Puerto Vallarta Journals

Puerto Vallarta Escape

A February 2003 trip to Puerto Vallarta by alan & brenda

Blue Shrimp Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We divided our time between soaking up the sun at our resort and seeing the local sights. There is a lot of activities available, and you really have to pick or choose or you could need a rest when you get home from your vacation.

Puerto Vallarta Escape

Overview

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One of the highlights of our trip was a Valentine's Day cruise to Los Caletas that was called "Rhythms of the Night." It was a cruise to a secluded beach that included a candle and torch-lit buffet, a fabulous "Aztec" show, and of course, an open bar. The cruise staff was also very entertaining and the service was excellent. No trip to Puerto Vallarta would be complete without a trip to the Malecon and old Vallarta. The Malecon is the boardwalk downtown full of excellent restaurants and jumping nightclubs. Old Vallarta is your source for fabulous flea markets and real authentic Mexican restaurants.Quick Tips: Don't change your money into pesos before you travel. Your exchange rate is much...Read More

Canto Del Sol Plaza Vallarta All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Continental Plaza/Canto del sol"

Canto Del Sol Plaza Vallarta All-Inclusive Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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The hurricane damage from October's hurricane Kenna has been cleaned up and it's like the resort has gotten a facelift. A lot of the pool area has been completely redone, and there are only a few ongoing renovations, like the ground floor suites on the end are still being remodelled. We had a hotel unit with a king size bed and a small patio leading out to the pool area. There was a bar fridge that we used to keep water cool and the room was well-kept. The tub was quite large and there was lots of hot water. Our appliances all worked in the plug-ins and no adapters were needed. The resort staff were very friendly and easy to get along with. They had daily activities around the pool from ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Canto Del Sol Plaza Vallarta All-Inclusive
JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO 125
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48333
52-322-226-0123

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We stopped in for lunch after a morning of walking around and exploring the Malecon. They have a wonderful seating area that faces out to the ocean and it feels quite open because there isn't any glass in the windows. There was a group of us, and we all had variations of the classic hamburger or chicken burgers. They served good portions and the quality was great. We had a couple drinks along with the meal, and it was a great atmosphere to just relax and enjoy the afternoon. They had a stage area and a bar area, so they must have some entertainment in the evening, but it was quite mellow in the afternoon. The service was great and they were quite friendly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Cheeseburger in Paradise
Paseo Diaz Ordaz 740
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48350
+ 52 322 323 28

Blue Shrimp

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Restaurant | "The Blue Shrimp"

Blue Shrimp Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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This was an excellant dining experience. A group of seven of us were there for lunch--once again after touring the area and flea market shopping. The service was great and very friendly. The decor of this place was awesome. They had 2 or 3 separate dining areas, a typical restaurant lay out, an enclosed courtyard with murals, and a loft area. There are several items on the menu but by far the best part was the SHRIMP. They sell it by 1/4, 1/2, or a full kilos (2.2lbs). They pan-fry it, bread it, toast it, flambe it with tequila, grill it, you name it. I had the toasted coconut shrimp and tried the garlic butter shrimp and they were incredible. They offer medium and jumbo shrimp and I recommend t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Blue Shrimp
Morelos #779
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 (322) 222-4246

Municipal Market (Flea Market)

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Attraction | "Downtown Flea Markets"

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I highly recommend a trip to the flea markets downtown. There is so much to see and experience. You have to be careful because there are two "fake" flea markets downtown on the Malecon...a local told us these were tourist traps. They are small market areas with a few nice shops, but can be a little pricey--the real flea market is at the very end of the Malecon at the base of a bridge in a two-story complex packed with stalls and merchandise. These guys have everything for sale in Mexico. They have numerous types of carvings: wood, metal, statuettes, figurines, chess sets, and wall-hangings. They have uncountable glassware ranging from utility pieces to decorations and of course tequila/liquor se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Municipal Market (Flea Market)
Insurgentes St
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48310
+ 52 322 411 75

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The crusie left from the marina at 6pm and we had about an hour's ride on a Catamaran to the beach at Las Caletas. The boat had an open bar for soft drinks, beer, and rum punch, and the staff was very attentive. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the ocean that seemed to linger in a slow farewell. Just at dusk, four or five dolphins appeared and raced our boat for awhile until we lost sight of them in the dark. The crew also put on a little entertainment that kept us amused until we pulled into the beach after dark. Las Caletas is a very extensive area and it was only lit by torch and candlelight--it was spectacular approaching it from the ocean. The meal was served buffet style and you had se...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Vallarta Adventures (Canopy Tours, Scuba, Snorkel, Whale Watching)
Edificio Marina Golf Local 13-c, Calle Mástil, Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48354
+52 322 297 1212

Señor Frogs

Attraction | "Senor Frogs"

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This is one of the craziest clubs in Puerto Vallarta. It really fills up and everybody is there to have a good time. They are a high energy club that features a lot of black light, smoke making, and wind effects. It can be a little pricey for the drinks, but most of the clubs are at about the same level. This is definitely one of the main meat-markets in Vallarta and a good place to go to if you want to get a little wild...or just watch some other people get a little wild. These guys are affiliated with Carlos O'Briens and they do have some things in common. Your best value is to buy their huge green drinking stein for $10 and then just refill it. Refills are good at both Carlos O'Briens and Senor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2003

Señor Frogs
Venustiano Carranza 218 at Ignacio L. Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 322 22 25177