Unique Places in Puerto Vallarta

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    Buy the "swim with the dolphins"

    by joiwatani Written Aug 9, 2012

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    Buy the "Swim with the dolphins" package instead of the "Dolphin Encounter" at the Aquaadventuras. The package has more stuff to offer than just the encounter.

    With the swim with the dolphins, the trainers will allow you to swim with a surf board, your feet being pushed by the dolphin, swim with the dolphin and being carried on his stomach, go underwater to hear and see the tricks of the dolphin underwater, touch the dolphin, kiss the dolphin, perform tricks like flipping its fins, stand-up with the dolphins with its fins, say good-bye with the dolphin, etc.

    With the encounter, you are only limited to touching the dolphin and kiss it.

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    • Theme Park Trips
    • Beaches

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    where to surf? NEXPA!

    by rkearns Written Feb 18, 2011

    hmm... i've been to PV three times and i never once saw anyone surfing. BUT, down the coast, there's a small town called nexpa. it's barely on the map. that's where all the mad surf is. small town, you stay in a little hut for ten dollars and surf, eat, surf, nap, eat, surf, drink.... you get the picture. it's on my travel pages.

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    yelapa, getting away from puerto vallarta

    by rkearns Updated Dec 20, 2010

    if you want to get a little gritty, there's always yelapa. you take a bus from puerto vallarta to boca de tomatlan (1/2 hour south from the corner of bodillo and constitucion (an intersection in zona romantica just south of the river cuale). then, you take a 35 minute boat ride to the far away beach of yelapa. there, you will find a calm beach, not so crowded, clean, and local vendors. there are a few places to sleep, but just know that there are no cars or buses there. you will be walking, and some people even use mules and horses to get around. there are no big hotels there.

    there are a lot of places to stay, some guesthouses, some palapas, some little hotels/spas, some just simple accommodations in someone's home. just do a google search for guesthouses, yelapa and you will find them.

    i have a yelapa page on my travel pages if you want to read it.
    have a blast!
    regina

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    Playa La manzanilla

    by patricia1.nunez Written May 6, 2009

    Playa La manzanilla is very close to Puerto Vallarta but way better than the ones out there.. sand is softer, shallow waters as well the color tends to be a more turquouse than Bluer,, great for kids or people who really want to swim...all services around from toillettes, beach reastaurants and hotels...you have to take Bucerias road, You´ll pass La cruz de Huanacaxtle bech after that you´ll see all signs, you have to park and enjoy it´s around 15 min from Marina Vallarta

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    boca de tomatlan and yelapa

    by rkearns Written Aug 12, 2008

    boca de tomatlan is only a half hour busride away and costs $1.20 to arrive. it is where the mouth of the tomatlan river meets the ocean. there are no accommodations, but you can ask someone local and there may be a room somewhere. BEWARE. these rooms are small and cellar-like. i wouldn´t stay here if you don´t need to.
    from boca, take a water taxi ($10 r.t.) to yelapa, about 25 mintues away. it´s a part of mexico only accessible by boat, and it is a stretch of beach, surrounded by luch forest and jungle, with houses on the hills that overlook the small bay. you can as roberto at chico´s restaurant for accommodations. there are also some to be found online. but i would just ask around. you are most likely to find a better deal if you 1. speak some spanish, 2. are willing to stay more than one night and 3. use a smile and be polite.

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    Scuba diving

    by tenorsax Written Nov 22, 2007

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    According to my experience, the best spot to take a quick yet interesting amateur scuba diving is at Joya de Mismaloya beach, Los Arcos underwater national park.

    Drive or take a bus and stop at the La Joya de Mismaloya Barceló Hotel. Walk towards the beach and there you will find the diving shop where you can buy a 1 hour tour to the diving spot. No PADI licence required.

    At the end of your dive, you can take a relaxing massage at one of the various places by the beach which are abundant there. Enjoy!

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    • National/State Park
    • Backpacking
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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  • Hook up with New friends

    by extremist Written Jun 8, 2005

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    We met these 2 gals on the boat ride from Puerto Vallarta down the southern coast of Banderas bay to go snorkeling, then hike the waterfall, they were from Chicago, and found that most the other members on the boat were locals, most come to the coast to cool off, it's the off season for tourists like us, but for the locals it was hopping!

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  • Ride a Horse

    by extremist Written Jun 8, 2005

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    These were the horses the small village people had to rent for tourists like ourselves to ride the 15 minute trek to the waterfall, it was very dry and hot, we hiked from the ocean salty water, and I couldn't wait to dunk into the waterfall, which was very refreshing!

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  • Water fall

    by extremist Written Jun 6, 2005

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    This is the famous waterfall used in the movie "Predator" w/Governor Arnold Schwartznegger, it's a 15-20 minute walk inland from Las Animas beach, which is a 2hr boat ride north of Puerto Vallarta. We opt'd to hike in rather then ride the horses, which they were charging $16 for the horse ride.

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  • Hidden Treasure

    by extremist Written Jun 6, 2005

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    As we were driving to the peak of this mtn, there was a shrine off the side of the road and we decided to take a look, then discovered this beautiful waterfall, then we decided to trekk it. Next time I'd have better footwear, pull my hair back. This seemed to be a very off the beaten place, because we were the only ones down there for hours and there were no signs or trash. It was very nice, and waded in the stream at times to cool off.

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  • Take a Walk to a Creek

    by extremist Written Jun 6, 2005

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    Ok, we took the rental car and drove down south passed Mismaloya beach and up into the mountains thinking we were going to hit a peak and look out over Puerto Vallarta. But we stopped to see a restaurant and find this refreshing creek to take a break.

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    Serenaded again....Not only...

    by lar-n-me Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Serenaded again....
    Not only is the Night of the Iguana movie set a perfect place to stop to eat or have a drink, but if you get lucky like we did, you'll be serenaded Mexican style.

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    Hm,....well, here's a picture...

    by lar-n-me Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Hm,....well, here's a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's old house when they were married. It wasn't quite what we expected, as it was very close to downtown and in a weird, congested area. It definitely wouldn't have been MY choice in all of Puerto Vallarta to live....

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    Buccerias !!!!

    by eddieboy726 Written Jan 4, 2009

    There are alot of souvenir shops in this small town. There are places where you can have a bite to eat-have a cool refeshing beverage, or hang out on the beach with the hackers.

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    Beach Cafe !!!

    by eddieboy726 Written Jan 1, 2009

    Went to Buccerias hanging out one day with my travel friends. This is a pretty nice place to chill out & have a beer & something to eat. You can eat inside or outside. P.S. watch out for the hackers.

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