May 23 | Linda, CFO
Relaxation is essential when everyday life gets in the way of your leisure. It sometimes is just better to go far away from home to be “forced” to slow down and relax. My husband Kevin and I found this with a fortunate invitation to Puerto Vallarta with our longtime friends and sisters Kathy and Sally, who own a time-share at the Lindo Mar Resort right on Banderas Bay.
Upon our arrival we were blown away at our completely tiled condo with bright colors of sunny yellow and royal blue furnishings, and our balcony, cascading with bright pink bougainvillea flowers and overlooking the pool, the rocky coast, and the blue-green ocean. We dressed for dinner and first had a mango daiquiri at the open-air bar before being seated for a wonderful relaxing Mexican seafood dinner.
We then took a 5-minute bus ride (7 pesos) to downtown PV where we strolled the mile-long Malécon, their newly-renovated boardwalk with palm trees, unusual statues and the famous PV symbol of the youth riding The Sea Horse, people watching, music, bandstand entertainment, and more leisure until the day gave us a beautiful sunset. And that was just our first day…. and we relaxed.
The residents of PV and surrounding small towns seem to be very happy with their lives, eking out an existence with tourists, very proud of their heritage, very Christian, and also friendly and helpful. We rented a car from the resort to drive up the coast north of PV to the lovely seaside town of Sayulita, where surfers enjoy the waves, and artists display their homemade wares for sale. We also drove over 1-1/2 hours to the peaceful Spanish colonial town of San Sebastian, founded in 1605 with the mining of silver, gold and lead, just east over the mountains from PV, but still in the same state of Jalisco. By the time we drove over the ever-present and sometimes unmarked speed bumps the whole way, we were happy to walk the cobblestone streets in the town square to find an open-air table on a hotel balcony to order a drink and guacamole appetizer. While Kevin ordered a bottled beer, I decided to order Jamaica Tea made with an infusion of dried hibiscus petals. A refreshing drink! – served with fresh edible flowers along with a side of jicama sticks at the Botanical Gardens. But wait! It’s made with WATER!! OH! NO! Is the water safe?? Yes, thank goodness – water is safe to drink all over PV and the state of Jalisco. No problems with Montezuma!
We also went south by bus to the small village of Boca de Tomatlan to take a water taxi to the small unique village of Yelapa, which can only be accessed by boat. We bought our round-trip ticket from a young boy and waited for our ride. We had to embark in ankle deep water at the shoreline – not very easy or ladylike climbing into the boat, rocking with the waves. But Yelapa was the place to relax again completely – shaded under a palapa (made with dried palm fronds) with golden sand and the ocean breeze all around – and tasting a slice of homemade coconut pie bought from the “pie lady.” Another beautiful day in paradise!
The sunsets! The beautiful flowers! The colors! The people! Kayaking on the beautiful bay! And the wonderful Mexican food! We LOVED our time in Puerto Vallarta! …. And we relaxed!