Puerto Vallarta 2016!

February 23, 2016 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

My friend Susie and I usually take a trip together at least once a year. We both love going to Mexico and have both been to Puerto Vallarta on separate trips so we decided to take our annual vacation there this year.  We were so glad we did!

The Condo!

I found the wonderful condo Girasol Sur on TripAdvisor. It was so reasonable and after checking out reviews and pictures we decided this was a good place to stay!  The units are mostly studios with a couple of floors with larger apartments.  The complex came complete with a bar, restaurant, mini mart, laundry room, rec room, pool, private seating areas, I could go on and on. It was perfect!

We stayed in a studio on the 11th floor overlooking the entire bay.  What a gorgeous view!  The water was so clear we could watch the fish and stingray swimming, and Susie even saw a turtle!   It was perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.  I’ll definitely bring my snorkel gear next time!  We also saw fireworks almost every night from the veranda!

Girasol Sur from the road side

Girasol Sur from the road side

Susie and I on our veranda overlooking the beach

Susie and I on our veranda overlooking the beach

I loved watching the pelicans flying right past our veranda :-)

I loved watching the pelicans flying right past our veranda 🙂

The pool!

The pool!

The Bars & Restaurants!

For a mere 8 pesos (about 40 cents) we took the 20 minute bus ride into town. I absolutely love the open air restaurants in PV.

We celebrated Susies birthday at Munchies 3rd Base Sports Bar.  Several of her friends from Wenatchee frequent the place when they come to PV.  It’s a small but really friendly bar where lots of Americans come and hang out.

We celebrated Susies birthday at Munchies 3rd Base Sports Bar. Several of her friends from Wenatchee frequent the place when they come to PV. It’s a small but really friendly bar where lots of Americans come and hang out.

Burros Bar right on the beach

Burros Bar right on the beach

Waiter preparing fresh salsa and guacamole right at the table at MargaritaGrill

Waiter preparing fresh salsa and guacamole right at the table at MargaritaGrill

 Enjoying our coconut and banana margaritas and chips with the freshly made guacamole and salsa at MargaritaGrill

Enjoying our coconut and banana margaritas and chips with the freshly made guacamole and salsa at MargaritaGrill

Sipping bloody mary’s while watching the iguanas at River Café

Sipping bloody mary’s while watching the iguanas at River Café

One of the many iguanas climbing around on the trees surrounding the River Café.

One of the many iguanas climbing around on the trees surrounding the River Café.

Waiter serving an assortment of freshly made pastries to enjoy with our breakfast at Vitea Café on the Malecon.

Waiter serving an assortment of freshly made pastries to enjoy with our breakfast at Vitea Café on the Malecon.

Our own wonderful restaurant at the condo.  Our waiter offered us tequila, we said "No Gracias!"

Our own wonderful restaurant at the condo. Our waiter offered us tequila, we said “No Gracias!”

Delicious dessert our waiters served us for Susies birthday.

Delicious dessert our waiters served us for Susies birthday.

Old Farmers Market!

Every Saturday vendors sell only locally made, baked or grown products at this market. There is an assortment of organic vegetables and coffees, delicious fresh pressed juices and baked goods (the line for the bagels wound clear down the lane.  One lady in line explained it was well worth the wait, the bagels were so delicious), homemade tamales, burritos and much more.  Local artisans sell jewelry, soaps, pottery, etc.

One booth called New Beginnings sold jewelry made by women from an extremely impoverished community near the Puerto Vallarta garbage dump. The women previously worked as recyclers at the dump and now make a much-needed better income making beautiful jewelry and learning a craft.

 Chantel, a friend of Susies who moved to Puerto Vallarta 15 years ago sells jewelry from reclaimed silverware

Chantel, a friend of Susies who moved to Puerto Vallarta 15 years ago sells jewelry from reclaimed silverware

Music at the Farmers Market

Music at the Farmers Market

I fell in love with this cute sculpture at Lazaro Carenas Park where the Farmers Market is held

I fell in love with this cute sculpture at Lazaro Carenas Park where the Farmers Market is held

Botanical Gardens! Who knew?

A 20 peso, 30 minute bus ride down the coast and up into the mountains and we arrived at the Vallarta Botanical Garden. What an absolute surprise!  We took a short, but very informative tour with our guide Rosie.  Besides the lovely flowers, shrubs and trees, the restaurant was a lovely surprise.  There were little sections all throughout the open air building to relax on a lounge or couch, have a refreshment, watch the birds, enjoy the breeze and look at the beautiful surroundings.

Several signs warned us to be sure and use insect spray with good reason. I’m very susceptible to bug bites and I got my share while I was there.  It was well worth it though!

 One of the many places to relax and enjoy the surroundings at the Botanical Gardens

One of the many places to relax and enjoy the surroundings at the Botanical Gardens

Watching the colorful birds at the Botanical Gardens

Watching the colorful birds at the Botanical Gardens

All sorts of exotic plants at the Botanical Gardens

All sorts of exotic plants at the Botanical Gardens

The Beaches!

We were so fortunate to have two beautiful beaches right at our doorstep. We went down the elevator, walked down the path and there we were!

Gemelas Beach just to the left of our condo

Gemelas Beach just to the left of our condo

The beach to the right of our condo

The beach to the right of our condo

We also took the bus 5 minutes down the coast to Mismaloya to enjoy their beach. This is where the movie The Night of the Iguana was filmed and there are some parts of the set still standing.  It’s a much busier beach with back to back cafes and lots of vendors.  You can rent a jet ski, fishing excursion, get a massage, you name it!

Small and VERY busy Mismaloya Beach

Small and VERY busy Mismaloya Beach

Fun in the sun!

Fun in the sun!

Carnival!

We happened to be in PV during Fat Tuesday, the day they celebrate Carnival. What a crazy and fun night that was!

A few of the MANY men in drag

A few of the MANY men in drag

A fun float

A fun float

The crowds!

The crowds!

Cool costumes!

Cool costumes!

What a great time we had (as usual)! We’ll definitely be returning next year!

 Cheers!

Cheers!

 

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