Our excursion began as soon as we boarded a small boat from the port of Puerto Vallarta during our anniversary trip to Mexico to take us to the tiny island of Las Caletas. The boat ride there was around an hour, but it didn’t seem like it was that long at all. We cruised along the stunning coastline of Puerto Vallarta, admiring the colorful homes in the mountains and swooning over all the beach side resorts nestled upon the sand and slow moving ocean.
On our way to Las Caletas, we laid eyes on Los Arcos Marine Park up close. When you travel south in Banderas Bay, it is clear why this protected area is a huge attraction for snorkeling and scuba diving alike. This natural sanctuary is home to dolphins, giant manta rays, sea birds, turtles, swallows, parrots and even humpback whales. The clear water, natural caves and cliffs make this protected park iconic to Puerto Vallarta.
An hour or so after leaving the city, we arrive at Las Caletas, the excursion we had been looking forward to the entire trip. This hidden, secluded paradise is only accessible by sea which is one reason which makes it so special. Tropical vegetation, hammocks sprinkled along soft, golden sand, kayak galore and turquoise waters make this area one of a kind and romantic as well. As soon as we arrived, we arrived in paradise.
The first thing we did once we got to the private island eat! We had lunch prepared for us, buffet style and all the fresh tortillas we wanted. This meal paired with a refreshing and salt rimmed margarita was definitely a good introduction to what type of day we were going to have on the island. With a toes in the sand kind of meal and stellar service, we felt welcomed and were transported into a state of pure bliss.
After getting settled in on the island and roaming the candle lit sand paths lined with parrots and monkeys, we made our way to the hilltop spa to indulge and soak in all the island has to offer with massages. The simple spa decor and soothing sounds provided just the right environment to collect myself and my thoughts after the many travels and experiences we had the previous days. The spa is located next to an outdoor yoga center above the ocean and the combination of it all gave me a sense of peaceful serenity all within a tropical forest.
Although we chose a beach excursion rather than one in town, we got to see many points of interest on our boat ride to and from Las Caletas. One of which is the crown topped steeple of Temple of Guadalupe. In Old Town Puerto Vallarta, (also know as Zona Romantica) cobble stone streets, restaurants and an open air market are some great things to consider participating in on your trip here. I can’t wait to roam the streets, admire the homes and buildings along the mountains and take in all the culture of Puerto Vallarta next time I visit here.
Have you ever been to Puerto Vallarta? What did you like most about it?
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