Saturday, August 11, 2012

Photos from our Puerto Vallarta Trip.

Dinner in Puerto Vallarta with Nick and Kaylee

Sunset on the beach

Sand Castle ... a BIG sand castle!

NOT the seahorse statue.  The "Malacon" is a boardwalk of sorts, lots of pedestrians, shops, street performer and statues.  It's quite famous.

This was the seahorse statue I was looking for.  It appears on many of the Puerto Vallarta post cards and tourism info. Those are total strangers standing in front of it, having their picture taken by another tourist.  I just wanted the silhouette of the statue.
One view from our balcony.  We had construction on the right (above), construction on the left (not shown), and a big HUGE thatched roof straight ahead.  Cobble stones on the roof right off the balcony, which was glass, so we wouldn't miss any of the view. ha.  We happen to really enjoy watching construction.  As a matter of fact, this photo was snapped because I was attempting to capture the very large birds that were perched on the crane mechanism.  They stayed while the crane moved--I imagine it was like an amusement park ride for them.  There was plenty of construction noises all day long, too.  If you went there expecting a quiet little tropical paradise place, you'd be sorely disappointed.  Trucks, cement trucks, back-up "beep-beeps", etc.  But, like I said, we really enjoy construction sites so we were fine with that. It was fun to see the progress of the concrete pours, back fill work, cement pumps, etc.  We're weird like that. :-)

A pyramid on the pool grounds.  We jokingly said it was the water slide.  But it's an authentic-looking pyramid with little bumpy steps that the water is falling down. Ouchies if it was the slide! ha.  the slide went out the other side and was a half tube.

Mike said to say that this was the "Lazy River"

And the flurry of water in this canal (I just turned around and took this picture right after the one before) is supposedly a crocodile fight.  Use your imagination--it could happen.  The ocean right by our resort was really muddy.  The Nayarit river emptied into the ocean right there.  Not a very pretty beach. But who needs a beach when you have your own private dipping pool?  I'm too old for that sand and stuff.

We had to have a "towel card" issued from our front desk in order to pick up a towel at the pool areas.  If we didn't return the towel cards, there was a very hefty charge added to our bill.  Like 400 pesos per towel.  But above are some swan-folded towels.  We spent so little time at the pool, we only used our towel cards once. I did hang out our bath towels to dry.  A lot.  They never really did, it was so humid.

Fun toys along the beach.  The Grand Mayan (we were staying in the Grand Bliss) had a kids club area with splash pad and organized activities for kids.  You can see why it is a good family destination.

The shark at the bar. Or a bar shark, or something.  We were just wandering around, checking out the different places along the beach.  This was at the Sea Garden resort.  They had nice pools, too and a lovely lobby area (below).

AND the lobby area had a great breeze, so Mike and I sat down to enjoy it for a while.

1 comment:

Tandy said...

I have to be honest and say that I am still baffled and jealous of a personal pool on the deck of your room. I am. ;o) But I also love the picture of the two of you in front of the sunset on the beach. I like that hat Dad's wearing!