That Time we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Our friends were telling us about how they had booked a trip to Mexico. They were going to Puerto Vallarta. We said we could look into going as well and have a holiday together. The resort turned out to be a decent price still so we booked it and we were off to Mexico.

We had different flights than our friends but we met in Mexico and then got a cab together to our hotel. Before we knew it we were relaxing on the beach.


We stayed at Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort. Our resort was pretty good. It wasn't the most luxurious resort out there but it was great for us. We went the week of Easter so it was pretty busy with Mexican families mostly. There wasn't that many foreigners like us.


Our hotel had a nice pool, a bar, a couple restaurants, and a shared pool and beach with a few hotels. The weather was excellent. They had activities as well but we had not idea what was going on since it was all in Spanish.
The pool had a swim up bar in it.
We walked into Puerto Vallarta the next day. It was about a 30 minute walk or something. You can probably imagine how hot it was from the photos.


We saw a little restaurant on the way that had veg options. We had some lunch there and then carried on.

The waterfront city centre area of Puerto Vallarta is nice. There was street vendors and all kinds of stuff going on. One thing that was a bit strange was that there were people in uniforms patrolling and giving out flyers. They were not the actual police though they were a vigilante group trying to keep the area safe.

Both of us have separately been to Puerto Vallarta before so it was cool to be back and see it again.




The big church in the centre of town is something that we both remembered well. It is called Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Walking from our resort to the church takes about 45 minutes.

We went back to the hotel.  At the hotel we had some dinner at the restaurant. They were able to make the two of us some vegan food. We had some vegan sushi and other Japanese food.
We also ate a lot of fruit at our hotel. It was probably the easiest vegan option.
Our room had a little patio which was a good spot to read and dry out from the pool.
We booked some tours with the hotel through Vallarta Adventures. There had a deal going where you buy 2 get 1 free. The first one we did was a sunset sail boat trip.

We headed to the marina by taxi which wasn't too expensive. We boarded the boat and we got to go on the front of the boat as all the other passengers were older and didn't want to sit down on the front.
The offered us some food but nothing much was vegan.


We enjoyed the sunset. It was nice to relax.


The next day after we were done hanging out at the beach, pool and reading we went on another excursion.
This time we got on a boat that took us to a resort with a Cirque de Soleil style show that was Aztec themed.
The resort was pretty nice. I think I remember coming to this resort before back in 2005.

The show was great and afterwards there was a feast with lots of vegan options. There was a lot of veggies, salad, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and other stuff.

On the way back to the Marina the crew performed some songs for us.
The next day we went on our "Surfing Safari" trip. We had to travel quite a ways with our surf instructors to go to the beach. We picked up a couple of other people on the way. There was supposed to be a big group of people but a bunch of them cancelled last minute so there was only the 4 of us.
This was great for us since we had 2 surf instructors for the 4 of us instead of 8 people like it should have been.
We weren't able to get pictures of us surfing since we didn't have an underwater camera. The surfing company did take some pictures of us surfing but they wanted to charge us $100 USD for a CD of photos of us. We did manage to stand up with a lot of help from our instructors but we couldn't justify spending that much money just to see us surfing some tiny waves. :)
Back at the hotel we had some more vegan food courtesy of the restaurant there. I can't remember what that dish was but I remember everything tasting good.

Our final day we walked around a lot. We went to a mall and looked around at different shops and stuff. We ran into our hotel guide and he showed us which tequila to buy. We end up getting two bottles which we gave away as presents to people.

Our time in Mexico was over and it was time to head back to Canada. We really had an excellent time and we managed to not get kidnapped by the cartels. ;) We thought it was a successful trip. Finding vegan food wasn't too bad but some of the food options weren't the greatest. Despite this we managed to survive and we had lots of fun on our day trips.
Bye Mexico!

