Puerto Vallarta was my favorite spot on this cruise. We did the Mexican Riviera cruise destination aboard the Norwegian Star Cruise Ship.
Puerto Vallarta seemed like the most developed place out of the three spots (Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas). It had a metro vibe to it with its modern buildings. We watched the sunrise, had breakfast and rushed to our meeting spot to begin the debarkation. As you might imagine it was a lot of lines. Then we boarded our tour boat, from Vallarta Adventures,towards Las Calletas beach. A private beach that is like a Themed Park. The ride was very entertaining. They had beverages and snacks and the crew put on a show with singing, dancing and sales pitches for different paid activities and services of course. Most of it was pretty funny. As we approached the beach then they showed off some of the activities available. A huge water slide that shot you high in the sky into the ocean, scuba diving and zip line.
As soon as I saw the hammocks on the beach I knew that was my spot. I kind of wanted to go on the slide but the hike to it turned me away. My husband on the other hand wanted nothing to do with that slide hahaha He will go down a steep rock mountain on a bike and think it is thrilling, while I think it is suicide. But he won’t come near a slide that shoots out into the ocean. Go figure…
The crew threw something in the water as we docked and all the fish came out to eat. They were beautiful and Hans was very intrigued. Kept saying “fish! fish!”
Our waiter Carlos kept bringing us drinks all day. I had Rum Punch and Ryan beers. The water was cold so Hans did not want to play there but he found entertainment filling the rock wall with sand. Baby girl did not like when I tried to put her down for a nap on the hammock. So under the hammock she went.
The lunch served was delicious. Definitely one of the best meals I had on the trip. It was served buffet style and it was Mexican food of course. After all we are in México! I had some guacamole which Iris also enjoyed a lot, some grilled chicken, rice and beans and salad. For dessert I had a bite of the flan. Which was disappointing because Brazilian flan is always better then the Mexican. Sorry but it is true. Its ok because Mexico has the best trés leches cake. There was fried fish and other food on the buffet too. The kids on the table next to us were loving the fish.
Hans also had fun with the wild life. He was mesmerized by the birds with all their different colors. There were green Macaws, red birds, white cockatoo birds, green parrots and parakeets. Most of which he had never seen before.
I would definitely go back to Las Calletas if I go to Puerto Vallarta again.
It was kind of sad when we had to leave.