Get Out of Town
As Ella Fitz sang “Get on your mark, get set, get out of town,” this is the time of year to do so. There are many places to go where the air is fresh and the nights much cooler than the summer heat of Puerto Vallarta. Wonderful excursions are to be had, within a car or bus ride. Some are overnight destinations, whereas many you can day-trip and be back to your own ceiling fans by dusk. However, we highly recommend these economical journeys that will not just broaden your horizons, but open your eyes to the surrounding culture. As the weeks go by, we promise to visit landmarks and tourist sites, so keep tuned to these pages.
Buses in and out of Puerto Vallarta are a great way to travel and very reasonable. The more you pay, of course, the classier the bus but we have been aboard most of them and have few complaints. If budget is a problem, a cheap bus will get you there just as fast as an expensive one. The bus station is off the highway at Bahía de Sin Nombre 363; all taxi drivers know its location right behind the Corona building, which can’t be missed off the main highway. Buses go up and down the coast, into the mountains to Mascota, San Sebastian, Talpa, Las Palmas, to Guadalajara. It’s possible to see all of Mexico on a bus, and can be a fun and adventurous trip, regardless of length and stopovers.
Driving is an option and it’s not as scary as some media represent. We have driven over the years on both east and west coasts, through central Mexico and from the US border to Puerto Vallarta and beyond, without incident. We don’t recommend driving at night but it has nothing to do with banditos; that’s a myth. Free range cattle can wander out on the highway in areas that are unfenced. Horses, cows and sheep are hazardous when driving at any time, but at least in the daytime you can see them. There are also the famed topes, traffic bumps that will slow you down going into and out of towns, villages and cities. Hitting a tope unexpectedly is guaranteed to do serious damage to your vehicle. Always obey traffic signs; if it says you should slow down to 50 KPH heading around a corner or over a hill, do as it says. Speed limits have been tested and established; you aren’t smarter than a crash dummy.
Travel agents abound in Puerto Vallarta and we recommend consulting one for either long or short trips. They’ll definitely save you money and can let you know what sites to skip and those not to be missed.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (opinions expressed are his own)
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