This year my wife Connie and I did something a little different for the Christmas holidays….we left the country and took a sojourn to the beautiful Mexican beach resort city of Puerta Vallarta. Once we landed, we headed North from the airport to the small town of Lo de Marcos and spent ten wonderful days leisurely swimming, bird watching, hiking and sight-seeing. It was both relaxing and educational. Here’s what we learned about “Vallarta”:
- The town we stayed at is called Lo de Marcos
- It’s an amazing area for bird watching
- It has a truly authentic Mexican feel with friendly people and feels “safe”
- It’s a popular retirement destination for Americans and Canadians
- PV is known as a “satellite gay space” for LGBTs
- Yoga on the beach is popular and fun, especially during sunset!
- It has a lovely tropical climate, but not many hurricanes
- There are crocodiles!
- It’s a popular tourist destination for folks like us who want a laid-back, non- commercialized experience
- It has extinct volcanoes and occasional earthquakes
- It’s not filled with luxury resorts!
We were lucky to be staying in a private residence provided by friends. This was our first time not spending Christmas with our two daughters, both of whom were sailing the Sea of Cortez on a rented catamaran with assorted spouses and friends, a trip which they all survived and had great fun doing.
Meanwhile, our time in Lo de Marcos was everything we hoped it would be and helped soothe the sting of Empty Nest Syndrome! I highly recommend it as a great “must see” to put on your bucket list.
–Mark Stevens, January 2019