Quogue, New York
December 26, 2004
The best beaches are north of town in Nuevo Vallarta and beyond. With the limited hours we had in port, we chose the Nuevo Vallarta resort of Paradise Village. This is a timeshare resort/hotel and spa that is very inviting of casual visitors.
Everything you want is: pools with slides, activities or quiet areas (it’s quiet in the timeshare section, active in the hotel area). The sand is soft and golden - aka brown - and the water is calm. There are complimentarypalapas and lounges, beach and poolside service, two snack bar pavilions, and a casual beachfront restaurant, with tablecloths, offering snacks, a luncheon menu, and drinks in real glasses and bottles!!
Parasailing and jet ski rental is available from beach vendors and spa services provided by the hotel are offered in an air-conditioned beachfront cabana with an ocean view for $110 for a 1-hour couple’s massage.
Lunch was great. W e shared chicken fajitas - six tortillas with guacamole and beans for $10, which was more than enough. There were also $2.50 Pacifico and $4 margaritas served with chips and salsa.
Lo and behold, we know people here, as fellow cruisers who purchased a tour from Celebrity are here from 10am to 3pm. The package is $38 per person, and they are transported by coach and given one drink coupon and a coupon for buffet at the oceanfront restaurant. Our deal was better.
Want to do it on your own? If you leave the cruise terminal and go to the street, you may negotiate a taxi ride for about $10. A little more adventuresome would be to cross the street to the bus stop at Wal-Mart and wait for a gray ATM bus that says Nuevo Vallarta. Don't worry, there are dispatchers there. It will cost $1.20 per person, and the ride is about 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. Get off at Paradise Village Shopping Plaza and cross the street to the resort.
The Plaza has lots of the same shops as downtown, selling fine jewelry, a few excellent home decor items (wall accents and serving pieces), T-shirts, groceries, pharmacy and timeshare sales, real estate offers, and fast-food restaurants. There is even a water taxi that goes a few times daily to the marina and downtown, but being on the cruise ship, we were kept to a more rigid schedule.
It was a great day. We wish we were staying longer.
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