Puerto Vallarta – Why It Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

Puerto Vallarta Villas for Rent

Villas for Rent

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most stunning, cultured, and vibrant vacation spots in Mexico and, arguably, the world. It is a modern destination that offers contemporary entertainment, a rich history, and world class villas, while still retaining its traditional Mexican town essence.

There is an abundance of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. See the region from a different perspective…from out at sea!The area is known for their visiting cruise ships, but if you would prefer to stay in Puerto Vallarta, you can still check out one of the local cruises that the area offers. For an adventure, take in 360-degree views and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience aboard the Marigalante “Pirates of the Bay” cruise. Or charter the Geronimo catamaran that can take you to the beautiful Marieta Islands, or to a private beach where you can snorkel, swim or relax in the sun with your favorite book. Ask your captain about the stunning and secluded beach, Las Caletas, where visitors will find guided walks through the jungle and orchid gardens, kayaking tours and snorkeling tours.

Puerto Vallarta's Hillside Homes

Puerto Vallarta's Hillside Homes

The town has a variety of breathtaking beaches including Playa Conchas Chinas (Chinese Shells Beach), Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach, Playa Olas Altas (High Waves Beach), and Playa Los Muertos. Each of these beaches is unique, nearby and worth-visiting. If you feel like driving or experiencing the local bus system (be prepared to share your seat with a chicken!) the towns of San Francicsco (to the North) and Mismaloya (to the South) have their own charm and beaches that are definitely worth a visit!

Puerto Vallarta is an especially vibrant and cultural town and loves an excuse for a good fiesta! Why not plan a vacation around one of these holidays and experience the excitement! Perhaps the area’s biggest day to celebrate is December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe day. In the days leading up to the 12th, the Malecon (boardwalk) and the town’s zocolo (plaza) are gathering areas for festivities and excitement. Locals, visitors and those making spiritual pilgrimages participate in parades and celebrate with music, Aztec folk dances, traditional costumes, fireworks, and women carrying baskets of flowers, food and other colorful gifts to give to the Virgin. The culmination is the night of the 12thwhere the entire festival wraps up with a special gathering and Mass held at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, one of the most recognized buildings in Puerto Vallarta’s skyline. Christmas and New Years host similar traditions.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Holidays aside, Puerto Vallarta has a wide selection of lively clubs and bars, including the Sunset Club, the BeBotero Bar, Carlos O Brians, and Blanco Y Negro, just to name a few. Puerto Vallarta also has some of the finest and eclectic restaurants in Mexico…either follow the crowds or venture off to find one of the small family run restaurants specializing in mole, ceveche or pazole.

Puerto Vallarta is a must-see destination that will leave you with fond memories that you will cherish all your life.

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Casa Dos Palmas Luxurious On-The-Beach Villa

Casa Dos Palmas Luxurious On-The-Beach Villa

This newly built, privately gated, fully furnished villa has the attention to detail that can make your vacation an unforgettable experience. Its lush courtyard with tropical gardens and beautiful swimming pool provides the perfect background to relax. Normal occupancy 4 persons.

View Of Garden Sitting Area

View Of Garden Sitting Area

Let Casa dos Palmas with its beauty and tranquility surround you. Fabulous sunrises and sunsets await. Located directly on the beach, the ocean is calm and under-tow free. A velvet carpet of sand awaits underfoot. Walk or jog along miles of spectacular beach. Visit and explore the enchanting town of Bucerias.

Ocean/Pool View From Master Bedroom

Ocean/Pool View From Master Bedroom

During the day, many activities are available within a short drive. Or simply utilize the on site kayaks or bicycles to view the surrounding area. Try your luck at catching lunch or dinner surf casting with the poles provided. Bring your snorkel gear, and try your luck at collecting your own fresh oysters which abound. Enjoy golf? The nearest golf course is five minutes away.

Or just settle back with your favourite book and look up to see the sea birds plunge for their meal. One can also see the dolphins at play, and in the early months of the year witness the Humpback whales. They use the bay to give birth to their young.

After that day in paradise, casually walk the beach to one of the seaside restaurants in Bucerias for dinner, or make arrangements with our concierge to have the meal of your choice cooked for you right in the casa, and served to you poolside.

