94. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Our 3rd, and last shore tour on our Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean “Visions of the Sea,” was at Puerto Vallarta, a still picturesque fishing village. Tourism began in 1964 after Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made the movie, “Night of the Iguana,” there, and bought homes.
When the young woman who was our tour guide got on the bus, she announced, in Spanish, “This tour is conducted in Spanish. Is that a problem?” A man behind me replied, “Es un problema grande!” (That’s a big problem!) Then the gal said, “Well, then I guess I will try doing it in English.” (In perfect english.) There was laughter and a sigh of relief!
Puerto Vallarta had a grand promenade along the wide beach, with bronze statues punctuating the view along the walk. The last statue was of a boy on a seahorse, a landmark signature point of the city. Across the cobblestone street, two-story restaurants and gift shops with balconies, presented a picturesque glimpse of days gone by.
Because I did not leave the bus with the group, I was treated to a private ride around back streets and over the river to “Gringo Gulch,” where affluent Americans, including Liz Taylor & Richard Burton, had purchased homes.
After the town tour, the bus took us down the coast to a lookout point above Banderas Bay for a photo stop. The foliage and vistas were reminiscent of Hawaii. It was another fun day on our cruise.
Then back to the ship for good times at sea as we went back to San Diego.