Puerto Vallarta

We had heard that Puerto Vallarta had a reputation for being a bit of a quick sand spot for cruisers. You can get sucked in and never leave. Not us, we were going to get in,enjoy our visitors, complete projects and get out - HA. Almost 2 months later, 2 marinas, a special trip back to the states and many, many memories later. We might be ready to leave.

Paradise Village

Crossing through Banderas Bay you can almost be guaranteed to see whales and we were never disappointed. Our first experience in PV was simply to get into the marina at Paradise Village. Unaware that entering at low tide wasn't a wise idea we came close to bottoming out, especially when 4 foot breaking waves escorted us into the channel.

The marina is attached to the 5 star resort of Paradise Village and we had access to all the amenities as we enjoyed visitors from the states. The pools, emphasis on plurals, were by far the biggest hit. Each pool equipped with at least one or two giant slides in the shapes of alligators.

Our friends the Masons & Jefferson's came bearing gifts and goodies from home. They had won a vacation trip from our favorite radio station at home KMTT 103.7 the Mountain, we were all able to hang out together for a week and play.
One highlight was the Canopy Jungle Tour which is a series of 14 zip lines, some as long as a quarter of a mile. They fly you over and back across the river in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Jake zipping across the river

After their departure, our next stop was to anchor out at Punta de Mita for a few days to enjoy the surf and sun before we relocated in Marina Vallarta. This marina is a bit closer to town and makes the provisioning and boat projects a bit easier.

The marina itself is nearly self sustaining with everything you need in arms reach. For the true flavor of Mexico you just need to learn how to navigate the bus system and the rest is history. Though still largely a tourist location the local colors and cultures are not far away.
A walk though the edges of the "Romantic" districts always provide some wonderful sights and sounds. Our new friend Natalie helped a lot to navigate this new world.

We took a quick trip back to the states to help Bruce's family when his father had a heart attack. With so much help, support and prayers from friends and family in two countries we were able to be at his side until he was running circles around us. We were then able to return to Ohana Kai and pick up right where we left off.

Thank you everyone.


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Paradise Village Jungle Canopy Tour Marina Vallarta
Scenery at Paradise Village
Julie & Chino at the end of a zip line
Shady lunch stop on the beach in Puerto Vallarta