My wife and I take frequent mini-vacations around the Yucatan Peninsula exploring new areas and repeatedly visiting some of our favorites. For the most part, I avoid writing posts about our trips for two main reasons:
- I want to differentiate this blog from the thousands — if not millions — that follow that format.
- I really think people would get tired of watching Linda and I have fun all day.
The exception to this is when I have some useful tips or recommendations that can help others. Most of these are contained in the section Q-Roo Paul’s Picks.
That being said, I’ve decided to deviate a bit from that policy — due to numerous requests from readers to do so — and tell you about our first trip to the Pacific side of Mexico.
Disclaimer: There aren’t many useful travel tips, if any at all, but there are plenty of nice photos.
One of our New Year’s resolutions was to visit other parts of Mexico so we decided to spend our 17th wedding anniversary in Puerto Vallarta.
We spent seven nights at the Fiesta Americana, an all-inclusive resort that is located a few minutes away from both the Malecón and the Marinas.
The hotel was fantastic and our room had a great view of the Bahía de Banderas. Almost every morning, we were able to see humpback whales from our balcony.
Everywhere that we have traveled in Mexico, the people have been warm, friendly and helpful. Puerto Vallarta was no exception and we immediately felt welcome in this new city.
The thing that I did notice is that the street vendors were not as “pushy” as they are in the Riviera Maya. The moment that we said we weren’t interested, every single one of them immediately stopped trying to sell us anything and politely went on their way. I could get used to that.
The thing that we liked most about the area was how strikingly different it looks from the Caribbean side. The dark sand beaches and the mountainous backdrops were stunning. We came to PV looking for something that we couldn’t get on the Caribbean side — and we found it.
Since we were new to the area, we chose to rely on excursions to show us around as opposed to venturing out on our own. We went to Sayulita, San Francisco (San Pancho), Yelapa and Majahuitas. We were worn out by the end of each day but we had a ball.
Let’s Wrap This Up
We had a great time on vacation and we’ve officially added Puerto Vallarta to our list of favorite places in Mexico.
I could end the post right here but then some readers would inevitably ask me which coast I prefer, so I’ll go ahead and answer that one: Although we love PV as a vacation destination, the Caribbean is still the place that we prefer to call home.
The reason is the temperature of the water. The water on the west coast was way too cold for us and we had to limit our swimming to the hotel pool. That’s a sharp contrast to the Riviera Maya where we can comfortably enjoy the water 12 months a year. Since we moved to Mexico to be in the water as much as possible, that makes our choice clear.