Comments

  1. What a lovely beach destination. Mexico is on my radar for travel this year. Would you say that Puerto Vallarta is more of a resort location? I'm trying to find a beachy place in Mexico that it's overrun by resorts and tourists :P

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    1. Yeah Puerto Vallarta is a resort location and it is full of tourists from other parts of Mexico and the world. I'm guessing you'll want to find a more remote beach if you don't want to be around other tourists.

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  2. Great post, I love all the photos you included. Glad you were not kidnapped, ha!

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  3. Looks like an amazing holiday!I love the picture of old church as well pictures clicked on yacht! The beach looks great with not many people around! Its a lovely post!

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    1. Thanks. It wasn't too crowded when we went.

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  4. Oh Mexico! I've been to Mexico but only in the Yucatan peninsula. I applied for exchange semester near Puerto Vallarta, this makes me so excited! I loved the sunset pictures!

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  5. Your sunset on the beach looks incredibly beautiful and relaxing. I haven't been to Puerto Vallarta (yet), but would consider going. Is it only tourists there though? That's sort of what's kept me away

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    1. There is quite a few tourists but I wouldn't say the only people there are tourists.

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  6. I've been to Mexico a handful of times but never Puerto Vallarta! Looks so tranquil and like a paradise getaway!

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  7. I loved the church in the center of the town...I guess I love everything old! The boat ride looks cool too, especially the views. I am not surprised they didn't have vegan food...how about vegetarian (no meat, no fish)?

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    1. I think vegetarian food is easier to find in Mexico than vegan food since a lot of their dishes have dairy in them.

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  9. It really looks beautiful. The blue waters are so serene. Perfect destination for sailing. The picture of the sunset is so beautiful and romantic. A perfect relaxing holiday!

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  10. The beach looks quite secluded though it lies so close to the town. In one of the pics, I notices some sort of balloons. Do they have hot air balloon safari at Puerto Vallarta?

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    1. I'm not sure if they do but that would be fun.

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  11. Looks like you had an amazing time. The beaches look really amazing. Will keep this place in mind while visiting Mexico :)

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  12. You walked all the way to puerta Valley in the hot sun. Sometimes I am also reluctant to go to some places because of the lack of vegetarian options but glad you found some options like Vegan sushi in Mexico. Sunset sail trip looks like fun.

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    1. We stayed at the Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort so walking to the church, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, took us about 45 minutes. We weren't sure how it was going to go finding vegan food but decided to try anyway.

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  13. I went to a wedding in Puerto Vallarta last year :) And we stayed for a few weeks in Sayulita and Punta Mita! The area is so amazing!

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  14. That is a wonderful resort. Finding right food options can make the trip actually. I look forward to veg options more. Love those boat rides.

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  15. Mexico looks like the perfect place to relax by the sea, drink nice cocktails and emerge within the local culture. The excursions you took look great as well, especially the sunset boat one. I would have loved to stay in front of the boat and watch that gorgeous sunset.

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  16. So cool that you had a great time there :-) Mexico seems to be a foodie paradise. I haven't been there but I would love to see this inspiring country. My friends were there a month ago and they were really satisfied.

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  17. Looks like you guys had a great time in Mexico. Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort looks good but a bit crowded may be because of the Easter week as you mentioned. Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe looks stunning and pretty old too. How old could it have been? The boat ride looks awesome with some of the amazing sunset shots and the show at the resort sounds interesting too.

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  18. Wonderful place. That Merilyn Monroe statue is hilarious!
    Mexico has a lot more to offer. Did you explore the Aztec heritage too?

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    1. Haha, yeah we thought it was funny too. So random. We didn't get to explore it no.

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  19. Sounds like you had an amazing time. It is so nice to just enjoy a day at sea when the weather is like that. Being able to enjoy both the traveling and the best of the sea. :)

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  20. Puerto Vallarta seems like a lovely place to visit. The sunset looks so divine! Love the picture of the old church. Hopefully, I might get to visit soon.

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