Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!  

Puerto Vallarta

I´m normally not that fond of major resort destinations, but I can´t really complain about the resort in Puerto Vallarta. This Mexican city is situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas. I had a wonderful time there and enjoyed the company of the Dutch and American tourists a lot. Actually, if you are ever going to plan a trip with your parents in law, this is a great place to go! Relatively not expensive, beach, sun and fun for all ages.. and I’m speaking out of experience!

My best memories include eating fresh oysters everyday (the fisherman catches these in the morning and this sounds very random but I like eating oysters in the morning), hugging dolphins in the water and simply watching the sunset on the beach (which was one step from my hotel)  and enjoying my coconut juice. One remark: The activities that I’m going to mention can vary a lot in price, it really matters from who you buy a tour.

Sea Safari was so much fun! We went to see the waterfall in the forest and got to swim in the clean water. To get into the forest and near the beautiful waterfall we were riding horses. Riding on the horses was a bit scary because we went up and down small mountains of Sierra Madre the whole time. Riding a donkey was optional. Also we went on a boat to swim with brightly colored fish. This boat went to a piece of paradise called Pizotita, where you can BBQ and just lay down on a hammock.

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As I said earlier, swimming with the dolphins was one of my best memories. The dolphins were so cute and not scary at all!

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Whale watching on the other hand was so disappointing. Being on a sailboat for a few hours and having a spotter plane looking out for whales sounded hopeful, but no. I couldn’t take good pictures of whales because I didn’t see them (except the fins, that just sucks…) at all. But because I’m assuming that you’re curious about how it would look like on a successful whale watching day, here’s  a picture that was included with the whale watching tour I took. I saw a few dolphings though.

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A beautiful tropical beach is Las Caletas, where you can snorkle and see local animals

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There are a lot of activities to do on the beach. One of them is parasailing.

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The hotel was fine!

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And let’s end with these inspirational quotes, hanging on wall outside a restaurant I walked by:


Aruba, one happy island!



Because I will celebrate my 26th birthday this week, I´m a bit excited to write about one of my best birthdays I´ve ever had, spending it on this tiny island called Aruba. Their slogan `Aruba, one happy island´ does count for me.  For my 24th birthday, my boyfriend and I decided to go somewhere hotter than the month March could offer in The Netherlands.  Aruba is one of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean, also known as the Netherlands Antilles. The mean monthly temperature varies from 26 to 30 degrees and the island is blessed with white sands and crystalline turquoise waters.

Beneath some pictures of my favourite spots in Aruba:




The Palm Beach Area

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The capital of Aruba, Oranjestad:


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Kite shack, California Lighthouse and the famous divi divi tree


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Smokey Joe’s Island Grill


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At the Palm Island Waterpark, where scuba diving was a nice activity to do!


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