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Master Bedroom With Ocean View Balcony and Wet Bar

Location
Casa dos Palmas is an oceanfront property in Bucerias, Mexico, located directly on the beach, with nothing but sand and ocean in front of it. This private villa with its magnificent ocean views and quiet beach is but a scant 15 minutes North of the charm of Puerto Vallarta, but still close to local stores and restaurants.

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Guest Bedroom

Air Conditioning in bedrooms, with ceiling fans in all rooms. There is a shared pool, as well as an outside shower, Beach palapas and lounges. Free bottled water is provided, and maid service is included (three times weekly) for full cleaning and linen changes.

The master bedroom has a Jacuzzi tub in bath, as well as a balcony with panoramic ocean views, and built in wet bar and refrigerator.

Additional amenities include:

  • Complementary DSL Wireless Internet Access
  • BBQ grill
  • Hair dryers
  • Washer/dryer
  • All linens
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
  • Blender
  • Library
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Room safes
  • Enclosed one car garage
  • Pool (others have access, but rarely)

Located on site are:

  • 2 kayaks
  • 2 mountain bikes and surf casting fishing gear
  • Beach Palapas/Lounge Chairs
  • Satellite TV/HBO/Premium Movie Channels!

Please Inquire about Rental Car services.

English-speaking Property manager on call.

Activities available on site, or locally:

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing (surf casting, inshore and offshore charters)
  • Snorkeling/Scuba
  • Diving
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Para sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Water Parks
  • Shopping
  • One can leisurely walk to the heart of Bucerias to casually shop, or have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Vibrant downtown Puerto Vallarta is a 15 minute drive away.

For the golfer it is a question of which course today……

Flamingos is a 5 minute drive. Paradise Village is 10 minutes away, as is the Mayan Palace. Punta Mita Four Seasons is a 20 minute drive. Vista Vallarta (home to the PGA World Cup in December 2002) is 20 minutes, Marina Vallarta is a scant 15 minutes.

Directions
Casa dos Palmas is located in Bucerias and accessible via Mexican Highway 200 (a new 4 lane highway), 10 miles North of the Puerto Vallarta airport.


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This beautiful villa is perfect for those seeking to get away from it all. When you arrive at Villa Paradise, you suddenly realize that your body has changed, your senses expand, they unfold, they welcome you to pleasure in ways you have never even imagined.

The HDnetR original series, “Get Out” with Lindsey Clubine, recently taped an episode of the show at Villa Paradise and described it as “One of the best beach front Villas in the Riviera Maya!”

Paradise Beach, Playa Paraiso was voted the best and most beautiful beach in the world by the Discovery® Travel Channel. You feel the warm, glimmering sand under your feet and the sun extending its golden caresses onto your skin while the gentle breeze of the ocean toys with your hair… You listen to the sounds of waves breaking over waters dressed in tempting shades of blue and turquoise… Everything is already a part of you.

Villa Paradise is a fully furnished and equipped 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath luxury vacation villa which boasts in excess of 4,000 sq. ft. living area and a premier view of the Caribbean Sea.

The Villa is located along the coast of the Caribbean Sea in the heart of the Mayan Riviera on the beautiful beach of “Playa Paraiso.”

Villa Paradise is just 25 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, a quick 5 minute drive to Puerto Morelos and a 10-15 minute drive to Playa del Carmen in a quaint resort-type residential neighborhood in Playa Paraiso, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches of the world.

You will enjoy the tranquility and relaxation you’ll experience in Playa Paraiso, but if you’re looking for activities, there is plenty to do in the area. Playa del Carmen and Cancun both offer many opportunities for dining, shopping, and nightlife.

Travel Deal: Oceano Sueno – A Luxury Beachfront Boutique Condominium With Heated Infinity Pool And Complimentary Private Concierge Service

View from guest bedroom balcony

Enjoy unparalled luxurious accomodations at affordable rates! Weekly rates presently from $1,100!!! You will also find a very favorable Peso/USD exchange rate!

Oceano Sueno (Ocean Dream) is a newly built (2008) impeccably decorated 3BR/2BA direct beachfront luxury condominium with unparalleled panoramic views. Located on the 9th floor of Cobalto a 28 unit boutique complex in Nuevo Vallarta this property defines perfection and total relaxation.

