I’ve already shared where we stayed, all of the fun experiences we had, & all of the amazing food we ate in Puerto Vallarta. This post will be my last Puerto Vallarta related post (for now! Once we move into our beautiful PV mansion on Las Amapas Beach, I’m sure I’ll post a lot more. Haha, just dreaming 🙂 ) Today I’m sharing twelve things I learned in Puerto Vallarta.
01. There are gorgeous flowers & plants EVERYWHERE! Seriously. You can’t look in any direction without seeing floral covered trees & balconies spilling with greenery. I love it!
02. Most of the locals speak very good English, yet many of them apologize for their “bad” English. Psh! I wish I was a bilingual badass! (Note – We are five weeks into our Spanish lessons & I look forward to apologizing for my bad Spanish from now on haha)
03. Safety precautions / regulations seem to be very different than in the states. I’m pretty sure half of what we saw / did in PV wouldn’t be allowed in the states due to dangers, liabilities, etc.
04. Many locals swim in their clothing as opposed to bathing suits. I’m not sure if that’s due to income, priorities, modesty, personal preference, a combo, or what – just an observation.
05. There is a lack of street lights in town, you just kind of make turns, & go when you have the chance. Taxis, bus drivers, & local drivers rarely stop for pedestrians. They slow down only a little bit. I thought we (as passengers) were going to run over like 20 people a day.
06. PV is home to the best Italian restaurant. Yep, the Mexican food is delicious, that’s a big fat duhhh. But the Italian is equally superb! See more on my Where To Eat & What To Order In Puerto Vallarta post.
07. Riding the bus was my favorite & least favorite part of our trip. Our bus rides were sooo bumpy & nauseating, HOWEVER they offered incredible views & special conversations with locals that I will forever cherish.
08. Outside of the touristy areas of PV are some very poor sections. Many houses that didn’t even look habitable, but were families homes. It was a huge reality check.
09. I used a public restroom that had no door, no electricity (aka no air, nor lighting), no flushing of toilet paper allowed, & a hand washing station with a gallon supply of water. This is more common than I knew.
10. Many of the restaurant owners do EVERYTHING. They take your order, they make each individual dish themselves, they serve your food, they clean up, etc. They take great pride in every part of their craft, & made all of our dining a very personable experience.
11. Sprite taste noticeably different. I rarely drink soda, but I do order Sprite on occasion. I noticed it tasted different – better. I later learned (via multiple google links) that Mexican coke products are made with sugar NOT high fructose corn syrup (like in the states). Yum!
12. Public schools run year-round & have two different shifts. Students can go to school for a morning shift (8am-12:30pm) or an afternoon shift (2pm-6:30pm). I think that is a great idea. Add it to the list of “Reasons To Move To Puerto Vallarta”, hah.
Puerto Vallarta is an incredibly beautiful place, rich in culture, with the perfect balance of upbeat life & relaxing oases. We truly fell in love with this city & all that it has to offer. If you’ve not yet experienced Puerto Vallarta, I hope that you will soon.