Finally, a good wash of rain was had in Puerto Vallarta. It’s been a dry rainy season. It’s probably not a scientific measure, but I assume because my house didn’t flood this season, we’ve had less average rainfall. A recent Facebook memory reminded me that I was cursing the giant fireball in the sky this time in 2016, so perhaps it’s all relative.
This week’s rain was a result of tropical storm Tara who blew in with a fury and stranded motorists all across the city as the streets flooded with the deluge. But I am not complaining. My house remained high and dry, and my garden is thriving under the weather. I recently planted a giant daisy bush – which I’m sure has a real name, but I don’t know it. And it has dozens of little shoots eager to become branches and then flowers and then provide refuge for hundreds of butterflies.
This past weekend I was fed up with the humidity and thought some unlimited AC and a gorgeous beachfront pool would make me feel better. Boy was I right! I took a mini stay-cation at the Westin in Marina Vallarta.
I’m going to share a little secret which I think I’ve shared here before. If you’re on a budget and you want to try a new hotel, but you don’t really care which one – check out hotwire.com or better yet download the app because it comes with extra discounts. Put in your search parameters and voila – you’ll have a couple dozen options for a last minute hotel booking – including the Westin for about $50 a night.
A few weeks back when my power was off, and I wasn’t feeling great I booked a hotel for two nights that was basic but clean and comfortable and on the water in the marina for only $30 a night. Boom – a mini vacation for under $100.
PROTIP: The site lists the exact amenities of the hotel you’re choosing and the Westin is the only 4-star resort that is also pet-friendly so I always know I’m going to get the Westin.
While in Marina for the weekend we went for breakfast at Café Tacuba – Victor’s Place which has moved closer to the Marina entrance. As always the service was excellent, and the food was tasty. I walked by the Corazon de Niña Charity Shop. It’s also moved locations – though only a few doors over. They weren’t open, but I peeked in the windows and saw a lovely headboardPROTIP: The site lists the exact amenities of the hotel you’re choosing and the Westin is the only 4-star resort that is also pet-friendly so I always know I’m going to get the Westin. Which is convenient because I need a new headboard…
Next Thursday (October 25) is the first Thursday Night Marina Market. If you haven’t been, this market attracts a considerable number of vendors that range from unique, finely crafted items to mass-produced t-shirts and knick-knacks. I usually find a couple things I need – like freshly roasted hand-picked coffee from the hills of Nayarit or a strand of colourful pom poms and embroidered hearts – Trust me, you can never have enough embroidered hearts. There are some gifted food producers as well.
This is my favourite time of year. The weather is lovely. The ocean is warm. The store shelves have aged cheddar once again.
The energy is palpable. There has been a shift this week. Hold on to your bikini tops. They’re coming. I spotted a surge of pale-faced people in the ‘isles of Costco.’ And with their arrival comes all the events again! Check these pages for what’s up around the bay. If you have an event you’re hosting – let us know, and we will share it on these pages.
The newspaper is up to 32 pages from our usual 24. Thank you to everyone who has kept us going all summer and to those who have placed your confidence in the Vallarta Tribune once again. We appreciate your trust.
Support local. Say no to that straw. Tip generously.