Relax in the heated beachfront infinity pool with two separate jacuzzi tubs or work out in the ultra modern gym while taking in the ocean views. Just steps away a picturesque beach awaits. Stroll and feel the soft sugar sand underfoot or walk out on the nearby breakwater and reach out to the sunset or capture the beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains that ring the Bay of Banderas.

While enjoying a cocktail or a meal on the terrace watch the humpback whales and porpoises at play or ocean birds dive for a meal. Or simply just lay back on one of the lounges relax and listen to the lapping of the waves.

From this corner unit choose from one of three separate balconies for spectacular views of the ocean, mountains, marina and breathtaking sunsets.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

In the early morning and evening watch cruise ships majestically glide in and out of nearby Puerto Vallarta.

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac you are just steps away from the marina with all of its boats and magnificent yachts. Over 5 restaurants are within a casual 5 minute stroll. Also nearby is Vallarta Adventures and swimming with the dolfins.

A unique feature of this boutique complex is that there are only 3 units per floor.

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

A golfing enthusiast will find the manicured Paradise Village El Tigre golf course just 1 mile away or simply walk to the nearby Mayan Palace course. If you like to jog or bike there are miles of palm-lined vistas that interlace the inland canal waterways of Nuevo Vallarta and the beautiful homes and villas.

A visit to the area would not be complete without experiencing the vibrancy, culture and charm of Puerto Vallarta which is a mere 7 miles (15 minutes) away. Walk the meandering malecon, follow the art walk to various galleries. Go to one of our recommended restaurants or simply “chaulkboard” a lunch or evening special. There are many shops selling a full spectrum of goods. Stop by the Mercado a two block maze of shops and barter for a bargain.

View From Ocean Terrace Balcony

View From Ocean Terrace Balcony

In the evening Puerto Vallarta excites the senses with outside music, performers on the malecon, fireworks as the local people and tourists come out to enjoy another beautiful sunset.

A stay at Oceano Sueno will leave one relaxed and rejuvenated and planning ahead on how soon you can return.

Manzanillo – Que Bonita!

Manzanillo, Mexico is a wonderful destination located in the state of Colima. It is a coastal city on the Pacific side with the busiest port in Mexico. However, despite its commercial importance, it has retained its tranquil laid-back Mexican charm.

The port of Manzanillo is made up of two separate bays, divided by the Peninsula of Santiago. On the left is the Bay of Santiago, followed by a smaller notched-out area, known as Playa Audiencia and on the right-hand side, is the Bay of Manzanillo. Both bays are more than five miles long and offer a variety of water sports activities.

Manzanillo is replete with pristine, breathtaking beaches that are undeniably the most beautiful on the western coast of Mexico. Manzanillo is a perfect vacation spot for people that want to get-away-from-it-all and immerse themselves in the best of Mexican beauty and natural charms.  The best way to experience the local way of life is to rent a beach house!

In the north side of Manzanillo, the tourist zone offers exclusive gift shops, cultural stores, travel agencies, tour operators, authentic restaurants and beautiful beaches including Playa de Oro, Playa L’Recif, and La Boquita. In addition, the renowned seafood in Manzanillo is scrumptious and fresh due to the vast fishing culture of the city. Start out your delicious seafood lunch with a shrimp cocktail or fresh oysters and clams caught that morning by the local fishermen. You can also choose from a varied menu of seafood for the main course, such as shrimp, filet of dorado, red snapper, or lobster. While enjoying the delicious food in the vibrant town of Manzanillo, you can have the strolling musicians play you a few Mariachi tunes.

There is a vast variety of activities for vacationers that include playing water sports, fishing, golfing, and enjoying the nightlife. Surfing, scuba diving, swimming, banana boat rides, and snorkeling are very popular in this town and Manzanillo also has two of the top golf courses in Mexico. The city is known as the “sailfish capital of the world” with year-round excursions available for sport fishing.

Tours are available of the city and of the historic state of Colima. It’s a great place to shop too—there are stores ranging from upscale to local vendors that you can bargain with for hammocks, toys and authentic jewelry.

Manzanillo is a cultural, relaxing and enjoyable place to visit for vacationers. It is undeniably a must-see for vacationers planning a trip to Mexico.

Akumal – the Secret Jewel of Mexico

Akumal is a hidden jewel that will keep you coming back year after year once you discover it! The most distinct attribute of this wonderful community is that its serene, tranquilizing atmosphere provides miraculous tropical therapy for the soul. Akumal is a small beach-front community located about an hour and ten minutes south of Cancun in Mexico.

