My partner and I arrived on December 30th to a gorgeous, modern, clean, and spacious condominium called The Park central to old town Puerto Vallarta. Jules, the owner of the condo unit, graciously and warmly invited us to settle into our condo unit on the 4th floor with a fully furnished kitchen with counter, living room, a bedroom with a comfortable king-size bed with TV, a walk-in shower, cove lighting all along the hallway and the living room (with TV) which also looks out to Parque Lazaro Cardenas, and a balcony with sliding doors that open all the way to a partial view of the ocean. Note that the city is very much alive at night. So if you feel like having more of a quiet evening, just close the sliding doors - they definitely deflect outside sound/noise. We particularly liked fully opening the sliding doors, especially at night when it cools down. It allowed a flow of space between the balcony and the living room, making the space feel even larger!
We stayed in PV for ten days, and some nights, we used the kitchen to make our meals. Everything you need is in the cupboards, just look! And getting ingredients is super easy as The Park is located near Los Mercados (whole foods, wines, delicatessen) which is between Ignacio Vallarta and Constitucion, three ***short*** blocks away from Lazaro Cardenas. But we didn't leave out the farmer's market at the Lazaro Cardenas park on Saturday. How can we when they were selling fresh cheese, greens, and handmade pasta?
The beach is a couple of blocks away. Lined with restaurants that serve a fusion of Mexican and U.S. fare. We personally liked eating at El Huarache Azteca (far away from the Malecon) - kind of bare-bones, outside and bar seating, and delicious tacos, huarache, and cielo rojo (michelada). There were also a couple of taco and quesadilla trucks near the condo (block or two away) - delicious food served by friendly folks! But, if you feel like sitting down while having margaritas or a glass of wine, check out Basilio Badillo which is a block in front of the Park (Café de Olla, Fajita Republic, etc). But if you feel like venturing a little further away from downtown, there's also El Arayan (vegetarian friendly) and Café De Artiste (arty and romantic). BTW, there's also a vibrant night scene nearby on Amapas. If and when you feel the desire to socialize, check it out - the places we visited were all queer friendly!
It was my first time visiting PV, while my partner's 7th time. But it was our first time together. It was such a wonderful experience to feel a change of pace from the hustle of San Francisco. Luckily, we had a wonderful unit at the Park as a sort of refuge, not only from the hustle of San Francisco, but from our everyday ventures of the local streets, shops, and interactions during our stay there. Our condo (I say "our" as I have a certain attachment to it being we were the first renters) was a space for us to re-situate and to take a breath. We visited the rooftop terrace daily, soaked up the sun and watched the sunset every afternoon.
We already mentioned to our friends our wonderful experience with Jules and her professionalism, care, and hospitality. She was there every step of the way. No pressure applied but checks-in, as needed while always available. We are genuinely impressed. We are definitely calling Jules again the next time we go back.
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