Boca de Tomatlan

Man, when I’m at my home in Canada I find it so hard to write about Puerto Vallarta. The funny thing is not a day goes by where I’m not thinking of those scenic beaches, our beautiful condo and pool, the warm weather and the food…good lord, the food. Ok, I have to stop there or I’ll drive myself crazy.

Anyway, I’m sitting here at home watching House Hunters International on HGTV where a young man from Cranbook travels to Taiwan to pursue his dream of becoming a travel writer. What does that have to do with me? Well, nothing really other than it got me thinking of my neglected blog and devoted followers (all 9 of them) aching to be stimulated with my fantastic writing skills and adventures in Puerto Vallarta. You know who you are!

So I trundled upstairs to our office, opened up iPhoto and started going through my pictures of Mexico to get the creative writing juices flowing. And what popped out but Boca de Tomatlan of course! This small and authentic fishing village, located about ten miles south of Puerto Vallarta, is worthy of it’s own little post on “Part Time In PV”.

Street view in Boca

Street view in Boca

Shops in Boca

Shops in Boca

Now this little village was never on my bucket list but, since it was the pick up point to get to the Ocean Grill Restaurant and we were here anyway, why not explore? I highly recommend taking some time to peruse the few streets, have lunch with a cerveza or two and relax on its pleasantly quiet little beach. It’s a perfect day trip to escape the sometimes high energy Los Muertos beach in Puerto Vallarta. To get here, simply take one of the buses in Old Town that have Boca de Tomatlan or Mismaloya written on the front or side windows. We caught ours on the corner of Basillo Badillo and Insurgentes and paid a fare of 7 pesos.

Bus in Puerto Vallarta to Boca

Bus in Puerto Vallarta to Boca

I did a little reading up on this quiet little village and discovered that, even though I did not see any, Green Macaws and wild parrots live in the area. If you’ve read my other posts, which I’m SURE you have,  you’d have noticed I’m getting quite the collection of exotic bird pictures! Well, exotic to me and my fellow ex-pats that is.

Not a wild parrot or Green Macaw, but beautiful nonetheless

Not a wild parrot or Green Macaw, but beautiful nonetheless

Another interesting fact about Boca is that it’s located where the Horcones River empties into Banderas Bay; fresh water emptying into the salt water ocean. I’ll have to take note if the water feels less salty due to that. Next trip I’m bringing my swim trunks and will let you know!

Quiet beach to eat, drink and relax

Quiet beach to eat, drink and relax

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Sayulita Day Trip

There are many excursions one can make in a day and if you have the time, I’d recommend heading north to a small town called Sayulita. This  small little fishing village is 25 miles northwest of Vallarta and draws surfers from around the world with its clean waters and rolling waves.

Sayulita beach

There are many ways to get to Sayulita from Vallarta and the one we chose was by bus. Cheap and reliable, the bus will get you there and back for $25 pesos. If you catch the bus from the airport, cross over the highway using the pedestrian bridge and you’ll see the Compestela bus thats white and green. You’ll see the name Sayulita written on the windshield so it’s easy to locate. The bus ride takes about 45 minutes so once you’re on, sit back and relax.

Sayulita beach

To catch the bus back to Puerto Vallarta, head to the Salud Clinic located on the main road into Sayulita. Again, the bus ride is 25 pesos and about 45 minutes. They will drop you off at the major malls and if you want to get to Old Town just transfer onto a city bus for a fare of $5.50 pesos.

Do some shopping

Once in Sayulita you can head to the beach, maybe take a surf lesson, wander the streets and do some shopping or just relax and read a book. We didn’t know what to expect so we had some lunch and did some shopping before heading back to Vallarta. But I’d recommend bringing your swim trunks and a towel so you can go swimming.

Public transportation

Public transportation is an inexpensive way to get around, not to mention a great way to see Puerto Vallarta. They are very efficient and come by very frequently. At 6.5 pesos to go anywhere in Puerto Vallarta, I highly recommend taking some time to figure out the system.

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Bus stops do have signs posted and are blue and white but also you’ll be able to tell its a stop as there will be a group of people waiting as well. On the front or side of a bus there will be a list of places that bus is going to like Walmart or Costco for instance.

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When you see the bus you want to take, flag it down and don’t be shy. Make sure to have small bills or exact change only. The driver does have some change but it’s just easier if you have the exact amount. He will give you a little ticket that you can use to transfer or in case a security person comes along to make sure you paid as its your receipt too.

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Now hang on for dear life! Haha. You’re going on an adventure now!