Old Town Puerto Vallarta – Dolly Travels

Author: , February 15th, 2018

Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Hola, once more.

This will be my last blog post from Puerto Vallarta this year. Next year, I hope to spend longer than a week. I love this town.

When I told the kids that I wanted to go back to explore Old Town Vallarta, Rob asked me, “What will you do there?”

“Oh, just walk around, and see what the Old Town is like,” was my reply. What I really thought was, it will be more “What can I learn by going back there:” Rather than what can I do there.

I took the bus to town again, by myself. I call it the “Chicken Bus”. Although no one here is transporting chickens, the buses look similar to the ones I have seen in other places of Mexico and Costa Rica, where cages of chickens were being carried on top of the buses.

The bus stop is on the street in front of our hotel entrance. The fare is 7.50 pesos, which is about 42 cents in US money.

After a bumpy ride, for most of the streets are made of cobblestones, and I am sure the buses do not have the best springs, I arrived in the main part of Puerto Vallarta, near the Cathedral of Guadalupe. I knew I wanted to go further east, into the old town from that church, so I followed the streets that Chef Julio had taken us on, the other day when we went to the Mercado.

There is a river that empties into the sea, at the southern end of the main part of town. This river, the Cuale River, creates an island called the Isla Cuale. Now it is a lovely park.

A staircase crosses the river on the north side, and leads to an upper affluent neighborhood, where Elizabeth Taylor lived, while she was filming the movie, “The Night of the Iguana”. That movie brought Puerto Vallarta to the attention of travelers, and as the locals tell me, that was the beginning of the town becoming a tourist attraction.

A statue of John Huston sits at the entrance to the park. That man was the director of the movie, “The Night of the Iguana”. He made the film here, as he had already fallen in love with Puerto Vallarta. In fact, his home was at Las Caletas, the beach where we saw “Rhythm of the NIghts”. He gave that property to the town of Puerto Vallarta.

As I walked further into Old Town, I saw the everyday life of those residents, going on quietly, without the hustle and bustle of the touristy part of town.

I found the Mercado again, and after a few more blocks, the streets ended, so I made my way back toward the main part of Puerto Vallarta.

At the very western end of the park, I found a small restaurant that served breakfast. Although it was almost noon, I decided to have brunch instead of lunch.

This cafe, called “Incanto”, had a guitarist playing soft music for the patrons.

On the other side of the river is another restaurant that was closed, for workmen were trimming a large bamboo tree that sat at the end of the restaurant. The roots of that tree were actually down at the river’s edge.

There was a man with a machete trimming a tree by the river. The branches fell at the river’s edge, and two more workmen went down there and piled the branches up. Then the machete man went down there and trimmed those branches into tall poles, and stacked them up . All the work was done with a machete. And it was all done while I was having my meal.

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January 16, 2018 by dollygoolsby
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Hola, once more.

This will be my last blog post from Puerto Vallarta this year. Next year, I hope to spend longer than a week. I love this town.

When I told the kids that I wanted to go back to explore Old Town Vallarta, Rob asked me, “What will you do there?”

“Oh, just walk around, and see what the Old Town is like,” was my reply. What I really thought was, it will be more “What can I learn by going back there:” Rather than what can I do there.

I took the bus to town again, by myself. I call it the “Chicken Bus”. Although no one here is transporting chickens, the buses look similar to the ones I have seen in other places of Mexico and Costa Rica, where cages of chickens were being carried on top of the buses.

The bus stop is on the street in front of our hotel entrance. The fare is 7.50 pesos, which is about 42 cents in US money.

After a bumpy ride, for most of the streets are made of cobblestones, and I am sure the buses do not have the best springs, I arrived in the main part of Puerto Vallarta, near the Cathedral of Guadalupe. I knew I wanted to go further east, into the old town from that church, so I followed the streets that Chef Julio had taken us on, the other day when we went to the Mercado.

There is a river that empties into the sea, at the southern end of the main part of town. This river, the Cuale River, creates and island called the Isla Cuale. Now it is a lovely park.

A staircase crosses the river on the north side, and leads to an upper affluent neighborhood, where Elizabeth Taylor lived, while she was filming the movie, “The Night of the Iguana”. That movie brought Puerto Vallarta to the attention of travelers, and as the locals tell me, that was the beginning of the town becoming a tourist attraction.

