The purpose of our trip to Puerto Vallarta was actually a jumping off point for our honeymoon at a small resort (Verana) in Yelapa. However, because one can only get to and from Yelapa by boat at certain times of the day, we decided our time would be best utilized by spending both the first and last nights of our trip in Puerto Vallarta. This decision was even more easily made by the fact that Verana owns a house, called Casa Sin Tiempo, in the Gringo Gulch part of Puerto Vallarta which they make available to their resort guests. We were VERY happy with our decision to explore PV for a couple of nights!
We LOVED Gringo Gulch and "utterly charming" is a perfect description of the area. It's beautiful and away from the hustle and bustle of the tourism that surrounds the areas closer to the beach, but is still within a completely reasonable walking distance to almost everything - beach, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, you name it. And whatever you can't get to on foot, is a cheap cab ride away. The whole area is up on a hill, so you can see the entire city and the ocean spread out below you. I'm only familiar with the house we stayed in, but it seemed to me that nearly every house/villa in the area had a rooftop or second floor patio (as ours did) high enough to have breathtaking views of Puerto Vallarta and beyond.
The beauty of the climate of PV is that so many houses are open-air, and ours was no exception. It was wonderful to have the breeze blowing in through the open-windows all day and night! The only downside is that due to the steep nature of the roads in the area, we also spent some time listening to (and sometimes smelling!) cars burn rubber in an attempt to get up and down the inclined streets! But it didn't distract from the area for me in the slightest. I loved it, and would go back in a heartbeat.
Another plus is that we never once felt unsafe in the area - we wandered around after dark for several hours each night we were there, and though we did remain aware of our surroundings (as one from the US is prone to do in any major city!), we never had reason to feel at all threatened.
My husband and I would both highly recommend staying away from the high-rise hotels on the beach in favor of the far less touristy Gringo Gulch! Find a gorgeous villa there and be on your way!
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