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Old 02-26-2014   #16 (permalink)
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hey that is great!
I loved it there when we stayed there in August. Yes, very crowded in high season.

Same with Rincon de Guayabitos, which is another twenty minutes north from Sayulita and San Pancho-was super crowded when we went over xmas but it would be much better in low season. It is really a town that is lost in time there, though, compared to Sayulita- it also gets more Mexican tourists and lacks that California surfer/hippie vibe Sayulita has.
One of the only regrets on this vacation, other than not staying longer, was not continuing north after Sayulita. That was my original plan but a couple people at the resort said the coast on the other side of PV was beautiful and tropical, so we ended heading that way after a stop in Punta Mita. It was very beautiful over there, but there were not really many places to pull over and enjoy that beauty. I wish I had stayed with my original plan.

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I guess I will attempt a little review of the RIU Palace Pacifico.

I can be a creature of habit and I believe if it's not broken don't fix it, which is why this was our 13th stay at a RIU. The RIU's have 3 levels of resorts, with the Palace being the top category. The Palace's are the ones we usually stay at because I believe the level of food, the quality of booze, and the level of service are better IMO. Also, while they are not adults only resorts, they tend to be quiet because very few children are around.

This was our first visit to this resort, but it met our expectations. Our first impression of the food was very positive. The variety was more than enough to satisfy me, with all the meat a meat eater needs, a good variety of fish, fruits and vegetables galore and all the desserts and more than a guy like myself needs. The resorts specialty restaurants were Japanese, Mexican, a Steakhouse and a Fusion restaurant. We stuck with buffets because we just wanted to eat when we felt like it rather than be at a dinner at an assigned time.

The rooms are nice but I'm not sure I'd say they are anything special. Pam does love the Jacuzzi bathtubs.

What really attracts me to these resorts is the quality of service, and this resort delivered a 10 in that category. The staff tends to treat you,and others , as if you are someone special. The are always so nice and eager to please. We had a couple buffet staff members that went out of their way to please us, and we had a couple bartenders who did the same. They easily earned their tips.

I have some pictures of the resort but not really the variety needed for a good resort review.
















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Sunday was our last day and I had a car rented for the day. It was going to work out great because I rented the car from the resort and they allowed me to return it to Alamo at the airport, so I was going to save the $30 cab ride.

We headed out to visit Sayulita, which was about 30 minutes away from the resort. I did not even think about the crowd that might be out on a beautiful Sunday, but I was reminded the moment I got to town . Way too many people for the size of the town and I was about to give up looking for a parking space when someone pulled out as I was approaching. I can see myself visiting another time when the crowds are much smaller.

I think every beach vendor in Nayarit was there that day.













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Mnbruce...great photos...love the area...we visit each year in October / November...sonofdob
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Lovely photos as usual, Bruce! Thanks!
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Fantastic shots, you have the eye and talent!
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One of the only regrets on this vacation, other than not staying longer, was not continuing north after Sayulita. That was my original plan but a couple people at the resort said the coast on the other side of PV was beautiful and tropical, so we ended heading that way after a stop in Punta Mita. It was very beautiful over there, but there were not really many places to pull over and enjoy that beauty. I wish I had stayed with my original plan.

Down south of PV is also very pretty, for sure! One day you will have to explore the coast north of Manzanillo/south of PV, if you get the chance- known as the Costealegre, Jalisco down into Colima, it is I think the absolute prettiest area I've seen in Mexico- very lush and fertile, all craggy coves with creamy beaches and palm groves and fruit and veg plantations galore.

Great photos- that hotel looks spectacular! And I love the pic of the little girl surfing.
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Thanks everyone for the comments! They are all appreciated.

Thanks for the tips Maggie. I think any future Mexico trips will be focused on the Pacific side. I think there is more for me to explore and I love the mountains.

I think I will just throw on some random photos tonight because there is not really anything else to report.
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Not much else to say except it was a really nice trip and with it being so fricking cold here, these photos help warm me up a little as I go through and process them. I also miss some of the great staff from the resort because they really made our stay very enjoyable.

I'm just going to throw on a handful more of photos of things I saw throughout my trip. Thanks very much for viewing some of my photos of our trip.



The beach in Punta Mita








Also saw this while out looking for whales.

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I'm sure this young woman and her friend paid way too much to have this staff photographer take their photos.







I will end this with one last sunset. Thanks again for viewing!

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Wow, nice report and great photos!! Thanks for warming up a cold winter night in Colorado!
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Wow, nice report and great photos!! Thanks for warming up a cold winter night in Colorado!
Thank you so much.

Pam has had a tough time since being back because of the awful cold here and the fact that she had such a nice time. She has been lobbying to turn aound and go right back, and while it's tempting and I would love it, I can't justify the expense at this time.
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Wonderful photos Bruce! Thanks for taking the time to post. You were so lucky to see that whale breach. I've been on several whale watching excursions out of Provincetown, MA andd never did see a whale breach. Saw a few fins. One trip we didn't see any whales at all. You are so lucky! All of your pics are wonderful but that last sunset photo was stunning!

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