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Old 02-23-2016   #1 (permalink)
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Bruce and Pam in Nayarit/ Jalisco- The Cartel Did What?

Pam and I were here two years ago and had such a nice time we thought we would return. We spent a week at the Riu Palace Pacifico, and while we spent most of our time hanging out, eating, drinking and walking the beach, we did rent a car for two days to return to some of the areas we have been to before and to explore something new. As usual with me, this will be mostly a photo report.

I really am not much of a drinker, but I told my co- workers that I would drink more this week then I have over the last year, and I was pretty true in my prediction.

When we arrived at the resort, the check in went smoothly and we headed to the piano bar and I ordered my first of many Ameretto and Baileys on the rocks. Umm........ it tasted good since it was the first one I tasted since my trip here two years ago. It was so good I ordered another as we chatted with the bartender and some other guests at bar. After a bit it was time to head to our room, so I ordered one more for the ride up, but as I got up I realized I had a little buzz and decided to not finish that 3rd drink. I felt good but did not want to go beyond that.

We were happy with the location and view from or room.



We went that night to the buffet for dinner and to my delight my favorite dinner staff member, Gerardo was still at the resort.



Gerardo is a delightful guy who would go back to the kitchen every night to get me a bowl of coconut ice cream, which for some reason they never had out on the floor in the buffet. The Riu's are the only place I have had this ice cream and it is impossible to find here. Haagen- Dazs has a coconut pineapple flavor but it is not the same. Also every night he would give us a full bottle of wine to take up to our room, and that made Pam happy.

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The resort has some specialty restaurants, along with the buffet. There is a Japanese one, a steakhouse, a fusion restaurant and a Mexican one. WE only ate at the Japanese one and thought the food was quite good. The tempura shrimp was quite good.

Every other night we ate at the buffet because the were always enough choice. Some nights more than others, but always enough to keep us happy. Every kind of meat you could want, fish galore, shrimp made in a plethora of different ways. A good vegetarian selection every night, a great salad bar, great soup and awesome dessert selections. Breakfast was crazy good.

The buffet staff was really friendly and always wanting to help.







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The routine here was the same as it usually is on vacation. I get up early to walk the beach while Pam sleeps in until what ever time she wants. On do nothing days that would be about 9:00-9:30.

Nuevo Vallarta is a resort area with an awesome beach for walking, but the sights are somewhat limited for photo ops.

The pool was so peaceful in the morning.



Of course there are those annoying people who get up really early to put towels on loungers and then disappear for hours. These were among the first out every morning.



It's a very nice pool, but I never entered it.



I always stay away from swim up bars because people seem to be in there all day without leaving. Not sure about what some of the drunk guys do to when nature calls.



The resort has top shelf liquor, but I think that some think tequila is all the same and I saw this being delivered to the pool bar. If the tequila comes in 12 packs it's probably a good idea to avoid it.



I drank only Don Julio.

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A few from my morning walks.







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A few from my morning walks.








LOVE PV......can't wait to go back. Thanks for posting these pictures!
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OMG pictures are amazing. Please keep it coming!! Like NOW!!!

But...Amaretto and Baileys?? Good LORD. What does your husband drink? Do you get a little umbrella with that? I can't even imagine how sweet that is.....and what a headache it would mean.....
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LOVE PV......can't wait to go back. Thanks for posting these pictures!
Thank you! I like the area very much also. The Pacific side has now become my Mexico go to spot.

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OMG pictures are amazing. Please keep it coming!! Like NOW!!!

But...Amaretto and Baileys?? Good LORD. What does your husband drink? Do you get a little umbrella with that? I can't even imagine how sweet that is.....and what a headache it would mean.....
And then there is you! Where is that ignore option?

I hate the taste of alcohol, other than good tequila,so a sweet drink fits me perfectly. Wen in the Dominican Republic a few years back, a guy comes to the bar and orders that drink. It suited my sweet tooth. I only drink it while at the Riu's.

My average daily consumption consisted of 5 shots of Don Julio, 2 of the sweet drink, 1 or 2 cervezas and 1 or 2 Pina Coladas. Add a couple more cervezas on the days away from the resort. No headaches.

Oh, there was a compliment in there some where in that post of yours. THANKS!

More to come tonight.

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After a couple days of just relaxing at the resort, I rented a car for a trip to a couple of towns we had previously visited.

The first was Punta de Mita. We really just go there to hang out a on the beach at a little bar for a few cervezas. This was our 3rd visit here. The beach area has changed just a little bit, but just up the road the is now a Four Seasons and a St Regis resort.

We always do a bit of shopping with the beach vendors here. The exchange rate is so good right now that everything was pretty cheap so while I did some negotiating I did not work too hard at it. We got some good deals and the vendors made a little commission. I was in a buying mood, so that caused most of the vendors to head our way.








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We stayed for a couple of hours then headed up the coast towards Sayulita. We had been there a couple of years ago on a weekend and it was crazy busy. This was a weekday so I figured it would be a bit more peaceful. Boy was I wrong. It was busier this time and it took us way to long to find a place to park and the beach was just way too busy. We had been thinking this might be the type of place to rent for a couple of moths during the winter, but it has been crossed off the list. I read an article this week where Sayulita was call the new Puerto Vallarta.

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We stopped at Pam's favorite store on the way back, then spent the rest of the night eating and drinking some more.





This is Amire. One night while waiting for the elevator, he was with his family also waiting. He noticed my large camera and mentioned it to his mother. We talked for a second and I told him next time I saw him I would take a picture of him.

The next night I was at the buffet salad bar and I feel a tug at my shirt. I look down and Amire is standing there and he says " Do you remember you said you were going to take a picture of me?". It was so cute, and so was he, but I think he broke his glasses that day. We talked many more times over the week when we ran into each other.



headed over to see my favorite bartender for my favorite drink.





Usually I will see some awesome sunsets while here, but that was not the case this trip.


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The next day was our drive up to San Sebastián del Oeste. It turned out to be a very interesting day.
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Awesome report. And wonderful photos as usual.

Baileys plain is my go-to nightcap at AI resorts. Will have to try it with Amaretto. Sounds nummy!

I agree Sayulita has gotten ridiculously busy. It really is a pretty small place- and just gets overrun with people in high season. I am very happy we got to spend days there before that happened.
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What a shot! Lovely photos all around!

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Wait, tell me you didn't see this guy at the bar at the hotel at some point?

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Awesome report. And wonderful photos as usual.

Baileys plain is my go-to nightcap at AI resorts. Will have to try it with Amaretto. Sounds nummy!

I agree Sayulita has gotten ridiculously busy. It really is a pretty small place- and just gets overrun with people in high season. I am very happy we got to spend days there before that happened.
Thanks Riss!

Make sure you ask for an umbrella with that drink.

I was extremely disappointed by the crowds in Sayulita.
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