Puerto Vallarta area

Sep 15th, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Puerto Vallarta area

My husband and I are planning some time in Mexico next month. I haven't been to the Vallarta area in years and am thinking of a week or two in the area north of PV. Does anyone have suggestions for a mature couple who like quiet beaches, good restaurants and comfortable accommodations? We enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and relaxing, and we want a village/town with a "Mexican feel"; no resorts, please.
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Sep 15th, 2012, 08:00 PM
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Suze will eventually respond as she is the PV expert, but in the meantime, look up her posts. They will probably answer many of your questions.
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Sep 15th, 2012, 08:35 PM
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suze where are you.

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Sep 16th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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I would suggest Bucerias, which isn't too far from Puerto Vallarta, Map:
but there are far more fine restaurants in PV proper, especially the south side of town and we don't have any 'resorts' there. OK, I'm prejudiced since that's where I live. My Colonia is, very much, a typical Mexican neighbourhood. Anywhere close to the beach is going to be touristy.
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Sep 16th, 2012, 07:11 AM
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Playa Escondida in Sayulita. Secluded, excellent food, spa on premise. Would go back in a heartbeat!
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Sep 17th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Here I am!

While I love Puerto Vallarta and have vacationed there many times, I'm only an "expert" at staying downtown. I've never spent much time up north or in smaller villages, a day trip up to El Anclote (beach) at Punta Mita (town) is the only place I've been.

That said I never stay in "resorts" and PV itself has about the most "mexican feel" you are going to find anywhere. It's a vibrant, busy, working Mexican city. It's plenty authentic.

But that doesn't sound like exactly what these folks have in mind.

For their question I'd look at Bucerias as cabron already suggested if you want to be close to PV and on a beach. Or further out the towns of Rincon de Guayabitos, San Pancho, or Sayulita which are an hour north of the city.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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I think Sayulita is the most "touristy" of the towns up north because it's known for the surfing.

If you have any more details about what you're looking for, feel free to post again and maybe we can better assist.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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IMO these folks need to check out Barra de Natividad & Meleque just north of Manzanillo. Sounds like these smaller fairly peaceful places are ideal.
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Sep 18th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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I was thinking the same thing Stewbear, but didn't know specifically what to recommend. That they might want to look *south* of PV rather than north.
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Sep 19th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Or La Manzanilla in Tenacatita bay ? A very nice small village not quite as far as Barra.
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Sep 23rd, 2012, 06:16 PM
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Not a resort but has evolved through the years: Bucerias!!! Wonderful high, low and medium priced restaurants, Internet cafes, very nice long stretch of beach, activities, safe, local art, folklorico, bakeries. Go online and scroll through the descriptions. I have more eateries in Bucerias than any other than Puerto Vallarta in my dining guide.
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Well there ARE resorts in Bucerias too, but doesn't mean you have to stay at them.

Nice to see you here, garyrbeck!!
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