The ocean water in Puerto Vallarta is visited by jelly fish seasonally. Whereas some types of jelly fish are indigenous around the globe, we are simply a tourist destination for a couple of the species, some harmful.
What do they look like? If you see a gelatinous blue blob on the sand while you’re walking down the beach in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas, avoid it and keep your eyes peeled for more. They can be very painful, even when they seem to be dead. We’ve heard them called Blue Devil, which is an appropriate label, since they will feel like you’ve stepped into a bit of hell.
Once you’ve been stung, it can take a long time for the pain to dissipate. The pain and scarring varies from person to person but we have heard of some having sensitivity for weeks following the original injury. We’ve also had friends who’ve been stung and were hardly bothered at all, considering it little more than an annoyance.
For remedies, there are many, some absurd but worth trying. Don’t ever rub the area of the sting, especially if there are bits of jelly fish. Get it as wet as possible, using seawater and rinse it off, pouring copious amounts of water on the skin to shed any remnants of the animal.
If you have any kind of allergic reaction, get to an emergency room immediately. Swelling of the skin; hives; difficulty in swallowing or breathing indicate a serious reaction and can be extremely dangerous. We’ve been asked many times if urinating on the stings helps and we can attest to the fact that we’ve seen it work when other solutions fall short. It is worth a try, urine is clean, and make sure it’s your own and not someone else’s.
There is a cure that locals and residents claim is the best remedy and it’s not a bad idea to add it to the beach first aid kit: unflavored meat tenderizer. Pour seawater on the aggravated spot with generous amounts of tenderizer. Let it soak in and the jellyfish bits should dissolve. Continue to rinse with seawater. Follow this with ice cold fresh water and coat with any type of cream that contains benzocaine.
If we see jellyfish on the beach, we stay out of the water in that specific area. The invasion of these creatures is an off and on event for the first few weeks in the summer but you can find beaches in Puerto Vallarta that are not affected, since jellyfish tend to float with currents so they can pass by huge swatches. It’s still safe to go into the water.
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Puerto Vallarta is a very diverse travel destination, with something for almost everyone. Gourmet dining, an impressive world class art community, Golf, Fishing and boating, but few travel Magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler Magazine or Sunset Traveler Magazine have done articles about the increasing number of great Hikes in Puerto Vallarta. While well known as a great town for walking and a pedestrian paradise the compact downtown can be walked from one end to the other in about 45 minutes, all along the oceanfront from the iconic malecon to Los Muertos Beach in the heart of the Romantic Zone. Then you can decide whether to stop at one of the beachfront restaurant /bars choose from a wide range of simple and rustic to Glamor /gourmet. Or continue walking along the beach then over a rocky outcrop along the coast thru Amapas and Conchas Chinas. There are also some great hikes /walk in town up the rugged cobblestone streets, some pedestrian ways up stairways for many people this is the only access to their homes. The hilltop lookout Mirador with the famous cross is a great hike in town. Nothing has been made public yet but for those who cannot or do not want to hike up it seems the city is installing a Funicular to carry you up to the top of the hill.
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