A Return Visit to Paradise: Puerto Vallarta

Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral, view from Bay of Banderras

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]capulco, Cancun, Iztapa-Zihuatanejo, Tijuana, Guadalajara and Mazatlan are cities in Mexico that I have visited in the past 10 years. The North American Travel Journalist Conference allowed me to spend four days in Puerto Vallarta, which I had last visited 8 years ago as a guest of Continental Airlines. Conde Nast Magazine called it “the […]

Las Alamandas: Color Me Pink

Las Alamandas entrance to the pink ocean front villa Casa del Sol

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]ale yellow paths, decorated with stone mosaics wind through gardens fragrant with the scent of gardenias, bougainvillea, and jasmine as well as yellow Alamandas flowers for which the resort is named. Owner Isabel Goldsmith who inherited the place from her grandfather, simply fell in love with this remote paradise and its perfect half-mile beach long, […]

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

Puerto Vallarta beach pier

Puerto Vallarta’s colorful past shaped its modern-day persona. But its pristine beaches, rugged interior and bountiful ocean remain almost unchanged. A pink glow in the eastern sky signaled the start of another picture-postcard day in the seaside town of Puerto Vallarta. The bow of our catamaran slid slowly through the calm Maritime Terminal waters, creating […]

Trade Organizations: The Benefits are Amazing

Velas Vallarta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

Last spring I attended my fourth NATJA conference, and it rocked. We partied at the Puerto Vallarta beaches and drank an untold amount of tequila. We went to panels and sessions that made us better (or hopefully wealthier) writers. We made mutually beneficial relationships with people we hung out with for days. Including some major […]