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Old 03-10-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Surfs up puerto vallarta

There are no non-stop flights out of Seattle to playa and we wanted to do a short winter sun break. Alaska air has a four and a half hour direct flight to Puerto Vallarta so we jumped on it and booked a room at Fiesta Americana resort, just a short cab ride from the airport.
Our flight left Seattle at 8:30 and got us into Puerto Vallarta at 3:00 pm and at our hotel by 4 after a $10 cab ride, gotta like that!
Our room was clean and ready and had a great view of the pool area, and ocean, and after unpacking and bitchin at my wife to let it wait till later we went down and started checking things out.
There was no entertainment so we had a few drinks and some fish tacos from the snack bar, and a few more drinks and went to bed.




The view from our room, the suites below us had a large lanai with no privacy but there was nobody staying there, I was hoping for
beautiful sexy topless ladies.

We started the second day with the American breakfast at the hotel that cost $20 US each, Denny's grand slam is better. The hash browns tasted like dirty sox and the re-fried beans were two days old. I asked for my eggs over easy and got them sunny side up and totally raw except for a slightly cooked bottom, I'm sure they were cold, I've never seen eggs served that raw, yes I sent them back for a redo.




After breakfast we hit the beach which is very nice with palm trees and palapas and a lot of beach venders with all the usual stuff, my wife even bought some stuff, sucker that she is.


Me waiting for my fish tacos at the snack bar.




I kinda thought this guy might go for an unintentional ride.


How I wasted my day



Surfs up, no swimming, and it is worse than it looks in my pictures, the wife went down to look and got buried up to her boobs, fortunately she just got wet, there is no lifeguard.

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Cool Harold. Looking forward to the report and more great photos.
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It's day three lets go to town, taxis are cheap here.
The streets of Puerto Vallarta are cobble stone and rough as hell, narrow, and everyone drives like maniacs especially motorcycles. The buss's are old style and are built on a truck frame, we didn't ride one but there nothing like the modern buss system in Playa. The main highway that ran in front of our hotel uses an odd system of 6 lanes wide with the right turn lane being on the left side and turns across in front of all traffic when the light changes, you just had to hope the cab driver knew what he was doing.


A city bus, some were old some were new but they were all the same.


Taxis are cheap, about $10 to get to town so we will probably never ride a bus. Check out the picture of the Psycho woman on that pole, she scares the hell out me.
Today was have breakfast and bar crawl the boardwalk day and the pancake house was recommended by the cab driver.


It don't look like much



But the food was good and we had Pancakes of course.



The surf in front of the concrete boardwalk.



The beach in front of old town, nothing like having a drink with yer toes in the water.



Were dong a pub crawl so we might as well start here


They have beach tables that are almost in the water with beach sellers wandering through.

My wife is a sucker and bought some stuff

Heading north and leaving old town is what they call the boardwalk, ocean on one side bars and shops on the other.

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More more!!

Thank God a new trip report... keep it coming!
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Luv me some PV... gotta get back there some time!

Thanks for reporting
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Ok! I'm pissed! I had a page ready to post yesterday and managed to delete it before posting, so! Here are some pictures of the boardwalk.




Lots of interesting statues


And some sand sculptures, but these guys ain't sculptures, there alive and moving, damn that's gotta be uncomfortable.


This is a sculpture I know because tickled it and it didn't move. The artist was spraying it with water to keep it together, he had a second one on the other side that had been mostly destroyed by waves.



The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Absolutely beautiful, it's about a block from the beach boardwalk.

Needing a drink {yeah right} we stopped in Murphy's Irish Pub and got a front table overlooking the boardwalk and started people watching.

Don't understand why we need any more pictures of Hitler, I suppose it
will end up o some skin heads wall.

Back to walking and picture taking down to the north end of the boardwalk and then back to old town.

Our hotel is the shorter one on the right of the tall white ones

My wife's bad ankle started bothering her {another reason to have a drink} so we stopped in to the Blue Shrimp and after having one decided it was time for dinner so we ate, it couldn't have been too good because I don't remember what we had.

That pretty much ended day three so I will end this with a few random pictures


This is the pier in front of Old Town, the waves don't seem to break there and the water is much calmer' there were a actually swimming there amongst the floating trash.


Talk about a dog having a good time, this guy enjoyed his work, really liked to play in the waves. Dogs are everywhere on the beach, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions.



