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Old 09-11-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Puerto Vallarta Pictures April '09

I'm desperately missing Mexico tonight, so I thought I'd post some pictures of our last trip. Of course, I had planned on doing a T.R. when we came back home, but that didn't happen...as usual!

Puerto Vallarta, April 2009




baby birds in bucerias



view to the front of our hotel



view to the back of the hotel



sand statue on the beach in puerto vallarta



leaving the marina



beach shot from the boardwalk



hotel in puerto vallarta



our hotel (from the beach side)



sunset from out balcony



market in bucerias



slug bug!



slug bug...no take backs!!



just a street sign i fail in love with in bucerias



beach shot from adrianos



adrianos in bucerias



another



miguel and his bar in bucerias



a house built on a rock...still in bucerias (we REALLY loved it there!)



sunset as we were flying in



Brad and I with our welcome sangria...

We can't WAIT to get back there! We stayed at the RIU Vallarta, which was nice. It is true that the water doesn't appear to be as blue, and the sand isn't white, but the people are SO nice, and the weather was great! Sadly, we won't be able to go back for at least another 7 months or so, but we're already counting down the days! More than likely, we won't go AI again in that area. The smaller towns just seemed SO much more laid back. **Sigh**
These pictures bring back the BEST memories, I'm ready to go again!
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We too loved PV, stayed next door to you at the Riu Jalisco. Being a "Caribbean Guy" I didn't even want to go but was out voted by the group. Sure glad I did, would go back in a second but like you would skip the AI route.

Beach & water are beautiful in their own right and those mountains in the background-Awesome!!!! Too bad direct flights from Michigan to PV aren't very plentiful.
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Nice pictures!

I love the PV area...we stayed in town twice, at the Pelicanos and the Las Palmas, and we also went up to Sayulita once for a VERY relaxing ten days....we absolutely LOVED Sayulita, I hear it gets overly crowded in the winter though (we were there in August). The RIU looks really nice- is that up in Nuevo Vallarta, then? Or Vallarta Nayarit or whatever they are calling it these days?

We went to Bucerias one day to use the ATM there, and I think that orange restaurant is the very one we had lunch at!

We should give Bucerias more of a chance, maybe...we didn't really like it there, first impressions only, but we mainly were on the highway, which is not all that pretty of course. And the beach I wasn't overly impressed with there (that Bahia de Banderas is too large and open and rough, I like the smaller bays with the calmer beaches on that coast).
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Nice pictures!

I love the PV area...we stayed in town twice, at the Pelicanos and the Las Palmas, and we also went up to Sayulita once for a VERY relaxing ten days....we absolutely LOVED Sayulita, I hear it gets overly crowded in the winter though (we were there in August). The RIU looks really nice- is that up in Nuevo Vallarta, then? Or Vallarta Nayarit or whatever they are calling it these days?

We went to Bucerias one day to use the ATM there, and I think that orange restaurant is the very one we had lunch at!

We should give Bucerias more of a chance, maybe...we didn't really like it there, first impressions only, but we mainly were on the highway, which is not all that pretty of course. And the beach I wasn't overly impressed with there (that Bahia de Banderas is too large and open and rough, I like the smaller bays with the calmer beaches on that coast).

We love the PV side of Mexico as well. We were in Sayulita in Feb for a week and we didn't find it crowded at all. The carnival did come to town during the last couple days and that was interesting to see but great little town. We'd go back in a heartbeat.
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We love the PV side of Mexico as well. We were in Sayulita in Feb for a week and we didn't find it crowded at all. The carnival did come to town during the last couple days and that was interesting to see but great little town. We'd go back in a heartbeat.


Really?? That is great news! I have been told that it gets absolutely packed to the gills in winter, so if that isn't accurate, that is good news ....I too would go back in a heartbeat (here is my trip report).
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Great Pictures!! We love PVR, we were going there every May for a few years and the first time we stayed in Bucerias and loved it, nice little town. The last 3 times we stayed in PVR at the Golden Crown Paradise and we LOVE that place. We miss PVR alot, but we have been stuck back on PDC and the Gran Porto and just can't break away.
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Really?? That is great news! I have been told that it gets absolutely packed to the gills in winter, so if that isn't accurate, that is good news ....I too would go back in a heartbeat (here is my trip report).
It wasn't pack at all. I read your trip report a couple of times before we went (thanks by the way). There was road construction on main street coming into town that was kind of a pain but other than that it was all good! I'll bet the construction has been completed by now...it seemed to be something they were really wanting to get done as it was a beaufitication project for the town's entrance. A lot of the places we went when we were there a few years ago were closed but there were other opened that weren't there.
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It wasn't pack at all. I read your trip report a couple of times before we went (thanks by the way). There was road construction on main street coming into town that was kind of a pain but other than that it was all good! I'll bet the construction has been completed by now...it seemed to be something they were really wanting to get done as it was a beaufitication project for the town's entrance. A lot of the places we went when we were there a few years ago were closed but there were other opened that weren't there.
Hey, cool....we really liked the eclectic restaurants that were there....I remember that place upstairs on the square was particularly good, and Sayulita Fish Taco and the roast chicken on weekends...and el Dragon Rojo or whatever the Chinese place was called! Really need to go back there I think....
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Wow! Nice pics! Love those sunsets! Thanks for sharing!
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We have been to PV a few times as well, last time we stayed in old town, in an apt style building called Vallarta Jr suites, we were 100 ft from the water down a little side street, close to our fav beach bar, Los Burros, we have also stayed in a lower condo 4 blocks from the beach in old town, and also in an apt building called Oasis Jazmine..everyone is so so friendly in pv, we love it.
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Wow....missing PV myself. We would stay at the Fiesta Americana and really loved the staff there. The people in PV are so warm and wonderful.
Thanks for sharing pics.
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We’re going to PV Oct 24th and I can’t wait!!!! We go there every October and then to Playa Del Carmen in Feb/March. You’re pretty much guaranteed sun in PV in October, and your right, the people are awesome. It’s also more of a Spanish culture there. We’re staying at a cheap AI in town Las Palmas by the Sea. It’s as cheap as a hotel this time of year and we’re in town, so we’re off the resort almost every day.

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We’re going to PV Oct 24th and I can’t wait!!!! We go there every October and then to Playa Del Carmen in Feb/March. You’re pretty much guaranteed sun in PV in October, and your right, the people are awesome. It’s also more of a Spanish culture there. We’re staying at a cheap AI in town Las Palmas by the Sea. It’s as cheap as a hotel this time of year and we’re in town, so we’re off the resort almost every day.
Now that's the way to do it!!! Have you been to Andale's in PV? Crazy Place!!!!
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Absolutely!!!! Andale's is a happening bar for sure.........we like to have dinner in the romantica (old) part of town too. That have some fabulous restaurants there.
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It definitely is. We had a blast there!!
I think that the newest of the restaurants owned by Si Senor and The Blue Shrimp may be down that way. I can't remember what they were going to name it.
Why can't PV be an hour from Playa?!?!
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