Akumal has a variety of stunning beaches, fun bars, and enjoyable activities. Tourists of this area have found that renting beach houses, rather than paying top dollar to stay in hotels, allows them to immerse themselves into the local community, rather than looking from the outside in.  Renting a house or villa also allows for a private and homey vacation experience!

Akumal is known for the beautiful sandy white beaches where you can enjoy palm trees, the sun, surfing, snorkeling, diving, and feel as if you are in heaven! Akumal, located on the Mexican Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula, has six distinct bays: Central Akumal, Akumal Beach, North Akumal, Jade Beach, South Akumal, and Aventuras Akumal.

Central Akumal, established by Don Pablo Bush, is the original Akumal Bay; you can shop, go to restaurants, bars, and enjoy the beautiful beach. La Buena Vida, or the Good Life, beach bar in North Akumal is one of the most romantic spots of this community.  Pick up a bottle of wine and enjoy it with your sweetheart in this surreal location!

The waters of Akumal have an abundance of tropical fish and coral gardens; hence it is an extremely popular destination for divers.  Akumal’s reef, known as the “jewel of the Caribbean,” is part of the Mesoamerican Reef that stretches along the Yucatan Peninsula.  The reef has a multifarious variety of species of coral, fish, flora, and reptiles.  In addition, snorkeling is a popular activity in Akumal’s beaches as well.  Walk out your beach vacation home and enjoy snorkeling any time!

Moreover, Yalku lagoon, a series of lagoons leading out to the sea, is another distinct characteristic of Akumal.  Its serene waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.  Many also travel here for its great bird-watching – observe a great variety of beautiful birds in Yalku while taking in a vibrant sunrise!

Akumal has many delicious restaurants that serve traditional Mayan food, fresh seafood, Italian food, and typical American food.  The community has wonderful, indigenous shops that sell folk art, handcrafted jewelry, and traditional clothing.  Markets sell fabulous Mexican pottery, blankets, hammocks, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Main temple at Tulum against the Caribbean Sea

Main temple at Tulum against the Caribbean Sea

Besides the exquisite waters, Akumal offers a variety of exciting things to do and places to see.  The famous, historic city of Tulum is only 19 miles south of Akumul.  Tulum is a spectacular city that has archeological sites where you can see the Mayan ruins – a must-see for vacationers of Akumal!

Akumal is a spectacular town that promises an unforgettable experience.  After one trip to this paradaisical location, you will keep coming back for more!

Endless Ways to Have Fun in Cancun

Cancun, a coastal city on the Yucatan Peninsula, is the most popular vacation spot in Mexico.  The city attracts four million tourists every year and an average of 190 flights daily! Anyone is bound to have a great time in Cancun because there is something for everyone in this exciting city.

Vacationers can enjoy the stunning white-sand beaches, play water-sports, eat exquisite food, enjoy the buzzing nightlife, shop, and observe the rich culture and history of the city.  Cancun’s has a superb tropical climate that is characterized by mild weather year-round makes it even more attractive for tourists.

While you are visiting Cancun, explore the many and varying beaches.  The beaches on the north side, including Playa Las Perlas, Playa Linda, and Playa Tortugas, have serene waters that are ideal for surfing, sailing, underwater diving, boat trips, and swimming.  To the east are more beautiful beaches, including Playa Marlín, Playa Ballenas, and San Miguelito, which generally have stronger currents and produce giant waves. 

Whether you are a diver or a snorkeler, the clear water of Cancun is home to a variety of beautiful fish.  Scuba diving is extremely popular in Cancun because the city has clear, shallow waters and a superb coral reef.  The most popular and exciting reefs to dive are Banderas, Chitales, and El Bajito and San Toribio, San Miguel, and Aristos for the experienced divers.  Cancun has many diving centers, including Scuba Cancun, Cancun Scuba Diving, and Manta Divers, that offer safe dives for everyone.

Parasailing is also a popular activity at the beaches and perhaps the best way to view the coastline – the rider is strapped into a colorful parachute and, once airborne, is led over the sand and surf behind a speed boat.  Sailing and windsurfing is offered as well.  The small boats provide enthralling rides especially in a brisk breeze.

