Puerto Vallarta

It’s been a while since I’ve travelled, in fact I think the last trip I’ve taken was a weekend trip to Zion last summer, so the travel bug has been biting hard. Luckily for me, I have an adventurous mom who also loves to travel. We decided to plan a trip together to celebrate my graduation from college.

The beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta caught our eye as a great destination. Puerto Vallarta (PV) is located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) in the state of Jalisco. It is popular because of it’s tropical beaches, scenery, climate, and rich cultural history.

Now personally, I would pick mountains over beach any day, but PV has both. The brilliant green mountains surrounding the Bay were the first things that caught my eye.

Characteristically when we first saw our gorgeous room-view I burst out, “the mountains!” and my mom laughed and said, “the beach!”.  Don’t get me wrong, I was grateful for the beautiful beach as the resort’s front yard, it’s just that I wasn’t expecting the mountains to be so close.

During the week I was there, it rained and thundered every night except for one! Apparently this is normal for PV, but unfortunately it turned the ocean water brown and murky.

This didn’t stop me from swimming, but I think I was expecting clear blue waters so that definitely didn’t meet my expectation. On the plus side though, when we did go into the mountains, all the rain meant we were traveling through a vibrant green mountainside.

Along with beach life, it’s important to me to get out of the resort and see the town I’m visiting. So we took a day trip to go downtown to see the famous sculptures of Malecon walkway and visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I walked around the neighborhood to see more of the town and walk the cobblestone streets. We found hidden gems like this new perspective of the church (above) and this ivy covered wall (below).

Overall the trip was memorable and much needed. Full of sun, mother-daughter bonding, swimming, and of course, adventure.

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