Are you finding that there’s a spark missing between you and your partner? Do you look at them fondly, wishing that they were more romantic? Well, why not step away from the stress? The truth is that we would love a world where we fall in love and be close to each other, but the truth is that we can’t always do that. We’re so busy running our lives that we don’t stop to think about all of the things that we would do if we could just take a breath. If you’re feeling that overscheduled, then chances are good that your partner’s feeling overwhelmed as well. It usually comes out as stress, anger, and unhappiness — definitely not things to bring into a marriage, or even keep there if you’re already married.
The solution: a trip to somewhere unexpected. A trip to somewhere that you can truly be yourselves, wild and free for a change. A trip that holds wonder and mystery.
Stumped? We’re talking about Puerto Vallarta! If you don’t get out to Mexico much, you might wonder how this place plays into anything. However, we have the scoop for you to check out.
Puerto Vallarta is located right on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, around the Bay. It’s a gorgeous city, and very popular with tourists all around the world. This means that you’re going to find amazing deals because everyone wants you to check it out.
You’re not going to be going to a city filled with unpleasant locals — the people that call PV home are super friendly and they love talking to tourists. They’re going to help you when you’re lost and if you’re looking for authentic food, chances are good that they know a few places.
If you’re going to come into the country, you want to do it through the airport — Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport. Be sure that you call your own cab rides, because timeshare hustlers are a virus and a curse on the airport. They are trying to make a living, so we can’t blame them, but they can be very frustrating. The bus is also a great way to get into town.
Driving in the city isn’t recommended for tourists — the traffic can be rough to navigate, especially when you don’t know your way around. There are some good roads, but there are also a lot of dirt roads to be aware of. If you’re not ready for rough terrain, you really do need to make sure that you’re using public transportation. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of it available.
The taxis will get you around, and they’re very friendly and know their way around the area. They will have the price lists available for you, and they can even help you with tours around the city. What’s great is that they can slow down and let you take photos and they will wait for you. Make sure that you include a tip to say thank you for their time.
If you want to talk about things to see, you have to stop and look at the gorgeous Banderas Bay. This is one of the deepest bays in the world, with high hills that surround the entire area. You can relax on the beach and catch some warm sun, or you can play on the beach with your family. Keep in mind that there is a part of the beach that attracts a lot of gay attention. If this is a problem, you might want to skip this part of the trip.
There are papaya and mango plantations, along with beautiful small villages. Remember that you’re a visitor and you need to keep a small footprint. You don’t want to get caught up, do you?
If you’re going to go off to the South of the Bay, you’ll see more beautiful hills and fishing villages. Some of these villages can only be accessed via boat, they’re that enclosed.
There are plenty of things to do — you can head out to charter a sailboat, or even a yacht if you had enough money. Partygoers love taking a day trip on many boats, but other people just like to take it simple and slow. Snorkeling is a great idea, and you get to have a good time.
PV is all about the beautiful botanical gardens. Some say that it’s just a tourist trick but they really are stunning. They are located deep within the Sierra Madre Mountains, where you are actually outside of Puerto Vallarta proper. Don’t worry, it’s easy to get there and public transportation can take you with ease. The gardens take up nearly 20 acres of land. There are beautiful clusters of orchids as well as literally thousands of other plant varieties. It’s a tropical dry forest that sits well above sea level. Bring your camera, this will not be one to miss.
You can always go whale watching if you arrive in time — December to March is the best time to see whales. You don’t have to get close up, and it’s better that you didn’t. There are plenty of places to see them. If you just want to watch a taste of luxury, there are yachts that come in to the Bay as well.
Golfing fan? You will find a lot of different golf courses — including some nice ones with traps and water features to make it more challenging. The most prominent gold course would have to be the Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Golf Club. This is a club that has 18 holes and plenty of challenges, while still giving novice players a chance to have a good time.
Don’t forget that you can go scuba diving — rental shops are literally everywhere you look!
Surfing is another attraction that drives tourists nuts. They love surfing, and the waves you catch are legendary. You can also explore the mountains, or go out on a zip line. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s pretty safe. A good canopy tour can also quench your hunger for entertainment. Kitesurfing, parasailing… is there anything that you really can’t do in the city? Not really. Hiking isn’t really something that’s advertised much, but you can do that if you do your research in advance. However, one thing that surprised us was how easy it is to find great yoga. Even if you’re a newbie yoga person, you’re bound to find a class that will fit you.
Plenty of parks to check out, including Sea Life Park — there are water slides and other attractions.
There is a very strong techno music scene that attracts a lot of people — including some of the world’s top DJ’s.
If you’re a shopper, you’ll absolutely love being able to go here and shop to your heart’s content. There’s great liquors and wines, as well as beautiful Mexican cotton items. You’ll find vendors that sell beadwork and fine yarn done by hand.
But you don’t really want to shop all day — not without getting something in your belly, right? Right.
You need to make sure that you eat as well. There are plenty of different foods out there. Bottled drinks help you avoid traveler’s diarrhea, so make sure that you ask for everything to be handed to you closed. It’s not being rude, it’s making sure that you keep yourself safe.
You have authentic Mexican food right at your fingertips, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Just hit up some food stands and save your money for one big meal at one of the nicer restaurants in town.
You also have plenty of choices when it comes to sleeping arrangements. If you want to splurge, rent a villa — don’t go the route of the hotel stay. You can if you want, but we think that the villa offers a better opportunity to just relax.
Overall, we thick that Puerto Vallarta is a very great place to rekindle some romance and let the sparks fly. Remember that all of these activities can be done as a couple. You don’t have to feel like you’re giving up on life just because you’re deciding to go on a holiday with your spouse. This is the best thing you can do when the relationships tarts going downhill. Give yourselves time to heal, be happy, and connect again. There’s no need to try to force anything, either. Trust us — your spouse will come around in good time. Good luck!