Vacationing in Mexico: PUERTO VALLARTA

Formerly a small fishing village, Puerto Vallarta became famous during the 1964 filming of “Night of the Iguana” in 1964–it is not certain if it was due to the fact that it starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, or because Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had rented adjoining houses and were having a torrid, extramarital affair! In any case, the then undeveloped tropical beauty of the local beaches caught the eye of the rest of the world and turned this sleepy village into a major movie and tourist destination on the “Mexican Riviera.

We first came to PV on New Year’s Eve 2004, when we stayed at Villa de Palmar located between the airport and the city. That was our first experience with a timeshare exchange. We arrived in the midst of their New Years Eve celebration during a Mexican fiesta complete with food, music, and dancing. Our room overlooked the courtyard so we sat on our balcony and enjoyed the festivities.

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NYE Fiesta

Villa del Palmar

Villa del Palmar

Fiesta dancers

Fiesta dancers

Having been plied with Marguaritas upon arrival and promised a free tour worth over a $100, we had agreed to attend a “90-minute” pesentation the next morning.
Several hours later, we became the proud owners of a 1-bedroom timeshare at their new property in Nuevo Vallarta! And we did get free tickets to Rhythms of the Night, a popular (to this day) tour that includes sailing to a private island, seeing a rather spectactular show, and enjoying a buffet dinner on the beach.

We did lots of touristy things that week–including a City Tour that included a visit to a traditional tequila factory, a scenic jungle restaurant for lunch, and a famous cathedral. We left looking forward to many visits to this little piece of Paradise.

Inside church

Inside church

Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral in down Puerto Vallarta

Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral in downtown Puerto Vallarta

Hand squeezing blue agave to make tequila

Hand squeezing blue agave leaves to make tequila

Jungle restaurant--think it was originally part of a movie set

Jungle restaurant–think it was originally part of a movie se

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