GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!!!
Puerto Vallarta Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
September 4th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
WOOHOO MY FIRST TIME ON A WAVE RUNNER..........
My highlights of the day:
Taking a $3 per person ride to downtown PV.
Getting dropped off at front of a fish and tackle shop called “MASTER BAITERS” and written below is “we don’t jerk you around”
Random vendors trying to have us join a timeshare promote with food, massages, and jet skiing packages.
Random vendors talking us into tasting different shots of tequila.
John and Ashley jumping for joy when they spotted a TRIFTY’S ICE CREAM SHOP.
Damon and I trying to find a good deal to go jet skiing
We walked 30mins to find a nice clean beach to swim
I was grossed out on how dirty the beach was, it reminded me of Santa Monica beach
Damon and I were excited to find a good deal riding jet skis $45 per couple for 30mins
I rode both of us first; I went from 0 to 30 in 5 seconds….
Damon had to hold on tight I was going fast.
I loved making fast turns
I love going fast on waves to catch air
I dropped off Damon to bob on the water while I was trying to do tricks.
I was flying higher without the extra weight
Damon was enjoying the water
Then I was damon’s turn to ride solo, I told him to drop me off near the beach but away from the dirty side.
The water was warm like a spa.
I was not scared, no sharks here. Thanked god
I could not believe it was Ashley first time drinking fresh coconut juice from the coconut
I was drinking coconut juice too. A COCONUT DRINKING A COCONUT!!!! Hahahaha
Every 2 seconds there was a street vendor pushing us to buy there merch
John wanted ask them weird things like “DO YOU HAVE CROTCH SCRATCHERS?” hahaha
I eat a “marlin on a stick”
John and damon bought a mango on a stick
We found the Thrifty’s ice cream…again and john and Ashley ordered double scoops of mint chip and pralines and cream
Damon bought ice cream form a street vendor with a weird cone.
Damon and I did not want to go back to the boat, we walked to a mall and hung out at starbuck’s and talked until we had to go back to the boat.
Damon and I bought cigars.
The midnight buffet WOW!!!
Doing the cupid’s dance, cha cha slide, electric slide, and the Macarena until 1am
My boobs kept on pop out of my shirt.
Falling asleep on people’s conversations
Crab cake - meaty crab meat cake atop corn salsa, with tequila – lime sour cream
House terrine – the sweetnest of port wine enhances this rich duck pate; waldorf salad is a nice complement
Panko - cilantro crusted catch of the day – fresh fish fillet sautéed golden and served with basmati rice, cauliflower, spinach and a cognac-curry sauce
Lamb t-bone osso buco style – braised with assorted vegatables in rich cabernet wine sauce and served with golden brown, roasted potatoes.
Low –fat caramelized pina coada tart – pineapple and coconut flavored filling double – baked in a flaky crust.
Sugar-free fruit pillow – fluffy puff pastry with creamy vanilla custard and topped with zesty fruit compote.
Puerto Vallarta (English: Vallarta Port) is a Mexican resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2005 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 177,830 making it the fifth-largest city in the state of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River).
The city is located at [show location on an interactive map] 20°40′N, 105°16′W. The municipality has an area of 502.19 square miles (1,300.67 km²). To the North it borders the SW part of the state of Nayarit. To the East it borders the municipality of Mascota and San Sebastián, and to the South it borders the municipalities of Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corriente.
Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish, Puerto Vallarta is often shortened to "Vallarta," while English speakers call the city P.V. for short. The city occasionally is spelled or pronounced as Porto Vallarta. In Internet shorthand the city is often referred to as PVR, after the IATA code (ICAO MMPR) for its international airport.
Agriculture is especially important in the Ameca valley to the NE of the city center. Principal crops there include flour corn, sweet corn, dry beans, fresh chile, watermelon and tobacco. Fruit growing operations are more dispersed, with banana farms in the Ameca valley, Mango orchards in the low hills, and avocado farms on some of the higher ground above the city.
There are also significant livestock operations located in the Ameca valley, and of course fishing in the Bay of Banderas is also a significant industry.
Industrial production includes food and beverage production, furniture production, and construction supplies. Thirty years of consistent development have given Puerto Vallarta a very strong construction sector which employs nearly 10% of the Puerto Vallarta workforce.
The commercial sector comprises nearly 17% of the workforce, including shipping, trucking, wholesale and retail operations (though the retail sector is probably understated because of the large underground economy in the sector).
Shipping traffic consists of cruise ships, which arrive almost daily, and occasional visits by U.S. Navy frigates. The Mexican Navy maintains a base at the port, as well as a former naval hospital in the city center, which is now a Naval Museum. Puerto Vallarta is not however very active as a commercial port. Most goods arrive in Puerto Vallarta by truck along the Compostela highway from Guadalajara.
