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.

Parisian Charm at La Cigale Bistro

La Cigale is a casual french bistro located in El Centro near the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This small and intimate restaurant offers up a parisian ambiance with a hint of mexican flair. And the food is outstanding, which is the main reason we frequent this charming venue.

Entrance to La Cigale

Entrance to La Cigale

We like to start our evening with some escargot, it’s always a hit. Another top choice of ours is the mussels, always flavorful and fresh, and frites which are nice and crispy. This time we ordered the cream sauce based with frites. Mikhail then ordered the tomato based for his entree. Or maybe vice versa, but we had both.

Escargot with butter and garlic

Escargot with butter and garlic

Mussels with tomato broth

Mussels with tomato broth

Mussels with cream sauce and frites

Mussels with cream sauce and frites

This night I chose to eat a little lighter and ordered the tuna nicoise salad. Wow, it was delicious. The chef really knows their way around a kitchen as the food is always top notch!

Tuna nicoise salad

Tuna nicoise salad

Since La Cigale is over in El Centro it would be a good stop after wednesdays Art Walk, but anytime is great. One of these days we will have to come for lunch and a glass of wine as I am sure it will not disappoint. Bon Appetite!

Interior of La Cigale

Interior of La Cigale

Sunset Cocktails at La Palapa

One of my all time favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to watch the sunset at La Palapa before heading out for a late dinner. The beauty of it all is La Palapa is a short walk from our condo so even if it’s quite warm out, you won’t work up a sweat getting there.

Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.

Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.

La Palapa has live music most nights in their bar, you can check on their website www.lapalapapv.com for details. It’s usually a soft jazz group that consists of a flute player, guitar players and a drum and percussion player. The musicians are very talented artists and have recordings of their music available for you to purchase. Perfect live music for a perfect venue!

Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.

Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.


View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.

View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.

The staff are professional and very friendly, with most being employees of the restaurant for many years. I certainly have my favorites though, ha. The bar is under the big palapa with fans to help keep the air cool. However, you still have an amazing view of the sunset and people walking by. The bar at La Palapa is a great place to listen to wonderful live music, enjoy a tasty cocktail and watch the sunsets that make Puerto Vallarta so beautiful.

The grand finale, the sunset. The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!

The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!