|The main church located at El Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Andrea Garcia|
It was somewhat of a spontaneous idea, but before I knew it I was on a plane taking off to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, for a week of relaxation, great food and bright blue waters.
Upon our arrival in Puerto Vallarta, my family and I decided to continue being spontaneous and go with the flow. By this we meant that we would play each day ‘by ear,’ chat with locals and receive from them tips on places, restaurants and shops to visit.
Much to my surprise, I felt right at home while roaming the streets and talking with the locals. One thing I took away from Puerto Vallarta was the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect. Everywhere we visited we were greeted with enthusiasm and locals who were actually interested in learning about me just as much as I was in learning about them.
My family and I stayed at the Park Royal Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, which was located right on the beach. Its location allowed us to experience our quiet, mellow days relaxing by the pool and on the private beach. When we were ready for an adventure, we simply walked one minute to the bus stop at the end of our street, paid ocho pesos (equivalent to approximately 44 cents) and we were on our way.
Our first venture out was to El Malecon, which is at the heart of Puerto Vallarta. El Malecon is brimming with stores that sell apparel, with authentic items that represent the city’s culture. El Malecon is located on the edge of the beach so, while shopping or dining, visitors experience a stunning view that grabs their attention.
All day we walked throughout the cobblestone alleyways, admiring the architecture, bright colors and unique stores placed in the midst of homes and apartment complexes. We ended our trip to El Malecon with a delicious seafood meal, a beer and cheers to the sun setting directly in front of us.
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