It’s about time we tie up our Mexican Family Adventure! We finally boarded the second class bus. It did make a few stops where the first class bus would have drove straight through and it was a few years older but otherwise I had no issues at all with the bus we took. The rest of my family did have issues with the Mexican highway between Melaque and Puerto Vallarta:) Let’s just say that these roads made the Kicking Horse and Rogers Pass in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains look mellow!! Not much of the highway had speed limits higher than 60km and the bus driver drove like he owned the road.. To me I thought it felt like a 5+ hour roller coaster! However I can see how that could be to much for most people especially if you don’t do well with motion or are a child.
Eventually we got close and the last week I spent a fair amount of time learning about PV and getting a good idea of the cities layout. After looking at resorts and hotels in all parts of the city we settled on Old Vallarta/Romantic Zone.
Next was a hotel or resort. We decided we weren’t ready to ditch the ocean so looked for an ocean front resort with a pool! Seemed the best value, location, pools, and beach was the Tropicana!! So as we made our way into town I stayed on the alert hoping to hop off rather than go all the way across the city to the bus depot and then taxi back. Sure enough the first stop we made near where I thought was very close there was a taxi right there. For $70 pesos we were at the hotel!
Now I couldn’t say this was the Venitian in Vegas but it honestly was what we needed. It was beach front, there were two pools, a restaurant, decent wifi on the main floor or on our balcony, and the rooms were clean!
The location to the malecon, tons of restaurants, markets, etc. couldn’t have been better! Now I will say within 24 hours I was missing Melaque.. The size of the city, the amount of people, the price of everything it was all to much for me! I think the kids felt the same however it was a cool experience walking all over the city during the day and then also at night. So much going on!
We really enjoyed lounging by the pool during the day.. Carrie and I reading and the kids playing! The ocean was awesome too however to intense for the kids.. Chanise had a pretty bad scare! I loved it as Melaque had such calm waters it was a nice change.
Morning walks down the streets and Malecon and also evening strolls were so nice! People watching like we haven’t been able to do in a long time. We chose to eat breakfasts at the resort as it turned out to be quite good so decided to continue that. Our other meals we tried everything from Italian to sushi!
Speaking of sushi we’d wanted to have in Melaque but the menus of the two restaurants there weren’t that inspiring. I don’t think there’s a lot of fresh tuna or salmon either. So I read reviews and had a place chosen in PV. We walked to it using only a map but couldn’t find it. Finally since we were all tired and hungry I asked and what do you know it closed down. There was a newer place and reviews sounded good but it was over halfway to the airport. We decided to leave it till our departure. It worked out so perfect as they let us bring in all our bags and just chill and relax. The food was so good!!!! The portions huge and compared to Canada or even the other Mexican sushi menus priced excellent! We spent a good amount of time there and were stuffed and ready to deal with the airport and the flight home.
Everything at the airport was smooth. The kids watched a movie and slept on the plane. Carrie and I who never are able to watch a movie together watched two back to back and didn’t like either 🙂 at least we wasted time together! Customs in Regina was mellow for once and waiting for our family was a surprise only I knew about. Our family friends Mark and his daughter Raya were there to welcome us and drive us to our van. Mark being Mark made sure to have a sign made making fun of the fact the Hawks had lost out of the playoffs haha it was very special! We stopped for our first Canadian bite to eat (kids choice McDonalds) and visited till it meant we wouldn’t be home til after 1am. It was great to be home