Leaving Puerto Vallarta

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Friday, January 25, 2013



The sulpture of a sea horse with a rider is the symbol of and for Puerto Vallarta..


I really like Puerto Vallarta - I am already thinking about coming back to Puerto Vallarta for 2 or 3 weeks next year.....


David para-sailing:


The luxury, 5 star hotel Marriott was a great hotel - the staff are really great
- trained by Americans in the American way
But this hotel just is not me or for me...
The Rosita Hotel, a simple Mexican Hotel - is more me and my style and for me.......

I went on an all day cruise of the Bahia de Banderas (Puerto Vallarta`s Bay),
which involved whale watching......The Bay is named after the movie star Athony Banderas - or so
I have been told.......



The whales dive out of the water and back into the water in one fast, swift motion.
Their heads are out of the water for about a half second - than you see their tails
disappearing into the water about a half second later......
If you want to get a picture (photo) - you have to be like an army sniper, who has his rifle
trained on a certain, specific spot, waiting for someone to stick their head up to take a peek,
than BANG - he pulls the trigger.  But you do not know where there the whales are going to stick their heads up.....
When someone sees a whale - they shout WHALE, real loud - and every one on the boat runs over to that side of the boat to see the whale - and the boat develops a very sharp lean to the side that everyone is on - and things start sliding across the deck and off of the boat - I think that the whales are just having fun with us - the whales do seem to like to have fun.....

One of my problems is that I have a balance problem (actually I have many, many, many problems, which I will not itemize right now).. The boat was tossing and turning, basically the
boat consisted of two flat decks - ground level and second level - with plastic chairs that people could position where ever that they liked, with about 50 people on each level....  Because of my balance problem, and the tossing and turning of the boat, I was staggering around like a drunken sailor........ 

I am mentioning my problem(s) because people may have or get the idea
that I have no problems and that my life is as smooth as silk..

Just to give you an idea of the world that I am living in - many people (actually some people) leave San Miguel and go to warmer places in the January to March period because it is too cold for them. It is about plus 25 to 30 degrees during the day - but it goes down to about 5 degrees at nite... And they want to get away from the cold,.....

Puerto Vallarta is 5 or 6 times bigger than San Miguel - although in some ways it is difficult to compare the two cities - Puerto Vallarta is about 25 miles long, stretched along the shore of the Bahia de Banderos (named after Anthony Banderos) - see map at the top right of this blog...

Puerto Vallarta is definitely a more commerialized city than San Miguel - it has a Walmart, a Costco, a MacDonald`s (several), a subway, a Starbucks (Mexicans are not big on coffee - many restaurants serve instant coffee - or if they brew a pot of coffee, it sits there all day and is low quality coffee).
And Puerto Vallarta is much more a tourist trap than San Miguel - in Puerto Vallarta they try to rip you off shamelessly.....it is the name of the game in Puerto Vallarta....
San Miguel is small town friendly - and does not have the out of town predators that Puerto Vallarta seems to have....

Living in San Miguel at a high altitude (6,000-7,000ft.), and being on the side of a steep mountain and walking up the steep streets of San Miguel - being in Puerto Vallarta, at sea level and on level ground - I can walk twice the distance with half the effort in Puerto Vallarta - walking 4 or 5 miles to a meeting place in Puerto Vallarta is a piece of cake....

For those of you who have been in Puerto Vallarta before - major improvements have been make in the last year. The street running along the waterfront - the Malecon - has been closed down and made into a pedestrian walkway - several miles long - and is now a very interesting and pleasant walk.... Two new tunnels have been built - so that the downtown area can be avoided and bypassed completely, when going from one side of the town to the other side of town...
I think that the Mexican government has made major improvements in infrastruture all over Mexico in the last few years.....

I met an American from Alaska, in Puerto Vallarta, the Rosita Hotel, where I am staying..
He has travelled all over the world and he takes his bicycle with him where ever he goes in the world....It is a foldup bicycle - cost about $40 to take it on the airplane - pays for itself in saved taxi fares and gives him a lot more freedom of movement where ever he happens to be - reminds me a little bit of Dr. Ron in Ottawa, Canada....

Sayulita is the new, old Puerto Vallarta - it is just around the corner of the bay from Puerto Vallarta, north of Puerto Vallarta. If you go to the map at the top right hand corner of this blog - the map can be enlarged and moved around - go north of Puerto Vallarta and you will see Sayulita...
There is a also a quaint village, San Sebastian, about a 3 hour drive from Puerto Vallarta, that has been frozen in time...Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor use to hide out there in San Sebastian from their fans, when they wanted to make out with each other....






A secret code left in Puerto Vallarta by my son for me
I have not been able to break the code yet - I have the feeling, intuitively,
that there is some very important information contained in that code......
















Hasta La Vista
Mis Compadres
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Mexico Dave.




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