Puerto Vallarta

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.


  1. Nice shots! I had only been to one city in Mexico. As you said, unfortunately it is now not too safe. There are lots of good deals… Hope to make it some day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glad you enjoyed! Yes I hope Mexico becomes better. My parents live in Tucson, AZ on the border and we used to always just drive through Mexico to go to the beach. I would never do it now. It really is too bad. It is a beautiful country and culture.

  2. We were fortunate to be able to visit PV when we lived in Mexico for a year. Were you able to walk the malecon and see all the interesting bronze statues?

    • Wow, you lived in Mexico for a year? When and were? perhaps it is already on your blog…? I bet that was a great experience! Yes we did walk along the boardwalk and saw humpback whales! My parents have friends who own a house there so we got to stay at a beautiful villa and walk down to the beach each morning for a lovely mexican breakfast. I really loved it there.

      • We lived in Mexico for a year about 1.5 years ago. About 30 minutes from Guadalajara, we lived in a little lakeside village named San Antonio Tlayacapan. Although we lived in a community of 6 houses where other ex-pats lived, we wanted to immerse ourselves in the culture and live among the locals, which we did. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, shopping at the little tiendas and amazing little restaurants. Everyone should experience another culture, particularly one in a developing country. It was life changing.

      • Wow, that sounds like a fantastic experience! I lived in France three times, all in different parts. It was life changing but not as life changing as once I decided to get off the beaten path with my travels and really explore. I hope to someday spend more time in these kinds of places with my husband. For now, it is only a short burst at a time but I truly enjoy it. 🙂

      • We have started later in life so we have a lot of catching up to do. I enjoy those who are young and getting out to explore the world. 🙂

  3. TBM

    I haven’t been to Mexico in years. The amount of crime due to drugs is depressing. I feel for all of those who have to live with the fear and violence.

    • Yeah me too. This was the last time I’d been there and it was three years ago. Not sure if I’d go again except I would go to PV. My neighbors have a place there and go often. They still feel safe.

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