Some of the homes up in that neighborhood now.

A statue of John Huston sits at the entrance to the park. That man was the director of the movie, “The Night of the Iguana”. He made the film here, as he had already fallen in love with Puerto Vallarta. In fact, his home was at Las Caletas, the beach where we saw “Rhythm of the NIghts”. He gave that property to the town of Puerto Vallarta.

As I walked further into Old Town, I saw the everyday life of those residents, going om quietly, without the hustle and bustle of the touristy part of town.

The apartments are newer, the streets are quiet. The tangle of electrical wires overhead is a bit disconcerting.

I liked this place. I think it is a restaurant below, but the tower had small tables and chairs on three levels. It must be a good place for Happy Hour, for a few people

I found the Mercado again, and after a few more blocks, the streets ended, so I made my way back toward the main part of Puerto Vallarta.

At the very western end of the park, I found a small restaurant that served breakfast. Although it was almost noon, I decided to have brunch instead of lunch.

This cafe, called “Incanto”, had a guitarist playing soft music for the patrons.

You can see the river flowing below the deck. On the other side of the river is another restaurant that was closed, for workmen were trimming a large bamboo tree that sat at the end of the restaurant. The roots of that tree were actually down at the river’s edge.

I don’t know if you can see him, but at the right side of the tree, standing on a 12-foot ladder, is a man with a machete trimming that tree. The branches fell at the river’s edge, and two more workmen went down there and piled the branches up. Then the machete man went down there and trimmed those branches into tall poles, and stacked them up . All the work was done with a machete. And it was all done while I was having my meal.

After my wonderful breakfast and the best cup of coffee I have had , I meandered back into town.

The peaceful River Cuale.

The Crown Dome of the Cathedral

One of the many sculptures along the Malecon.

I finished my day in town by walking the length of the Malecon, then I caught another “Chicken Bus” and made my way back to our hotel.

Later, as we were waiting for our dinner, at Victor’s at the marina., I had time to contemplate what a relaxing week we had enjoyed. Although we were active, we were never stressed. I enjoyed the non-stress times immensely.

So here I am, dreaming of my return to one of my favorite cities . Puerto Vallarta.

Adios, Puerto Vallarta, until next year.

Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica

Author: , July 27th, 2017

Zona Romantica Puerto Vallarta

There are few locations in Latin America that can legitimately claim to offer a true gay village—which makes Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica a notable standout. As you can probably guess, the Mexican city’s area means “romantic zone” or “district of romance,” and that signifies it is a place for romance to be enjoyed by everyone.

This is an equal-opportunity romance zone, and local residents and businesses take pride in being inclusive and supportive of everyone, including the LGBT community. This section of town is home to many hotels, restaurants and other attractions that are owned and/or managed by those in the LGBT community, and these and other local hotspots make it a priority to express their support of LGBT residents and visitors.

This welcoming stance may not be surprising, given the community’s proud affiliations and memberships related to organizations such as the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. The local business community is also openly supportive of groups such as GLAAD, HMI and the GMHC.

By Bobbi Dempsey – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Puerto Vallarta – Zona Romantica Gay Travel Resources

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Casa 567 – Gay Puerto Vallarta Vacation Rental

Author: , July 5th, 2017

Casa 567Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Come to Casa 567 in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s charming Old Town, a year-round, gay owned guesthouse at 567 Venustiano Carranza.

Casa 567 is one of the original Puerto Vallarta townhomes behind the Emiliano Zapata Mercado (a busy and colorful Mexican market). We’ve spent the last two years restoring this beautiful home to its original Mexican style.

We offer four one bedroom suites, and one two bedroom suite, each with its own private baths. We invite all of our guests to enjoy the intimate rooftop pool and our fourth floor open patio, which has panoramic views of mountains, Old Town, and the Pacific Ocean.

Old Town is very gay friendly, and we’re close to Los Muertos beach, shopping, dining, clubs, and bustling city life. It’s just a short cab ride to any of the City’s destinations, including the ocean and Malecon, just eight blocks away.

We’re at the end of Venustiano Carranza, a quiet get-away, also close to the city’s gay bars.

