We visited Puerto Vallarta for a week in October 2011. Despite dodging Hurricane Juvo, we had a great time and will probably return. Perhaps not during the rainy season, though.
My blog posts about Puerto Vallarta
- Running the gauntlet at the airport: Timeshare salesmen tried to get their hooks in us the moment we left the customs area.
- Weathering the storm: Gearing up for Hurricane Juvo during our stay. Early reports indicated we’d sustain direct hit.
- Still awaiting Juvo: Still awaiting the storm. Won’t it hurry up and get here?
- Much ado about nothing: Turned out the storm was a bust. All systems normal again.
- Day trip to Sayulita: A laid back surfing village about an hour north of the city. Interesting bus trip to get there.
- Getting around by bus: Taxis aren’t necessary when fifty cents gets you anywhere in the city.
Places we enjoyed in Puerto Vallarta
- Villa del Palmar Resort: Where we slept at night, and sometimes during the hot afternoons. Comfortable room, nice amenities. Food not worth mentioning.
- Cafe Roma: Located downtown with a view of the river. Good food and cold, cheap beer. Free tequila shots with meal. What’s not to love? Few locals, very much for the tourists. Try the cheeseburger pizza! Not a real pizza dough, but tasty.
- Sea Monkey: Probably the cheapest beers on Los Muertos beach. Paid 48 pesos for four beers served to us in lounge chairs in the sand.
- Soriana: Supermarket where we did most of our grocery shopping. Excellent selection, nice produce, impressive prepared food section.
- Galerías Vallarta: Shopping mall a short distance from our room. Great place to get out of the heat for an hour.
Many of the places we enjoyed were small and don’t have web sites. I’ll try to mention them in my blog posts.
Resources for planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta
- The Insider’s Guide to Vallarta: Great online resource, full of practical information. Really helpful for us as first-timers.
Last updated October 18, 2011.