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Trip Report MichelleY's Puerto Vallarta Trip Report

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This will be a short trip report of our trip in Mid-January to Puerto Vallarta.

Day 1: We flew from SFO on United to Puerto Vallarta, arriving about 2 pm. We managed to avoid the timeshare sharks and got a cab to the south area for $28. We stayed in a friend's condo on Playa Gemelas. The complex is very nice with a good restaurant and bar. Playa Gemelas is beautiful, but we were disappointed with the condo. A studio that has not been updated probably since it was constructed 30 years ago. I thought it was OK, but DH was very disappointed. That evening we ate dinner and had many cocktails at the onsite restaurant. It was very good and reasonable. It was also very popular with the guests from surrounding condos. We also danced to a great duo: Ajim & Alessandra, playing guitar & bongos. Good music & fun.

Day 2: DH said the next morning - "We're outta this place". He said his back couldn't stand the bed for a whole week or moldy-smelling bedding.

We headed into PV for lunch at Daquiri Dick's - very good and walked up & down the Malecon. We also checked hotel rates around town and on the internet. We decided to head back to the condo and check out the Presidente Intercontinental next door.

Very nice first impression and we ended up with a king-sized bed, 8th floor, all taxes and fees included for under $200/night. We were glad for the move and a pleasant stay the rest of the week.

Day 3: A day at the pool/beach. Dinner in PV at Joe Jack's Fish Shack. My garlic shrimp was very good. DH was just OK with his fish tacos. We walked around the area and checked out some bars.

Day 4: Slept in and had a late lunch in Mismaloya at Boca Bento. This was in a lovely setting at the Casa Iguana hotel. We had a great meal and drinks. Afterwards, we headed into Mismaloya town and checked out one of the Tequila "factories". The guy gave us a mini- tour and assured us all there tequila was made on site. But no way. It was just way to primative. Maybe they did it this way 100 years ago. We then headed down to the beach to check it out.

Day 5: DH did an all day fishing trip. I hung out on the beach.

Day 6: Another beach/pool day and a special dinner at Barcelona Tapas. This was, by far, our favorite meal of the trip. Afterwards, we walked thru El Centro to the Malecon, before heading back to hotel.

Day 7: Pool/beach day. Dinner in Mismaloya at Boca Bento. DH had a steak and rated it as great. I had salmon which was very good, but the cilantro rice was over-cooked and just OK. The rice was probably left over from their Brunch.

Day 8: Late breakfast, check out and head home.

Final thoughts: After changing accomodations, our trip turned out great. The Presidente is on a great, quiet beach. We also, really enjoyed the area south of PV.


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