Travel On A Budget – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
I was speaking with an old friend the other day who runs a roofing company in Mississauga called (surprise, surprise!) Mississauga Roofing. He is an avid traveler and mentioned visiting PVR in the winter and highly recommended I visit if I ever got the chance.
Glad I took his advice because this was one of the best places in the world you could travel to. Everything from the weather to the food and the culture was unreal, and the best part is it’s very easy on the wallet. Here’s the Top 5 experiences once you’re in PVR.
The beach along the Malecon
You may be wondering, what is a Malecon?
In Mexico, basically any walkway or roadway that traces that follows along the edge of the sea is called a Malecon. Kind of like a boardwalk type of thing.
I highly recommend coming to this historic downtown area of Puerto Vallarta literally any time of the day. It is very safe at night so don’t worry, even kids are out late there taking in all the action along the pathway.
In the day, its the perfect way to scope out a spot on the beach as well as decide on food considering the amount of taco stand and restaurants everywhere on this path
Cheap High-Quality Food Is Everywhere
From the Malecon to pretty much anywhere in this city all the food is very affordable. A lot of time people come up to you with freshly caught and cooked seafood to sell you right off the grill. It’s very common to get 2 skewers of gigantic shrimp with bbq seasoning for less than a $1. In fact you’ll find that you’re constantly inundated with tonnes of fresh seafood everywhere you go.
You can get clams the size of your skull for $0.25, and you can actually see them catch the thing fresh in front of you. Unbelievable, I’m drooling just thinking about it.
You can afford to get plastered all day long if you choose…
I mean this part is self-explanatory, whether you’re staying at the all-inclusive resort of bouncing around to different Airbnb rentals, the beers are cheap and plentiful, and the best part is you can take your beer on the go. You don’t have to be that weirdo nursing a can in a brown bag standing off to the side like you would at home. Drinking on the street is a common occurrence and nobody bats an eyelid when they see it.
Amazing AirBNB Options
While my roofing buddy recommend I book an all-inclusive experience with one of the hotels on the beach there, I opted to manage my own accommodations using the AirBNB app.
While some people opt to stay in a hotel for safety reasons, I found PVR to be safe enough to experience on your own. That being said, I stayed in 4 different rentals while I was there, all located in different neighborhoods of PVR.
Again, like most things in Mexico, the rentals were very affordable even for the more luxurious rental locations. The rental that we booked that really made a difference during our stay was in a phenomenal location up in the mountains overlooking downtown PVR. The place was massive and had everything from Netflix to extra towels plus anything you need they could provide.
Must experience the trip to the Marieta Islands.
This excursion was like the cherry on top of the whole trip to PVR. Basically you book a boat and go way out into the sea. Along the way you see everything from dolphins, whales to gigantic sea turtles.
Once you arrive you get your scuba gear on and jump into the ocean. To get to the hidden islands you need to swim through an underwater tunnel that opens up depending on the tides, which was unreal, felt like I was Indiana Jones or something.
Finally, after enjoying the island you end up going around snorkeling through a reef area and seeing all kinds of sea creatures in the wild.
I highly recomend this trip if you get the chance to go.