The beach at our hotel
Our hotel was really green and had lots of ponds and activities. We would definitly recommend it to people traveling with kids. The food was awesome too, we were eating non-stop
The biggest pool in Puerto Vallarta
Mike's new buddies. He played volleyball with them like everyday. But I did manage to beat him in ping pong. It felt pretty good......
This is downtown Puerto Vallarta. We went there one day and were not that impressed. There was a couple of cool things (like this old church) but other than that it was very similar to downtown LA. Mike said he felt like he was at work but much more nervous since he didn't have his gun. He kept turning around and grabbing me. It was a little freaky. The city there is very poor. No one has air conditioning and it is super hot and humid and many of the apartments didn't have roofs, windows, etc.
This was a tour we went on that took us on an old bus through the jungle. Half way up the mountain the tour bus got stopped over a river and stuck in mud (it rains there every night for like an hour). We all had to get out, get back it, and go backwards down the steep one lane dirt road, it was so curvy the little 4 year old behind us kept throwing up! Then we got stuck again. Mike and this other guy borrowed a shovel from some farmer and dug the bus out, then pushed it out of the mud. We were stuck there for like an hour while Mike and this other guy were digging and pushing!! Oh yeah did I mention our bus driver was full on drunk, after our first stop when we got back on he reeked of liquor and was passed out on the seats. Everyone was like, hummm...........We really got to experience authentic Mexico on this trip........
This was an awesome trip! We took a boat to this secluded beach where they had kayaks and snorkeling equipment, it was super pretty and fun.
They had igunas like this around the ponds at our hotel. Mike loved them.
So our trip to Puerto Vallarta was super fun! It was nice to be away and relax! It may sound like I am complaining during this entry, but I am just giving a review of Puerto Vallarta in general. I will say that after going to Cancun (during the same month 3 years ago) it doesn't compare at all. The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are rocky and dirty colored, and the ocean is totally muddy. And super warm, the ocean feels like a spa, which doesn't feel nice since it is also 90 degrees and super humid so you are mostly dripping in sweat. We went on a snorkeling trip and we couldn't even see our hand in front of our face because the ocean was so muddy. Again no comparison to Cancun's crystal clear waters, tropical fish, and white sandy beaches. (We also had Cayman Islands to compare with and Cayman's water is way cleaner than PV) We enjoyed ourselves but I don't think we will be heading back down anytime soon. A couple who we met who has traveled all over the world said it wasn't really fair to compare Cancun beaches/water with any others since the only other similar comparison in the world is Greece. So we are thinking Greece for the next big trip!! Any input from anyone out there who has traveled would be nice!! We are glad to be home with the kids too and thank Donna for staying with them, it was so nice of her to stay with the kids for a week! Savannah and Cole LOVED it and talk about Nana Donna everyday.