Reading Week: Puerto Vallarta

Half way through my second semester at school and a long cold Canadian winter, I was willing do to almost anything for a tropical vacation. Even if it meant spending a week with my mother…

Reading week (Canadian version of Spring Break where no reading whatsoever is done) was coming up and I was able to convince my mom to go on vacation with me. So we perused some vacation package websites, narrowed down our destinations and with the stipulation that I was to plan the entire vacation we booked a week long vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

I had been to Puerto Vallarta dozens of times over the years while working on the cruise ships, but never had stayed there for longer than a day. Already knowing what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but hadn’t been able to before, I quickly filled up our itinerary.

Our Resort

The beach in Puerto Vallarta isn’t to die for, and I had planned to spend most of our days out in the city or doing excursion. So instead of staying at a resort on the beach we stayed at a resort at the Marina, which was just as nice but much cheaper (leaving me with more money to spend on some ahh-mazing excursions).

Our resort was called the Vamar Vallarta All Inclusive Marina and Beach Resort. We had a huge room, which included a kitchen and an amazing view of the main pool and marina. The resort has two restaurants and one VERY authentic Mexican buffet. The resort had beach access and more swimming pools across the road, however we preferred having the giant main pool to ourselves, not to mention a personal bar bartender, Josรฉ. Not your typical all inclusive…

View from our room



The Pool


As you can tell we had the pool, pool bar and waiters all to ourselves on the Marina side of the resort!

The Beach

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The beach wasn’t a white sand beach that you might find on the other side of Mexico and although it was a great view, the water was quiet rough, so we spent most of our time by the pool.

The Marina


The view from the buffet at the resort. ^

From the resort you could walk all the way around the Marina, which was full of cute shops and restaurants.

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Can you spot the croc above?? ^

Stay tuned for my next post about our excursions in Puerto Vallarta!



I’m Back!

After a too long hiatus, I’m back with more updates of my latest travels and life this past year. Things got a little busier than expected being back in school full time in Toronto doing a postgrad program in Human Resources. Aside from school I managed to fit in some adventures around Toronto and Niagara Falls, a trip to the South of France and spent reading week in Puerto Vallarta. I also just got back from a week in Naples, Florida and don’t mean to brag, but I have a pretty amazing tan right now. My year was also filled with lots of celebrations and of course boozy recipes that I will fill you all in on!

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Just a sneak peek of my past year, more to come!