Three years ago I had the luxury of sneaking away from the bitter cold of January in Minnesota to the tropics of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. For as long as I can remember, Mexico has been a frequent winter escape for Minnesotans. Only a hop, skip and a jump away there are many airlines that fly there and in less than three hours you can be in sunny, tropical Mexico.
Unfortunately Mexico has become a bit dangerous these days due to drugs and gangs. However, most of the resort areas remain relatively safe and are still popular destinations offering the perfect mix of sunshine, culture, food, surf and sand.
Here are some of my favorite shots from our trip south of the border. As the weather turns colder here, I can close my eyes and smell the waves and feel the hot sand on my feet….kind of.
The last picture above is my favorite. It is of my mom, dad, sister and I. Only my brother didn’t go on this one and the kids stayed home with my husband Paul.