A Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Earlier this month Luke and I traveled down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Luke’s parents met us there and the four of us spent a few days relaxing at the pool, indulging in fresh Mexican food and exploring as much as we could. We had been to other parts of Mexico before, so we were excited to explore an area that was new to us. We stayed in Marina Vallarta and after a few days of riding the local bus into town every day, we decided to spend the extra pesos on an air conditioned taxi (worth the money). See below for where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw!

Where we stayed: Westin Puerto Vallarta Our hotel was amazing! We spent a lot of time at the pool and took advantage of the free breakfast every morning.
Where we ate: Sonora Prime, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, El Faro Bar
Favorite Areas: Los Muertos Beach, the Romantic Zone, Marina Vallarta

^ At the top of this lighthouse is El Faro Bar – very tasty margs ^
^ Our very colorful hotel ^
^ We found the local beers! ^
^ We took a bus from Marina Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan.
From here we hopped on a boat to Ocean Grill ^
^ Lunch is better with a dog ^
^ A beautiful sunset from our dinner table at Vista Grill ^
^ The Romantic Zone ^
– Photos © Holly Copeland –

Our Cabo San Lucas trip

We stayed at the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas. When we were doing our resort research the number one priority was that it had to be afforadble for all the guests that we wanted to bring along with us. We really got lucky with this one, too! Not only was it very affordable, but it was very nice as well.
There was a good variety of restaurants, liqour dispensers in your room on the wall, a few pools (one relaxing one & a party one) both came equiped with swim-up bars – which is where we spent a large portion of our time, and loved every minute of it. 🙂
The resort is located fairly close to downtown Cabo San Lucas. If you’re feeling adventerous you could walk along the beach into town in about 45 minutes, or you could take a group of people in a taxt for $3/person or ride the locals bus for $1/person & be in town in 5 minutes. Which we ended up doing a quite a bit!
We also had our wedding here, on the beach in front of the resort – but more on that later – when I get our wedding photos back 🙂
Anyhoo, now on to the resort photos!
Up next, the view from our room… We were upgraded to the “ocean view” room. It was a bit of a walk through winding, maze-like hallways to get there, but the view was kinda worth it.

 And now… the newlyweds, the honeymooners!!

– Photos © Holly Copeland –