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Trip Report Trip Report: Muchas Margaritas in Puerto Vallarta

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I am finally thru the holidays and starting our Puerto Vallarta trip report. DH and I travelled to PV Dec. 9-16. We had a great time and didn't want to come back home to the rain and gloom in No. Cal. I will try to not let this get too long. I used advice from here, but especially appreciated the posts of Suze and Blondlady.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2006:

Flew America West from Sacramento, thru Phoenix, to PV. Uneventful, used the time on the flight to look over guidebooks on PV: Frommers Pocket Guide and Moon Handbook.

On arrival in PV, we were assailed by timeshare people but knew better and knew(from this site) to cross over the highway and grab a taxi across from the airport. We were staying in at the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, north of PV, so our taxi was about $15US.

After reading reports here, I knew that we would be at least 30-40 min. outside of PV. We got our room through an RCI (timeshare) promotion: a studio for $150/week. I am a big believer in you get what you pay for. And we did. The Grand Mayan is about a year old. When you enter the lobby, there is this Mayan themed hall with huge Mayan-type statues and music. We thought is was a bit over the top and kind of creepy. The rest of the common areas of the Grand Mayan are nice. Plus the pool area and grounds are also very nice.

As I said, we got what we paid for: a room on the second floor, facing out below to the bell boys and cars driving up. We also ended up with a handicapped room, so we missed out on having a sunken jacuzzi tub in our room. Darn!! After check in, we got a bite and I had my first 2 for 1 margarita during "la hora de feliz". That night we just kicked back.

Sat. Dec. 10:

Today we had breakfast at the hotel, then headed to the pool. The GM has a large, meandering pool, several swim-up bars, a "lazy river" around the area where you can rent a tube and float down river, a wave pool and water slide. The beaches in this area are also very nice, clean and uncrowded.
We hung out at the pool all day and enjoyed the "horas de feliz" and food poolside.

Sunday, Dec. 11:

This was our first foray into PV. We grabbed a taxi, about $16 into PV and had brunch at La Palapa on Los Muertos beach. Good food and lots of action. I bought a few goodies from the beach fendors to bring back home a gifts. Afterwards, we wandered Old Town, checking out places to eat and maybe stay in the future. We did a little shopping, checked out the church - it was the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, so the church was busy and the square had booths set up with religious items. We headed back to NV late in the afternoon.

Monday, Dec. 12:

This was another pool day. We just wanted to relax and save ourselves for the evening. We planned dinner in PV at Pipi's and were going to take in the final night of the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration.

We took off to PV about 8 p.m. and got into Pipi's right away. Great guacamole and giant margaritas. I ordered a sampler, which turned out to be way too much food. DH order was also way too much food. A shared meal probably would have been plenty. The food was good and this was a fun place.

Afterwards, we head a few blocks over to the celebration area. All long the street were food fendors: taco stands where the pork is cut right off the ham for tacos, churros, candy glazed nut stands, and flan stands. Too bad we were full!!! Everything looked great!!

About 10:30, the parade started. This was very quaint with floats, Aztec-type dance groups, and singing marchers with candles. We then headed to the Malecon and finally headed back to NV.

To be continued later.....

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