Tourism makes up roughly 50% of all economic activity in Puerto Vallarta according to puertovallarta.
Vallarta is also a popular destination for domestic tourists: a popular weekend destination for residents of Guadalajara (tapatíos), and a popular national destination for vacations such as Semana Santa (the week preceding Easter) and Christmas. Also in recent years Acapulco has experienced a rise in drug related violence and Puerto Vallarta has absorbed some of the Mexico City resort vacation business (Acapulco is a very common destination for tourists from Mexico City).
Puerto Vallarta has become a popular retirement destination for US and Canadian retirees. This trend has spawned a condominium development boom in the city.
Also over the past decade, Puerto Vallarta has become a popular gay vacation destination, and consequently the Olas Altas area now boasts about a dozen clubs, several hotels, and numerous specialty shops catering to a gay clientele.
Rapid growth in tourist volume in Puerto Vallarta has given rise to rapid growth in hotel and rental apartment construction. This growth has spilled over from the city limits into Nuevo Vallarta in the neighboring state of Nayarit.
Local food specialties
* Huachinango Sarandeado - rockfish marinated in a birria paste (roast peppers, garlic and spices) and grilled.
* Grilled Marlin - served on the beaches and at some taco stands - the meat is skewered and cooked over coals then served with hot sauce and lime.
* Ceviche - raw fish with onions, hot peppers and lime juice. The lime juice cures the fish, turning the flesh opaque and giving it a chewy texture. The ceviche is usually served with tortilla chips or on a whole tostada.
 Puerto Vallarta in the movies and TV
* The Night of the Iguana (1963) - filmed on location at Mismaloya and other minor locations in the Puerto Vallarta area. The filming brought Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Tennessee Williams, and Elizabeth Taylor (who was not in the film).
* Predator (1987) - the jungle scenes were filmed on location in the hills behind Mismaloya. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by John McTiernan. McTiernan lost quite a bit of weight during the filming because he was afraid to eat the local food. The cast also endured a lot of dangerous obstacles in the junglesm such as changing weather, cold water and wildlife.
* Blow (2001) - When George Jung (Johnny Depp) went to buy marijuana in Mexico.
* Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004) - a filmed version of the Robert James Waller novel of the same name. It starred Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitel. The film was shot on location in and around Puerto Vallarta.
* The Love Boat (tv series)- Puerto Vallarta was often mentioned as a port of call for the Pacific Princess.
* Flavor of Love (tv series)- The final episode in which Flava Flav picks the winner was shot on location on Las Caletas beach in Puerto Vallarta.
* The Heartbreak Kid (2007)- In the film there is a scene where Ben Stiller fights with a sea lion and these portions were shot on location in Puerto Vallarta at the Sea Lion Adventure of Vallarta Adventures one of the tour companies there.
* Gauntlet 3 (2008) (tv series)- An MTV series consisting of challenges between two teams, the "rookies" and the "veterans" for $500,000.
Landmarks in Puerto Vallarta
* Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Col. Centro
* Púlpito and Pilitas (Pulpit and Baptismal Font) - Col. Emilio Zapata - two rock formations at the South end of Los Muertos Beach. El Púlpito is the tall headland and Las Pilitas are the formation of rocks beneath it. Las Pilitas was the original location of the Boy on a Seahorse sculpture (El Caballito) now located on the Malecón. There are two streets in the Olas Altas area named after the rock formations.
* Playa Conchas Chinas (Chinese Shells Beach) - Fracc. Amapas - the city's most secluded beach, located to the South of the headland which forms the boundary of Los Muertos beach.
* The Malecon - paved walkway along the seashore in Col. Centro - especially popular during the Sunday evening paseo. It features a collection of contemporary sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, Alejandro Colunga, Ramiz Barquet and others. The Malecon was extensively rebuilt in 2002-2003 following damage from hurricane Kenna.
* Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale - there are two large public markets in the Centro along the banks of the Cuale selling a variety of artisanal and souvenir goods, and the Isla Cuale has a number of souvenir vendor shops as well. The Isla Cuale was also famous for its cat population. The Island was a lower class suburb until flooding during Hurricane Lily (1971) forced residents to be relocated. They were moved to Pa'lo Seco (which means for dry ground) and the Island was converted into a site for restaurants, shops and a cultural center.
* Cuale Archaeological Museum - on the West side of the Isla Cuale, the museum presents a significant collection of local and regional pre-hispanic art in a number of informative displays. The museum also houses a small gallery for showing contemporary art.