I like the way the buildings are built into the hillside above Old Town, I also like the way downtown looks with the cobble stone streets, it has an older look. We will explore it better next time, there just wasn't enough time this trip.

Tomorrow is our trip to the Ocean Grill, see ya there!

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Great photos Harold!

A painting of Hitler?
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We made reservations for the Ocean Grill 6 weeks before we left and were looking forward to it as the most looked forward to day on our vacation. Took a cab from our hotel about noon for our one o'clock reservation, it's a very interesting and beautiful ride to Boca where we were to catch a water taxi to the restaurant.




The only pictures I got of our taxi ride to Boca



The village of Boca, a very beautiful place with the usual rugged dirt main street.


And a small river in front, this could be a great place to stay


I thought these guys were very interesting and took a bunch of pictures while we were waiting for the boat.




Leaving Boca for the restaurant, How would you like to live here, I sure would.



A rather rough ride in an overloaded small boat.

Wilson Island just in front of the restaurant.


Hay we made it, now how are gonna get off this boat

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This is not good! The sea was rough and the boat operator couldn't control the boat, it was crashing against the dock and rising and falling about three feet, everyone was having trouble, my wife got two abrasions getting off and was worried the whole time we were there about getting back aboard when we left, it ruined her whole meal. I have worked around the ocean a lot and knew how to do it and had no trouble, but most folks had problems. I would not recommend going there unless you are under 50 and in good physical condition. The whole ride reminded me of the TV program The Most Dangerous Catch.


The restaurant itself is wonderful and beautiful but the food id not so good, I would call it average and the service is lacking.


Wilson the house dog.


Climb up the stairs for the best view from any bathroom I have ever visited.

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You could sit, sh--t and watch the sun go down.



We managed to get back on the boat without any more damage. The cab driver was there waiting for us and was a good travel guide, Too bad my hearing is so bad. We gave him a $20 US tip I hope that was enough.
Trip adviser gives the Ocean Grill 5 stars, I would give it 3.



We got back to our hotel about 5 and had some expensive drinks at the lobby bar where these pidgins did a comedy routine walking round and round the recesses lighting in the ceiling. Some sort of mating dance I suppose, but we got a few laughs.


They could make the fan spin pretty good to!

Last day tomorrow.

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Loving this report and all the pictures!! Never been to PV, so different than the caribbean coast, eh? Beautiful, thanks!!
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Day 4 was a hotel day and I won't dwell on it other than a few pictures of the lobby area.



This beautiful woman is my wife, How the hell did a dork like me ever marry her, we have been married for 43 years.

The food at the hotel is not good and cost a lot, you can do better down town, so we did. Caught a cab to Old Town and started wandering and looking for someplace the caught out attention and finally decided to try La Palapa.


So we grabbed a table and ordered a drink and sat, looked ordered another drink.


These two guys came around and we had them play for us, they were very good, better than most.


I don,t remember coffee


The sun started going down, and a fisherman showed up and never caught a fish, but I don't really think he cared.

Check out this sunset



This is one thing I really miss when were in Playa, I'm too damn lazy to get up for the sunrise, and besides, red in the morning sailor take warning.

The food at La Palapa is ok but not great, the experience makes it a worthwhile place to have dinner.





It got dark and we were overstaying our welcome so we had desert and slowly wandered back down the boardwalk and caught a cab back to our hotel.

Tomorrow we fly home.

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Awesome report! I haven't been to PV so love seeing what it's like. Harold you and your wife are a cute couple . Your wife is beautiful!
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What the heck happened to all the great photos?
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So much for that, I showed my wife how to access my photobucket account using my password and she decided to organize it. every picture now has a new address and any picture I have ever posted on every report is gone. No she didn't ask me first.
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OK the pictures are back and my wife is no worse for wear.

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This is the end, last day.
Got up at eight and went back downtown for a breakfast at the palapa. It was good and large portions, didn't even bring the camera so no pictures. After 3 cups of coffee we went back to the hotel and packed. My wife started not feeling well OH OH!! she wasn't feeling terrible so we went to the airport hoping for the best. caught our plane and fortunately she had 3 seats to herself and half way home she had to use a barf bag, but managed not to make a mess. after that all was well and we got home without any further disasters.
The next morning I got sick, not violently ill but just not 100%. I don't know if it was the the food or maybe a virus, but it lasted 6 days, glad it happen at the end of our vacation.
I leave you with this picture, its in front of the bathroom for the swim up bar.


The end, please don't pee in the pool.

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