture, so if you ever see this roast pork on a spit like this - stop and try it! ... read more
Hammocks at the flea market
More stuff at the flea market
Fish tacos at a stand in Old Town

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Bucerias February 14th 2010

Well, this is Thursday, Feb 18th, and we are having our second day of rain, so I will work on the blog some more and tell you what we did on Valentine's day. It was Sunday, so in the morning we went down to the Sunday market again. This time I was ready to do some bargaining. It was a nice hot sunny day, and we spent over an hour just walking and browsing. It really is a feast for the senses - sights, sounds, smells, tastes - and all good! Have a look at the pictures - they tell the story. ... read more
Fruit salad
Aguas Frescas
More fresh fruit

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Bucerias February 13th 2010

If you want to come to the Pacific coast of Mexico, and are looking for a really great beach, then Bucerias is the place for you! The beach stretches as far as you can see in either direction, and it really is as nice as it looks. The water is refreshingly cool, but not at all cold. The waves are enough to have fun playing in, but rarely too high for swimming. The vendors are not pushy, and often have things that you really want to look at, or to eat. There are ladies selling pies, guys pushing wheelbarrows full of assorted nuts and candies, and barbequed shrimp on a stick that can be had at a reasonable price with just a bit of bargaining. Young girls sell small purses and beads, and bigger girls sell ... read more
Nope. Do I look like a tourist?
Boats way out there
Sailing at Bucerias

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 13th 2010

We wanted to see more of the birds and other wildlife here, and decided to take a tour of the estuaries around Nuevo Vallarta. Now, if you want the weather of Mexico, along with the beautiful beaches, but with all of the luxuries and none of the dirt roads and chickens, then Nuevo Vallarta is your place. It is mostly big condo developments along the beach-front, and huge homes belonging to famous people like Julio Iglasias and Ricky Martin back along the estuaries with private boat docks and marina access. We didn't see any public beach access as we walked along the street that was closest to the beach - only if you were staying at the condos or in one of the resorts could you get in. I hear they have a nice beach - ... read more
Almost there - then turn left
Now walk down this road to the end
Landscaping along the main street

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Sayulita February 11th 2010

We took another bus trip north to the surfing town of Sayulita. They have bigger waves here than in the protected southern part of the bay, and even host surfing competitions here in December and January. The town itself looks much like any other small Mexican town. But many of the people we saw looked more like 60's flower children and surfer types, complete with dreadlocks, bare feet and deep tans. The shops sell artsy stuff that is way above my price range, and the clothing stores stock name brand shorts and beach attire, also at a high price. In contrast, Huichol indians weave baskets and sell colorful beadwork in the square. We spent an enjoyable day there, watching the birds and the people play in the waves. The pelicans wait for each big wave to ... read more
Jungle on the way to Sayulita
Street in Sayulita
Surfer at Sayulita

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Bucerias February 10th 2010

I had been grumbling about the stupid noisy roosters, but then Steve figured out what they are really saying. "Put me in the soup!" We laughed till we cried! Ever since then, we giggle thinking about it whenever we hear them. In truth, you get used to it too. Here are some pictures of the wildlife around Bucerias.... read more
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North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Bucerias February 9th 2010

It's been over a week since I have updated the blog. We have been keeping very busy going places and seeing things. I will post lots of pictures in the next day or two. We have decided that we need to take a day to rest from our vacation! First, here are some pictures that we have taken around the town of Bucerias. I have mentioned that it is a smaller town than Puerto Vallarta. The "downtown" area and a few of the main streets - mostly where the shops are - are paved with cobblestone. The rest of the town has dirt roads which get pretty rutted when there is rain or if someone has a water leak - this has happened in the street by our place and the water running down the road ... read more
View over the town
Fixing some of the downed wires from the storm
You see laundry hanging eveywhere

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Bucerias February 6th 2010

Saturday we rode the bus up to the top of the Bay of Banderas, to Punta de Mita. It used to be a beautiful beach, like Bucerias, but we were told that the last few storms have washed away all the sand and washed up a lot of rocks. We found a restaurant with lounges in the sand, and had a bucket of beer while we watched the ocean and chatted with other people there doing the same. A bucket of Coronas - 6 beers - was 90 pesos - about $8 US. We had a nice fish dinner as well, then caught the bus to La Cruz - about half way between Puna de Mita and Bucerias. They have a fancy new marina there, with lots of boats in the harbour. There are nice beaches ... read more
Rocky beach at Punta de Mita
Good way to spend an afternoon
Marina at La Cruz

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