Beach + Island

Escaping Winter

by Cathay Che

PUERTO VALLARTA VALUE
Always had Mexican villa dreams but a peso budget? No worries. Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive yourself the 50 minutes to Casa Las Brisas, a six-room beachfront hotel next to the Four Seasons Punta Mita. Okay, it's pretty fancy, with rooms that feature hand-painted Mexican tiles and hand-carved furniture—and a Pacific view from your private balcony is guaranteed. And in high season rates start at $395, but wait! All meals are included, so you never have to leave this intimate hideaway. The property also sets up activities like horseback riding and a tour of a local tequila distillery—which is likely to blurrily lead you to the bullfight in the La Paloma bullring (Wednesdays, November–May), where more libations are passed freely among the crowd. For something a little more sedate, board a water taxi at Old Town and take a day trip to Yelapa, an old hippie village where beachside vendors sell fresh seafood, coconut pies, and the local moonshine, raicilla. Long live Mexico, where the important stuff is always inexpensive.

Casa Las Brisas
Tel: 52 329 298 4114
Fax: 52 329 298 4112
casalasbrisas@aol.com

La Paloma
Tel: 52 322 221 0414

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