My Travels in Puerto Vallarta

The Six Sisters of Nayarit, Mexico: La Peñita, Guayabitos, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Sayulita and Punta Mita

Sayulita Beach with stored surf boardsWe wanted very much to visit the towns just to the north and south of Lo de Marcos, in the state of Nayarit. How could we not?  Lo de Marcos was beautiful, exotic and interesting, the people were friendly, the food was great, and we had never been anywhere else in the area.  We had only eight days in which to explore before our deadline to leave for the Central Mexican Highlands.
From side to side, Lo de Marcos is only about a half a mile wide,...

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Where the Jungle Drips into the Pacific: Our First Day in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit

Beach at Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico, looking north – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn the period of less than half a day, our senses and emotions had experienced quite a workout.  In the morning, we were on a ferry in the Sea of Cortez, headed towards Mazatlan.  In Mazatlan, we were treated to an entirely new concept: jungle in an urban setting.  From there, we had found the toll road, breezed through green and wooded highland farmland, and then gradually descended into a profusion of jungle, not only on the sides of the road, but overhead, as we glided...

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The Drive from Mazatlan to Lo de Marcos, Nayarit: Confusion, No Shortage of Dried Shrimp, and Then the Prize in a Disneyland-like Jungle

Being passed on the road to Nayarit – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSo there we were, in our van, after taking the Baja Ferry from La Paz and disembarking at the port at Mazatlán.
Given that we had just spent more than six weeks in the Baja California desert, even in the parking lot of the harbor in Mazatlán, we were struck by the profusion of plant life.  Palm trees, vines, and other types of jungle shrubbery seemed to be growing everywhere, sometimes on top of each other, successfully utilizing any amount of even the...

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