A Taste of Cuba in Puerto Vallarta

La Bodeguita Del Medio front.

La Bodeguita Del Medio front.

La Bodeguita Del Medio sign

La Bodeguita Del Medio sign

If you are in the mood to sip a mojito while listening to live Caribbean music then stop in to La Bodeguita Del Medio, found on the north end of the malecon. This lively restaurant and bar caught our eye one night with it’s scribble covered walls and lively atmosphere and we vowed to stop in next time we were in the area.

Scribble covered wall

Scribble covered wall

The bar is long and the mojitos are strong in this Cuban chain restaurant. The walls are covered with signatures, sayings and drawings all done by people like you, the customer. While it’s not as lively during the day, we tucked in to wet our whistles and have a reprieve from the hot April sun.

La Bodeguita Del Medio bar

La Bodeguita Del Medio bar.

Sitting in the front which was open to the street, we were able to watch people walk by and still enjoy the live Cuban band that was playing inside. At night, this restaurant turns more into a bar with many people dancing the salsa to more live music. But during the day, it’s more laid back and well, maybe not quiet, but definitely more relaxed than the night would be.

Live Cuban Band

Live Cuban Band

We ordered a few cuban dishes to share and we all agreed, the food was excellent. And after we finished eating, the waitress came with a marker for us to sign our names on the wall. Victor chose to write our names on the ceiling as well as the lamp shade. It will be interesting to see if we can find them next time we go.

Victor signing our names on the ceiling.

Victor signing our names on the ceiling.

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Sand Sculptures along the Malecon

Puerto Vallarta has a very vibrant art scene and the mediums used range anywhere from metal, oil, water colors, wax and even sand. Just take a walk along the malecon and you’ll see a number of beautiful sand sculptures either recently completed or just being created.

Playing dolphins sand sculpture.

Playing dolphins sand sculpture.

Mayan man skeleton sand sculpture.

Mayan man skeleton sand sculpture.

Sand sculpture aquarium.

Sand sculpture aquarium.

Mayan ruins sand sculpture.

Mayan ruins sand sculpture.

The artist will have a tip box in front to help support their work. If you have some extra coins and have stopped to admire the sculptures, drop a few pesos in the tip box, especially if you’ve stopped to take some pictures. Its a good way to support the community and get rid of those small pesos instead of carrying them back to your northern home.

Fresh Food and Drink at Si Senor Beach Club

One afternoon I decided to head down to Los Muertos beach, order a cocktail and people watch. But instead of hitting my normal watering hole I decided to try something new. So once I hit the pier I turned left to see what caught my eye. Let’s see, I thought, it would be nice to watch the guys playing volleyball but there’s no place to order a drink. Ok, there’s La Palapa, El Dorado, San Marino….oh wait, I’ve never been to Si Senor so I’m going to give it a try.

Looking out from my seat at Si Senor.

Looking out from my seat at Si Senor.

Si Senor has two locations, one on Los Muertos beach where I had stopped and another in El Centro a few blocks inland from the malecon. Both are very different as the one on the malecon is a beach club, perfect for watching scantily clad beautiful people walking by! What better way to spend an afternoon I ask?

After being greeted by a beautiful host and hostess, I enter and take up roost at the long bar table directly in front of the boardwalk. You do have the option of sitting on the sand but I prefer this location for an afternoon cocktail. My mango daiquiri is perfect and has a generous portion of rum, just the way I like it. I mean, if you can’t taste the rum what’s the point!? After a few sips, the alcohol hits my senses and relaxes me. It relaxes me so much I start getting friendly with the bathing suit beauties walking by. Guess it’s time for some food at this point!

Freshly made guacamole at Si Senor.

Freshly made guacamole at Si Senor.

Ok, for afternoon beach side munchies you want something fresh and easy to eat. While guacamole isn’t a light dish and not the best for the beach body, I thought what the heck and ordered it anyway. To my surprise the server brought over a table, mortar and pestle, a plate of tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Wow, he’s going to make the guacamole right here! How exciting! Or maybe it was exciting because I was on my second daiquiri. Whichever the case, I snapped some pictures to capture this highlight of my lazy afternoon.

Charming service at Si Senor.

Charming service at Si Senor.

So, here I sat with my perfect drink, some freshly made guacamole with salsa and chips, cool jazzy vibes and great candy for my eyes. Just another perfect afternoon in beautiful Puerto Vallarta!

Mango daiquiris, chips and salsa at Si Senor.

Mango daiquiris, chips and salsa at Si Senor.