About Abraham M
Lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Since Nov 2012
25-34 year old male
I live in the extraordinary city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco where I enjoy my family, hanging out with Friends and sharing with visitors information about my beautiful town, my culture and the amazing environment that sorrounds us.
Nature & Wildlife Areas
National Parks, Islands
Punta de Mita is the furthest point of the beautiful bay, and the closest to the Marietas Islands. It's a place to enjoy the scenery, the waves, kayaking, paddle boarding, and other aquatic activities. I recommend a walk along the beach, where you will find a rocky reef full of invertebrates, seabirds looking for lunch, crabs, and beautiful seashells close to the shore.
Located next to the road to Punta de Mita, surrounded by rocky cliffs, and just across from the Marietas Islands, Destiladeras Beach is a beautiful scene to behold. It's the perfect place to get away from the tourist area and see a popular, truly local beach: People here love it because it is also an ideal place for surfing and body boarding.
These national park islands play a very important role as a sanctuary for seabirds, including the famous blue-footed booby. There are bromeliads and euphorbias growing on the islands, and lots of marine life in the surrounding waters. Something else that makes the Marietas unique is the incredible 'hidden beach' that you have to swim through a cave to get to. Enjoy this jewel of nature in the Pacific Ocean!
Meaning 'salty estuary' in English, Estero de El Salado is an ecological protection zone, and one of your best opportunities for learning about local flora and fauna and the conservation of the environment. Seabirds, shorebirds, and more are abundant in the area, so it's a perfect place for those who love bird watching. One of the main, surprising attractions in this reserve: Crocodiles!
Moving to the southern area of the bay, you will find a little beach between two condominiums. It's small but quiet and clean, with clear blue water — an ideal place for swimming and relaxing. Leave the crowds from town behind and come to one of the most popular beaches among locals.
This national park, which boasts caves and serves as a nesting place for birds, is an icon in Puerto Vallarta. Visit here if you love bird watching, snorkeling, diving, or taking photos. You can take boat trips that go to or pass by Los Arcos, or an overland bus tour will get you to a mirador (viewing point) where you can enjoy beautiful views of the magnificent rocks in the middle of the ocean. I usually take the bus and head down to the shore to walk on the rocks and take pictures of the sea life (also providing a perfect opportunity for 'selfies!').
Mismaloya is a town with a famous history: Two Hollywood movies were filmed here, 'Predator' and 'The night of the Iguana.' There is a zoo where you can find the expected zoo animals plus species native to Mexico. By the beach, there are several good restaurants to eat at and a beautiful resort. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, I recommend booking a horseback riding tour and going up to the mountains for the day. The rates are reasonable and it is a must if you want to learn more about the local culture.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens opened their doors to public in 2005, and since then, they have been working hard to transform the land into a beautiful place full of plant life. A non-profit organization with the goal of conserving and educating, it is one of my favorite places to visit. They have many trails where you can see local plant and wild life; my personal favorite is the 'Jaguar Trail,' which takes you up the hill and down the river, finishing at the main building.
This is a small town with no access by land, only by water. You can enjoy the beach and scenery, eat at local restaurants, walk through the town, and access some amazing waterfalls, where locals and tourists enjoy swimming and diving. There's also an option to take a horseback tour to the waterfalls.
I love this place ... the colors of the town, the narrow streets, the blue ocean, the beachside eateries, the small hotels and condos, and all of the various activities you can take part in here — from flying a 'parapent' to walking to the small waterfalls and seeing local communities on your way. A peaceful place full of Mexican culture, my culture.