A Getaway in Mexico–PART ONE: NUEVO VALLARTA

Every year at this time, we try to go someplace warm and sunny to get away from some of the typically bleak Janaury/February weather at in Northern California. Last year we went to Belize, the year before that we were in Australia and New Zealand. However, our usual getaway is to our timeshares in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

This trip we spent the first 12 days in our timeshares–Villa del Palmar Flamingos and Paradise Village–both located in Nuevo Vallarta. We are spending our last few days in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, a small fishing village at the northern end of the Bay of Banderas. (We like to explore new places—last year it was Sayulita.)

Villa del Palmar Flamingos

Villa del Palmar Flamingos

Paradise Village Resort

Paradise Village Resort

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle village plaza

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle village plaza

VILLA DEL PALMAR FLAMINGOS is an all-inclusive resort with luxury apartments in three huge 7- to 8-story buildings. All face the Pacific ocean at an angle, with most units having spectacular views of the ocean. Those on lower levels face the incredibly beautiful pool that fills almost the entire area between buildings. All have full kitchens, laundry rooms, and in-room jacuzzi tubs.

Picture taken from our balcony of pool and beach beyond

Picture taken from our balcony of pool and beach beyond

There are two restaurants on the property—one that is elegant and the other a beach bar; Villa Estancia, their fractional ownership building next door, also has two great restaurants. There is a little market on the grounds, as well as a fitness center and spa. And, of course, there’s a beachfront set up with chairs and umbrellas for guests’ enjoyment.

One could spend several days or weeks there and never leave the complex. As much as we enjoy the resort, we we often take day trips from there—primarily to downtown Puerto Vallarta to the South or Bucerias, Punta de Mita, and Sayulita to the north.

Famous arches along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon (boardwalk)

Famous arches along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon (boardwalk)

Sunset from Bucerias--not a particularly picturesque town, but with restaurants on the beach and fabulous views

Sunset from Bucerias–it is not a particularly picturesque town, but has numerous restaurants on the beach and fabulous views

Beachfront in Punta de Mita; this area is primarily home to five-star resorts

Beachfront in Punta de Mita–this area is primarily home to five-star resorts

Sayulita beach from one of our favorite restaurants; Sayuliita is famous for as a surfing beach town.

Sayulita’s beach, taken from one of our favorite restaurants–Sayulita is famous as a surfing beach town

When visiting this part of Mexico, we always go to Flamingos first–it’s a great place to wind down and get into vacation mode. After our stay there, we spent a week at our favorite location, Paradise Village.

Stay tuned….

 

 

 

 

 

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