|Playa de los Muertos|
The next morning we decided to head to Sayulita (north of PV) known as a surfer beach. There were indeed surfers, but we would more accurately describe this as the Palolem of Mexico- full of hippie gringos and barely a Mexican in sight. It was a quiet and relaxing morning but with no swimming we decided to head slightly southward to Nuevo Vallarta for the afternoon. And that was an eye-opener. Nuevo Vallarta is like a huge resort- there's no town per se, only one resort after the other. But as Mexican beaches are all public we just walked through one of the lobbies to access the beach. Boy was it nice- quiet, clean and barely a soul on the actual beach. Needless to say that if we had the cash- this is the place to stay- artificially fake or not- it was nice.
Our third day we decided to check out the "attractions" in town- the Cathedral, the Market, the main Plaza- if you've been to one...Then we walked along the farse called a "river walk" that is on the island in the middle of the Rio Cuale which runs through the city. What was supposed to be a green patch was full of one stall after another selling beachware, knick-knacks and the like, dotted with a teeny-tiny historical museum at the end. Having checked out the north, we headed for the southern beaches. The southern part is mostly rocky with little patches of sand here and there. The road winds through green cliffs in what is most certainly the prettier part of the coast. On our way we came upon a cute restaurant situated on one of the cliffs with pretty amazing views and ended up settling for the day in the southernmost beach reachable by land- Boca de Tomatlan.
|Malecon, boardwalk, from above|