Solamar
Casa Del Mar, Oceanfront Home

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Enjoy the warmth and friendship of
Sunny PUERTO VALLARTA!!

Our Mexican Home is located 3 miles South of Puerto Vallarta on the road to Mismaloya and Manzanillo, just a short 10 minute bus or taxi ride to or from 'Old Vallarta', where there are many fine restaurants, unlimited shopping for all kinds of Mexican crafts and blending of true, Mexican society.

Our 'casa' is a comfortable 1300 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath one level home, with the ocean lapping up to the building.  Also enjoy a beautiful, private garden pool for your personal sunning enjoyment.  Our home comfortably sleeps 4 people, with 2 king-sized beds, private baths and a kitchen furnished for all your needs...Just go shopping at any of the 'Mercados'!!

Solamar is a small condomium complex with only 26 units.  All of the apartments face the ocean, with floor to ceiling windows on the ocean side...the ocean view is everywhere!!  Our apartment is about 1300 square feet on a single level, with 2 large bedrooms, each with a KING-sized bed and a private bath.  The decor is simple Mexican flavor with a "Saltillo" tiled floor and many simple Mexican artifacts for decoration.  The furnishings are colorful, clean and comfortable.

The kitchen features a microwave oven (very un-Mexican!), a 6 burner gas stove (also very un-Mexican) and most all the cooking utensils needed for any food preparations.  Mexican dishware will service 8 people.  Water at Solamar is from a private well called "Nogalito" and is very clean.  For those with concerns, there is an additional tap called the "aqua purificada", or purified water.  We regularly keep a pitcher from that tap in the fridge.

Our apartment is located on the entry level (5th floor) near the reception desk.  Solamar has a full time security staff and is completely fenced for added security.  Daily maid service is also part of your stay at Solamar.  The 'camaristas' (or maids) will spend 1 to 2 hours daily, cleaning your apartment, making your beds, sweeping and mopping, etc.  We tip them $1.50 (US) per day for just the two of us, or if we have friends in the second bedroom, we tip $2.50 per day.  (Give all tips directly to the person you wish to tip.  You may give your tips at the end of your stay rather than daily.)  Further, there is a full time maintenance person who can repair most problems you encounter.  We recommend taking your laundry to town if needed.  There are many 'lavanderias' with one day service and very inexpensive.

Bienvenidos a Puerto Vallarta!!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a remarkable city, as it blends so many walks of life into one community, ranging from the poverty of Mexico to the movie stars of Hollywood.  Sitting in a sidewalk cafe, you can watch the world go by and see all the walks of life in an hour!!  The Mexican people are so friendly and helpful.  A little Spanish always helps, but most natives speak enough English to help you get by.

Restaurants abound both in quality and price, and price does not guarantee quality!!  We have many restaurants we visit regularly where we can have a complete meal for two for less than $20, including drinks and tip.  On the other hand, there are many fine restaurants where prices are competitive with those here at home, and the quality is excellent.  Some of the 'hole in the wall' restaurants are our favorites.

Shopping in Mexico is another bonanza.  Most of the things you get at the 'Mercado' are pretty junky, although you can find a few good items.  'The Mall That Comes To You', or the beach vendors, provide some of the more entertaining purchasing.  Most of their wares are available from the city vendors, but sitting at the beach, watching the people and the vendors makes for a fun afternoon.  If you don't wish to be bothered by the vendors, simply say 'no gracias'.  They'll get the idea and soon not bother you.

There are many small, fine stores in downtown PV which offer an assortment of wonderful clothing and arts and craft items.  Glassware and artwork are prominent.  If you're shopping for food items, there are several large supermarkets.  Be prepared to rub shoulders with the Mexicans.  The range of fruits and vegetables is amazing.  Beer is cheap, as is alcohol.  Red wine is inexpensive while good whites are not!!!

There are several excellent enjoyable beaches in Puerto Vallarta.  Playa Los Muertos, or the Beach of the Dead, is located in Old Town, PV, and has lots of activity.  Mismaloya has a terrific sandy beach, the water is clean and warm.  Take a ponga (small boat) to Las Animas to a secluded sandy beach with a few restaurants, plenty of sun and some quiet time.  Go North to Punta Mita, about a two hour bus ride or 1 hour cab ride and there are some fantastic white sandy beaches.  Here you can rent a ponga and go whale watching (Cathy took the picture above!!).  Two hours of whale watching will be adequate and costs about $10 to $20 per person, depending on the number of people you go with.  A ponga can comfortably hold 6 or 7 people.

Other activities include golf, for which there are two courses available.  The Marina Golf Course is the closest, and more expensive than the 'municipal' course in the State Of Nyarit, about an hour taxi, bus ride.  Golf in Mexico is expensive wherever you go.  Deep sea fishing boats, horseback riding, scuba trips, parasailing, snorkeling and back country trips are all available.  Cruises in the bay abound and are generally pricey and provide you with lots of booze, sun and views of the bay.  Be picky when looking for a day cruise as there are so many available.  Generally we find that we can do with a ponga anything you can do with a cruise for a lot less money and have more control where we go.  If you like to party, take a cruise!!

As Solamar is our 'home away from home', we generally spend from Mid-November to Mid-March in Mexico.  Our 'Casa' is available for rent the times of the year we are not there.  A few side notes....we do not rent to families with small children (under 8-10 yrs old) due to the large sliding windows across the front of the apartment, and, we do not allow pets.  Finally, we ask smokers to do so outside (the balcony is fine)... our thanks!!

Solamar
Casa Del Mar, Oceanfront Home
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Mike & Cathy Morrow
990 South Lake Whatcom Blvd
Sedro Woolley, WA  98284
360.595.2311
Fax : 360.595.2062
www.vallarta.net 
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