Kicked Back in Vallarta

For our 6th trip to P.V. we really didn't do much. We tried a couple new restaurants, a bird-watching trip, and relaxation.

Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort, Seccion II

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by davilin88 on December 30, 2006

We traded into this resort at the last minute and had not been here before. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite on the 7th floor in the Vacation Club section. The suite was very large with a huge balcony overlooking the pool and the beach. 3 bathrooms and a large kitchen area meant plenty of room for us, but the furniture was not comfortable and the beds were rock hard. Daily housekeeping was excellent and the maid very friendly and efficient, earning her a nice tip at the end of the week. The grounds were nice, and there are 4 pools, although the adults only pool was closed for maintenance. Unfortunately, the pool closest to our room started the week out a bit cloudy and by the end of the week, was turning green. We chose to walk the 200 or so yards to the activities pool, which was much nicer.

On site restaurants were so-so buffet food which was included if you went with the optional A.I., which was a daily choice. The food off the menu was pretty decent, but overpriced. There was work being done on some units in our building and, at one point, our room got smokey with a burning electrical smell. It took over 1/2 hour for maintenance to respond and figure out it was coming from the work area. We were given a day of A.I. for the inconvenience. All in all, I have to say we are used to much better from our exchanges.

Plaza Pelicanos Grand Beach Resort
Diego Rivera No. 120 Formerly Plaza Las Glorias
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48300
+52 (322) 226 2700

El Andariego

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by davilin88 on January 2, 2007

I don't know how, in 6 trips to Puerto Valllarta we've missed this one before. On the northern edge of downtown, the atmosphere is lively but not rowdy and the seafood dishes are terrific. Try the signature El Andariego snapper or shrimp grilled in garlic butter. There are also the Mexican classics and large and delicious margaritas and a wide selection of tequilas served by warm and friendly wait staff. We will be back.
Av. Mexico 1358
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
(322) 222-0916

Si Señor

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by davilin88 on January 28, 2007

Seated on an upstairs balcony overlooking the busy sreet, we started with chips and guacamole and large, delicious, frozen margaritas. For the main course, I had carnitas and Linda had shrimp, both delicious, as we were serenaded by a pair of folk musicians. We ended up buying their CD. There are stairs to climb and, as near as I could tell, no handicap acess, but delicious food, great margaritas, and a nice atmosphere make this a new favourite.
Si Señor
Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 274
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Malecon

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by davilin88 on December 31, 2006

The people of Puerto Vallarta have coined a new Spanish verb: "maleconear". Loosely translated it means "get the family together, dress up in your Sunday finest and go downtown to stroll the malecon". It is a 16 block seaside promenade lined with bronze sculptures and with shops and restaurants and nightclubs across the street. On Sunday eves it is not to be missed. A whirl of colors, smells (of many different foods being sold by vendors including tamales, fried bananas, ice cream, candies of all sorts, and much more) performers, balloon vendors and artists creating and selling their works. The municipal band plays in the plaza, free performances of everything from children's choirs to folkloric dancers are put on at the Los Arcos amphitheatre, and if you are there the 1st 2 weeks of December, nightly processions in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. "Maleconear" is a wonderful tradition and a chance for tourists to forget that they are tourists and mingle with the locals, try new foods, and generally get caught up in the carnival atmosphere.

On our first trip to P.V., we did the stroll along the malecon, watched the sunset from Los Arcos, then stopped at Tequila's for dinner. We were lucky enough to get a balcony table overlooking the malecon, a ringside seat to the proceedings. A Mexican Navy ship was in and the bar downstairs was full of sailors jostling for the window seats to, sailors being sailors, watch the girls stroll by. If you go to Puerto Vallarta, by all means, make it a point to spend Sunday eve on the malecon and it will become your tradition as well.

El Malecón
Paseo Díaz Ordaz
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48300

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