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    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
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Trip Report "Solo" trip to Puerto Vallerta

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With the encouragement of many of Fodorites, I agreed to do a home exchange with a former neighbor for a month. I had thought it would be mostly solo but turned out 2 friends came for 10 days and daughter for a week so I was really only alone for a week.

The apartment was a beautiful 2 bedroom on the 5th floor of a small complex in the de Decembrie area of PV. We were about 5 blocks to the closest beach and walking distance to the north end of the Malecon so location was great.
The neighborhood was a mix of locals and expats so was interesting to be able to view a non touristy slice of Mexican life. The downside was that it was rather noisy with barking dogs and roosters waking you up in the AM, and just down the hill was a school where band practice was held at 8 AM sharp.
After a quick orientation by my hosts, I was on my own and spent time walking miles along the Malecon and Old Town, learning the bus system so by the time my friends arrived, I almost seemed like I knew what I was doing.

December is a fun time to be there as the first twelve days is the Festival of Guadalupe and every night there is a procession up to the big cathedral, food venders everywhere and much celebrating going on. An interesting time to be there and observe some Mexican customs.

Some of the fun things I did with friends was a bus tour to the small mining town of San Sebastian- an old silver mining town- with a stop for some coffee tasting, and tequila tasting on the way home. The town has a very interesting history and we enjoyed our day there.

One day we took a city bus to the tiny beach town of Boca and spent the day at the beautiful beach there.
We took a water taxi to Yelepa- another fun day, another beautiful beach. If you go, make sure you try the pie served by the pie lady of Yelepa- I had coconut, my friends loved the chocolate.

We also spent a lot of time at the Sea Monkey where they serve $1 margaritas and also the Mango Beach Club where you can use all of their lounge chairs, umbrellas etc for the cost of
just buying some food and drink. You can even use their sea kayaks - fun place to spend the day.

Our favorite restaurant was the Barracuda- a small beach restaurant a few blocks from the apt- loved the fish steamed in foil with lots of veggies.

Friends left, I had a few days alone and daughter arrived a couple of days before Christmas.
Will post more about that later

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