Rain happens: Making the most of a weather day on a cruise ship
A rainy day scuttles plans for an excursion in Puerto Vallarta

Rain happens: Making the most of a weather day on a cruise ship

Shore excursions typically go rain or shine -- and it’s raining. Pouring actually. We had thought we would go explore before our Sunset Sail but it didn’t look like there would be much of a sunset

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With strong dollar, beach vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a good bet
Our Lady of Guadalupe Puerto Vallarta

With strong dollar, beach vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a good bet

With the US dollar strong against the Mexican Peso, a beach vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a good bet this time of year. The town oozes charm, starting with Old Vallarta, the city’s 1930s town center complete with cobblestoned square.

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Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage
A view of Puerto Vallarta's Central area

Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage

Visit Mexico during an annual festival and you will have special insight into the country’s cultural traditions and heritage. Mexico, of course, is a lot more than the sum of its beaches, as wonderful as they are.

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Puerto Vallarta resort is more than an all-inclusive

If you think Mexico is only about all-inclusives, think again. The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, with its contemporary décor and just 280 rooms, offers all-inclusive options, though many also like to explore Puerto Vallarta’s lively dining scene.

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Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn’t think they would
Generations Riviera Maya

Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn’t think they would

In Puerto Vallarta, all-inclusives account for 80 percent of the hotels and they are especially popular with families in Mexico and the Caribbean. They’re certainly upping their game to appeal to families.

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Day 3 – Dolphins and art galleries in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Dolphin show at Aquaventuras in Puerto Vallarta

Day 3 – Dolphins and art galleries in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

There are dolphin discovery programs run by this company all over the Caribbean but this park is different because for the same price (a little over $100) there is a challenge course, water slides, a water play area for younger kids, even a zipline over the slides).

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Day Two – a tour around the all-inclusives of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Meeting the Flintstones at the Melia resort in Puerto Vallarta

Day Two – a tour around the all-inclusives of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is known for its galleries and its food but it is probably known more as a cruise ship stop and for those visiting the all-inclusive resorts.

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