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Old 06-10-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Mexico trip 2013. First time to Puerto Vallarta

Hello Everybody! I know it has been a while since i log into here. Life has been crazy. The work slow down up north here has put a lot of stress into our lifes. But neverless everything is good now and we are planning our 5th Mexico vacation for 2017 . In 2012 we went to Barcelo Palace in Riviera Maya. That was a 5 star A.I. resort. we enjoyed our stay there. Food was very good and the best place to snorkel right at the beach. Unfortunatly the camera was damaged on our first day . So we dont have a photo report for that.
For the 2013 Mexico trip we wanted to try different places . So we chose Puerto Vallarta. After months of research i took a gamble and went with a small Resort. We had the choice of 1 week Royal Decameron or 2 weeks at the Samba Vallarta for the same price. It went to a family vote and everyone chose the Samba Vallarta Resort.

Heading to the airport

Vienna got Super excited

Flight got delayed.

She didnt like the news about the delay

Airplane arrived

Flight was uneventful

I love Puerto Vallarta Airport. We went through Passport and Costums in 20 minutes and the little shark tank. Nothing compared to Cancun. We were quickly put on a 9 passenger bus and of to the resort in 15min.

Check in was a breeze and we went to our room to change. the room was fine . Need a little renovation. But we will not be spending much time in here anyway. We just need the A/C to work thats all that matters.

After we changed into more comfortable Clothing we head down to the open air Buffet. It was around 8pm already and the place was packed with locals. We had trouble finding a table. It was hot and there was not much food to choose from since we were late.That was not a good start to our Vacation. Did i gamble too much on this resort? Nobody was happy at that moment. The thing was the theater was right next to the buffet and all the people sat there watching the performance. People who wanted to eat had no Table. We were standing there for at least 10 min. waiting for a table. The only Asian people in a sea of Mexican . One of the Waiters realize the situation and quickly brought a table and four chairs for us . We sat at the Entrance of the Buffet. At least we had a table and we could finally eat. Everyone was hungry by that time. It was Mexican theme night . So most of the dishes were actually authentic mexican . And i swear that was soooooo delicious. With better mood we took a walk around the resort and a short walk on the beach. After that we went to our room to call it a night. The girls were too excited still. They couldnt wait at all.

Blowing up all the Air Mattresses in the room before sleeping. LOL

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Old 06-10-2017   #2 (permalink)
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First Day

I got up at 7am to head down to reserve a table at the Italien Restaurant. That was the only restaurant on the resort that has A/C. After that i went to the beach to enjoy the morning sun. Everyone was still sleeping. Its one of those ZEN moment that you have to take and relax. Its mid of July and it feels not as hot as in Cancun. The Sea Breeze is actually cooler here. So around 8am i head back to our room and everyone was awake and ready to have Breakfast.
We were the only one in the Buffet at 8:15am.
We have fruits to start our breakfast

Mangoes were soooooo sweet.

After breakfast we explored the Resort.

It was around 9:15am and no soul is awake yet.

We had the whole pool area for ourself. lol

After that we went to our room to change into our swimgears.

From our Balcony

Kids are ready for the pool. Its 10 am and we could choose any lounger that we wanted. When we looked next door to the Riu Jalisco it was packed with people already. Our Resort is fully booked but were are all the people?. Still in Bed?

You gotta love this . Its like we have the whole resort just for us.

Around 11am the first people came down.

Went down to the beach and played with the waves. You could walk out 200 meters and the water is just to your hips. The entry into the water is very rocky and stoney but after you passed that is soft sand.

Its 11:30am. I decided to play Beach Volley Ball. So much fun .

Pool Buffet.

The Samba Burger. I cannot get the same thing here in Canada. Thats a very good delicious burger.

Around 2pm and there are more people now

3pm Kaitlin and me decided to join the Bike Tour. Not a great Idea at 3pm. lol

After the Sweaty Bike Tour we went to our room to cool down and get ready for our Dinner Reservation.
Vienna chilling at the Balcony.

We made 6:30pm dinner reservation at the Italien Restaurant but it was Mexican restaurant instead. Ok fine with us.

After dinner we head to our room and watched a little tv and went to sleep early. Kids were dead tired. I must say the first day was good. The service of the staff is 5 star. Its my first day here but they do remember my name and what i prefer to drink. There is pool and Beach service here that i didnt get at a 5 star resort. Well 13 more day to look forward to.
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