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Living in Puerto Vallarta

A June 2003 trip to Puerto Vallarta by trixy

Quote: I spent three weeks in PV living with a Mexican family and attending a Spanish language school. I found PV really enjoyable and relaxing.

Living in Puerto Vallarta

Overview

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Sitting on Playa de los Muertos at the El Dorado restuarant, really nice atmosphere. Surfing at Salulita. Being alone on Las Animas in a huge thunderstorm. Wandering down the malecon of an evening and watching the sunset from La Dolce Vita italian restuarant.Quick Tips: The last bus back to PV from sayulita leaves at 6.25pm. if you miss it you have to get a taxi to the next town and it costs! If you get a water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas, Quimixto or Yelapa, pay only one way, as it is not certain they will return to pick you up.Best Way To Get Around: Get buses everywhere! They are 4 pesos per ride and one goes past at least every minuite and will pick you up wherever y...Read More
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The family we lived with were chosen through the school we were attending. There are ups and downs of staying with a family, and it is down to luck whether it works out or not. The house was in a nice area and near to a bus route, which was handy. The rooms we had were basic; however, the family did have a pool and we were welcome to be around at any time. Meals were included in the price of the rooms; however, lunch, the main meal, is normally served around 2pm, which is awkward if you are out for the day. The evening meal is smaller and generally not enough, so we had to eat out most of the time. However, six other students staying there made it fun and it gives you more of an idea of the Mexican wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

Mexican Family
Los Gaviotas, pez espada
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Once in PV we found that another really good way to live would have been to rent an apartment. Various noticeboards in cafes publicise places varying from luxury to very basic. Prices also vary but do go as low as $150 a month for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. ´A Page in the Sun´ cafe ( 2 blocks back form playa de los muertos) has a good noticeboard full of places, as do many of the internet places everywhere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2003

El Dorado

Restaurant

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I spent many a day in El dorado sitting on the beach. Though perhaps pricy to eat there everyday, it is good value to get an umbrella and deck chair and have drinks. The waiters are really friendly and very attentive. There is lots of action to watch as you are right on the beach. In the evening, candles and white tablecloths make it a really special place to go.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

El Dorado
Pulpito 102
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+ 52 322 215 11

Sayulita Beaches

Attraction | "Sayulita"

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Sayulita, although not as perfectly "desert island-ish" as Las Animas and Yelapa, was my favourite beach. It is an hour on the bus from Puerto Vallarta. The small town is bright and full of character (much more a true Mexico than the resorts of PV). It really has a vibe of the Caribbean and the surf culture makes it a great place to spend the day. The beach is not as crowded as some others and it is great to walk along the sand, has a beautiful sunset. Only a handful of small hotels prevent the overcrowding seen in PV. There are cheap hostels further in the town, as well as camping under the palm trees. The area is a considerable lot cheaper to eat at. The last bus leaves at 6:25, and be careful o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

Sayulita Beaches
North of Banderas Bay
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Las Animas

Attraction | "Quimixto, Las Animas"

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Though not usually prone to particularly ´touristy´ activities, this boat cruise was great (boat was called Dancer). For only $20, you are given breakfast on the boat and a cooked lunch at a restaurant. It is something of a party on the boat and full of other Mexican tourists. The first stop is at Los Arcos, huge rocks jutting out into the sea. Here you can jump off the boat and snorkel (everything is provided). Snorkeling is good, with lots of fish, stingrays etc. After Los Arcos, it is Las Animas, a beautiful beach, even though it can get a little crowded from the many boat tours there (however, you can get a water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan or Playa de los Muertos and stay until the crowds h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

Las Animas
South Shores
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
No phone available

Playa Yelapa

Attraction | "Yelapa"

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I got to Yelapa from Boca de Tomatlan by water taxi, the only other option from taking a boat cruise there. Yelapa, considered to be one of the best beaches in the area, was beautiful. I liked it best because it was the most uncrowded beach I visited, despite it being a Sunday. Clear, warm water, white sand, a small village and rustic cabañas make it probably the best place to relax.

The last water taxi is around 5.30 but check times when you are dropped off. Water taxis are about $6 one way per person.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2003

Playa Yelapa
Highway 200 Km 17
Yelapa, Mexico 48440
Not applicable

Punta Mita

Attraction | "Punta De Mita"

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Punta de Mita is an hourlong bus journey (for about US$1.50). A small, laid-back, and very quiet town lies just behind the beach. Punta de Mita Beach is really impressive. Just a short walk gets you onto deserted sands with huge crashing waves. There are fewer hotels in this area, which makes it quieter and the further you walk, the more deserted it gets. The only downfall of the beach is that you have to be careful where you swim --- the waves can be massive and under tow strong. However, this makes it a beautiful and impressive place. A handful of cafes on the beach are not too expensive and will look after your bags for you (and keep them safe) if you go for a walk or swim. There are lots of buses ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2003

Punta Mita
Punta de Mita Road
Punta Mita, Mexico 63734
No phone available

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trixy

trixy
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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