Still have some Puerto Vallarta pics to share which is a good thing! Between being busy at work and figuring out how I’m going to handle my workload, and being uninspired by the April landscapes this year, I haven’t picked up a camera in awhile. The prospect of May flowers, though, will change that soon!
If you’re interested in traveling and experiencing different places, I really encourage you to think differently about your accommodations and look beyond hotels and resorts. Renting a house was not without frustrations – there were a few pool issues to be sorted out which meant contacting the owner in Texas and then dealing with the property manager who lived across the street and was extremely busy running a fishing boat charter company, and a language barrier with the pool guy. Also, because the house was for sale, there were a few showings, but we knew that a possibility before renting, and received a discount for the inconvenience. Some people have asked if there were any worries about renting a place online because what if the place doesn’t look like the pictures and you’ve spent all that money and it ends up being in a bad neighbourhood? You do need to do some research. I looked on AirBnB and Home Away. Read the reviews, then try to read between the lines of those reviews. I only look at places that have more than 5 reviews, preferably more (because it’s pretty easy to get three of your friends to give you a good review!). If there’s an address look it up on Google Maps street view. Establish a rapport with the owner either by phone or email – do they respond to your inquiries quickly and answer your questions? This all sounds like it takes some effort, but I enjoy it! Keep in mind, this was for a two week stay, and a good portion of the travel budget was going towards accommodations. I wouldn’t put this much effort into a three day stay, for example. Ultimately, the house in Puerto Vallarta was chosen for its million dollar views and my bucket list rooftop, private pool! All the research paid off! All the pics were taken from the rooftop.
The neighbourhood…5 de Diciembre
Felt a little nervous for this guy painting on the roof!
And the iguana who liked to sun himself on the ledge of the house’s second level.
As in Maui in 2015, I don’t think I missed a sunset in Puerto Vallarta. The sky is my endless fascination.
Most of the sunset pictures I took in Puerto Vallarta were from the rooftop pool. I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’ve always wanted to stay somewhere with a private pool.
…a lot of time was spent in this pool staring out at the sea (but my favourite time in the pool was in the evening look at the lights of Puerto Vallarta and the moon)…
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
– William Arthur Ward
Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful city. It also made me mad, sometimes! (Mad, might be too strong a word). But, the great thing about travel is it makes you adapt. You can’t think things are going to be like they are at home. That’s the point of travel – to see and experience different things. Case in point, in Puerto Vallarta, the pedestrian never has the right away and drivers never use their signal lights. You learn this fast. You never know if you should actually step off the curb to cross the street, because the person who may actually appear to be going through the intersection, is actually going to turn right. So, you wait, or run (more like that nervous traveler fast walk across the street, clutching bag to hip). Everyone drives and talks on their phone (even the bus drivers barreling down the cobblestone streets). Once you get about two or three blocks off the main tourist streets, the sidewalks are extremely uneven. For someone like me, who likes to gawk at things and take pictures, and is also a little clumsy, this is a precarious situation. But, you learn to adapt. And it actually becomes part of the charm.
Here are some pictures from a walk through one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Puerto Vallarta:
“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…”
― Van Morrison
Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta…many photographs to share after two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, but this is one of my favourites.
The number of sleeps until Maui is now in the single digits! I’ve planned sight-seeing/photography activities for six of the ten days, leaving room to read by the pool, go to the beach, and just generally laze about if that’s what the day feels like. The only activity I’ve booked in advance is a sunset sail from Lahaina. I love being on the water!
This is a picture I took on a sunset sail in Puerta Vallarta in March 2012 – on that sail dolphins swam along with the boat and there is a pretty good chance we’ll see whales on this sail.
Who wouldn’t love to sail off into the sunset on a cold, snowy, Monday?
Sunset sail, Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, March 2012
…and now I’m going to spend the rest of the evening with the Styx song “Come Sail Away” in my head!
Come sail away with me
Come sail away come sail away
Come sail away with me