corona with extra lime in puerto vallarta

Our third and final cruise stop was in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday. 
This turned out to actually be our favorite of all three ports, even though I don't have a million pics to prove it.
While in Puerto Vallarta, we signed up to do the dolphin swim experience...
because who doesn't want to swim with dolphins?!
The tour, offered by Vallarta Adventures, promised 30 minutes of "swimming with the dolphins."

So, assuming we'd be swimming with the dolphins,
we brought our goggles, our underwater camera and left the DSLR on the ship.
Truth be told, we "swam" with the dolphins for about 30 seconds and stood on a platform giving them kisses
the rest of the time.
Was it awesome to be close to the dolphin named Gandalf? Yes.
Was it worth the $129 we paid per person? Hell no.

We didn't have more than about 7 hours on the shore,
and since the tour, plus the drive there took up about half of that, 
we decided to head back to the port area, explore, have some cheap Mexican beer and enjoy the sun.

^^^ a bucket of 5 beers for $12, plus bottomless chips and salsa? yes, please!

While we slowly but surely absorbed lots of the sun (and alcohol)
because Corona and lime totally tastes a million times better in Mexico,
I stumbled across a man with a baby donkey.
Yes. A freaking adorable, fluffy, sweet baby donkey, which I obviously had to pet.
And thus, this moment was made:

Oh yeah, and holding the donkey? 
It was only $1 as opposed to the $5 to hold the iguana.

Guys, Puerto Vallarta was so friendly, so clean and so fun.
Ryan and I have actually been looking at doing another vacation there later this year,
simply because we enjoyed the city and the people so much,
and it looks like there are a ton of things to places to go swimming.

There's something to be said about a city that understands tourism is one of its biggest sources of revenue.
I think that Mazatlán was too rocky politically to fully comprehend that, and Cabo was definitely more of a party city.
Puerto Vallart though...they were awesome, and you'd better believe we'll be back!

I'll be recapping our time on our ship tomorrow,
as well as sharing one of the amazing salsa recipes we learned this weekend :)


  1. Oh my gosh, a baby donkey!? How precious!

  2. Okay, the donkey! This seriously looks like the most fun cruise! So glad yall had such an awesome time!


  3. How cute is that donkey! I need to start charging people to pet Seamus! Genius!

  4. Oh bless....that donkey!!!! Love it. What a bummer about swimming with the dolphins, we have done it as a family a few times before + our experience was nothing like you described...ugh that stinks!! Hate that for y'all! But, your trip looked pretty fab otherwise :)!

  5. Bahahaha! The donkey was a much better deal! :P

  6. I LOVE the donkey! Totally worth $1.00!

  7. Donkey! So cute!!! 129 to kiss a dolphin? No! Lol

  8. i would pay 1 dollar to hold that cuteness

  9. OMG that donkey is so cute! Was it named Eeyore?! haha

  10. That baby donkey--I just want to pet it!!! Can't wait to catch your new salsa recipe!

  11. That baby happy you took this picture!

  12. I knew it! it doooes taste better in the Mexican sun ;) that photo with the donkey is my new favorite thing.

  13. Ha ha ha I love that you got your picture taken with a baby donkey, not many people can say that. You look like you are having a blast and just so you know, you are successfully making me very jealous!