I can’t believe it took me 35 years to step foot into Mexico for the first time! Somehow I missed out on the Cancun spring breaks in college and focused my travels elsewhere.
I recently took a week long vacation in Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Coast.
I’m always hesitant to pull the trigger on a vacation, there’s a nagging feeling that I’m not getting the best deal. As a result, the boyfriend and I only booked the trip in February through a family timeshare exchange. We ended up paying $350 to book a room for the week at Villa del Palmar and an additional $400 each per round trip flight.
An older resort, not the biggest or fanciest, but it had what we were looking for. We could opt out of the all inclusive meal plan, walk to nearby restaurants and grocery stores, and direct access to the beach.
One of the couples we chatted with booked their stay through a Facebook ad for the resort, they paid $800 for the week including the all inclusive meal plan and drinks.
I packed up all my summer Posh supplies, with the addition of super bug spray (zika virus!) and took the 6 hour flight to Mexico.
The weather was great, during mid March you can find weather in the mid-80’s and low humidity. It was the tail end of their busy season, so all the tourist businesses were open but with smaller crowds.
Each morning would start with some clouds and by the afternoon you had clear skies.
Tried out two different excursion trips while we were there. The first one was a boat trip with snorkeling and beach front dining. The boat took us to Los Arcos where we dived into the water to view the fish.
I’d never been snorkeling with a crowd, so I found myself keeping an eye out for kicking feet as much as aquatic life. I’m sure they disinfect the snorkeling equipment after each outing……..
After snorkeling you could pick from a couple options, we chose to enjoy a lunch beachfront at Las Animas beach. Even the bathrooms had oceanfront views!!
The best part of the trip was just seeing the area from the deck and taking in the amazing mountains. If I make a second trip I want to see more of the countryside.
The other excursion trip was a tour of the city by bus. We stopped at the local cathedral, tequila factory, and a restaurant tucked into a local neighborhood.
I didn’t get pictures of all the food places we ate, but rest assured plenty of taco stands were sampled. We probably spent $30-$40 USD a day on food and beverages. The boyfriend’s top pick was Pepe’s tacos in the downtown area.
He would have eaten there every day, fresh tacos for $2-3 a piece.
My favorite stop was when we found a local candy store full of fresh candied nuts and treats.
So that was my introduction to Mexico, got a great taste of the local foods and hope to visit again soon.
If you have been thinking about a trip, don’t wait. just go!!