Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - From the ever-constant allure of the vibrant green jungle that creates an impressive background for the majestic Sierra Madre Occidental, to the white sand beaches and deep blue waters of our Banderas Bay on the Mexican Pacific, I can only say that I have been hypnotized by the beauty and charm of our "Pueblito Vallartense" since December of 1995.
PV is an eclectic collection of diverse cultures coming together harmoniously in one magnificent Pueblito aspiring to reach world recognition.
The locals, lovingly known as Patas Saladas, are extremely proud, and of the friendliest nature. With an extremely impressive resume Vallarta boasts of numerous recognitions, but the one they hold the dearest is the Conde Nast reader's poll where Puerto Vallarta was quoted as "Friendliest City in the World" as it debuted on the list in 2001 in part because of "the remarkable amiability of the local folk."
Recently I finally made it over to another one of Mexico's top destinations and "our direct competition" on the Pacific - Los Cabos. This was a trip for the intent purpose of finally being able to say that I had been to Los Cabos. OK, no not really... I went to see my daughter whom I had not seen in 6 months and coincidentally is now living there full time.
From the calm waters of Gulf of Mexico to the iridescent turquoises and aquas that identify the Caribbean from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel and Tulum, the savage open ocean of the Oaxacan marvels, Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo to Mazatlán, Ensenada BCN and FINALLY concluded with Los Cabos in BCS.
So I said to myself, "Self, be a tourist and 'live' the town." I did, and I will say that although it has some spectacular coastal views (for every 1 they have, we have 2), I felt that after all the hoopla, I was completely let down. Yes the fish are bigger, but the golf is more expensive. I went on the canyon zip line, played golf (I have to recommend Palmilla - it is definitely the One and Only), went on a wonderful cruise with a character (who could have come straight out of a book) that has spent his whole life of 65+ years in the waters by El Arco, kayaking, or on his boat giving tours to people like me.
Yes, there are many beautiful places there and the people were friendly. I was treated like a local and was even recognized as I was walking in the Marina Malecon by old friends that had moved to Cabo San Lucas. But it is nowhere near what we have here and hold dear to our hearts.
Other destinations boast their own attractions and points of interest that clearly make them destinations. BUT the reality is that of all the places I have visited none of them are anywhere near as complete and well-rounded as Puerto Vallarta.
My reality is that nothing has really EVER compared to the magic we have in Vallarta. Please understand that I'm not saying anything bad about other destinations, only reaffirming my love for the amazing place so many of us call home.
Offering the flavor of a quaint fishing village and the amenities of a well-established and modern city, Puerto Vallarta is quickly becoming an international haven for people who are tired of the ordinary everyday life... tired of a mundane world that is lacking in the flavor, color and warmth (of both the people and weather) that make our Pueblito Vallartense so very special.
In short, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has something for everyone, and the only way to find out what it has in store for you is to come live the magic!Of Cuban and Venezuelan descent, Tropicasa Realty agent Grace Ramirez is originally from Key Biscayne, Florida. If you are thinking about buying a vacation, retirement, or investment property in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Grace can help! Contact her at 322-294-1816 or grace(at)tropicasa.com.
Since 1997, Wayne Franklin and his team at Tropicasa Realty have been a trusted name in Puerto Vallarta real estate. Tropicasa Realty is the region's representative for "The Leading Agents of the World" and with over 100 years of combined experience in real estate, all agents of the company are affiliated with AMPI. Wayne Franklin or any member of his knowledgeable team can be contacted in-person at their Romantic Zone Office - Pulpito 145-A at Olas Altas. While in PV they can be reached at (322) 222-6505 or by calling 866-978-5539 (Toll-Free) from the U.S.
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