Resort Review: Grand Velas and Velas Vallarta

On my recent Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta with Funjet Vacations we toured the Grand Velas and Velas Vallarta. What a treat! While the Grand Velas is certainly amazing, both were just lovely and I would be happy to stay at either. Both are absolutely beautiful and worth considering for a vacation. You’ll feel like you’re in luxury at either. Read more

Resort Review: Iberostar Playa Mita

My oh my. To start off, the only con about this resort is that it’s about an hour’s drive from the airport – but that’s the least of my worries when choosing a resort. This was by far the standout and my favorite of all the resorts we saw during our Funjet Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta in late February. It’s just over a year old and  absolutely wonderful. The grounds are clean, bright, and spacious. The food and drinks are actually good, too! Read more

Resort Review: Grand Palladium and Royal Suites by Palladium in Puerto Vallarta

On my recent Funjet Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta one of the most interesting properties we inspected was the Grand Palladium and the Royal Suites by Palladium (one property, two resorts). The Royal Suites is a boutique adult-only resort and the Grand Palladium is a larger family resort. Both properties are very different from each other, with the Royal Suites being much quieter and more relaxing. Read more

Resort Review: Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

On my recent Funjet Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta, one of the most interesting resorts we toured was the Fiesta Americana. I mainly liked this one for two reasons, not including the beautiful grounds, beach, and cleanliness. But the main things were the giant palapa roof that made us go “Wow!” as soon as we walked in, and the second was its proximity to downtown. It’s just a five minute cab ride or a 15 minute walk! I mean, you can literally see downtown from the beach. I’d definitely recommend a trip here and would stay here myself. From a travel agent’s perspective, it usually prices pretty well, too. Check out the pics! Read more

Tequila tasting and a mini-tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta

During my Funjet Mega Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta in late February we went on a tour to Mamá Lucia, a tequila factory run by the Leyva family in Mismaloya. To get here you take a lovely bus trip around the mountain area which provides gorgeous views of the bay and lush greenery. Our guide was one of the youngest family members and he seemed almost too young to educate us about tequila, but he certainly knew his stuff. First, the agave plant has to almost come out of the ground, showing its large root called the “pineapple” because of its resemblance to the fruit. The root is then roasted, smashed, and fermented. Some of the tequila is aged for fifteen years before being distributed. We tried several different kinds and even in many flavors, such as almond and even a condensed milk-type flavor which was very nice to sip. I had no idea that tequila comes in so many forms! Read more

Whale Photo Safari with Vallarta Adventures!

During my Funjet Mega Fam trip to Puerto Vallarta, we had the opportunity of going on a humpback whale watching trip with Vallarta Adventures. At first I wasn’t really into the idea – I would have rather spent some time in town – but once we were in the boat I was ready to go! Read more

What I Hope to See in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

In a couple weeks I’ll be heading on a last minute trip to sunny Mexico! The Mark Travel corporation is setting up a FAM trip for travel agents to stay for 4 nights at the Riu Jalisco resort and tour other various resorts around the area. We have to know what we’re selling! According to our current itinerary it looks like we have a free day, during which I hope to explore a bit of the downtown area. I’ve heard it’s safe enough to go on your own but hopefully I can make a new friend to tag along with me.

Here are some places I’m planning on checking out!

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe – Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Nothing is more interesting to me than exploring a new church or basilica. Especially in an extremely religious country, such as Mexico, a church really can demonstrate a culture’s characteristics. I’m hoping I can get some pictures of the inside and that it’ll be quiet enough without any large crowd.

Mercado Municipal Río Cuale – Cuale River Flea Market

Uuuugh I love flea markets! Homemade goods, bright colors, fresh food, and playing the bartering game with various vendors can be the best part of any trip. Any souvenir I’ll get in this flea market would be better than some overpriced junk I’ll find in a resort.

Los Muertos beach

A little more sand for my collection!

Conchas Chinas beach

I have a feeling that I won’t be making it here as it’s further south than Los Muertos beach, but what I’ve read about it, it seems like quite a beautiful place! Crystal clear water and a view of the mountains is just what I hope to see.

The Malecón

A lovely little boardwalk with seahorse sculptures.

I suppose we’ll see how many of these bucket-list items I can check off when I update in March!

Have you ever been to Puerto Vallarta? Any suggestions for things to do or must-eat foods?

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