I think I've wanted to go to Puerto Vallarta ever since I watched The Love Boat as a kid. On The Love Boat, Puerto Vallarta (or as the locals call it, Vallarta), was the final port of call for the Pacific Princess.
I flew on the direct flight from Atlanta on Sunday morning and checked into the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center. I loved the hotel and the service there. It was conveniently located close to the old town (and a cheap cab ride if you aren't up for the walk.) The pool and the view from my ocean front room were beautiful.
|The view from my window|
|The swim-up bar|
|"Caballito de Mar" (Little Seahorse) or Boy on a Seahorse|
This has become a symbol of Puerto Vallarta
|"La Fuente de la Amistad" (The Power of Friendship)|
My first recommendation is a little bar called Cafe Roma, just north of where the River Cuale hits the ocean. (The Cuale divides Downtown and the "Romantic Zone" or "Zona Romantica.") I was told to go there for the great mango margarita, but what I found in addition were the very friendly owners, Sr. Fox and his wife, and a crowd of people from Canada, the UK, and US who seemed to all know each other from multiple visits to Puerto Vallarta. (One of the Canadians bought me a beer just as I was about to leave -- "Here, have another fast one.") They have Karaoke on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so I did get to hear Sr. Fox sing "A Pirate Looks at 40."
|The River Cuale|
|Cow brain taco makin's|
|Inside El Mole de Jovita|
|The awesome owner Sergio standing behind me|