🇲🇽 Ole Puerto Vallarta 🇲🇽
After three long years, we finally returned to Puerto Vallarta, one of our favorite Mexican destinations.
We were initially worried about the impact of the pandemic on the area, but our fears quickly disappeared upon our arrival at the Marriot Resort, where we were heartwarmingly greeted with a “Welcome home!” 💜👋💜
Although it was our first time at this resort, we knew we would return for its pristine beach, lake-sized pool, exceptional food, friendly staff, and convenient proximity to the marina, shops and restaurants, which made our time there better than we expected.
Before leaving on our trip, our dentist recommended that we explore the Old Town Puerto Vallarta, a.ka. The Romantic Zone to dine at La Capella.
La Cappella offers stunning panoramic views of Puerto Vallarta city, Banderas Bay, and the iconic Guadalupe Cathedral. We are so grateful to Dr. Tim for the suggestion!
Our dining experience at La Cappella was enhanced by live instrumental music and a mouth-watering selection of Italian and international cuisine. The most unforgettable aspect, however, was undoubtedly the breathtaking sunset, which continued to impress as the sun slipped behind the bell tower and the chapel dome.
We opted for grilled salmon and Osso Buco for our entrees after splitting a delicious Caesar salad.
While the salmon was excellent, the Osso Buco stole the show. The meat fell off the bone, bursting with tender and juicy flavors.
As we savored our wine and exchanged bites of delectable food; two violinists appeared, serenading the room with their romantic and melodic notes. They quietly disappeared after playing several musical pieces, only to reappear 15 minutes later, adding to the magical ambiance of our evening.
The unforgettable dinner concluded with the Dolce Temptation Martini, topped with an ice cream float!
We relished the 20-minute taxi ride back to the Marriot, with the warm evening breeze and the views of Puerto Vallarta winding down for the night. Food carts lined the streets, offering various refreshments to those passing by.
The resort staff was fantastic and went out of their way to make Jan’s birthday memorable by dropping a metal tray to create fireworks sound effects which, of course, caused one of us to jump from our seat. This response of mine was much to the amusement of the staff!
The chef and his staff also celebrated our last breakfast by presenting us with traditional Mexican candies.
💚🤍❤️ Si, volveremos a puerto vallarta! 💚🤍❤️
I really enjoy Puerto Vallarta, but my favorite spot is the fairly nearby town of Yelapa and the beaches with a backdrop of jungle and no cars. There is some great food and drink there, not to mention the famous pie ladies who wander the beaches with pies on their heads selling slices.
Yelapa has been on our list. Thanks to you for the reminder, it will now be at the top of that list.