It’s been exactly two months since my Spring Break trip to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 🇲🇽 I must say it was one for the books: testing friendships, spending more than what I budgeted for and not having enough time to relax (thanks to school work). Spring break is supposed to be exactly what the name suggests, however over a span of 10 days I managed to work a full event & visit four cities all while trying to maintain this heavy grad school course load.
Last semester, I obtained an internship with Opportunity Hub based in Atlanta, Georgia and was granted the opportunity to work and attend their annual HBCU@SXSW conference in Austin, TX. The conference at the highly popular SXSW was held from March 9th-12th. After the event was over, my dad drove from Houston to come pick me up so that I could fly out of Houston to Mexico on the next day (that’s already 2 cities down). I purchased my flight to/from Mexico back in January for about $490 total. I thought that was a pretty good deal and had my mind set on not going over budget and spending no more than $200/ night for a hotel room. I figured that was fair since there were three of us going and and we were staying three nights. Well, after being firm in my word a couple of times I gave in and allowed my friend to book a room that was over my personal budget by around $70. Though the hotel was nice, I feel as though we weren’t able to enjoy it because we were always on the go planning new adventures to do daily.
Our hotel was the Pinnacle Resorts and had amazing views of the beach and located in the center of a town consisting of many restaurants and small, local shops. When we first checked in, there were two rooms both with one bed each. So, with there being three of us that created a problem but was quickly resolved to say the least. After settling in and quickly planning out our next 3 days we decided to eat lunch at a referred restaurant La Palapa which sat right along the beach. The food was great! (see pic below). Later that night, we got dressed up and took a stroll down to the market where we got fish pedicures and ate a light dinner.
On the next day, we planned a day on the town of exploring. First, we ate breakfast at The Pancake House which happens to be world famous for their pancakes and waffles. Next, my friend and I booked a session at the Choco Museo (chocolate museum) where we learned the origin of chocolate and had a chance to make some recipes of our own.
Later that evening we ate dinner and relaxed at the infinity pool at our hotel before our long day of exploring we had planned to do the next day.
We had to wake up extremely early at 6am on Friday morning to catch the ferry with Puerto Vallarta Adventures that took us canoeing and to the island of Yelapa. The boat provided both entertainment and food that made the ride more enjoyable. I must admit, I was a little scared and anxious when we canoed so lets just say it was a short adventure, however our time on the island of Yelapa was awesome. The island consists of waterfalls, locals selling items and restaurants/bars.
We bought tickets that night to see the famous Rhythms Of The Night – Savia show which we also had to catch the ferry to. The show was about one hour and a dinner buffet was provided afterwards.
When traveling with friends I feel as though it is important to consider everyone’s wants, needs, and budget. I have learned after traveling with a few close friends that everyone does not understand this, and that is okay. I myself learned on this trip the value of staying together as a group and making sure everyones voice is heard. This trip was an eye opener as I never realized or took into importance certain things in particular. I am glad to have taken this trip and experience Puerta Vallarta with two amazing friends!
- Kaylon Benai (@kaylonbenai / @k.benaievents)
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