notes from the boat
We arrived in Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta and discovered that
paradise is somewhat similar to "Fantasy Island" (for anyone who remembers
the TV show) an Aztec-style resort built in the 70s complete with exotic
animal collection, overweight tourists drinking cocktails (some even wearing
speedos), and a luxury spa... paradise indeed!
It was reassuring to see that Mexico hadn't forgotten its heritage, in this
case preserved eternally in the form of an Aztec temple masquerading as a
public toilet and so conveniently located right in the middle of a large
We've embraced the resort lifestyle though including the zoo and the spa.
Winston piqued the interest of the three large tigers and suddenly realizing
he was being stalked, moved faster than he ever had before! Following that,
he spotted the ostriches and life hasn't quite been the same since.
Carl spotted Susan from the sailing vessel "Dharma" within minutes of us
arriving. Whilst in the Sea of Cortez she identified us on the radio as Jan
and Pat on Indigo Muff! Carl's ambition was finally realized when he
introduced himself, shook the hand of Dharma and reported that she was quite
Nuevo or New Vallarta is home to thousands of American and Canadian tourists
escaping from the cold winters at home. Resorts and condominiums line the
beach. People (surely Germans) are reserving beach loungers at 6am waiting
for the first rays to hit their sun-soaked skins.
In true (slightly accident-prone) form, Carl managed to stand on a baby
sting ray and emerged from the water in great pain, three inches of sting
ray tail protruding from his ankle. Luckily the on-site medical center was
on hand and they were quite willing to give him two painful injections
followed by a course of antibiotics. It turns out if you soak the sting in
hot water for an hour and dab a little antibiotic cream on it, you should be
good to go! Better to be safe though...
Carl couldn't resist treating us to the ultimate in romantic dining
experiences in Nuevo Vallarta, eating in a small Italian bistro on a
candle-lit balcony overlooking... the bouncy castle in the shopping mall.
The people-watching was mesmerizing, the menu tailor-made for its clientele,
white food for white people. The food was terrible, the atmosphere surreal.
We would highly recommend avoiding Nuevo Vallarta unless the above
description for some reason sounds appealing however in direct contrast,
Puerto Vallarta, we loved...
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