Editor’s Note: Frolicking in the ocean

Last week’s note on the Uber situation thankfully came out just in time for the unrest to die down. It appears things have returned to normal. The latest crisis is that Spring Breakers won’t be coming to Vallarta this spring. Since I’m on the other side of 40 now, I have to say I’m not even sure the last time I saw a ‘Spring Breaker’ and certainly never anything like I experienced in Cancun or Florida.

vallarta-boronical-gardensWe ran an article last week on the postponement of the destruction of Rio Los Horcones, the river that runs below the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and into Los Veranos y Juntas on its way to Boca de Tomatlan. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens are spearheading a project to help preserve as much of this river and surrounding area as they can. If you didn’t get a chance to read about the potentially damming and how you can help you can read the article online at www.vallartatribune.com/rio-los-horcones/

In the coming weeks, Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit host many of the seasons most popular charity events including Corazon de Nina’s Open your Heart Gala on Thursday evening at the Marriott and the now sold out SPCA de PV Brunch on the 19th at the Iguana Restaurant at Casa Kimberley. The favorite El Rio BBQ is hosting the fundraiser Rock, and Roll Changing Lives with the Gecko band on February 25, as well as the 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off on the 23rd and the Riverfest music festival on March 2 and 3 in support of Pasitos de Luz.

If crowds aren’t your thing how about the natural beauty of the ocean? Every time I have been to the beach or on the water lately, I have seen whales. I have also seen manta rays, turtles, blue-footed booby, and a nice assortment of tropical fish while snorkeling this past weekend at Playa Majahuitas. What I didn’t see were too many people.

There are some great charters you can go out on to ‘get away’ from the crowds. I recommend the Ada, and Rockstar Sailor but friends were out on the limousine of the sea, the Kaleidoscope a couple of weeks ago and said it couldn’t be nicer and a great price.

I realize you’re probably on vacation escaping minus 100 temperatures, so all things are relative… but the ocean was a bit chilly. I have some passes to go swimming with dolphins in the wild (wildlifeconnection.com), but I might hold off for a couple months until the ocean heats back up to a comfortable 85f/30c.

However you may decide to spend your time here, safe travels,