A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

I’ve already shared where we stayed, all of the fun experiences we had, & all of the amazing food we ate in Puerto Vallarta. This post will be my last Puerto Vallarta related post (for now! Once we move into our beautiful PV mansion on Las Amapas Beach, I’m sure I’ll post a lot more. Haha, just dreaming 🙂 ) Today I’m sharing twelve things I learned in Puerto Vallarta.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

01. There are gorgeous flowers & plants EVERYWHERE! Seriously. You can’t look in any direction without seeing floral covered trees & balconies spilling with greenery. I love it!

02. Most of the locals speak very good English, yet many of them apologize for their “bad” English. Psh! I wish I was a bilingual badass! (Note – We are five weeks into our Spanish lessons & I look forward to apologizing for my bad Spanish from now on haha)

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

03. Safety precautions / regulations seem to be very different than in the states. I’m pretty sure half of what we saw / did in PV wouldn’t be allowed in the states due to dangers, liabilities, etc.

04. Many locals swim in their clothing as opposed to bathing suits. I’m not sure if that’s due to income, priorities, modesty, personal preference, a combo, or what – just an observation.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

05. There is a lack of street lights in town, you just kind of make turns, & go when you have the chance. Taxis, bus drivers, & local drivers rarely stop for pedestrians. They slow down only a little bit. I thought we (as passengers) were going to run over like 20 people a day.

06. PV is home to the best Italian restaurant. Yep, the Mexican food is delicious, that’s a big fat duhhh. But the Italian is equally superb! See more on my Where To Eat & What To Order In Puerto Vallarta post.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

07. Riding the bus was my favorite & least favorite part of our trip. Our bus rides were sooo bumpy & nauseating, HOWEVER they offered incredible views & special conversations with locals that I will forever cherish.

08. Outside of the touristy areas of PV are some very poor sections. Many houses that didn’t even look habitable, but were families homes. It was a huge reality check.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

09. I used a public restroom that had no door, no electricity (aka no air, nor lighting), no flushing of toilet paper allowed, & a hand washing station with a gallon supply of water. This is more common than I knew.

10. Many of the restaurant owners do EVERYTHING. They take your order, they make each individual dish themselves, they serve your food, they clean up, etc. They take great pride in every part of their craft, & made all of our dining a very personable experience.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

11. Sprite taste noticeably different. I rarely drink soda, but I do order Sprite on occasion. I noticed it tasted different – better. I later learned (via multiple google links) that Mexican coke products are made with sugar NOT high fructose corn syrup (like in the states). Yum!

12. Public schools run year-round & have two different shifts. Students can go to school for a morning shift (8am-12:30pm) or an afternoon shift (2pm-6:30pm). I think that is a great idea. Add it to the list of “Reasons To Move To Puerto Vallarta”, hah.

A Dozen Things I Learned In Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is an incredibly beautiful place, rich in culture, with the perfect balance of upbeat life & relaxing oases. We truly fell in love with this city & all that it has to offer. If you’ve not yet experienced Puerto Vallarta, I hope that you will soon.

XOXO, Kara


  • busyandfab

    July 26, 2017

    Looks like a really nice place, love the colourful houses. You’ve got good photography skill.

  • Stephanie

    July 26, 2017

    All of the photos are amazing 🙂
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  • kathrineeldridge1

    July 26, 2017

    Thanks for sharing these revelations about Puerto Vallarta. I adore this first pic of that cool door. I’ve really enjoyed all you have shared from this trip.

  • Aurélie - Mounette

    July 26, 2017

    so amazing place!
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  • What a gorgeous place girl, so colorful and typical for Mexico!

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  • Mahi Chaurasia

    July 26, 2017
  • Love Of Mode

    July 26, 2017

    This place is so dreamy. I’m definitely adding it to my bucket list!


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  • Candice

    July 26, 2017

    your photography skills are to die for and so are these colorful houses.

  • Amy Arnold

    July 26, 2017

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing what you learned.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • gymbagsandjetlags

    July 26, 2017

    Wow this looks STUNNING! Allll the colours! I can’t believe its a real place haha. I wonder about the swimming in clothes thing… hmm…

    🍉 Pia

  • Pam

    July 26, 2017

    What a gorgeous place!
    I’m in love ♥

  • Filipa

    July 26, 2017

    It looks like an amazing place

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  • Ellese

    July 26, 2017

    I love how colorful this town is! Thanks for sharing your travels! XO, Ellese


  • Len Parent

    July 26, 2017

    Love these beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Much love, Len

  • Annie lewis

    July 27, 2017

    l love the place. thank you for sharing.

