Boca de Tomatlan

Boca de Tomatlan is a tiny little place. This photo shows the entire beachfront. For this part of our trip, we will be renting a car and driving South from Puerto Vallarta. The road hugs the shoreline of Banderas Bay all the way down to Boca de Tomatlan, at which point the road turns inland…

Casa La Ventana

For another complete change of pace after our stay in downtown Puerto Vallarta, we will be heading 25 kilometers South to Boca de Tomatlan. We will be staying at a B&B called Casa La Ventana, which is the orange building with almost no walls. To get to the B&B, we first have to cross a…

Climbing a Mountain

This is Playa Los Muertos with “our” apartment building and  swimming pool (two little turquoise ovals) at the top left corner of the photo … which gives some idea of how steep the terrain is. The star on this map shows the building’s location. The street called “Amapas” is almost at sea-level. The highway is…

Return to Puerto Vallarta

At the end of our first week in Mexico, we will be climbing once again into a taxi or limo and traveling 60 kilometers back down the coast to Puerto Vallarta, where we have rented an apartment for the next nine days. The city of Puerto Vallarta stretches for ten kilometers along the shoreline of…

Casita Salate

A “Casita” is a small self-contained apartment, usually in the same compound as a “Casa” (or “Villa”; I think the words Casa and Villa are interchangeable.) A Casita might be a free-standing building but, more often, it is a part of the main building. From what I have seen, a Casita nearly always has its…

Mountains & Ocean

Puerto Vallarta is squeezed between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Pacific Ocean … and in places, it is a tight squeeze. A couple of the condominium apartments in Puerto Vallarta have their own tiny, private funiculars to take people up and down … 😊 The hills behind Sayulita are not quite as high as…

Sayulita

The Northern point of Banderas Bay is Punta de Mita. This is a luxury resort with several posh hotels and golf courses. Sayulita lies just 17 kilometers north of Punta de Mita and is on the open Pacific Ocean, not inside Banderas Bay. For this reason, it is a popular surfer hangout, with a small…