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General News · 3rd January 2012
Richard & Carol Trueman
Snowbirds Go South: Part A
(for the benefit of Cortesians who may want to go to Mexico)

WWe flew WestJet from Comox ($328 each) direct to Puerto Vallarta, 4.5 hours, 1PM till 7:30 PM counting the two hours time difference. Strange being on an airplane full with other islanders, Comox Valley etc. all going to the same places, La Manzanilla, Melaque, Yellapa.

After leaving Mexican customs and running the gauntlet of Time-Share sharks and Taxi barkers, we found a amenable van-taxi driver who would take us to our hotel 5 kilometers into the main city ($15)

Because we flew New Year’s Eve, we decided to have our travel agent book a modestly priced hotel for us. ($70 per night). The hotel, Suites del Sol, proved to be adequate and in a part of town that was mainly mexican. It had a great pool and a decorated main floor full of antiques and memorabilia. The near-by restaurants were authentic and better than reasonable in price.

January 1st was our walking around the old part of Puerto Vallarta and their Malecon, or sea wall walkway. It was festive, sunny, and pleasant. To finish the evening off we went to an “all you could eat buffet” for $10, including a drink each.

Below is a link to 15 pictures. Click on the thumbnail, then on the word, next, to see them all at a bigger size.
Thanks so Much
Comment by Nat King Cono on 4th January 2012
Dear Richard,

Always lovely to have your travelogue posted on the Tideline. I love how you combine great descriptions of your travel experience with practical details, such as your experience with said hotel and how many pesos it took to get from point A to point B by taxi. I'm a huge fan and I look forward to further installments to feed by vicarious travel thirst.
Many thanks,
Greg