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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 07:56 AM
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We are looking forward to our first visit to PV in Feb. thanks to your recommendation. Arriving the day of our wedding anniversary-looking for a special place for dinner that night and wondering if we need reservations. We are staying in the Romantic Zone. Thanks
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 10:06 AM
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Coco's Kitchen (Púlpito 122) is beautiful courtyard setting with great food, easy walk, down jsut in off the beach across from Paradise Community Center. They have patio dining with sparkly lights in the trees, a comfortable but special setting. Fabulous coconut shrimp entree.
http://www.cocoskitchen.net/#!__about

Casa Isabel's up on the hill, their restaurant called Madison South has amazing stunning panoramic views of the city. I only had a drinks but their menu and food looked excellent.
http://www.casaisabelpv.com/bar-and-grill

I've never been but Vista Grill is up that same street as Casa Isabel's and supposed to be very nice. Same killer views.
http://www.vistagrill.com/

The River Cafe, is tucked away on the Rio Cuale (between Centro and Southside) and a very romantic lush setting, with some tables actually out over the water. Live music in their bar later in the evening.
http://www.rivercafe.com.mx/

Last but not least, right on the sand of Los Muertos La Palapa. Fine dining both under the palapa and out on the sand. Also music in the bar later most evenings.
http://www.lapalapapv.com/site/

Depending on day of the week and time of your dinner, probably wouldn't hurt to make a reservation.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Glad to see the River Café is still going strong, one of PV's special places.
Is Bolero about a 100 yards or so up river from there sill on the Island? It always had excellent food, very peaceful with outdoor seating overlooking the river.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 12:04 PM
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I had breakfast at River Cafe two weeks ago, lovely as always. Not sure about Bolero, sorry didn't notice.
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Old Nov 28th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Thank you. We are staying three weeks, so look forward to trying them all. I think we're going to like it there!!!!
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Old Nov 28th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Suze, is that a typo regarding your Luigi's frozen yogurt being 270 pesos? Must be pretty darned good frozen yogurt for that amt., lol. I just came back from a 2 wk trip to Q. Roo and Yucatan, so I am in tune w/the peso to USD rate.
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Old Nov 28th, 2012, 05:57 PM
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Yes darlin you are absolutely correct, 27 peso, single scoop. muchas gracias for the edit. It WAS fabulous, but not twenty bucks.
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Old Dec 4th, 2012, 01:35 PM
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snorklesue~agree with suze~The River Cafe would be a perfect choice for an anniversary dinner!!
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Old Mar 7th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Suze, in looking for a place to stay next winter, 5-6wks,I am now looking at Puerto Vallarta. What is the nearest airport? Any problem renting a car for that long? We would be looking for a 2bed 2bath condo with pool and oceanfront. We love little harbor towns....any help?
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Old Mar 7th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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hola cd-

The international airport IS Puerto Vallarta (code PVR) it's right in town, at the north end.

No problems renting a car but if your condo is in town you probably wouldn't need or want one. There are taxis everywhere and a very decent bus system. Parking and traffic downtown is very conjested.

Not to misrepresent PV I need to say is not a "little harbor town". It's a busy hussling bussling Mexican city with a population of 300,000 these days.

I have some good condo connections but none are oceanfront.
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 05:59 AM
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Thanks suze
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 07:50 AM
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There are some condos listed here
http://vallartainfo.com/rent.html
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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The website cabron mentions above is also good for seeing what tours and activites are available. And excellent maps.

www.vallarta-getaways.com is the agency I use for rentals. See "Unique Old Town Rentals" tab.
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Thanks cabron and suze. I'm hoping to find a small harbor town somewhere but I will keep PV on my list.
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 11:23 AM
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Have you looked at Sayulita?
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Old Mar 8th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Have you looked at Zijuatenejo? That sounds a lot more like what you are seeking.

Or from PV up same direction but before you reach Sayulita you can check out San Pancho or Ricon de Guaymbitos. Or maybe south like around Barre de Navidad?
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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a small harbor town, mostly pleasure craft, between PV and Punta de Mita. I you're looking for a fishing town, Tehuamixtle, south of Cabo Corrientes is even smaller and well known for oysters and lobster.
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Thank you Suze for all your info! We're finally getting ready to pack for our 2 weeks in PV and have so many of your notes and recommendations for our time there. I'm looking forward to writing our own trip report.
By the sounds of it, you mainly do R&R trips. Have you done many of the local activities i.e., water sports, zip line, ATV tours, etc? As well as day trips from PV? We won't have a car, so we're at the mercy of using buses and taxis. We're staying right in zona romatica so we'll be able to do lots of walking. We're going to do the walking food tour our first day there so we know where to eat the rest of our trip. But we're trying to decide on what to do the rest of the time...aside from sitting on the beach and walking through town. There are so many options and so many providers, we're just trying to sort through them all. Have you personally dealt with any of them? Thanks!
SEA to PVR in 6 days and counting!
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Old May 16th, 2013, 06:29 PM
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I think maybe my better question should have been - how much should we plan ahead of time and how much is best to just do "on the fly" when we get there? We'd like to be as prepared as we can (making sure we get the best deal and/or making reservations ahead of time) but also looking forward to being spontaneous.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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TBalcom- we did the zip line with Los Veranos. They were great and I highly recommend them. Very fun and very professional. I would wait and book things once you are there.
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