There’s wifi access from each of our guest rooms, as well as a flatscreen cable TV, fresh linens, and a self-serve laundry on our first floor. We also offer a small gym facility and a common area room with an extensive movie collection.

Coming to Puerto Vallarta? Stay in the heart of the action at Casa 567!

See the Casa 567 Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Gay Puerto Vallarta: A Perennial Favorite

Author: , January 1st, 2017

Gay Puerto Vallarta

Brought into the tourism spotlight by famous Hollywood celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and offering a broad range of gay bars and nightclubs, gay-owned restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment that established the destination in a league of its own, it is no wonder Puerto Vallarta has been a favorite among LGBT travelers for decades.

In recent years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the entity responsible for promoting the destination in the US and Canada has partnered with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GMHC and the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association to promote the destination to the LGBT market.

In 2014, Puerto Vallarta became the first Mexican destination to participate in a World Pride with its Noche Alegre event during the World Pride celebrations in Toronto; and in 2015 the tourism board became the first destination to sponsor the Human Rights Campaign on a national level.

Full Story at eTurbo News

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Villa Encantada – Gay Friendly Puerto Vallarta Vacation Rental Villa

Author: , November 2nd, 2016

Villa Encantada

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Experience ultimate luxury in our large, 5,000 sf villa in the Conchas Chinas Hills. This new, five bedroom, five and a half bathroom villa is in the upscale Amapas area, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful vacation rental homes in Puerto Vallarta.

Villa Encantada is in the middle of a vibrant, tropical jungle, and has panoramic Banderas Bay views. It’s also a great place to watch the sun set from the wide pool deck. When the days are hot, you can cool down in our gorgeous turquoise blue pool, or relax with a drink at the outdoor bar under the shade of the palapa.

Villa Encantada is a great place for families or a group of friends, with 5 elegant bedroom suites, each with private bath, wide balconies, a large sitting room, and a complete staff that make this house a tropical paradise.

Villa Encantada is close to downtown Puerto Vallarta in the Amapas/Conchas Chinas hills. We offer an open air paradise where you can enjoy the warm ocean breeze and the tropical evenings.

The villa is filled with colorful, vibrant art, and the wide open spaces complement the house’s decoration, making this a fantastic vacation destination.

The home was just completed in 2006, and was designed by Arturo Ramos, a well-known PV architect. Three of the guest rooms have kingsized beds, one has a queen bed, and one has two queen beds.

The entire villa has beautiful, warm hardwood doors and windows, and the bedrooms all have a/c. The pool and spa are both solar heated, reducing electricity use and carbon output.

The villa also has satellite TV, telephones (with free calls to tyhe United States), and housecleaning, cooking, and house staff services six days a week. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen, Barbeque, movies, games and high speed wifi access.

For the perfect vacation in gay Puerto Vallarta, stay at Villa Encantada.

See the Villa Encantada Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa K, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Author: , July 5th, 2013

Casa K, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The Hidden One – Old Town Puerto Vallarta: The El Escondido, known as the “Hidden One,” is a beautiful complex located on a gentle hill just above Olas Altas street in Puerto Vallarta. Casa K, corner of paradise. Casa K is a large two-bedroom (1240 sqft) artistically decorated vacation condo furnished with both modern and Mexican design touches.

See the Casa K Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Fabulosa, Puerto Vallarta

Author: , December 29th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Casa Fabulosa, Puerto VallartaThis special property is perched on the base of a beautiful green mountain in a quiet residential neighborhood, one half block off one of Puerto Vallarta’s most sought after beaches.

It boasts awesome ocean and mountain views directly over the building in front of it (which buffers it from much of the beach noise), and sweeping west-facing dramatic views of all of Banderas Bay. The sunsets are amazing, as is the view from two private balconies.

It is also a corner unit with great city night views from all rooms. There is a lushly landscaped patio with extra large sliding glass doors which open to the sea. There are constant breezes, great cross ventilation and the sound/lull of the waves crashing on the beach nearby.

It is within walking distance (four short flights of steps down to lower garden gate; two flights up to top entrance/arrival lobby/panoramic shared terrace and pool) to shops, restaurants, and nightclubs in the heart of Viejo Vallarta. Repeat guests keep coming back because of the special quiet location, the dramatic views, and romanticism.

See the Casa Fabulosa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here