Fine Dining at Hacienda San Angel

If you want a memorable dining experience, I would highly recommend making a reservation at Hacienda San Angel. This top rated Conde Nast hotel has some of the best views of the town on their roof top restaurant. As well, on certain nights a mariachi band will play for you with a wonderful backdrop of the sunsets over the bay. Come here to impress your friends as it truly is an unforgettable evening.

Hacienda San Angel sign

Hacienda San Angel sign

Perched high up the hill in El Centro, this elegant and romantic boutique hotel will wow you from the moment you reach their front door. Once you enter, you will see old rustic Mexican charm everywhere. Arrive a few minutes early to your reservation in order to view the courtyard and take in the beautiful surroundings.

A fountain in the courtyard.

Take some time to enjoy the courtyard and beautiful colonial architecture.

Colonial architecture

Take some time to enjoy the courtyard and beautiful colonial architecture.

Old rustic stairway to the guest suites.

Old rustic stairway to the guest suites.

In the restaurant, one can enjoy 180 degree view of the town, Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta’s evening fireworks display.

Roof-top fine dining restaurant

Enjoy the 180 degree view of the town and bay.

Upscale Mexican and international meals.

Upscale Mexican and international meals.

Upscale Mexican and international meals.

Upscale Mexican and international meals.

On certain nights a wonderful mariachi band will perform, with cd’s to purchase if you would like to buy a copy for yourself.

Mariachi band performing.

On certain evenings, a very talented Mariachi band will perform with cd’s for purchase.

Mariachi band CD's for purchase.

Purchase the band’s cd during interlude.

Although we have never stayed overnight at the hotel, I am sure it would be a luxurious experience. The hotel has three pools, an open air wedding chapel and nightly cocktail hours. If you do decide to stay here, the hotel is walking distance to shops, art galleries and the renowned Guadalupe Church.

Anxious to Return to Puerto Vallarta

With winter fast approaching and the temperatures cooling down here in Canada, I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time at our home in Puerto Vallarta. Already I have some little excursions planned like surfing in Sayulita, night time taco tour and the walk from Conchas Chinas to Los Muertos (posted by Escape Route Vallarta).

This post is not an informative post but rather just some eye candy from my photo library. These are photos of places and experiences that I think about when I’m away from Puerto Vallarta.

Smoked marlin tostada

Smoked marlin tostada. Mexican food is my absolutely favorite type of food. With so many great places to eat in Puerto Vallarta, its one of the main reasons I wanted a home here.

Sculptures along the malecon.

These are just a few of the many sculptures you’ll find along the malecon. Puerto Vallarta is an international hotspot for artists.

Enjoy a walk along the malecon, day or night.

Enjoy a walk along the malecon and check out the shops and restuarants. At night time, enjoy free concerts, music and entertainment.

Enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset.

Head down to one of the many restaurants on Los Muertos or the Malecon for happy hour and to watch the sunset.

Private Boat to Los Arcos Islands and Ocean Grill Restaurant

For Mikhails birthday we decided to make a reservation at Ocean Grill down by Boca de Tomatlan. To get to Ocean Grill one can get there either by bus to Boca de Tomatlan then water taxi or hike, or one can take a water taxi directly from the pier on Los Muertos beach to Ocean Grill.

In December, Victor and friends decided to hire a personal charter boat to take them to Ocean Grill and it included a tour around the Los Arcos islands. We decided this is what we would like to do again, as only Victor had done this before and it would be a nice day trip for all.

We left the condo and walked down to the pier as that is where the water taxi and private boats are. A fellow came up to us who sounded like a ticket agent type of guy, telling us the prices of a water taxi and a private charter. I can’t quite remember, I seem to recall the water taxi was around 250 pesos each and a private charter was about 3000 pesos. But, with Victors excellent bartering skills we managed to get the private charter for 1500 pesos! Perfect!

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Getting in and out of a boat is so much nicer with the new pier. Before you had to scramble into it off the beach, getting wet, your shoes full of water and sand, your legs splayed out into the splits if you didn’t time it right…it was a struggle even for the healthy and fit people. But now, you just hop off the end of the pier into the boat. It’s so much better for everyone.

The ride was so pleasant, the weather was beautiful and the water not very choppy. It was a great day to be on the ocean. The driver spoke a little English and would point out different sights along the coast. We even saw a turtle or two come up for air! I didn’t get a picture of one, but it’s wonderful seeing the condos and beaches along the way to the islands.

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As we got close to Los Arcos, the driver slowed down so we could take some pictures. A lot of other boats were around the islands as this is a big attraction and also a great area for snorkelling. We pulled up and saw some beautiful fish swimming around which was great for the snorkelers. Then after, the driver took us through one of the biggest islands, right through the underside of it! This was awesome, I had always wanted to see the Los Arcos islands up close and I’m so happy we hired the private charter. And even happier Victor managed to get us a great price too.

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After the islands, the driver took us to our destination and picked us up later at a determined time as we asked. I’ll post later about the rest of the trip, but for now I’ll sign off by saying if you have a group of people and want a day excursion, try to get a private boat as it is well worth the money for not much more than a water taxi.