Puerto Vallarta is a great vacation spot on the West coast of Mexico, about the same latitude as Hawaii. It is located in the huge Bay of Banderas that has miles and miles of great beaches. You can spot whales, Dolphins, Turtles and lots of Pelicans!The winter weather there is warm, the sun shines every day. The Night of the Iguana, Predator, Herbie Goes Bananas were all filmed in Puerto Vallarta or vicinity. Famous movie director John Huston made his home on the isolated beaches south of Puerto Vallarta. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton also had homes in the city.  Puerto Vallarta has more recently been known as a destination for artists and art shows. There are numerous art galleries. Creative sculpture is featured along the famous Malecon walk along the ocean in the old part of town. The city is also clean and safe and the people friendly!

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We stayed at the Hotel Rosita in Puerto Vallarta. It is the oldest hotel in Puerto Vallarta and features "Old Mexico" architecture at it's finest.  The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly, the food in the restaurant is good, and the prices are reasonable. It is located downtown at the start of the Malecon, where everyone from the high priced chrome and glass resorts go to enjoy the local sights.


                      The Hotel Rosita            

Located at the start of the Malecon--across from McDonald's.

Our suite gave us a great view of the ocean and setting sun.

Our long-time friend Salvador took us to Las Caletas Beach,

the former home of movie director John Huston.  The Snorkeling,

activities, food and Margaritas were great!


The Malecon is the walkway along the ocean front.  It is a popular night time spot to stroll, enjoy the sidewalk performances and the creative artistic sculptures.

We went with Salvador and his family for a great lunch about 60 kilometers South of Puerto Vallarta. A beautiful, picturesque drive through the mountains. We also visited a small village and purchased homemade bread and pastries.

    Betty, Salvador, Diana, Cecilia and Rosita


We took a drive to view the panorama of the beautiful Bay of Banderas.

We have an eloquent breakfast along the Rio Cuale with Salvado, Betty

and his daughters.


We went on a beach BBQ with Salvador, Betty, Luis, Hilda and their daughters.

Luis and Salvador are both great cooks! Luis made

a great homemade salsa! Salvador BBQed a big fish.

Both the salsa and fish were terrific!

We took an adventurous 2 1/2 hour ride through the mountainous

Jungle to the small village of San Sebastian. It is an old mining village

dating back to the 1600's.

The road crosses streams and rivers many times--no bridges!

Hilda's sister and husband (Professors from Guadalajara) are starting a small

Eco-resort in San Sebastian for those who want peace and quiet and enjoy life

away from the beaten track.  It also features satellite TV and the Internet!

It is called La Galerita De San Sebastian, and the rates are very reasonable!

We went deep sea fishing for Marlin with Salvador,

Luis and his son.  Salvador was the only one to catch

a fish--an "El Toro".


Puerto Vallarta is a great place to visit!

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