PUERTO VALLARTA IS A PACIFIC PARADISE

SunsetAtPuertaVallartaSunset at Peurta VallartaAs we sauntered down the long expanse of beach in front of the new Riu Palace Pacifico Resort near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I couldn’t help but notice live splashes where the waves were breaking along the shoreline. Closer inspection brought an even more bizarre revelation! A small school of manta rays seemed to be actually trying to surf the incoming waves, and occasionally, one would become stranded on the beach until the next curl came.

After watching the “surfing rays” for awhile, my partner and I noticed another small, dark creature struggling in the crashing surf. I quickly reached down and caught what proved to be a tiny sea turtle that must have hatched on this gorgeous beach no more than a few days earlier. It was quite docile as we both held it and marveled at this beautiful creation of nature before carefully releasing it back into the ocean.

These encounters were simply a wonderful introduction to a picturesque Pacific paradise along the Mexican West Coast. In fact, with so many direct or connecting flights now available from Atlanta, Puerto Vallarta is one of the closest tropical areas to the United States. It’s not an island, nor halfway around the world, and you don’t have to fly over an ocean to reach this magical destination. Nevertheless, it is half the time and half the cost of going to Hawaii or many of the Caribbean Islands.

RiuPalacePacificoResortHotelThe entire complex of the brand new, all-inclusive, Riu Palace Pacifico Resort is simply spectacular! The food is first class, the staff superb, friendly, and extremely service oriented. In fact, of every one of the all-inclusive resorts I have visited, this one is the best!

The grounds are immaculate, the huge lobby is breathtaking, the rooms are spacious and quite comfortable, and the pool and beach are unforgettable. Even the buffet had such diverse offerings that one could eat for a week and never have the same food twice. Though numerous restaurants on the property offered a variety tastes, we found the Japanese eatery, Kyoto, to be the best.

The Riu Palace Pacifico is located on Flamingos Beach, only a two minute drive from Riu Vallarta and Riu Jalisco, and just nine miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta. For more information or reservations, call toll-free: 866-398-2043.

Despite being unknown to many in the Atlanta area, this part of Mexico is certainly a hidden jewel. It is located about 900 air miles due south of El Paso, Texas, and is protected from the open Pacific Ocean by the Bay of Banderas, which is one of the largest natural bays on the North American continent. The Sierra Madres mountain range on the bay’s south side holds enough moisture along the coast to create the perfect tropical climate year round. It’s much like Hawaii’s weather but more reliable.

The land area around Puerto Vallarta has a distinctly European flavor of cobblestone streets lined with interesting and inexpensive shops and vendors. Surfers from the US and Canada are always a part of the mix, and Latin rhythms seem to constantly drift on the warm sea breezes.

An almost hippy-like atmosphere of artistic culture and pulsating warmth in the local people makes this area stand out from all the rest of the Mexican resorts. Though fairly close to the USA, the prices and mood are far away, but the safe environment allows visitors to enjoy both an exciting night life and a secluded sun drenched romantic hideaway. The dress code of the day is no more than a bathing suit and T-shirt, so bulging suitcases are unnecessary. And, since prices are so reasonable, it’s easy to buy all the needed clothing at shops in this area.

A tropical vacation at Riu Palace Pacifico Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is not far away and quite affordable. The experience will be unforgettable, and you’ll surely want to return time and again to this crown jewel of the Mexican Riviera.

Despite being unknown to many in the Atlanta area, this part of Mexico is certainly a hidden jewel. It is located about 900 air miles due south of El Paso, Texas, and is protected from the open Pacific Ocean by the Bay of Banderas, which is one of the largest natural bays on the North American continent. The Sierra Madres mountain range on the bay’s south side holds enough moisture along the coast to create the perfect tropical climate year round. It’s much like Hawaii’s weather but more reliable.

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