Editor’s Note

OK let’s see… so many things to cover and I only have a tiny space this week. We have changed things around a bit here at the Tribune. We’re printing on better quality paper and have updated the layout again to add some variety. We have new features coming, a revamped website, a rapidly growing classifieds section and so much more. It’s a great time to get on board with the Tribune.
Puerto Vallarta is making some changes too. We have a much fuller calendar now than a few weeks ago. There are some great events coming up including this weekend’s Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómico. Probably the most exciting change though is the new location of the Old Town Farmers Market. They are moving from along Basilio Badillo to Lazaro Cardeñas Park. (Across the street; kiddy-corner to Daiquiri Dick’s.) The market kicks off its 5th season on November 2nd and there is bound to be some great new products, familiar faces and surprises in store for us.
On Sunday this past week, I got my own surprise. I went to meet some friends at Boca de Tomates, which I’ve never been to before, and imagine my surprise when I turned a corner straight into the open jaws of about 20 crocodiles! For those of you that don’t know, on the way to Boca de Tomates, at a bend in the road is a fenced off area that protects you from some really big crocodiles. I don’t know their story but it is a trip to be able to get so close to these prehistoric creatures with really, really big teeth. My little Chihuahua wouldn’t have even counted as a single bite. Anyways, we got back in our car and arrived minutes later at the beach. Another pleasant surprise. There are about a dozen seafood restaurants, wandering musicians, hammocks and volleyball nets along a wide strip of beach underneath the PVR flight departure path. Adios amigos!
If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. It’s a great place to spend a Sunday-funday with friends and family. There is even a bus that drops you in the parking lot in case your car is a lemon and refuses to start, let alone drive despite sinking thousands of dollars into it while cursing words that would make a sailor blush. I mean, you know, just in case.
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  1. Hi Madeline,

    Crocodiles with jaws wide open in front of you is one thing, but a poisonous sea snake with it’s fangs sticking out while swimming around your body is another.

    For years I enjoyed body surfing in the Bay of Banderas off the beach in front of the Cato del Sol Timeshare Resort – until I looked down in the water and saw this large snake swimming around my waist . Not knowing that it was poisonous, still in shock, I slowly moved to the shore and exited the water.

    Learning that the snake was likely poisonous , I have since refrained from swimming in the bay waters. I wonder if your readers have had similar experiences?

    Regarding the crocodiles you were faced with, I have often wondered if they frequented the bay waters where I see so many persons wading in the water along the beaches. I assumed since to no signs were posted warning of the crocodiles along the beaches, it as safe.

    My only experience with crocodiles was in Florida along the road on the way to Disney World, where you could park the car alongside the road and see the crocodiles on the water shore looking at you eye to eye..

    Then there are the Land Crabs you wrote about in your Editors Notes back in in July. I found several sections of small dried crab legs on the beach during my recent vacation in PV. I took them home with me to display them with the three silver clad red amber pendants that each contained one small crab leg. The color of the legs in amber were of a red color, while the dried crab legs from the beach were a light tan with darker brown strips … like as being camouflaged. I have yet to find a similar example in amber on the Interned. It would seem that not much has changed in miniature crabs over 24 million years. Which make for an amazing discovery.

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