I took advantage of Virgin America’s final 2-for-1 deal at AT&T Park and booked me and the misters a trip to Puerto Vallarta last weekend. We stayed in the small town of Sayulita for 2 days and then the remaining day and a half in PV. It was a short trip, but action packed although I’m kicking myself for not booking one more day.
This trip was just the right amount of culture and tourism, simplicity and boujee. Sayulita reminds me of the movie Coco come to life. It’s a little beach town with a mix of visitors and locals, vegan friendly cafes and family owned taco stands. There are colorful buildings everywhere with bright papel picado banners connecting them, and the sweet smell of churros waft throughout street corners.
In Sayulita we stayed at Casa Nawalli, a cute AirBNB inspired by nature. Each room had a theme, and a garden surrounded a pool and courtyard adorning hand painted tiles. At night we could hear animals and birds chirping with a faint hint of music in the distance, and in the mornings we woke up to the bread lady yelling “A la dulce” outside.
Before heading to Puerto Vallarta, we did a water excursion. Truth be told, all I’ve ever wanted to do on vacation was sit in the netting of a catamaran with the sun hitting my face and sprays of water splashing my legs. I finally got to cross that off my bucket list! Along with whale watching, snorkeling, and paddle boarding.
Once we got to the Garza Blanca Resort in PV, I pretty much died. I knew it was a good hotel because of the ratings, but it surpassed any expectations I already had. It was luxurious without being pretentious, and the customer service was unparalleled. We had views everywhere: in our suite, during breakfast, at the pool, on the roof. It was just what we needed during the last few hours of vacation.
For those of you thinking about a trip to the Nayarit area of Mexico, I’ve included links to companies I used during my trip below. I would also take a look at each company on Yelp or Trip Advisor to see if it’s your steez, and check for sales on hotels.