Mazatlan – A Traditional Town in Mexico


Luis R. - Vacation Stories and Travel NewsIt was very hard to leave the amazing city of Mazatlan. I always think of it as one of the most traditional towns in Mexico. Plus, it’s on the beach – so two thumbs up for that! I just loved walking barefoot on the sand, holding hands with my girlfriend, hearing nice music as we felt the fresh water from the ocean hitting our feet.

 

The weather was great. Nice and warm – perfect for the refreshing trips along the Malecón (a waterfront street) aboard the unique “pulmonias”. A pulmonia kind of looks like a golf cart and the driver takes you around town as if you were riding in a taxi.

 

When I wasn’t on the beach or the Malecón, you could find me enjoying dinner, a beer, and the sunset at Puerto Viejo Restaurant. I really love Mazatlan for its food, especially its seafood. The way it’s cooked is amazing! As I write this, the simple memory of shrimp (which I love) still makes my mouth water!

 

Mazatlan is quite an experience and it always has amazing people, food, weather, activities, and new things to explore or discover. I am already planning a trip back myself!

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing photos and stories from RCI subscribing members who have visited Mazatlan. Be sure to come back to see and read about what they did! And if you have a Mazatlan story or image of your own, share it here. Maybe we’ll show yours on the RCI Blog!

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A Vacation Guide from RCI Mexico shares his Vallarta story!


Luis R. - Vacation Stories and Travel NewsWhen I landed in Vallarta, I walked down the plane’s stairs and was hit by a blow of humid wind. I took a deep breath and got the taste of salt and the smell of coconut and the beach. I can tell I am now on vacation.

My cab driver didn’t lose his smile from the time I got into his taxi at the airport all the way to my destination: The Grand Velas Vallarta…an amazing resort. It is all-inclusive and not only is the food great, but the service is also.

Vallarta is, I believe, the most Mexican-style beach. It’s on the Pacific Ocean where indigo meets the golden sand hit by the white foam of the waves. Sayulita and Punta Mita are great areas to go surfing. I didn’t have a chance to stand on a board, but I may come back another time to do just that.

During the day, you can snorkel, go diving or maybe even swim with the dolphins - these amazing mammals have a very special personality! You can also go horseback riding across the jungle, following a refreshing noise that gets louder and louder until you see a wide column of water turned into a waterfall.  Or, you can jump into a boat to see one of the largest mammals on our planet in Banderas Bay – the hunchback whale! If you are lucky, you’ll see them jump and do acrobatics.

Heading downtown at night, I was able to enjoy a taste of local folklore: white houses with red tiles piled up between the hills, the Guadalupe church hidden behind little souvenirs stores (you can see the bricks and crown on top of the main tower peaking through) and the soft amber light of the “farolito” lightening up the main square at night full of locals, tourists, and regional music.

Vallarta is too big for a weekend or even a full week and I am sure I will have to come back to the Malecon to have an ice-cream while sitting on a bench watching people walk by or see shoppers bargain with the nice locals. I love Vallarta and the stories that become memories that make me want to come back. That is how I remember Vallarta, that’s my story. We’ve heard a lot of stories and seen a lot of pictures from RCI subscribing members about Vallarta that we will share with you this week. What’s your story? Share it here.

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