Upon leaving Mexico City we took the short one hour flight to Puerto Vallarta which is a popular vacation resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. We would spend a week in a place called ‘La Cruz de Huanacaxtle’ located 30 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta at our friend Mikes place.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a quaint fishing village made up of older Mexicans and retired expats just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the Nayarit. We spent the majority of our time in Puerto Vallarta and the fishing village of Sayulita.
Puerto Vallarta is situated around a bay with beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, while five star resorts, world-class shopping and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler. Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, passes by any number of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and often plays host to mimes, breakdancers, clowns and artists.
While in Puerto Vallarta we also charted a private boat from a local fisherman and friend of Mikes that took us to the Marieta Islands where we went snorkeling and experienced the thriving marine population.
The main attractions to recommend seeing would be:
– Banderas Bay which is one of the largest and deepest in the world and can be admired from many of the surrounding hills exuberant in lush vegetation. Located right at the mouth of the Bay, straddling both sides of the River Cuale lies a charming and picturesque little town with true Mexican spirit, in PV.
– For those who just want to relax, Puerto Vallarta’s many golden sand beaches offer one of the best ways to experience the beauty and magic of the Bay of Banderas.
The Marieta Islands are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of Nayarit not far from La Cruz. I would say this probably the number one tourist destinations in the area due to the abundance of marine life populations thanks to the islands being protected from fishing and hunting by the Mexican government.
Sayulita is hailed as a popular off the beaten path travel destination and mecca for surfing in the area. Sayulita is the crown jewel of the pacific coast mainly due to its natural beauty. It is very similar to Puerto Vallarta but much more tranquil and untouched.
The cheap fish tacos are delicious and fresh from the ocean which can be perfectly washed down accompanied by a few Coronitas! The locals are very friendly and have a wonderful array of local arts and crafts for only a few pesos. The cobbledstone streets are a highlight which make this place so charming and welcoming.
It was the perfect vacation needed for us to reflect on the year while not worrying about the impending move to the middle east and everything else that comes with it…