Delicious Pizza at 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar in Old Town Puerto Vallarta

Ok, I have to say my new favourite restaurant in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta is 116 Pulpito Gastro Bar (you can find them on Facebook). With a location nestled right in the heart of Zona Romantica, this little restaurant serves up delicious tapas and pizza, not to mention great service too. Small and cozy, the little gastro bar seats about 15 inside and then double outside. The walls are an eclectic grey, black and white mexican tile and the bar has seating if you prefer over the tables. I enjoy sitting outside on the patio where I can watch people coming back from the beach or listening to the live music that sometimes is present.

Cervezas to start.

Cervezas to start.

Holly and I decided to hit the gastro bar for our dinner during our stay over Easter. First, we found our spot on the patio and ordered up some Sol cervezas. We were pleasantly surprised to have some complimentary hummus and bread sticks!

Hummus and break sticks.

Hummus and break sticks.

Our next course we ordered were some tempura and a waldorf salad. Both were excellent.

Spinach, apple, pecans and blue cheese...I think. Tasty anyway!

Spinach, apple, pecans and blue cheese…I think. Tasty anyway!

Vegetable tempura

Vegetable tempura

The pizzas are all made to order where you pick your toppings. I don’t recall exactly what we ordered on ours, salami, black olives and basil I think it was. Anyway, as you can see it looked amazing….and tasted just as good as it looked. We were pretty full so we boxed up half to have for the lunch the next day.

And the pizza, what we came for. Thin crust with cheese, salami, black olives and basil. Delicious!

My iPhone distorted Holly a little here. But here is the pizza…thin crust with cheese, salami, black olives and basil. Delicious! 

I love this little place and will return again and again. Although, I have to say I wasn’t impressed the very first time I went. The gastro bar had just opened and I’m not quite sure what it was. Victor, on the other hand, quite liked it and I’m glad he had us return.

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Release the Kraken!!!

Or in our case, release the baby turtles!

When my family came to visit me in Puerto Vallarta, I started planning excursions that we could all enjoy. Releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the ocean seemed like a wonderful family activity. Tripadvisor ranked Superior Tours Vallarta as a top tour guide in Puerto Vallarta and that’s who I booked with.

On a side note, Superior Tours Vallarta has airport pick up service which I booked for the family and we were totally happy with their friendly service. Astrid is an owner of Superior Tours Vallarta and also was our driver. She made my family feel very welcome, handed out nice cold bottle water and told us points of interest on the way to our condo. After our friendly and professional airport pick up, I knew we were in good hands for our turtle release excursion later that week.

The turtle release tours are evening excursions because less predators are about to snatch up the babies as they scramble across the beach and into the ocean. On the night of our booked tour, I made the family dinner and then made our way to Superior Tours office situated in Old Town just a few blocks from our condo.

Astrid was our driver and a marine biologist was our guide. Unfortunately I cannot remember her name, but she was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Thankfully, as it was November and still very hot and humid, the van had air conditioning and Astrid again handed out cold waters for everyone. After a 30 minute or so drive up to Nuevo Vallarta to the turtle sanctuary, everyone got out and made our way to the beach.

The turtle sanctuary in Nuevo.

The turtle sanctuary in Nuevo.

Information sign about the turtles.

Information sign about the turtles.

Our guide first gave us information about the turtles and their different species. We had a blue bin filled with little babies that had hatched that day, ready and eager to start their life in the ocean.

Baby turtles ready to be released into the ocean.

Baby turtles ready to be released into the ocean.

We picked them up, after cleaning our hands of course, and set them down in the sand. The waves came up, caught them and off they went. It was very cute and quite a beautiful experience. The entire family enjoyed this moment and will be a treasured moment for all.

Family releasing baby turtles into the wild.

Family releasing baby turtles into the wild.

After all the babies were released, we walked the beach to look for mother turtles coming up to lay their eggs. Unfortunately there were none so we hopped in the van and made our way back to Old Town for a late night snack of tacos…a perfect ending to a wonderful day.

Day Trip to Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

I had always wanted to visit the Botanical Gardens outside of Puerto Vallarta and since my family was visiting, it was a perfect day trip. Their website is very informative and told us exactly how to travel there by either bus or taxi. We decided for 20 pesos, or $1.50 US, we would take the bus.

Gathering up the family, we trundled down to the corner of Carranza and Aguacate streets, in the Romantic Zone to catch our bus. After waiting about 10 minutes, a bus came along labeled Botanical Gardens at that corner. I was a bit apprehensive since the website said to take the bus labeled El Tuito, but I double checked with the driver and he assured me the bus would stop at the gardens. Ok, on the bus we went.

The bus was comfortable with reclining cushioned seats. However the driver, as with most Mexican drivers, was heavy on the gas and took the corners like a roller coaster. I could see my Dad in the front seat tightly gripping the chairs arm. After about 30 minutes we stopped at the gardens and were let out.

Ticket booth to the gardens.

Ticket booth to the gardens.


A fellow greeted us at the entrance, gave us a bit of direction and showed us to the ticket booth. It is very important you bring bug spray because the Mosquitos and “no see’ems” are horrendous! You can also buy some spray there too. So we bought our tickets, 60 pesos each, sprayed ourselves and walked the paths of the gardens. There are different activity levels of paths and all are quite pretty.
Road to the restaurant and gift shop

Road to the restaurant and gift shop

After a small hike, we made our way to the beautiful central building where a store and restaurant are located. The building looks like an old home or something like a winery, it’s very pretty. Lunch was good, but not the best I’ve had. However, it made for a nice afternoon with a high view overlooking a river. There were plenty of butterflies and hummingbirds coming to visit us while we ate.

Restaurant and gift store

Restaurant and gift store

Continuing on to the gift shop, part of the family looked around while dad and I took the trail down to the river. Hundreds of butterflies fluttered around us while we made our way down the path, stopping to read little informative signs about the insects and plants along the way. Once down, we watched the river flowing and even caught sight of a lizard sunning itself on rock.

Lizard on a rock

Lizard on a rock

Catching the bus back is simple. Just head out to the road and cross over where you wait at a bus stand for the next available bus. I would recommend taking the bus versus a taxi if you can, it’s cheap, easy, fairly comfortable and drops you off back in Old Town. Everyone had a good time and since it was overcast that day, was a perfect day trip out to the country. Plus it’s cooler and we needed a reprieve from the heat!

Path leading to the restaurant.

Path leading to the restaurant.