News from Around Banderas Bay | July 2007
|Summer in Yelapa - Living Slow and Easy|
Kathryn & Robert Hardin - PVNN
Puerto Vallarta - Summer is our favorite season in Yelapa. The rains have started, and soon dramatic thunderstorms will produce torrents of water which fill our two rivers and paint the surrounding jungle in vivid shades of green.
|Leticia΄s Tienda stays open all year long, so no one will have difficulty in finding food and drink during the summer months.|
|Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, El Manguito is a cool, breezy, excellent and inexpensive restaurant.|
|La Cascada y Bosque Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week - all summer long.|
So what if it's hot and humid - we live in the tropics after all, and the cool, clean ocean is always available for a quick dip. For the visitor, other advantages of this season are fewer tourists, lots of room on the big beach, and the availability of reasonably priced accommodations.
And no one will have difficulty in finding food and drink. There are two grocery stores on the big beach, three more upriver, and eight in the village. All of these tiendas stay open all year and several of them carry beer, wine, and spirits along with the regular fare.
Many of the restaurants close in the summer, but the following remain open all year:
ON THE BIG BEACH:
Hotel Lagunita: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - 7 days a week
Chico's: Breakfast and lunch - 7 days a week
Fanny's: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - 7 days a week
Rogelio's: Breakfast and lunch - 7 days a week
Marlin: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - 7 days a week
Coco Bar: Breakfast and lunch - every day except Monday
UPRIVER - EL PASO:
El Manguito: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this cool, breezy, excellent and inexpensive restaurant is approximately a twenty minute walk upriver from the village or the big beach. From the village, cross the pedestrian bridge in El Paso and turn right. From the big beach, walk straight to it on the path starting behind the restaurants.
Passion Flower Garden: A ten minute walk upriver from the villagetakes you to Passion Flower Garden, which serves up dinner and a movie (in English) every Monday night - all year long.
Ramona's: Serving up tacos and American movies every night but Saturday.
La Cascada y Bosque Restaurant: Serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Take the waterfall path from the village and enjoy the fresh breezes by the cascada.
The Rodriguez Family: Some evenings, the owners of the woodworking shop on the way to the waterfall serve tacos and other Mexican specials from their house across from the shop.
Yolanda's Tacos: Open Monday and Wednesday nights (sometimes other nights also) Yolanda serves mouth-wateringly good tacos and quesadillas for a dollar each.
Lupi's Restaurant: (at the bakery) is open for dinner every evening except Sunday.
Pollo Bollo: Serves fish and barbequed pork or chicken on Saturday and Sunday.
Come visit Yelapa. It's summertime and the living is slow and easy. The first water taxi from Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta leaves at 11 am, the next at 11:40 am, and the last at 4 pm. Water taxis from Boca de Tomatlαn leave every hour on the hour from 9 am to 6 pm. The last boat back to Puerto Vallarta leaves Yelapa at 3 pm, and the last boat to Boca leaves at 5 pm.
Kathryn and Robert Hardin moved from northern California in January 2005 to a beach house in Yelapa where they live year-round with their two black cats, a canary and a tiny finch. They have no second home in the U.S. and are proud to say "there is no storage." Yelapa is their home and they have never been happier.