puerto vallarta christmas

I mentioned this on my instagram post a few days before Christmas that this year, my family was trying something new for the holiday. As my mother had passed away 3 years ago on January 3rd, it always makes the holidays quite painful for us. So we opted to skip out of town and fly somewhere ON CHRISTMAS! It was such a bizarre feeling to fly that morning, but everyone was so cheery and humming all the tunes. We decided on Puerto Vallarta and had a very delicious and beautiful sunset dinner on the beach at La Palapa Cocina. We stayed in an AirBnB in the Zona Romantica which was very walkable to everything. Keep scrolling down to see how we spent our week down there! I couldn’t believe how packed the beach was with locals celebrating Christmas Day.

One day we took a taxi out to Los Arcos beach which was about a 20 min cab ride. We found a guy there who took us out on his boat to snorkel around these beautiful coves and explore the colorful fish. I felt lucky we had our own boat instead of joining a bigger tour boat so we could swim around as we pleased and left when we were ready. Playa Mismaloya was a fun beach to spend the afternoon at.


Another day we signed up for a Bikes + Bites Taco Tour. It was a little further up north which was fun to explore another neighborhood called 5 Deciembre. We biked around to several different taco stands and learned what each of them specializes in and enjoyed tacos Al Pastor, Carne Asada, and Carnitas to name a few. We walked through the local fish market and ended enjoying a cerveza on the beach with the crew. Highly recommend this tour!


Dinner on the beach night 2 when Wyatt joined us at El Dorado followed by another amazing sunset.

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For our final night, we had booked a cooking class at a private villa through AirBnB experiences (have any of you tried those?) at the top of this hill with breathtaking views. I couldn’t believe how far up the hill we kept driving! We were greeted with margaritas made with the owner’s tequila and learned how to make authentic guacamole, pork tostadas, chicken enchiladas and salsa w/ tomatillo. It was a great way to close out our vacation and get an authentic experience. I always love traveling with my family, it is such a gift to get that time together. I wonder where we’ll go next :)

Posted on January 6, 2019 and filed under TRAVEL.