FUN IN THE SUN





BEACHES

Most of the nicest beaches are south of town where the highway winds along the coast to Mismaloya. In the sixties it used to be the most beautfull beach around. Now it is home to huge hotels. Mismaloya became famous when they filmed "Night of the Iguana" starring Elizabeth Taylor and more recently "Predator" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The best beach in town (and where I hang out) is "Playa de los Muertos" located in the southern part of town near most of the budget hotels.



BICYCLING

BIKE MEX 361 Guerrero, tel. (322 316-80) offers mountain bike adventures in the nearby countryside. They offer trips for both begginers, intermediate and advanced riders. 21 gear mountain bikes, helmets, gloves and purified water are included.



HORSEBACK RIDING

Rancho El Charro tel. (322) 401-14

Rancho Ojo de Agua tel. (322) 482-40

Both offer hourly and full day trips into the lush tropical rainforests and mountains. *This is one of my favorite things to do.



SAILING

Island Sailing International at Hotel Plaza Iguana (322) 108-80

They offer sail boats that range from Optimist dingies ($7/hour) to Impulse 21's for ocean sailing ($160/ day).



SCUBA DIVING

Chico's Dive Shop 710 Malecon & Diaz Ordaz. Tel. (322) 218-95. Fax 254-39 Open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. They rent scuba equiptment to certified divers. They also offer lessons, ($14 Hr.) after which you are certified to dive at Los Arcos, a popular dive spot in Puerto Valarta.

Paradise Divers 443 Olas Altas. Tel. (322) 240-04. Open 9 a.m - 10 p.m.


SPORT FISHING

You can hire a boat with a skipper in front of many of the hotels at Los Muertos beach. They especialy hang out near the pier. Most charge about $25 u.s. an hour for a 2-3 hour trip which includes bait, tackle, and usually cold drinks.

I have only gone fishing once in Puerto Vallarta and caught a 5 foot sailfish in the first 12 minutes. Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado,Toro, Bonito, and Jack are common fish in Puerto Vallarta. Most resturaunts will be happy to cook and serve your fish for a small fee. (provided you order a few drinks).



SURFING

This info is comming soon.



TENNIS

This info is comming soon.



WIND SURFING

Silent World Diving Center tel. (322) 406-50 ext. 626

Located at the Las Palmas Beach Hotel, they offer wind surfing equiptment and lessons. Open 9 am - 5 pm.


SHOPPING

wHEN IN p DAMN I hate when I leave the cap locks on!!!.............. When in Puerto Vallarta, visiting the municipal market a.k.a. The Mercado, is a must. This is a huge 2 story building next to the river at Insurgentas Ave. Everything you see the beach vendors selling is 3 times cheaper here. At the Mercado you will find jewelry, leather, pottery, t-shirts, pinjatas, knives, stuffed armadillos and much much more. The first price they give you is about 2-3 times more than what they will let it go for. Bargaining is a common practise here.

Puerto Vallarta also has many art galleries with art work from all over Mexico.



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