Favorite thing: As I already mentioned, THE BEACH was my biggest disappointment. The shore was very rocky and the water quite murky and muddy, not at all blue as I had expected. On the last day that we were there (Thursday) the lifeguard actually put up the red flag, as there was a large algae blob in the water, that made it unsafe to swim. Note, in my picture that the red flag is up and hardly anyone is at the beach.
Puerto Vallarta was so beautiful & the Dreams Resort by far had the best beach. The best thing about it, was that it was private, with a rock cove blocking the beach off at both sides! No one could get in except by the front desk & gate that recorded everyone who goes through the resort gates, so hardly any vendors, exept those okayed by the resort.
Fondest memory: Laziness by us.. being able to just lay by the pool, sit early mornings in the hot tub with a bloody mary...
I love traveling, and the best part is to see the culture of other people and meet and talk to other people, even though we could not speak eachothers language, a warm smile and a handshake is all people need sometimes. I was watching the sunset one evening right on the beach and sat next to this individual, he seemed to sad or lonely, but I knew he was trying to tell me the sun was going to set in 20 minutes, I asked if I could take his photo, and he seemed to perk up and give me a smile, I felt good walking away that I had touched his heart in maybe some way.
Fondest memory: I love talking to the people, or at least listening to them, I get the sense that they are happy to meet an Eskimo from Alaska... as you can see, I look like one of the locals. But a warm handshake or hug makes me smile. Listening to the kids is fun too... The smell of the food, carnitas, and fresh salsa... always a busy town... the malecon hosted a mime show that was fun for the locals and visitors alike...
Fondest memory: We had a great time taking a ride along the beach on horseback one day. The horses were available just next to our hotel. The guide came with us so it was impossible to do much more than the occassional trot, however, it was a relaxing, fun way to catch some sun.
Favorite thing: Instead of taking one of those expensive organised cruises go with the city bus towards Boca de Tomatlan wher you can take a watertaxi for 50 pesos towards Playa Las Animas a secluded beach wher you can eat good fish enjoy the blue water, and the nice landscapes.
Discovering the beaches all along the coast of Puerto Vallarta is a great way to enjoy the environment. I believe this postcard-perfect photo was taken just north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, where all the big name hotels are located.
In the photo colourful sailboat on the Bahia de Banderas in Puerto Vallarta. And believe it or not, this is not a postcard! My dad took this picture and it turned out just right!
Puerto Vallarta has literally miles of beaches, ranging from lively shores at the seaside resorts to isolated strands under the cliffs along the Bahía de Banderas. Whether you prefer to relax with every amenity at hand or to search for a private stretch of sand, there's something for every taste.
Adventurous types will want to explore along Highway 200 to the south or along Punta de Mita road to the north, where the most unspoiled beaches are to be found. Once you get away from town and discover these hidden treasures, you'll realize what drew Puerto Vallarta's earliest visitors to the area.
Fondest memory: Puerto Vallarta used to be the Mexican elite best kept hideaway secret. A former fisherman’s village located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains and lush jungle, PV has evolved into a playground for vacationers and travelers alike.
The spectacular scenery and the world class hotels, restaurants, nigthclubs and services makes an irresistible combination for the stressed and jaded vacationer as well as for the film industry that uses it as a natural movie set. So don´t think twice, visit Puerto Vallarta, where everybody is treated like a King or a Queen.
Favorite thing: If you're like me, the beach is the primary focus of daytime activity while on a beach type vacation. Puerto Vallarta has great beaches. Not the whitest sand, but it was very relaxing.