Lazy Days of Summer
Our favorite pastime in Puerto Vallarta during the summertime has always been floating in the pool with friends, catching up from the busy winter season. We stay in the water until we resemble earth worms and then we play Scrabble and cards under the cooling ceiling fans. Sometimes we complain about the heat and humidity but we try to keep our kvetching to a minimum. Potluck barbeques occur often, and newcomers to Puerto Vallarta are always welcome; bringing friends is encouraged. In the evenings, we file into the theaters where the air-conditioning is paid for by someone else. We also check out the finer restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, where in high season we would have to stand in line or wait in the bar for a table. They usually have A/C, too!
Low season is a time to gather together, not feel rushed, with fewer responsibilities for many of us, who during high season find one day running into the next. After Semana Santa, the two weeks when Puerto Vallarta swells with visitors, activity calms down to a pace that we are able to take Pup for a walk on the Malecón without overflowing crowds.
In a quick survey of friends, we found many claim low season is the best reason for living here. Sharing wine with friends and watching sunsets (and storms!) from the patio at home came high on the list of plans in the next few months. Hanging out in swimming in pools and at the beach, without dealing with the masses. Many told us they take this quieter time in Puerto Vallarta to devote to hobbies they don’t have as much time for in the winter months; painting, ceramics, TV show bingeing, mosaics, knitting and crocheting, reading. Karaoke is very popular, on different nights in separate venues. Gym workouts are pleasant when one doesn’t have to wait for machines; hikes on trails, with or without dogs are less packed with avid hikers; traveling away from Puerto Vallarta and checking out other parts of the country.
Nearly everyone agreed that air-conditioning is sought after; OXXO’s and supermarkets, banks and malls are extremely appreciated. However complaining about the heat/humidity is as popular as the influx of bugs during the weather changes. The ice-cooler at Costco even got a vote!
Puerto Vallarta is definitely more peaceful and exhibits less drama with fewer people. No matter what line of work you’re in, you’ll find guests to this country during high season can forget manners and sensibility. Tourism continues after the Easter break, but without hordes and craziness. We enjoy Puerto Vallarta for these times when a calm rests over the city, broken only by Mother Nature and her magnificent displays of light in the sky and crashing thunder, loved by all, for the exception of Pup and other canine and feline friends.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (opionons expressed are his own)
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