"This was our first visit to the Puerto Vallarta area. Based on VRBO reviews we booked at Villa la Estancia because we wanted to be in the Nuevo Vallarta area.
-- The Nuevo Vallarta/Bucerias area
This northern part of the Banderas Bay is less crowded and populated than PV. We made an afternoon trip by taxi to PV and couldn't' wait to get back to our relaxing resort. PV seemed like a large city with heavy traffic, cruise ships, tons of hawkers on the beach. I guess if you like density, you'll like PV.
Flamingos beach and Bucerias, on the other hand, was a breath of fresh air -- literally! One can walk 4 or 5 miles on the beach and feel at peace. While there are a few vendors around, it was never an annoyance. The spacing between the resorts on Flamingos beach is enough that you'll never feel crowded.
The authentic town of Bucerias, which is only a short, pleasant walk from Villas La Estancia was a highlight. What a magical place! Restaurants, coffee shops, beach-front cafes, fish taco and churro stands -- all great quality at amazingly reasonable prices (especially with the strong dollar). Everyone so friendly!
Other reviewers have commented the path to Bucerias from the resort is not safe. We felt it was perfectly safe and walked it in the morning for exercise and to get great pastries at Paninos, and then in the evening to and from dinner at either Karens, Marks, Sandrinas......too many to name.
The path is only .4 miles to the Decameron resort in Bucerios (i.e. only .4 miles where you are on a dirt path), and then into middle of town is a pleasant .5 miles on the cobble-stone street.
In the northern part of Banderas Bay is La Cruz, where we attended the most fun Sunday market --- great music, food, arts, crafts. La Cruz is also where we boarded for the Chica Loca Tours (chicalocatours.com) boat to Marietta islands -- another highlight!!
--The Villas La Estancia
What else can I add that hasn't been said? This is a true luxury resort. The quality, the grounds, the service....the food, whether at the restaurant or poolside was very good. Having Flamingo Palmar next door was a plus -- but I'm glad we were at the much more elegant Estancia.
What we appreciated was the smack-on view from 5th floor and the fact the owner added a door between the guest suite and living room--Very convenient even for adults!
George, the owner, was so helpful in handling the VRBO transaction and providing travel tips!"
Guest: A guest from Bellevue, WA
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: December 20, 2016