This is Mexico - Stay awhile and unwind...
The owners of Casa de Piedra would like to thank the 2 señoritas, Valentina & Gabriella, and the muchacho, Behito, for getting all dressed up in their "Revolution Day" clothes to act in our video!
Welcome to Casa de Piedra Bed and Breakfast, the House of Stone and a landmark in Boca de Tomatlan, on the south shore of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A spectacular piece of authentic Mexican architecture, it was constructed in 1988 of river rock and brick by Mexican artisans. The property, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and fronting the Rio Los Horcones, offers beautiful views of the river, the Sierra Madre Mountains, and Boca Bay. Nestled in the fishing village clustered on both sides of the river, the two buildings house four spacious apartments, a courtyard solar heated pool, and an entertainment room, where breakfast is served daily at no extra charge.
If you love cookie cutter, all inclusive, expensive glitzy resorts where you never have to leave the place, then Boca may not be for you. If you're a little more adventurous and want to see what Mexico is all about, then come to Boca, a lively Mexican village which will allow you to experience real Mexican culture. The locals are friendly and polite, the beautiful children will steal your heart, and pelicans, herons, egrets, wild parrots, hummingbirds, and scores of other birds will enchant you. Donkeys, roosters, dogs, cats, and music are a big part of the culture as well.
If you really don't want to do any cooking in your apartment's fully equipped kitchen, take a short stroll across the bridge at Piedra to the beach where you will find five restaurants clustered together, distinguishable from each other by the color of their tablecloths! Eat under the palm leaf palapa roofs, or have your drinks and food served to you on the beach at water's edge. Come back later for dinner or maybe just a margarita and watch the sunset. Visit the incredibly majestic Le Kliff, a five star restaurant perched on a cliff, where you can enjoy gourmet meals and breathtaking views. Walk down to the lower levels of this multi-leveled wonder to admire both the architecture and the view.
If you're hankering for a little more activity, there are tons of things to do. Hike on well marked trails or take a water taxi to beaches further south: Colomitos, a small private beach; Las Animas, where you can parasail, jet ski, and eat at one of several good restaurants; Quimixto, where you can surf in the wintertime and/or take a horseback ride up the mountain to a waterfall. Ironically, many of the pricey tours from Vallarta travel south to these points, but you can go there for the cheap price of a water taxi! Go to Boca Divers right here in town to arrange scuba lessons, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing tours. If you're here between Nov and May, you can take a whale watching tour or do what we did - hire a local fisherman to take you out into the big Bay of Banderas on his fishing boat (panga). You can go horseback riding in Mismaloya up a mountain road to where the movie "Predator 2" was filmed. Once there, lunch riverside and maybe take a dip in the river before riding back down the mountain. You can even horseback ride right in Boca with Pipo, who will take you on a nice, gentle ride up river. If you're feeling adventurous, you can go up the road a bit to Cheeco's Paradise restaurant on the river; take a canopy tour and return to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch while you watch the daring rock diver! A little further south is the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, an exquisitely beautiful and quite impressive place. They also have a great restaurant, high up and looking down over the Rio los Horcones.
And if all of this still isn't enough to entertain you, the exciting city of Puerto Vallarta is just a 20 minute bus ride from Boca. Stroll along the seawall (the Malecon), admire the beautiful sculptures and amazing sand sculptures, or catch a free Saturday night show at the outdoor Los Arcos amphitheater. There are many restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and stores along the way as well as food booths and strolling street vendors. Continue south on the Malecon and turn left onto the Isla de Cuale, an island in the Cuale River with more fine restaurants and shopping. Continue further south on the Malecon to Los Muertos beach and the "Romantic Zone", a picturesque section popular with both tourists and locals. Need we mention that there are more shops, vendors, and restaurants in this area, as well as a vibrant night life? In fact, there are over a thousand eateries in Vallarta, ranging from high end gourmet to local fare, and a lot of really good taco stands we can tell you about.
We can tell you where to take the hanging footbridge across the Cuale River to the Mercado, a picturesque area with tons of shops. "Gringo Gulch" is in this area, where you can walk up the street to see Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's houses, across the street from each other but connected with an overhead bridge! For those who don't know this, Taylor and Burton had a tempestuous relationship, hence the separate houses. (Sounds like a good idea to me!) It was also the making of the movie "Night of the Iguana" starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner which led to the transformation of Puerto Vallarta from a sleepy little fishing village to a popular tourist and expatriate area.
Actually, there's so much to see and do that if you can come for only a week, you'll have to pick and choose what to do, but then you can just keep coming back, and coming back, and coming back! That's what most people do...
On the other hand, if you just need a little rest and relaxation, there's always lounging in our pool or on the local beach, or in our entertainment room with its HDTV, DVD player, movies, books, cards, and games. We have WiFi so you can stay in touch with family, friends, business, whatever. We're always here to help you do just exactly what you want to do.