It's finally arrived - my Mexican vacation in Los Ayala, Mexico. For several of the past 10 years, we have gone to Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun for a couple of weeks in February. It is a little piece of paradise and a lovely place to hang out for well-deserved rest and relaxation. The pace is slow and the beaches and food are just what I need to forget a Manitoba winter - at least for a short while. Last year was so brutal that after two weeks of hot sun and another 2 months of brutal winter, I was hard to remember that I even left.
Last fall, we decided to try the Mexican west coast. We had taken the kids (when they were teenagers) to Puerto Vallarta many years ago but on the recommendation of friends (who recommended Guayabitos), we found a one bedroom condo in Los Ayala. It's right on the beach and with a pool which I am not sure we'll use but it's there, nevertheless.
We could not have asked for a better location. Los Ayala is about an hour and a half from the Puerto Vallarta airport. We got a taxi service to pick us up at the airport and the driver, Viviana, stopped at a Mega (the name of the store) grocery store to buy some groceries prior to going to LA.
We bought staples that we thought would last us for most of the two weeks but no meat or fish. We were told that early each morning, sometime between 6-9am, the fishermen bring their catch of the day to sell on the beach. The fish is usually caught that morning so it still smells like the sea - meaning there is no fishy smell. I am looking forward to tomorrow morning. We arrived this afternoon but it was a bit early for check-in so we sat at the lower front deck and ate some lunch we bought at the supermarket - chicken, salad, fruit and some cool drinks.
Condos Casa Rey is exactly as it looks on the website and more, really. You know how sometimes you see lodgings on the internet and when you arrive it looks nothing like the picture? Well this one is exactly as it looks in all the pictures but there are other features like the huge bathroom and the wall-to-wall closets for storage. The pantries are very big and the veranda is large, breezy and roomy. The best thing about the condo is it has two entrances - one from the street and one to/from the beach. I know I am going to be loving my stay here. When we are on the veranda, it's like the rest of the world doesn't exist. The view from the front is the beach and Jaltemba Bay and the view from the back balcony is the Sierra Madre mountains less than 500 metres away. My 16 day stay is going to be good. I can feel it.