Being able to get away on vacation is always so nice. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is where we were married almost 6 years ago and a fond go-to vacation spot for my husband’s family.
Puerto Vallarta was my mother in-law’s favorite vacation spot. Her smile would shine brightest when she knew the annual trip down was just around the corner. Mexico was an opportunity for her to practice her Spanish, be our tour guide, and enjoy family time. We missed her this year. She was taken away from us too soon. Although I know that she was there with us in spirit, it was hard to be there without her. We certainly enjoyed our time together and honored her by still going down and visiting some of our favorite spots but her presence was missed. We plan to keep going down with Adam’s dad every other year (as we usually did in the years before) because we want to keep this family tradition alive.
Our vacation started at this amazing resort in Nuevo Vallarta called Villa del Palmar Flamingos. We love this resort. The rooms are GORGEOUS and they all have a pretty view (whether it be the pool, their beautiful gardens or the ocean). If you are a resort kind of person, Villa del Palmar has plenty of activities to keep you busy. We enjoyed daily Aqua Aerobics with Hugo who was so amazing and fun! On New Year’s Eve we enjoyed dinner and a show and fireworks! Some of the other types of activities they have are: cooking classes, face painting for kids, Bingo, and more. The resort also has a gym, spa, and several restaurants on site. Bucerias, the nearest town, is just a 15 minute walk on the beach; there you will find so many delicious seafood restaurants and a nightly flea market type of thing in their square (I saw it two nights in a row so I am just going to assume that).
Please note this post has not been sponsored by any of the companies or businesses mentioned. All opinions are my own and as always, I am sharing with you some of my favorite go to travel spots <3
One of my favorite parts of visiting Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta are the incredible sunsets. I adore being able to watch them from the beach or our hotel room.
Our regular Mexico lunch: Grilled Cheese with fresh mango and ‘poffs’ (cheese puffs). We’ve been making the same lunch during all of our Mexico visits. This year, we found these incredible lemon potato chips from Sabritas (Lays). OMG they are so lemony and good – they’ve inspired a recipe idea in my head. I did find the US version here but they aren’t as lemony – I am not sure if they slightly change the recipe for the USA product or if it’s because we aren’t in Mexico. You know… certain things just taste different in certain environments.
Getting ready to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.
Below are some pictures from the show they put on: a tribute to the 80’s and 90’s.
Mezzogiorno was an ocean front Italian restaurant in Bucerias that was ah-mazing!
The next day we woke up early to catch our Catamaran to las Islas Marietas to see the hidden beach. There was a 50% chance we would be able to swim inside, I am not sure exactly why but I suspect it had to do with the current and tide? Anyways, the odds were ever in our favor that morning and we went in!
The swim to the beach was a lot of fun and I was so surprised by how warm the water felt. It was also really clear! My biggest disappointment was that the beach was a lot smaller than I expected – the photos online made it look a lot larger. Regardless, it was worth it and I am happy that I was able to experience the hidden beach. Afterwards, we went snorkeling and that was a lot of fun. The tour also offered paddle-boarding and kayaking. We stuck to snorkeling because the fish were so beautiful.
That little guy wouldn’t hold my hand :'(
The next morning we headed off to buy some Tequila at Tequila Mama Lucia. The last time that we visited Puerto Vallarta, 4+ years ago, we came here on the recommendation of the hotel concierge to buy some tequila to take back. Well, that tequila was amazing and so we decided to go back and buy some more to keep us stocked until our next trip 🙂 Our favorite is the Almond Liqueur. I also really love the Coffee and Mandarine Liqueur. The añejo tequila made with 100% Agave is also so good and smooth.
On our last day we actually went downtown to Puerto Vallarta. Below is one of my favorite stores, CPC Muebles. They sell EVERYTHING! I buy all my Mexican dishware and decorations here. We might even order a beautiful custom table that they can deliver! We are so excited!
Below: El Malecon, Puerto Vallarta.
Below: These guys were doing some sort of ritual up there. Not exactly sure what that was all about but it drummed up quite a large crowd.
Below: The first time I ever visited Puerto Vallarta I took this photo of Adam. Well, here is the updated version 😉
Below: The morning before departure. The nice thing about having been on a later flight out was that we were able to walk on the beach and enjoy some pool time.
We really didn’t want to leave. Puerto Vallarta is near and dear to our hearts, not only because we’ve been so many times and were married there, but because it meant so much to Adam’s mom. We hope to keep the family tradition of visiting every other year <3