Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

Please read the first parts of this trip if you haven’t already:
Part 1: Quéretaro
Part 2: Guadalajara & Tequila
Part 3: Sayulita, Nayarit

I promise you that this is the last post chronicling our Mexican Adventure! I’m sorry if I dragged it out too long but man, I love taking photos. Since our adventure was ending with us flying out of Puerto Vallarta, we decided to spend out last night in that town. I have never been before and while I tend to stay clear of resort-like places in Mexico, I think that it’s also good to get a feel of what it’s like just in case I ever get sent there sometime in the future. Getting to Puerto Vallarta from Sayulita is easy as there are buses that run between the towns all of the time. However, we had our big cases so opted to be ballers and take a taxi. If you remember, our taxi from the bus station in Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita was only 400 pesos ($32 CDN). It was a standard taxi much like what you would hail here in Toronto. Heading the other way, however, was a different story. The Sayulita taxis are a bit more professional (read: expensive) as they are used to carrying van-loads full of tourists. We checked it out the night before we left and booked a guy to come pick us up at 10am the following morning. The cost for this ride was 700 pesos ($58 CDN – like what I pay to get to the airport here in Toronto!).

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

Our taxi dropped us off at the hotel (more about that later) and we quickly checked in before heading out to see just what Puerto Vallarta was all about. We had booked an all-inclusive hotel (more about that later) so had figured that we should wander the streets of PV before settling into the resort where we would stay until the very last minute when we had to fly home.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

Our friends Amy & Craig had just been in PV and had told us that we had to visit a craft brewery there called Los Muertos Brewing. We made it our mission to walk there, take in whatever sites we saw on the way and then walk back to the resort. We took the tourist route and walked along the malecon. So maybe it wasn’t the best route because it was filled with cheesey tourist souvenir shops and cheap tequila stores. We were yelled at to come into each one, promising the best deals. We managed to avoid it all, for the most part and were happy when we turned up a street and saw Los Muertos.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

We arrived just as they were opening up – it may have been noon at the earliest but we were hot and ready for a pint. The brewmaster was doing his thing when we arrived and this awesome guy Chris was helping him out. We started talking to Chris and he quickly joined us for a pint and a great chat. When traveling, you often meet lots of people but only in the rare time do you actually connect and keep in touch with someone. Chris is an interesting dude and has a great site that you should check out called Pedaling for Peace.
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

We tried a bunch of their beers but I think that my favourite was the Agave Maria. It was a medium ale and I loved that they use local ingredients like agave. There was also a beer on tap called Anillo de Fuego that had serrano chilis in it. Josh liked it, I think.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

After a couple pints, we stumbled wandered back to the resort. We were staying at the Buenaventura Grand Hotel. We opted for the all-inclusive option to make life easy and to also live it up a bit. I had chosen the resort based on it’s proximity to town – most of the resorts are located along the main highway in PV. Buenaventura was a beautiful place. It was a little dated and the food wasn’t awesome but we still enjoyed it. Our room had a slight ocean view and when we arrived, they gave us mimosas. I approved.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

Once we got settled in the room, we walked the thirty seconds it took to get to the beach. I noticed a lot of people walking towards the water and looking at something. We soon realised that there was a whale, in the bay. It was jumping and squirting water and it was pretty awesome to see so close.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

When staying at resorts like this, they usually have a daily cocktail. Josh, being a bartender and all, thought these were pretty funny. On both days that we were there, the drinks were a lovely blue so you can only imagine what was in them!

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith
Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

All in all, our stay here was decent. Puerto Vallarta has that old tourist town feel. It’s not new and happening likes places such as Playa del Carmen and Cancun. It’s a little quieter, a little run down. You can see that at one point, it was the place to be but now, it’s a little more settled, And I actually preferred this.

Sayulita, Mexico 02 | Jessica Blaine Smith

When in Mexico, you must always bring home Mexican candies. Above are my favourites – the ones on the left are made with coconut and the ones on the right are with peanuts. I am not a big sweets person but I totally get cravings for these treats.

 

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