© Chuck Duboff
Thank you Puerto Vallarta, these past two weeks have been absolutely wonderful.
I have traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean…Veradero, Holguin and Havana, Cuba, at least 11 times. I have had holidays in Cancun several times and enjoyed the beauty of Playa del Carmen at least five times. Additionally, I was blessed with the opportunity of teaching Grade 12 English and Drama in Cancun; this truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
When I went to book my winter holiday this year, my travel agent strongly encouraged me to give Puerto Vallarta a try; I had always been hesitant, for some unknown reason, but this time I followed her advice and booked two weeks at the Canto del Sol in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
I am having a hard time putting into words how magnificent these past two weeks in PV have been. The weather has been absolutely perfect; 14 straight days of brilliant sunshine and hot temperatures…the sun lover in me couldn’t have asked for anything better. Being a prairie boy, the Sierra Madre mountains were awe inspiring. Running the beaches every morning, the sight of the majestic mountains kept me so incredibly motivated. The grand Pacific Ocean was mesmerizing; I could sit and watch it for hours on end. The power of the oncoming waves was incredible…they looked like giant turbines gathering force and then a monster throwing out its tentacles as it hit land. Walking to the downtown area was wonderful…so much to see: from the bright coloured items in the little shops, to the warm caring Mexican people, to the interesting architecture, the restaurants and great food, this all brought you to the downtown area, which reminded me a lot of 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen.
This picture really captures what I am feeling about PV; my smile displays a very authentic joy…the gentleman, George, was very friendly and in no way pushed anything on me. The hot sand, brilliant sunshine, colourful beaches, breath taking mountains, swaying palm trees, never ending Pacific Ocean…it’s all right there. It inspired me, got into my soul…
It brought about a level of writing which I haven’t experienced before; if you have a moment, go back and read the great adventure I had walking through hot pebbles and rocks; check out the poem I wrote about the lady I encountered several times on my walks. I think you too will agree that that is some pretty good writing.
Thank you Puerto Vallarta; you got into my soul and brought out the authentic me. For those reading this, who have never been to PV…put it at the top of your list of places in the Caribbean to visit…I promise, you won’t regret it.