Puerto Vallarta (2002)

The city of Puerto Vallarta proved to be a handy "annex" to our nearby resort accomodations. Almost every night we took a taxi into town and dined at a different restaurant. We also spent time wandering the Malecon, the beachside promenade, and checking out various shops and galleries along the narrow cobblestone streets.

The food was wonderful; the shopping -- especially for local glassware --, quite diverting. Although MacDonalds, the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood filled in prominent spots along the main drag, the city still managed to project a modicum of Mexican charm behind its touristic facade -- and certainly the shopkeepers, waiters and taxi drivers we encountered couldn't have been more gracious.

We found the place charming, clean and safe, altogether a spot worth returning to time and time again.

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