Feb 04, 2010
Feb 12, 2011
The crescent shaped Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) was our destination on the western side of Mexico as I had wanted to visit my Dad in Puerto Vallarta prior to our overseas journey. This region was indeed a relaxing way for us to ease ourselves into travel mode as both Nancy and I have been a little distracted in advance of our travels with the minutia and administrivia that comes with preparing for any overseas travel. We stayed in the Marina Vallarta area which allowed for panoramic bay views, superb sunsets and calm away from the gringos that linger in central Puerto Vallarta, near the old town. As such, this initial break before our upcoming long haul travel allowed for 8 days of relatively lethargic inactivity along the Mexican coast, accompanied by the odd walk along the waterfront malecon and a day trip to Bucerias to discover new ways how one can relax in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is clearly looking to capture the tourist peso but the patience and humour of the locals certainly made for an easy stay, whether it was while we attempted to navigate the bus routes around Puerto Vallarta or whether we tried to find that elusive restaurant serving one of the best taco's that the city has to offer. The old town offers variety to match any mood, be it traditional Mexican fare, Italian pasta or Asian spice - I could see taking some cooking classes if we had more time here. Our days seemed to merge together and within a week leaving the serene cocoon of Marina Vallarta was admittedly difficult for some curious reason....could be the $1 margueritas at Cheeky Monkey's, the bowls of lattes at the Marina's Coffee Cup or the endless warm days overlooking the beach with no schedule or appointments; I won't dare to guess. While we are certainly looking forward seeing our mates in Australia and the impending wedding in Sydney, there is also a mix of angst and trepidation associated with this departure from Mexico.