In Mexico, days are hotter, beer is colder and guacamole is free…
Our week spent in Puerto Vallarta was simply stunning. From start to end, the trip was filled with unforgettable moments. Situated in the state of Jalisco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise on earth.
Hot, humid days were greeted by stormy skies and rainstorms in the evenings. The scorching heat was the perfect excuse to spend our days lounging by the pool. Our boutique hotel’s pool was beautiful and hosted breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle landscape.
Instead of staying in a holiday resort, we opted to stay at an authentic Mexican hotel. Situated in the old town, the property is placed on one of Puerto Vallarta’s last remaining dirt roads. Our balcony overlooked the Rio Cuale. From the bathroom window, we could see iguanas nestled into the treetops. Every morning, we were awoken by the distinctive call of roosters.
Puerto Vallarta’s old town has cobbled streets, pretty architecture and an abundance of restaurants & bars. It’s home to many hidden gems and has great street food, too. This was my favourite area to explore.
Despite the heat, we tried to immerse ourselves into Mexican culture as much as possible. We did this in the form of eating tacos and drinking tequila & margaritas. In fact, on our final day, we went tequila tasting at Oscar’s. Oscar’s is situated beside the Rio Cuale and overlooks the ocean. While we were tequila tasting, we experienced a magical moment when we witnessed a pod of dolphins playing in the ocean. Coffee, guanabana, passion-fruit and kiwi were just a few flavours of tequila that we had the opportunity to try. I was interested to learn that tequila originates in the state of Jalisco.
Puerto Vallarta is blessed with beautiful landscapes. Whether you are taking a stroll along the Malecon, or exploring the old town; the views will not disappoint. Nevertheless, the best view of Vallarta is from Mirador de La Cruz. After a short hike, you are rewarded with outstanding views of the coastline and the jungle.