Enjoy deep sea fishing and have the opportunity to fish Barracuda, Gruper, Red Snapper, and Sailfish on an air-conditioned yacht!  All of these activities are readily available and easy to find – simply step out of your vacation rental and see where the day takes you!

Chichen Itza is another must-see for vacationers of Cancun – it is one of the modern wonders of the world and rightly so…its exceptional architectural beauty is bound to leave you in awe!

El Mexicano Restaurant features a live Folkloric Show, a mariachi band, and a folkloric ballet every night, in addition to delicious food and an exceptional ambiance.  The Ballet Folklorico de Cancun at the Cancun Convention Center has a fantastic dinner show and features music and dances from all parts of Mexico.

Cancun’s buzzing nightlife has been entertaining the masses for years!  Missed out on your spring break or just looking for a repeat performance?  The Cancun Party-Hopper Tour offers an exciting evening!  Skip the lines and be treated like a VIP during this tour – enjoy the lively atmosphere and dance the night away!

Cancun has it all!  Historical wonders, adventurous activities, cultural dining and crafts, and a nightlife to be reckoned with!  It is one of the most exciting cities for a vacation as you will never run out of things to do!  Visit Cancun and have the time of your life!

Swim with the fishes – or sharks, or manatees…

I’m not talking about the creepy kind of swimming with the fishes that you hear about in old mob movies where some poor guy’s feet have just been coated in cement and he’s about to be offed and tossed overboard.  Eeew. 

No - I’m talking about the whole “one-with-nature” kind.  You know…where you get to swim along side whale sharks, or interact with dolphins, or even where you can watch a group of sharks feed.  Maybe this sounds weird to some people, but I’ve always loved animals, especially sea animals.  My favorite show used to be Flipper, I have an adopted manatee named after me, and I only eat dolphin-safe tuna.

Known as the “cow of the sea,” manatees are large, gray mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two flippers and their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. Manatees are gentle herbivores and live in the warm shallow waters off of the coast of Florida during the winter, but are known to travel to Alabama, Georgia and South Carolinain the summer.  Manatees are slow-moving by nature and surface throughout the day making them vulnerable to boat propellers.  Many operations that offer manatee tours donate a portion of their proceeds to wildlife preservation organizations that help to protect these peaceful creatures – these are the only ones you should support as there are other business who add to the problem, rather than trying to educate about manatee preservation and protect against further harm to the species.  You can also adopt a manatee or donate money to help research, education, and conservation programs that promote protective legislation.

I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of divers swimming next to sharks that look about as big as a school bus, and thought to yourself, “um, hasn’t this guy seen Jaws?!”  Well lucky for him, though these enormous creatures (they can grow upto 40 feet in length!) are sharks, they are only whale sharksand prefer plankton over people anyday.  They can be found off of the coast of the Philippines, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar and off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninnsula.  Isla Holbox, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, sees these gentle giants migrate through their waters each year from May to September.

A different type of shark encounter entirely, many outfits in the Bahamas offer opportunities for vacationers to defy their basic human instincts and swim with some of the world’s fiercest predators in their natural environment.  Shark dives and feeds can be found in almost every area of the Bahamas (West End, Grand Bahama is rumored to be the best location) and each offers a different experience seeing different species of shark.  Caribbean Reef Sharks are most commonly seen, however, lucky divers may also spot Hammerheads, Tiger sharks, Bull sharks, Silky sharks and Lemon sharks.  Most underwater shark experiences have divers done chain mail (protective shark suit) and orient themselves with their backs against a reef while they, or a guide, feed the sharks.

Vacationers who want to swim with dolphins should look for opportunities where the dolphins are wild and free in their natural habitat, rather than with dolphins that are in captivity for the sole purpose of pulling tourists around all day.  Hawaiihosts many of these dives, with their first priority being to respect and protect the wildlife.  Dolphins are some of the most inquisitive, intelligent and playful animals in the world and will often approach swimmers and divers on their own – Sunlight on Waterin Kona, Hawaii boasts a 98% success rate of finding dolphins on their excursions!  It is not uncommon for divers to get a bonus and also see Humpback whales, Manta Rays and sea turtles.  Dolphins have been said to have a spiritual connection to humans, making this an experience that any vacationer will not soon forget.