Experience Glorious Mexico at Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Accommodation, Family, Tips, Travel Tips |

 

There are some places that, once you visit, you want to go back tie and time again. In these days of cheap and efficient air travel, and affordable ocean cruises, it is easy to reach exotic and exciting resorts that, not that long ago, would have been available only to the very rich, so we take advantage of that opportunity and enjoy wonderful family holidays or romantic breaks in the most spectacular of settings. The only difficulty lies in choosing just where to go – but we would like to suggest Puerto Vallarta should be on your list.

Located on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination, and a charming and friendly city with many fine attributes – not least the simply stunning beaches that line the bay. The abundance of Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals makes this a place where you can take the family and enjoy the convenience and privacy of a luxury villa holiday, and one where there will be something to entertain everyone, all the time. You will find that a villa makes a more attractive and cost-effective choice than a regular hotel, too.

Why Puerto Vallarta?

The stunning beaches of Puerto Vallarta are just one of the many attractions, but they are worth a mention in their own right. Some are beautiful secluded sections of coastline, such as the amazing Playa Las Caletas, while others – for example, Playa Mismaloya, are home to wonderful restaurants serving local dishes in fabulous locations. Whatever you are looking for in a beach, you will find one to suit your desires in Puerto Vallarta.

Many of the beaches are lined with palm trees which provide ample shade in the heat of the afternoon, while others offer a chance to experience the amazing clear blue waters of the bay. Indeed, diving is a must when visiting here, as you will find glorious coral reefs, underwater rock formations and an abundance of exotic, beautiful and colourful undersea wildlife that is unique to the area.

You might also want to try your hand at sea fishing, as it is a very popular sport in these parts, while sailing, surfing and a variety of other water sports can also be indulged in should you wish. The sheer variety of beach and sea activities is bewildering, and you can even enjoy watching whales in the bay when in season. Check with the local travel information outlets for the correct times, and you may be lucky to see pods of whales playing in the bay – a sight you will never forget.

Food and Drink

Of course, no visit to Mexico is complete without sampling the delicious food, which plays a large part in the culture of the country, and you must try a tequila – even if it’s only the one! Puerto Vallarta has its own local dishes that you must try, and it’s no surprise that seafood is to the fore. Grilled red snapper served in a garlic and spice sauce is a local speciality, and is quite delicious, while there is also a tradition of eating raw fish or scallops in lime juice, which tastes a lot better than the description sounds.

You will find excellent restaurants throughout the city; try those looking out over the Malecon, the paved walkway that follows the shore, or head to the Old Town area, as there are fine restaurants in both. Also, you will find places serving fresh seafood dishes on many of the beaches, and these make a great place to enjoy a meal with a view. On the beach and at taco stands you should try the local Mahi-mahi – grilled meat served on skewers with a hot sauce – in order to claim you have tasted truly unique Mexican food.

Nightlife is very much a part of a holiday in Puerto Vallarta, with many thriving and friendly bars, a number of great clubs and a variety of local music, and you can also enjoy regular concerts outdoors in the central plaza, and take a seat at one of the many street cafes and enjoy the view. It’s a wonderful place to relax, and then you can head back to your luxury accommodation and spend some quality time with each other or all the family.

Choosing your Accommodation

The choice of villas in and around Puerto Vallarta is simply amazing, and we guarantee you will find something that suits your requirements and your budget. There are villas that sleep four and those that can accommodate many more – suitable for two families, for instance – and they are surprisingly affordable. You will find that most villas are within easy walking distance of the beach and the amenities of the town, and come with excellent views.

You can choose from a range of self-catering or part-catered villas – usually two meals a day – and if the former is your preference, check out the local markets for excellent fresh produce. Your villa will likely come with outdoor and indoor cooking areas, so you are free to cook al fresco and enjoy a meal in the sun with the family. Beautifully appointed and with all the facilities you need, your Puerto Vallarta rental is a real home from home, so why not check out the many different villas available right now, and book you and your partner or family a holiday in an exotic and wonderful part of Mexico where you will be welcomed with open arms and treated to the famous local hospitality.

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Miranda Hart Heading To A Town Near You

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Family |

The only way you could possibly be oblivious to the larger than life personality that is Miranda Hart, is if you have lived as a hermit in some remote cave or on a desert island for the last 6 or 7 years.  The writer, comedienne and actress has become very much a household name in a short time, making her first noticeable debut on British TV in the sitcom Not Going Out, starring alongside chief writer Lee Mack and Time Vine. 

Interestingly though, she was only destined to have a small bit part in the TV series, as an acupuncturist.  It was only that the producers were so impressed by her performance and comedic timing that they decided to write a part especially for the actress.  Before Not Going Out, she had a starring role that she won a Comedy Award nomination for in the hilarious sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive, in which she played the character Teal alongside British comedy mainstays Nick Frost and Kevin Eldon.

After Hyperdrive and Not Going Out, she had success with her self-penned semi-autobiographical BBC Radio comedy series Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop.  This show became the inspiration for the self-titled TV series for which she is mostly well known – Miranda.  The BBC commissioned the show based on the success of the radio series.  The series starred some of the best comedy actors in Britain including John Holmes, Sally Phillips, Patricia Hodge, Sarah Hadland and handsome Tom Ellis as her “will they won’t they” love interest.

The success of her role in Not Going Out, Hyperdrive and Miranda probably owed a lot to the actress cutting her teeth in a wide array of different comedy series such as Smack The Pony (which she wrote, as well as starred in as part of the video dating agency sketches), The Vicar Of Dibley, William And Mary, Lead Balloon, Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders and My Family and Other Animals.

Miranda went on to branch into more dramatic work playing a lead character in the BBC medical period series Call The Midwife, as Camilla ‘Chummy’ Fortescue-Cholmeley Browne.  More recently she was seen playing the role of the mother in the BBC adaption of David Walliams bestselling children’s novel Gangsta Granny, about a supposed jewel thief grandmother and her grandson.  The one-off aired during the Christmas period.

In October 2012, Miranda took her first foray into the literary world with the release of her semi-autobiographical book called Is It Just Me? which was a big seller.  In 2014, Miranda is taking to the stage to perform her one-woman, stand-up show as part of the The What I Call Tour and is playing a number of dates in London at the o2 Arena.  If you live in the London area, and are a fan of the larger than life woman, you will want to get your hands on Miranda Hart tickets at the o2 online or at the box office.  However, if you do not live in the London area, don’t worry, as the tour stops at towns and cities all over the UK.

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