Travel Blogs from Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta our saviour, our first port on this whacky ride called a “honeymoon" - what can you grant us? Fun, entertainment, cheap drinks, cheap tacos and truly Mexican experience? This and more is true, but why must it be through the looking glass of aged Americans and Canadians that Puerto Vallarta holds a different perspective?
We went for a 1.5 hour hike along the ocean today from a town called Boca De Tomatlan to Playa Animas. It is only 30 min drive from PV. The walk was beautiful. It was up and down a rocky path...but we ended up at a very nice ocean side restaurant in the hills. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
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... huts, standing out against a steep jungle-clad backdrop of tropical rainforest, nestled in an isolated cove. Theres nothing for miles around, just the ocean, pelicans bobbing in the gentle swell of the waves, a warm breeze and the seemingly endless thick jungle beyond.
We got a warm welcome on the island. Dancers, music, a photo. The great thing about Las Caletas, is that everything is included. An open bar, activities and a buffet lunch. First up, we find a good spot, a ...
... better to do!), flogging this stuff to any who will buy; and there are those that do-and nobody goes down with the screaming trotts, unbelievable. My stomach turns with the very idea of looking at the stuff let alone risking eating it. But the locals seem to love them; maybe its my guts that need toughening up...nah! my guts have managed to avoid the Mexican Mambo so far. I'll think i'll stick to the ...
... we board the bus once again, this time headed to our cooking class & lunch. We don aprons and chef`s hats and margarita in hand we head to our table where we will learn how to prepare salsa, guacamole to be followed by a shredded beef tostada and chichen fajita with mole sauce. The cooking lesson is mainly chopping and blending at the table. Norm prepares the bulk of the meal which is a refreshing change after 41 years!! He`s so taken by it that he thinks ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDulce Vida Puerto Vallarta
Dulce Vida is a beautiful place, with a number of private villas. They are super spacious, super comfortable and are run by a lovely Canadian couple. I would certainly stay again at this little place.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dulce Vida Puerto Vallarta
Best of both worlds
'Best of both worlds' .....that's what I think about Casa Dulce Vida.
I've had the opportunity to stay there on three different occasions.
Each time I've enjoyed the proximity to the market place. which is just four blocks away. It's easy to explore a variety of shops, grocery stores, and to check out numerous restaurants and of course to stroll along the Malecon which always comes alive in the evening. Then after you've been out on the town or have had enough exercise for the day and you want to go for a swim or stroll in a beautiful garden or just put your feet up and relax, you can find it all at Casa Dulsa Vida.
Fantastic view. Friendly, efficient staff. Can't wait to return.
This place is fantastic!
For my 3rd trip to PV, and my girlfriend's first trip, we found this place on the internet. I've stayed in the old town before, and in the hotel zone, but everything about Casa Dulce Vida was perfect. The location (in mid-town, up a small hill from the Malecon) is perfectly central. There are at least 3 really good restaurants within 2-3 blocks of it, and the old town (where many more good restaurants are loctaed) is short 10 minute walk. This really isn't a hotel - more of a large house divided up into flats. We stayed in a rather small one, but it was clean, with afull kitchen, and a spectacular view. Service was great, and everything was very romantic and comfortable. We will stay here again!
We loved this place!
We have been to Casa Dulce Vida many times, starting with our honeymoon in 1992. We can't imagine staying at large resort - this is like staying at a friend's house but with maid service! We have gone back and taken our son when he was a baby and the staff was very helpful. We enjoyed staying in the center of town as part of the neighborhood with the local people and being able to walk to all the shops and restaurants nearby. Awesome!
We stayed in Casa 2 for our honeymoon! At the end of the week we did not want to return home! The private rooftop garden, the refreshing pool... and the kitchen, allowing us to shop locally for fresh produce were incredible. We had the most incredible diningroom and bathroom I have ever seen! It was idyllic! I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you are going on vacation check out Dulcevida.
Just returned from a 4-night stay at Casa Dulce Vida. What a great find! Upon our arrival Brenda showed us to our casa, Casa 5. Brenda was extremely friendly and made us fell very welcomed. Our casa was absolutely wonderful. There were fresh cut flowers on the dining table. It had a large bedroom with two full-sized beds, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a cute dining area, a large nicely furnished living room, and 2 twin beds for additional guests. This casa could easily sleep 6. Casa 5 also had a private patio with a view of the ocean. The patio steps led to the beautifully maintained garden. Every morning and evening, Id go out to the patio to sit and enjoy the view. Casa Dulce Vida is in easy walking distance to the Malecon, however, you might want to take a taxi back. Unless you are in good physical condition, the uphill hike can be difficult. If you decide to stay here, there are a few luxuries youll have to live without. There are no phones in the rooms (youll have to use the office phone), no TV, no iron, no air conditioning. There are plenty of novels available both in the casa and at the office. If you are interested in tours, see Brenda or Chawnalee. Brenda suggested 3 tours for us, The Rhythm of the Night (Vallarta Adventures), horseback riding (La Palmara Ranch), and El Eden Restaurant. All were wonderful. If you are tired of the mega chain hotels and want a unique experience at affordable prices, this is the place for you.
My most favorite place visited. Ever.
Casa Dulce Vida must be one of the best kept secrets in Puerto Vallarta. It is a lovely villa style inn (with only 6 rooms) on the hillside above town. It is an easy walk from down town, old town, and the ocean. Everything is extraordinarily well cared for and the rooms are clean and quaint. There's no swim-up-bar (thank god), but if you're looking for a clean, quiet, cozy get-away, with lots of charm and very affordable prices, Dulce Vida is for you! Visit their web-site.
A most amazing place to be
Casa Dulce Vida is a truly wonder place to stay! I stayed there for a week in December of 2002 and I'm going again this year. It's a lovely villa on the hillside above, and overlooking, Puerto Vallarta. The rooms are simple but lovely, the gardens and pool are welcoming, the staff is extraordinarily helpful, and the views are absolutely exquisite. It's a short walk from both old town PV and the hopping tourist side of town. If you're looking for a peaceful place that is simple, lovely, but close to all that PV has to offer, then Dulce Vida is your spot!
Truly the Sweet Life!
I have been a repeat guest the past four years. Staff is extremely friendly and the accomodations are very comfortable. I cannot imagine staying anywhere else in PV after my stay here.
Casa Dulce Vida
I stayed here with some friends for seven of the most amazing days of my life! The staff is very friendly. While the hike from the beach to Dulce Vida is a steep uphill climb, the view from the balcony makes it all worth it. The rooms rest in an open-air Italian architecture. I would recommend La Casa Dulce Vida to anyone interested in visiting Puerto Vallarta.
We stayed in Casa 2 for two weeks in December. The building, pool, gardens and pathways make for great privacy and comfort. Staff was wonderful, always helpful with local information. We plan to go back.