Discovering Puerto Vallarta #PVPressTrip

When I was at Puerto Vallarta Mexico last month all I kept thinking about was how much my children would have loved it. Everywhere we went it was obvious how welcomed children were. We were often greeted with open arms and welcomed like no where I have ever been before. The local people are very friendly and kind and so willing to help. One day we headed downtown and were surprised how many people opened their doors for us to peak inside and see what local life and business was like. I enjoyed every minute of my visit and loved learning about the history of the area, the culture of the people and taking in sites like nowhere else. The best way to enjoy yourself on vacation is to jump right in and experience all you can! Below are a few things we did that re great fun if you are planning a trip. 

Pirate Ship Tour

The Pirate Ship tour offers two kinds of outings. One is more family friendly and offered in the day time. The other had more of a night club atmosphere and is offered at night. Open bar and great entertainment, this was a fun way to kick off our last night in Puerto Vallarta. The family friendly day time tour offers a variety of activities for a fun day in the sun. While waiting to board the large pirate ship we got to have our pictures taken with parrots and pirates. All crew members are dressed as pirates and do not break character while sailing. Dinner is included and served below. Our meals were really good and we had the lady pirate playing the violin to us while we ate. She was doing rock covers and was quite talented. We finished off the night with a show that included a pirate walking the plank and fire works. It was great fun! 



One day we had a few hours for our self so a few of us headed downtown. We checked out the market where you can haggle for a great deal and see some local artists at work. We walked along the boardwalk and saw locals as well as tourists enjoying the area. The downtown area is full of interesting building, small bars and restaurants and lots of shops. If it had not been for the heat we could have stayed even longer. Seeing people play beach volleyball and pelicans diving for fish was a lot of fun as well. I picked up some great souvenirs while there for a great price. 

Eat in one of the fabulous restaurants

Everywhere we went there was great food. Our hotel had four restaurants with the best Mexican dishes and lots of fresh seas food as well as Japanese sushi. 

Go on a boat tour

There are many boat tours offered for anyone who would like to discover more of the area. You can go kayaking, snorkeling, or just take in the sun. There are many species of tropical fish and sea life to be seen as well as many different birds. 



Hopefully you have a taste for Puerto Vallarta and all it has to offer. I cannot wait to go back one day and hopefully bring my children. I know they would love it! You can see all there is to do in Puerto Vallarta at their tourism website 

Some more pictures from our time downtown

downtown art



The beach downtown



To answer some questions I have been getting- Yes most people spoke English. Yes there was lots of bottled water 🙂


  1. It's so beautiful there! The waves, the palm trees. That tall ship looked super cool.
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  2. Puerto Vallarta is gorgeous. I love the shops with the dresses lined up outside. All of it is great, but my first stop would be the pirate ship!
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  3. scentednights2002 says

    This must have been so much fun. I would love to visit some day.

  4. WHat a great trip.
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  5. Ah that looks like so much fun! I want to visit there.
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  6. Wow – that looks like an amazing trip. My family would love to visit. Glad to know that most people spoke English too. 🙂

  7. I've heard so much about that pirate ship show, many have recommended to go so I'd better! We plan on going soon, my MIL goes every year and loves it there – such culture!

  8. What a fun trip that must have been! The beach looks amazing there!
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  9. Angela S says

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. Puerto Vallarta has just been added to my travel bucket list.

  10. We went here on a cruise once and it was my favorite place we stopped. I LOVED it, can't wait to get back!

  11. Wow that looks like so much fun. I can't believe their walk way is that decorated, I LOVE it!!!! What a fun place to go and vacation at! We need to go!
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  12. wow that looks like such a beautiful place. I really want to do some more traveling.

  13. What a great vacation for you and your family. I would love to go just to try the food. Definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

  14. What a fun trip…. the food looks delicious and sure would be a great place to relax…thanks for sharing

  15. Wow, Puerto Vallarta is so pretty! I can only wish to visit them.
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  16. Looks like an awesome place to visit. I am passing this post on to my daughter's friend, who is visiting PV soon and has been worried about being in a foreign country and not knowing what to do or where to eat!

  17. I would love to go to Puerto Vallarta as it looks like a great place to go on vacation. Your photos are fabulous and it looks like you had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing with us.

  18. Ooh this looks like so much fun! My hubby lived in PR for a few years as a child and I've always wanted to visit!

  19. Amber Edwards says

    Ok< i think I need to squeal! I seriously would have a blast at Puerto Vallarta!! And those clothes are to die for!

  20. mamatomanyblessings says

    Looks like you had a great time, it would be really cool to see how other cultures live.
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  21. You got such a great overview of the area and what there is to do (and eat). Amazing trip!
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  22. These looks so nice and serene. I really like the outfits too.
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  23. Looks amazing!! We were just down there as well!
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  24. massholemommy says

    I would love to get down there for a visit someday. I love exploring different cultures.

  25. Ha, ha, ha… glad you found people who spoke english and found plenty of water! HA!!! sounds like a great trip

  26. That looks like soo much fun. Hopefully you'll be able to go back with your children next time!

  27. It sounds like an interesting place to visit. The Pirate ship looks like fun!

  28. creatingcookingandkiddos says

    It looks like an amazing trip! What fun!

  29. Looks so amazing, I hope to visit one day. PV looked like a blast!!

  30. What a great place to visit. There's so much to enjoy. I'd try the boat tour for sure to see that lovely water area.

  31. Sounds like you had an amazing time. I would love to visit Puerto Vallarta one day!

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