Puerto Vallarta is nestled in between an unexpected quantity of mountains and the waters of Banderas Bay.  It is beautiful! We decided to spend our last vacation of 2015 here as it was easy to access and still affordable in the inflated peak Christmas travel season.  Let me just say that although we were glad to trade in our parkas for shorts for that week, this was not the best trip we’ve been on…  

What could have possibly gone wrong, you ask? Well…

·It took us three days to get there, when it should have taken one.  This was due to road closures and delayed flights.  We also had delays on the way home, causing us to arrive at our final airport at nearly 3am.  And, we still had a four hour drive home that morning.

·The only tour we booked, on the last day of our trip, was canceled 40 minutes before we were supposed to go on it.

· Although we activated travel status, our credit card was not working.

·The food at our resort made my husband very ill.  As a result, he spent the bulk of the time in Mexico in our room, including New Year’s Eve, and his birthday.

·We had tequila trouble.  (This ordeal was so frustrating and comical that I will do a separate post on it).

Although we felt bummed out by a lot of this, we still are glad we got to go.  Here’s what we did to try to make the most out of a bad trip…

Honestly, we didn’t love the resort we stayed at, but at least they offered some fun things.  While my hubby was sick, I went on a guided bicycle tour of the area.  On the tour, we stopped at a “mini”zoo and saw a variety of animals.  We also were able to swing by and observed the dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Encounter, and we ventured over to the other side of the marina.  It was nice to get to see some of the surrounding area.


One day we went strolling along the Malecon.  This boardwalk was filled with energy and amazing art).  I was impressed not only by the amazing sculptures that dot the boardwalk, but by the displays of sand sculptures too. 


Because of the tequila situation I mentioned earlier, we also stopped in nearly every tequila store along the way, and I tried many samples.  I was a happy girl!  We also made a pit stop at the Cheeky Monkey for $1 margaritas and Senor Frogs for their yummy lunch and drinks.    

We made our way to the Lady of Guadalupe church, which was beautiful inside and out.  On top of this church, sits The Crown of our Lady, which is a very symbolic sculpture.  Among several other things, it contains 24 gems which represent the hours of the day and palms representing the founding of Puerto Vallarta in 1851. 

PicMonkey CollageOn our final night, we were able to watch a professional dance group perform traditional Mexican folklore dances.  These dancers were so talented and they were really fun to watch.


Luckily, we had miles and miles of beachfront near our hotel, so we also walked on the beach, worked on our tans, did a little kayaking, took photos, and caught up on reading. The water in Nuevo Vallarta was pretty murky, so we didn’t spend a ton of time in the water itself.


We were able to go Flyboarding early in the trip before everything else started to go south.  If you want to read more about that, check out my flyboarding post hereIt was so much fun! All-in-all, a trip is what you make of it and we tried to make the best out of this trip, even though it didn’t always work out, especially when it involved tequila.

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  1. It’s been about two decades since I last visited Puerto Vallarta, I wonder how much it changed since. We had a great time there, even with toddlers in tow. Didn’t stay in a resort though, but in a hotel on the beach in the center of town. Your photos of the boardwalk brought back fond memories, my kids used to play around the statues…

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