* John Huston statue on Isla Cuale - dedicated on the 25th anniversary of the film's release and honoring Huston's contributions to the city. John's son Danny was married in a ceremony that took place at the statue in 2002.
* Plaza de Armas (Ignacio Vallarta) / Aquiles Serdan Amphitheater (Los Arcos) - the city's main plaza - site of public concerts both at the bandstand in the Plaza de Armas and on the stage in front of the arches across the street.
* City Hall - a modern city hall laid out using a traditional courtyard plan.
* Saucedo Theatre Building (Juarez at Iturbide) - Built in 1922 in a Belle Epoque style reminiscent of architecture of the Porfirato. The theater presented live shows and films on its first floor, and the second floor housed a ballroom. The building has been converted to retail use.
 Landmarks south of Puerto Vallarta
* Los Arcos Marine Natural Area - offshore of Mismaloya 12km south of Puerto Vallarta. The area has been a National Marine Park since 1984. The area is protected as a breeding ground for pelicans, boobies and other sea birds. The park is a popular snorkeling destination both for the rocks themselves and for the dead coral fossilized coral beds that surround them.
* Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens - agaves and other native plants, orchids, restaurant, river swimming - 20 km South of Puerto Vallarta
* Puerto Vallarta Zoological Gardens - with 350 animals, and located in a forested setting in Mismaloya
Landmarks north of Puerto Vallarta
* University of Guadalajara's Coastal Center - North of Pitillal and West of Ixtapa, the campus features several public attractions including the Peter Gray Art Museum and a Crocodile Farm.
* Ixtapa Archeological Zone - north of the town of Ixtapa along the banks of the Ameca River there is an archeological site with remains going back several thousand years.
Beaches in Puerto Vallarta
* Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach) - Col. 5 de Deciembre (vicinity of Av. Paragua - Hotel Buenaventura. This is the northernmost public beach in the City of Puerto Vallarta proper. It is named after the shrimp fisherman that once landed their launches on the beach to unload their catch.
* Playa Olas Altas (High Waves Beach) - Col. Emilio Zapata - the beach extends from the Cuale River South to the fishing pier. In spite of the name, the waves offshore are not particularly high, and the beach is a popular place to swim, especially for locals and national tourists. The beach is lined with outdoor restaurants.
* Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) - Col. Emilio Zapata - the city's largest public beach. Legend has it the beach's name (Dead Men's Beach) stems from a battle between pirates and local miners after which bodies remained strewn on the beach, but it's a legend, since there were never any miners in Vallarta The South Side of the beach is a popular gathering spot for gay and lesbian tourists. The North end is frequented mostly by locals, and national tourists.
* Playa Boca de Tomates (Mouth of Tomatoes) - a beach located near the mouth of the Ameca River. The beach is not very popular among international tourists due to the rocks that come ashore especially in the summertime. Also watch out for Crocodiles. Its proximity to the Ameca River which carries muddy rainwater in the summertime causes the water to lose its clarity making it appear dirty.
 Beaches South of Puerto Vallarta
* Playa Gemelas - an undeveloped beach just North of the mouth of the Mismaloya river. The beach lies close to Los Arcos Marine Natural Area and can be used for access to the park from shore.
* Playa Mismaloya - at the mouth of the Mismaloya River.
 South Shores beaches
A number of beaches along the South shore of the bay are accessible only by boat (from Boca de Tomatlan or the Los Muertos Pier). The developed beaches include (east to west): Las Animas, Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa. These and other smaller undeveloped beaches can be reached by launch from Boca de Tomatlán.
* Playa Las Animas - a narrow wide white sand beach developed with several restaurants.
* Playa Las Caletas - a secluded beach that was once the private retreat of film director John Huston. Today it is a wildlife preserve. There is a living natural reef close to shore which makes the beach a popular destination for snorkelers.
* Playa Quimixto - a somewhat rocky and secluded beach which is settled by a small village of a several hundred families. There are horse and guide hire concessions in the town which lead visitors through a small canyon behind the town to a series of waterfalls.
* Yelapa - once a small electricity free fishing village and a popular 'hide away' for Gringos, now it has electricity, telephones and the internet. Visited by tourist boats for about 3 hours a day, it reverts to its laid back ways when they leave.
 Beaches north of Puerto Vallarta
The north shore of the bay is lined with beach towns that offer good wading beaches and the usual tourist amenities. These include (east to west): Bucerias, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Playa la Manzanilla, Playa Destiladeras, Playa Pontoque, and Punta Mita.
* December 1 to 12 - Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe
* May Festival (last week of may and first week of June) - commemorating the anniversary of the municipality. The festival features outdoor concerts, artistic expositions, sporting events and a parade.
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