7 Epic Things To Do in the Riviera Maya with Kids (or without!)

Visiting the Riviera Maya in Mexico is a dream destination for many people. And why not when there are a ton of epic things to do in the Riviera Maya from exploring the oceans, history and beautiful landscapes. Growing up in Texas and living much of my adult life in California it was a shock … Read more

Velas Vallarta – All Inclusive Family Luxury

My yearly tradition of getting away for my birthday was almost thwarted this year with my Palace on Wheels train journey through Rajasthan being so close to my birthday.  But…Los Angeles was unseasonably cold and I couldn’t let my birthday pass without a little break somewhere.

If you read my travel dreams for the year post, you know that I am determined to use my Southwest Airlines companion pass as much as possible, so it was a no brainer that I must find a warm destination that Southwest flew to.  I found several great options in Mexico, so it was difficult to choose, but Puerto Vallarta won in the end.

Velas Vallarata - All Inclusive Family Luxury in Puerto Vallarta

With an amazing range of accommodation options up and down the coast from Puerto Vallarta to Nayarit, and throughout Mexico, I didn’t know where to go. There are some great all inclusive resorts in Mexico that I had to choose from. I came across the Grand Velas Resort in Nayarit which looked exactly like what I was in need of – fabulous over the top luxury! Unfortunately it was booked, but their sister property Velas Vallarta had availability and offered us a beautiful 1 bedroom suite for our stay.

After several days in paradise, the little one and I got to know the ins and outs of Vela Vallarta and what you  must do when you go there. Get cozy, and get ready to book your weekend away to Puerto Vallarta with our in-depth photo tour and guide to Velas Vallarta in Mexico.

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Family Fun at Xcaret in the Riviera Maya

Xcaret, Riviera MayaOne of our most memorable days during our visit to the Riviera Maya region of Mexico was our last minute trip to Xcaret (ish-car-et). Skeptical, but lured in by the advertisements, we weren’t sure how we felt about spending our last day at a cheesy Disneyeque theme park, but we were game to check it out.

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Travel Memories: Xcaret

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams. X is for… Xcaret (Mexico) This … Read more

Hotel Review: Riviera Maya Bel Air Resort Xpuha

Riviera Maya Bel Air Resort & Animal Sanctuary On our trip to Mexico last year we used miles for everything. Airline miles for our flights and credit card miles for our rental car and accommodation.  As is often the case of booking through miles (and last minute) our options for accommodation were limited in the … Read more