The Gomez family (my mom’s side of the family) is a big one. My great-grandma, who died recently at almost 100 years old, had 16 kids. All of them have their own kids and grandkids, so you can imagine. We’re all scattered through Mexico and the US, some even moved to Germany recently. As every mexican family, we’re very close, but it’s almost impossible to be all together at the same time, at the same place. So whenever we can, we take a vacation together (still, not all of us of course).
This is our third year going to Nuevo Vallarta during the summer. You can’t visit Mexico and not go to the beach; whether you prefer Los Cabos, Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, you can expect the same hospitality, warm beaches, and a lot of sun and tequila.
We stayed at the Paradise Village Beach Resort, which is where some of my family has been staying for almost eight years now. So now, the fun part: the pictures.
A warm welcoming, full of palm trees and tropical air
The first thing you’ll notice as you enter is the big pyramid; there are stairs on the inside so you can walk up to the top and take pictures
The theme of the hotel is the mayan culture, and you can notice that in every little detail.
They have two tigers to welcome you: Duke and Daisy
They also have parrots of all colors
This one was my favorite
You can also find iguanas sunbathing on rocks
The main pool has two pyramids, a suspension bridge and two slides in the shape of cocodriles
There is also a second, big pool with a pyramid and a slide in the shape of a big snake; under the pyramid is a hidden jacuzzi
There are also jacuzzis hidden in every tower…
My family and I took walks every morning at eight. But with this view you don’t feel like you’re exercising at all
Needless to say, the sunset at the beach is breathtaking
The view from some of the towers at night is also beautiful
And now my favorites from the bar:
Daiquiri. This is a classic everyone loves. My favorite one: strawberry
Sex on the beach. This one is awkward to order in front of your family. Still, worth it.
And of course, my all time favorite: piña colada. I lost count of how many I ordered in the course of those five days.
My favorites from the snack-bar
You can’t go to the beach and not eat ceviche…
I really love onion rings too so…
But, my absolutely favorite was, of course, the sushi
As part of the all-included package, you get a dinner at one of the three restaurants of the hotel. We went to the Restaurant Mayapan on Sunday night.
Clam chowder is my favorite entree at the Mayapan…
But the citrus salad is also really good…
For the main course I love the “Arrachera” which is basically meat stuffed with veggies and cheese from Oaxaca
For dessert I asked for chocolate ice cream, because that’s my favorite…
My dad asked for cheesecake….
And my mom asked for a (mini) “tres leches” cake…
My favorite part was waking up every morning to a capuccino at the buffet…
And I’m also a big fan of waffles and fruit for breakfast…
And of course, dessert never disappoints…
On top of all the food, every night they make dinner with a different theme. My favorite was on Monday: Mexican Fiesta
It’s always fun to see people from all around the world (we met people from France, Spain, Peru, Argentina, the US, Canada) enjoy part of your culture
They set up the tables around the pool so we could all watch the show: mariachi and the folkloric ballet show
They gave us a tequila shot at the main entrance, and they had some alcohol free, sweet drink, so kids could also do “shots”
We had mexican food, mexican desserts and everything was so full of green, white and red
At the end of the night we were all dancing around the tables, we had so much fun!
And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have fireworks
On our last day in Nuevo Vallarta, we got to leave the hotel to go to a yacht!
This is the Marina Puerto Vallarta, where people keep their boats and yachts.
One of my aunt’s boss let her borrow his (who doesn’t want a boss like that, right?)
It was definitely an experience we won’t forget!