The Malecón is a seawall in downtown Puerto Vallarta where you can stroll along the coast and log some excellent people-watching. On this year’s trip (versus December or January in years past) there seemed to be fewer tourists from the USA or Canada visiting the region (including the smaller towns we visited to the North of Puerto Vallarta). Consequently, this trip had a much more authentic Mexican vibe to it than previous ones.
We relied on their expertise for the whale-watching expedition, which I’m sure was the second highlight of the trip. They knew all the stuff necessary to guarantee an excellent whale-watching day: where to take the bus, how to pick a boat captain, and especially how to get those whales to jump out of the water as we approached them.
But after they headed home to crappy weather, we stuck around down here for another week,
soaking up the sun at the pool,
strolling up and down the beach,
observing the pelicans,
scouting around downtown and the local supermarket for good eats,
playing with camera gadgets (thanks Susie!),
and as is tradtional for a visit down here, OOHing and AHHing at the sunsets.
Here are some of our favorite shots of those activities:
Here are the rest of our favorite shots from this trip:
Stuff we (still) want(ed) to do (again) but which will have to wait until next time:
head over to Bucerias for Wednesday Night Tacos or just in general
check out the Botanical Gardens
watch baby turtles run down the beach after hatching
try various recommended resturants
Rent Segways® for zooming around the marina area
charter a sailboat and crew for a day sail around the bay
Some of these things are more fun or cost effective when you can split the cost more ways, or when someone who’s done it before can show you the ropes.
This has been an excellent trip, but we are dreading the return to reality. Planning our return always keeps us hopeful.
Two slideshows up in this post. I hope you enjoy them.
My sister and brother-in-law departed today, headed back home to cold parts of the world (though apparently not quite cold enough for winter sports, he lamented). It was great seeing them; we attended their wedding in December 2007 (after a previous visit to Puerto Valllarta) and hadn’t seen them since. We only overlapped with them for two full days (odd that we didn’t notice that at the time of ticket purchase), but we’re thankful for the time we had and their recommendations in the whale watching adventure.
Here are just a few shots of them, with me trying to get my candid artsiness on:
And here are the shots from our whale watching adventure. There are about 30 of them…Sarah and I tried to cut it down, but although these shots are not technically perfect, we’re already reliving the thrill by viewing them. We were lucky to get not only a glimpse of a whale, but a mother-calf combo at play.
Yesterday we walked up to the airport and caught a bus North to Punta Mita. A little over an hour later, we found ourselves in a cute little tourist town not quite as overrun as Sayulita with beach bums and surfer types.
In town, Captain Tobi approached as we made our way toward the harbor and asked if we wanted to do some whale watching. Yes, indeedy! My favorite shot from the trip is pictured here. There are more however, and I’ll upload them when I can and make a slideshow out of them.
After the whale watching, we snagged lunch at a beachside restaurant. I had Camarones Ensilantrados — Shrimp in a garlic/butter/cilantro sauce. Yum!
The connectivity down at the pool is great, but the screen visibility in
the sun is not. Fortunately, a towel remedies that nicely.
Today we stocked up at the grocery store on our favorites: chorizo,
Malibu, those lime-flavored coated “japones” peanuts, coconut yoghurt.
Tomorrow will probably be a whale watching expedition. Low-key stuff
today was a good idea given the monster travel day yesterday.
We’re back from a great trip down to Puerto Vallarta to visit my parents and some of our best buds N&C. This was the first time we’ve ever been down there without flying through the USA to get there. We learned some stuff; I expect Sarah will post her observations later after we get a chance to deflate and unwind.
For now, here are the best pictures we took while there (slideshow below). You can click the button in the lower-right corner to play the slideshow in full screen mode if you like. N&C may have some good ones to share as well; perhaps we’ll be able to cross-post some of them.