What a wonderful vacation in paradise! This is the first time that we have traveled to PV in July. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. We did have rain but it was mostly in the late afternoon or evening and it really drove the humidity down making the evenings very comfortable. Our group consisted of me, my husband, and our two boys ages 9 and 10. I will break this report down into topics and try not to ramble too much :-)
We continue to be very pleased with our timeshare at Lindo Mar. It is a small resort with a nice pool which while on the small side, is plenty big enough for the number of units in the resort. There was never an issue with finding a lounge chair or a table. The staff is part of the charm. Many of them are long time employees and treat you like returning family. Maria Elena, the concierge, is the heart of Lindo Mar. Her knowledge, friendliness, and willingness to make sure that your stay is special is so refreshing. I do wish that the management would find nicer accommodations for the spa since their current location is not much more then a large closet. You will however find the ladies give first rate massages and your best bet is to have them done in your room by the balcony, listening to the gentle lap of the waves. We had three therapeutic massages by Mary and oh how I wish I could have stuffed her in my suitcase :-) This trip there were quite a few children and so our boys enjoyed making friends and hanging out on the beach or by the pool. Even guests without children were getting into the spirit of the pool games and offering cush balls and fishing nets for the kids enjoyment.
This was the first trip to PV for our boys and while we had plans to do things like the zoo they had other ideas. We did spend several nights on the Malacon enjoying the sand sculptors, shopping for trinkets, and just enjoying some family time .
On our fourth day we hired a driver that we had used quite a few years ago and we were so pleased with our day. We requested that he show the boys the “Real Mexico” rather then a lot of tourist locations. He took us up into the hills of Conchas Chinas that overlook our resort. There we saw some spectacular homes with awesome views...not exactly in our price range but unfortunately because of the economy many of them were for sale. We stopped on a back road and made a cut in a gum tree so the boys could have some tree to mouth gum. We had our first look at the town of Pitillal. That is definitely a town I want to go back and explore. We stopped at a little coconut stand and had them crack one open for the boys to eat. Hmmmm they tasted the coconut water I use in our smoothies back home right from the source. We also stopped at a brick oven bakery, Panaderia La Chiqueta, for the tastiest rolls and breads..hot and fresh from the oven. We drove around a few sub divisions where professional folks might live and then on to the back roads where we saw many abodes of the average Mexican workers. We stopped to see some Aztec hairless dogs. Sorry folks but they are not pretty! As a Rotarian I was pleased to see a kindergarten that was sponsored by Rotary International. We stopped for lunch in Nogalito where we ate by a small stream and let the boys play in the water by a small waterfall. We saw many local families having picnics in the area as well. We also stopped along the way to see a plant called mimosa pudica that is sensitive to touch and closes when its fronds are touched. This is the plants way to protect itself from deer and other grazers. We also stopped to see termite nests and learned how they are constructed and even repaired when damaged. A very educational day. I would highly recommend our driver and will pm his number to anyone who is interested.
The boys enjoyed snorkeling off the beach area at Lindo Mar. The water was perfect, warm and calm. They saw many different fish and also some eels. The local fisherman who goes out early in the morning and returns early afternoon was also a big attraction. He would gut his catch, let all the kids touch the squid and langoustines, and of course he was also a big draw to the local pelicans. We got some great pictures!
The boys had fun just being boys. They went to bed tired every night and made a ton of new friends that they will probably never see again from both the US and Mexico
As adults we had two choices that we were not willing to compromise on. The first one was Tony’s La Choza in Mismaloya. Actually the boys enjoyed it first because of its quaint location and second because Tony took the fresh chicken and made them chicken fingers. Hubby enjoyed his bacon wrapped shrimp and I had my usual garlic shrimp. We had two little girls on the roof next door openly flirting with our guys until mama came out and put an end to it :-)
Our second adult meal was at Barcelona Tapas. I fed the boys PP&J before we went and told them they were welcome to try any of our dishes as long as they behaved and let us have our night at Barcelona. They tried a few things like oven roasted asparagus and calamari but while we loved everything we ordered it was not a favorite with the younguns. Barcelona Tapas consistently delivers!
We ate quite a few meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at La Playita. Again, it is always a good choice and you can’t get a much better view. I especially liked their Enchilada’s Dona Paula which is shrimp in a cheese and salsa verde sauce.
Three nights we ate Italian in town. One night was at La Dolce Vita...it was okay but not great. I had lasagna and the boys had pepperoni pizza. My husband had spaghetti in a pink sauce with shrimp. He said it was very good. Two nights we ate at La Posta. They rate high in our book for excellent brick oven pizza. Hubby and I especially enjoyed the Caprese Pizza.
I will also give Baskin Robbins a plug. We don’t have any near us here in PA and that is a good thing because I fell in love with their pineapple coconut ice-cream.
We are back home, we all slept in this morning, I am on approximately load ten of laundry, and we are all ready to go back to Puerto Vallarta for another adventure. We are raising our grandchildren and I really wasn’t quite sure how this vacation would shake out. I must conclude by saying that while this trip was sooo different for us adults it was fun to see Mexico and Puerto Vallarta through the eyes of children!