Puerto Vallarta: the beach, the town & around

So May was crazy… I came back after 5 weeks in Spain, repacked my suitcase and was off to Mexico. This time we did not go alone, but took a bunch of Lithuanians and decided to show them the best that Mexico has to offer. We started in the crazy Mexico city, then continued to Chihuahua, later moved to Jalisco and visited Guadalajara and the actual town of Tequila and ended up in Puerto Vallarta.

The respective blogs will follow, but I want to start from the end and share my Puerto Vallarta memories –  my first time in the jungle…
…We left Guadalajara at 7.30 and after 5 hours very comfortable bus ride we were on the Pacific coast. I was already expecting to feel the sauna like heat after leaving the bus… but to my big surprise it was the coolest place we visited in Mexico. I really appreciated that breeze after the sweltering Guadalajara’s heat.

The town:

is very nice… White neo-colonial style buildings mixed with the medium-size sky scrappers – hotels, fancy villas and golf courses around the marina. Just add the palm trees and other jungle type vegetation blossoming every possible color and the blues of the Pacific… It is a pleasant and well kept town. It is growing fast and will keep expanding in the years to come. My only wish for this place is – please avoid the destiny of Acapulco. Don’t let the tourism ruin you!

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Street flags
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Jungle in the town’s center
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Hungry pelicans

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The cathedral at night

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Corn to go…?

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If only Frida knew…
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Golfing is a thing here
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The sunrise hour

The town’s beach:

is ok… It came with no surprise that the main beach is nothing impressive. Hotels have occupied a big part of the seaside and at places made it hard to even access it. Buts that’s the way things are in the popular resort towns.

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Be aware of the crocodiles
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Tall and the taller

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Jellyfish attack

Beaches outside the town:

are amazing… Only an hour boat or car ride direction south, on the other side of Bahía de Banderas (the bay of flags), and you are in the actual jungle with beautiful and untouched virgin beaches (to reach those you will need to rely on a boat). You can hire a small boat at Marine Vallarta or at any of town’s beaches or simply take a regular water taxi and it will take you to Cabo Corrientes, a national park and birds reservoir. My favorite beaches were Boca de Tomatlan, Playa Las Ánimas. We also managed to find two virgin beaches and even Google can’t find their names!
The final stop was Yelapa beach. We expected to find a beautiful village and a small bay. Turns out, not only us… As soon as we arrived there, we saw that too many people heard about this place. Still a great place for lunch, snooze and a quick swim!

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Water fun
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Air fun or not….
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Let’s talk

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Passing by the Puerto Vallarta

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Boca de Tomatlan

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Birds in order

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even Google don’t know the name of this place
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Yelapa
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The snorkeling crew

and then again it was the time to say goodbye to Mexico… but I’ll be back for Christmas

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