Blogs from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 3rd 2020

Chile 13 – 24 February 2020, Mexico 26 February - 3 March This is the third and last blog about the cruise. Sorry it took so long but the last week on board comprised lots of port days, so much to see and record. The southern part of South America which ends in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is a strange place, lots of islands and channels and if you look closely at the map you see that it is divided between Chile and Argentina. But as the area is narrow you are never far from the other country. However as soon as we were in Chile it felt a friendlier place than Argentina but that might have simply been the Usuaia 'cold shoulder' colouring our perception. By contrast Buenos Aires had been a lovely place ... read more
When & Where daily programme
Guido, one of the Cultural team
Glacier Alley

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta January 10th 2019

Puerto Vallarta Spanish for port of Spanish named by the governor in 1918. The climate, the sea of the west coast has made tourists from all the world travel far to enjoy and thus made the economy of the area improve greatly. At this time more than 50% if the countries income is tourism. Perched at the heart of Banderas Bay where Jalisco and Nayarit Meet. The city was voted the friendliest in the world by conde Nast magazine in 2003 and the best place to retire by the American retired association in 2010. While evidence of settlement was found in Puerto Vallarta as early as 580 BC the city was not officially founded until 18551 by families who left the neighboring sierra towns . Puerto Vallarta today has served as a relaxing vacation spot and ... read more
The amsterdam
The shore line at port
Old town

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta May 12th 2018

Zihuatanejo turned out to be therapeutic for two of the three sick travelers who arrived there ten days ago. Nathan and Leanne’s medicine sorted them out in no time, but I took a while to shake my dose of Montezuma’s revenge. Not diabolical but I was a bit lethargic. So, it was only Leanne who signed up for the Red Cross fun run on our last day in Zihua. In hind sight Nathan and I could have walked or jogged it too but it was just Leanne who completed the 4 km course, which turned out to be a 2.8 km course in reality. She says that she would have won if she knew it’s true length. Zihua has a pleasant heart of the town near the pier, with restaurants, bars and streets that have been ... read more
Dinner at Zihua
Nice wildlife in Zihua
Nasty wildlife in Zihua

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 28th 2018

Puerto Vallarta 19 January - 18 February 2018 I have been so relaxed in PV that I totally messed up the blogs. I forgot to write about the first month because I put a few photographs of PV in the blog about Loreto and then swanned off to Morelia and became obsessed with butterflies. So that is why two blogs are coming along at once. We continued to enjoy Posada de Roger and it's eclectic mix of residents. As we were going to stay for another month after going to Morelia we decided to spend more time relaxing and go sightseeing after our return. I think I explained on our previous visit that the plumbing in Mexico is dodgy to say the least and in fact last time we resorted to carrying a plunger around with ... read more
Beach - vendedores dressed in white bring everything to you where you sit
Public performance space, often acts for children.
Rio Cuale where it enters the ocean.

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 5th 2018

Loreto, Baja Sur 31st December - 16th January 2018 After the traditional city resort of La Paz, the tourist madness and mayhem of Cabo San Lucas and the remote rural retreats of Mulege and San Ignacio our tour of Baja California Sur terminated in Loreto. Like La Paz, Loreto is positioned on a bay within the Sea of Cortes, protected by numerous small islands. Arriving here reminded me of Goldilocks and the three bears. Whereas La Paz and Cabo are too big for a lengthy stay, Mulege and San Ignacio too small, Loreto is perfect. Because of it's isolated situation, the couple of small neighbouring towns one in each direction on the road are at least an hour and a half away, Loreto is very peaceful but has everything necessary for comfort. However before saying more ... read more
Loreto harbour
Open mic night at El Zopilote
River mouth at south end of beach in Loreto.

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta June 21st 2017

Monday, October 17, 2005I had never been to Mexico and had always wanted to see it. After all, our daughters had visited Cancun three times and Bob had crossed the border several times while stationed in San Antonio during his Air Force tenure. So when our new credit card company offered us a "free" trip, we said, “Why not?” It had been a horrific year: Hurricane Charley had destroyed our business and building in Pt. Charlotte. FL, we had suffered through the ignominy of negotiations with the county and the insurance company, the building was finally sold and we needed to celebrate our 27th anniversary! We could have chosen C... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 1st 2017

After a long time at sea and then coming home to the snowiest winter in a decade I cannot be happier with the decision Adina and I made to spend a week at an all inclusive in Mexico. Neither of us had done the all inclusive thing before, but I'm sure it will not be our last. Travelling on your own with a backpack and no plans offers some experiences and opportunities that you'll never get any other way - but not having to pack up for a week, being waited on hand and foot, and not having to worry a single second about what things will cost was the most relaxing vacation I've had. We decided on a smaller high end resort and could not have been happier with our choice. The fact that there ... read more
Sunny Skies!
Taco Stand!
Stuffed Jalapeno Taco

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta January 7th 2017

Geo: 20.6509, -105.215Our first port stop is today and we are in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Jeff and I have been here several times and we have booked a whale watching excursion. Puerto Vallarta is where Banderas Bay, the 7th largest bay in the world, is located and it is to this bay that the humpbacks in Alaska make their way south beginning in late December/early January through early April. We are at the beginning of the migration. The Bay of Banderas is the breeding and birthing grounds of humpbacks and dolphins and we're hopeful that we'll see some whales.We have a quick bite of breakfast and join our group. We board a mid-sized rubber dingy that seats maybe 20 people. Jeff and I, bringing up the rear of the group, end up sitting in the very ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta January 6th 2017

Geo: 20.6509, -105.215Our alarm goes off and we get right up. I phone Mary and Trish, waking Mary up. Trish has already left for Zumba class! I call Leroy and Eve and wake them up as well. Oh dear. Told them to go back to sleep. So much for that plan!Jeff and I know that today the Wheelhouse Bar will be serving a traditional British pub lunch, so we put sticky notes on everyone's cabin doors inviting them to join us at 11:30 and we head off for breakfast. Oatmeal and fruit for both of us.After breakfast we go to the Princess Theater for the 'Enrichment Lecture' by Dr. Samuel Glassner. His lecture was on "The First European Doctors" and it was fascinating!! The impact of 'healing' and illnesses on politics, agriculture and especially religion was ... read more

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta January 5th 2017

Geo: 20.6509, -105.215Ahhhh...our first full day on the cruise and it is a sea day - wonderful! We wake up late and go to the Horizon Court buffet for breakfast. Jeff had what he calls a 'normal person's breakfast' which was eggs, bacon and toast, coffee and cranberry juice. I have oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee and cranberry juice.After breakfast we start our usual " OMG, we're on a cruise ship and need to pay attention to our caloric intake and expenditure" and we walk around the Promenade deck for about 4 to 5 miles. We're bummed out that both the very front and the very back of the ship have been cordoned off so instead of walking the entire circumference of the ship where 3.2 laps equals a mile, we have to cut across the boat ... read more

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