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Old 02-26-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Pam and Bruce relax in the Riviera Nayarit (photo report)

This won't really be much of a report because there is very little to report.

We booked this trip just a couple of weeks ago because I just needed to get away from this weather for a little bit. My first choice would have been Negril, with the second choice Aruba, but lack of availabilty and prices to fly ruled those two out.

The Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta ended up being the choice. Pam wanted to have a very relaxing vacation and I knew this location would provide that since that area is really just a resort/beach location with not a lot going on. I really just wanted to get away from the cold, so just hanging out was fine me, at least it was until near the end of the vacation, when I decided I needed to get out.

Day 4 was the first time we left the area around the hotel, and that was just to walk the 30 minutes it took to get to the Mega. I think we spent about and hour there before heading back. That was one heck of an excursion.

From here on it will mostly be photos with a bit of jibberish mixed in.

The area is known for it's sunsets,and it provided some pretty nice ones. I'm not one for taking photos of the sun while it is up. but I like the light it provides for taking photos.





Many people leave the beach as soon as the sun goes down, but there are rewards for waiting a while.





Early moring from our balcony was nice also.

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[quote=Mnbruce;2036898]This won't really be much of a report because there is very little to report.

We booked this trip just a couple of weeks ago because I just needed to get away from this weather for a little bit. My first choice would have been Negril, with the second choice Aruba, but lack of availabilty and prices to fly ruled those two out.

The Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta ended up being the choice. Pam wanted to have a very relaxing vacation and I knew this location would provide that since that area is really just a resort/beach location with not a lot going on. I really just wanted to get away from the cold, so just hanging out was fine me, at least it was until near the end of the vacation, when I decided I needed to get out.

Day 4 was the first time we left the area around the hotel, and that was just to walk the 30 minutes it took to get to the Mega. I think we spent about and hour there before heading back. That was one heck of an excursion.

From here on it will mostly be photos with a bit of jibberish mixed in.

The area is known for it's sunsets,and it provided some pretty nice ones. I'm not one for taking photos of the sun while it is up. but I like the light it provides for taking photos.



Great start!
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Can't wait for more! All those nice oranges. Hopefully it will get you through all the whites back home.
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One of the highlights for me on this vacation took place 2 days before we were to leave. I had wanted to rent a car and get out that day but Alamo, which rented through the RIU's was out of cars, so I scheduled a car for our final day instead. Pam suggested whale watching for me while she realaxed at the resort. She had gone whale watching in Cabo last month and this tour was too early for her.

This was a whale watching excursion on a sailboat with food and booze included. There were only 10 of us so there was room to move around the boat.

The whales were pretty lazy that day, but we did see a number of them and some females with their little ones. It was cool to view them but it was pretty much tails and fins, not any playing around.









I was really hoping to see a whale breach while out on the water, but it was looking unlikely as we got to the last hour until we needed to head back. We were watching a mother and her little one a little ways from the boat when out of nowhere and very close to the boat, this happened.





That was the only one of the day, but it was very exciting. We were out for just a bit longer, then made the hour long trip back to shore. Some nice conversation, good snacks and some Pina Coladas during the trip back. It was a great day on the water.

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Thanks MayaNut and Uno! Back to reality in the morning. I will add some more, probably tomorrow night.

Uno, Pam is ready for us to go somewhere else soon. Not likely to happen though.

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WOW! Great shots! How fortunate!
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wow

Wow.. how exciting i'd love to be able to just see them at all but to see one come up out of the water like that is incredible I bet!!!
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Wow.. how exciting i'd love to be able to just see them at all but to see one come up out of the water like that is incredible I bet!!!
Yes, it was very exciting. I have 5 email addresses from people on the boat who want me to send them photos so they can relive that moment.
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You are very lucky to have gotten that shot, wow!

Lovely sunset pics too.....from our trips to that coast, I would estimate 75% of my photos to be sunset photos. I have a bit of a problem.


Looking forward to the review of the hotel, we stayed at the Allegro, just down the beach.
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Wow! Congratulations - great picture captured - you guys will remember this forever!!
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You are very lucky to have gotten that shot, wow!

Lovely sunset pics too.....from our trips to that coast, I would estimate 75% of my photos to be sunset photos. I have a bit of a problem.

Looking forward to the review of the hotel, we stayed at the Allegro, just down the beach.
Yes, I do feel lucky that I got that shot, but I'm greedy and would have liked one more opportunity.

Nothing wrong with taking lots of sunset photos because you don't get to those quality sunsets very often.

I will throw in a review of the hotel.

One of the reasons we went to Sayulita was your review of one of your trips to the Riviera Nayrit. I'm glad you mentioned it and I would like to return while there are half the people there.
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Wow! Congratulations - great picture captured - you guys will remember this forever!!
Thank you!!
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Yes, I do feel lucky that I got that shot, but I'm greedy and would have liked one more opportunity.

Nothing wrong with taking lots of sunset photos because you don't get to those quality sunsets very often.

I will throw in a review of the hotel.

One of the reasons we went to Sayulita was your review of one of your trips to the Riviera Nayrit. I'm glad you mentioned it and I would like to return while there are half the people there.

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.
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One of the highlights for me on this vacation took place 2 days before we were to leave. I had wanted to rent a car and get out that day but Alamo, which rented through the RIU's was out of cars, so I scheduled a car for our final day instead. Pam suggested whale watching for me while she realaxed at the resort. She had gone whale watching in Cabo last month and this tour was too early for her.

This was a whale watching excursion on a sailboat with food and booze included. There were only 10 of us so there was room to move around the boat.

The whales were pretty lazy that day, but we did see a number of them and some females with their little ones. It was cool to view them but it was pretty much tails and fins, not any playing around.


I was really hoping to see a whale breach while out on the water, but it was looking unlikely as we got to the last hour until we needed to head back. We were watching a mother and her little one a little ways from the boat when out of nowhere and very close to the boat, this happened.



That was the only one of the day, but it was very exciting. We were out for just a bit longer, then made the hour long trip back to shore. Some nice conversation, good snacks and some Pina Coladas during the trip back. It was a great day on they water.

Mnbruce, was the whale watching tour you did through ADA Sailing? If so, we did that trip with them two weeks ago & had a great time.
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Mnbruce, was the whale watching tour you did through ADA Sailing? If so, we did that trip with them two weeks ago & had a great time.
Hi znett. The tour company I did mine with was Pegaso. The one you did looks great and has all excellent reviews. Looks like a great tour.
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