Islas Las Marietas are a group of three small federally protected islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Several species of endangered birds live there, and the marine life is abundant. When the conditions are right, the snorkeling is excellent.
In other words, it’s a Joy sort of place.
I booked us a tour through Vallarta Adventures to Las Marietas, falsely assuming the boat was like they promise: a catamaran sailboat. Wrong! It was one notch above a booze cruise: Ninety people stuffed onto a platform-style boat, forced to listen to “I Will Survive” by Donna Summer while Julio the tour guide randomly grabs people and dances with him as he tells not-hilarious jokes about Mexico (“the sharks love tourists!”)
My advice if you want to visit Marietas?
Don’t choose Vallarta Adventures.
So, anyway, no, I didn’t get to experience a relaxing day sailing at sea, but I at least got to see the Marietas up close. With 90 other people. And “Thriller” blaring in the background…*frowning*