Travel Diaries: Puerto Vallarta

July 9, 2018

“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.” – Jim Carrey


Traveling to another country alone rarely crossed my mind. After my trip to New York, I thought my next adventure wouldn’t be for another few months…but then I was invited to meet up with my boyfriend Eddie and his family in Puerto Vallarta. I was hesitant to accept right away; however, I saw an opportunity to finally visit another country. This was my first time flying alone and it wasn’t as scary as I imagined it to be. Although I did experience a slight culture shock once I landed in Mexico, Eddie was able to pick me up at the airport so I didn’t have a hard time getting to the hotel.

We stayed at an all-inclusive beach hotel, Marival Resort & Spa, in Nuevo Vallarta, which neighbors Puerto Vallarta. The weather was hot and humid which made it perfect beach weather during our entire stay.

Our 4-Day stay at the resort was both relaxing and fun for everyone. This was my first beach vacation as an adult since being in Boracay, Philippines back in 2007. The first two days consisted of non-stop eating at the buffet, drinking alcohol, and swimming. There were different activities to do at the beach from parasailing to jet skiing and, luckily, Eddie’s family was adventurous enough to ride on a banana boat (an inflatable banana-shaped boat that is pulled by a motor boat) which happened to be the most thrilling 8 minutes of my life!

We made a plan to visit Puerto Vallarta on our last day. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the city from the resort and thankfully we had a tour guide to drive us around to take us to the most popular spots. My goal that day was to get a lot of souvenirs, so our tour guide took us to a place where everything was significantly cheaper. Although we only stayed about 2 hours walking around the beautiful city, I definitely would love to come back to Puerto Vallarta to keep exploring.


GATTA Camera Bag – Lola Miel


I am so glad I decided to travel to Mexico despite it being such short notice. When you see an opportunity, it doesn’t hurt to just go for it. In this case, it was an opportunity for me to explore a new place, country, and culture. This was definitely one for the books, and although it was a very short stay, it gives me a reason to come back.



By erickabernabe

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