    Annie lewis

  • Patricia

    July 27, 2017

    This is such a great post!!
    I love all the colorful pictures 😀

  • Ashley

    July 27, 2017

    I love these little tidbits about Puerto Vallarta! Especially the one about the Italian restaurant- never would’ve thought, but that’s a good thing to know!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Janea

    July 27, 2017

    I loved this post!! I lived in Mexico for a few years (Mexico City)., and you brought up memories You are, by the way, so much more observant than the typical tourist! I had to laugh at #3. And I think that ocean bathers wear their street clothes because of their economic situation. They probably don’t have a place for their change of clothes, and many probably live in the poorer neighborhoods you mentioned outside of the areas where tourists stay and enjoy he beach. There is a lot of poverty in Mexico, but also so much magic.
    xo, janea

    • Kara Aragon

      August 1, 2017

      That’s awesome that you lived in MX for a few years. I would love to do the same. I have only been to Mexico City for a layover & it was crazy to see how many buildings there were. Never-ending. Crazy. Thanks for your comment <3

  • Eena

    July 27, 2017

    My aunt’s headed to Puerto Vallarta next month! This place looks absolutely lovely 😀

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  • Rina

    July 27, 2017

    Puerto Vallarta is so colorful and gorgeous! I haven’t been in so long! Thanks for sharing your beautiful travel photos.

    Rina Samantha

  • Saida - She talks Glam

    July 27, 2017

    Ah, what a great trip you must have had Kara! I really enjoyed this list of things that struck you from your trip, I think it’s always nice to see things from a different perspective. PV sounds like a really nice place even if not all is pretty and luxe, sometimes we do need those reality checks to appreciate what we have at home!
    Hope you are having the best week, dearest

    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Kara Aragon

      August 1, 2017

      Thanks Saida <3 Same to you.

  • The Style Contour

    July 27, 2017

    Wow, school year round?! That’s amazing! I feel like that’s why so many countries are more advanced academically than we are, though we are more creative and have more entrepreneurs, so every country has their highlights. I notice that everything tastes better in Mexico and in some of the other countries I’ve been to, fresher. I remember eating so much when I went to Mexico for a week and I didn’t gain a pound, I was shocked! We allow so much crap in our foods here, it’s disgusting. Anyway, thanks for sharing, beauty, it was such a cool read!



    • Kara Aragon

      August 1, 2017

      I totally agree that everything tasted much fresher. And it is. You can tell just by looking at the fruits & veggies. Most of the restaurants grow fresh herbs. You can tell a major different in fresh garlic compared to powdered garlic. It’s inspiring.

  • Shaira

    July 27, 2017

    Public rest rooms with nothing? I mean, how do people manage to do their thing there? These pictures are all beautiful! The restaurant owners are very industrious! 🙂


    • Kara Aragon

      August 1, 2017

      Right!? I am one of those people that has to turn the water on just to go pee if people are around so they can’t hear me. So going without a door was really stressful/difficult.

  • patriciamailbor

    July 28, 2017

    OMG, amazing place!

  • Patricia Sanchez

    July 28, 2017

    que fotos mas preciosas, me encantan!
    Muchas gracias por tu comentario en mi blog, te espero por mi nuevo post, mil besos!

  • akshayaiyer

    July 28, 2017

    Such pretty photos – you have a great eye for capturing the most quaint spots 🙂


  • Carina

    July 28, 2017

    The pictures are amazing and I learned so many things about Puerto Vallarta. The most surprising was about your public bathroom experience and the restaurant owners.


  • Kim

    July 28, 2017

    This post was so fun to read! You learned so much in Puerto Vallarta! I would never have thought that they had amazing Italian food. You learn something new every day! Good luck learning Spanish!

    Simply Lovebirds

  • March

    July 28, 2017

    But over all their houses are colorful. 😉

  • Steal4Style

    July 29, 2017

    These are great reasons for visiting Puerto Vallarta! I didn’t know a lot about this place, but now I definitely want to travel there. This post was great to read! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    July 29, 2017

    Such an amazing place! Love these beautiful pics!
    xo, Jane

  • jade goddard

    July 30, 2017

    looks lovely! thanks for sharing 🙂 jadieegosh

  • carmitive

    July 30, 2017

    Oh that place looks SO pretty! I always like to get inspired and learn some more life lessons during my travels 😉
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  • victoriach90

    July 30, 2017

    Hi Kara,

    I am from San Diego and Tijuana (border with Mexico). I am so happy that you loved Puerto Vallarta!! I’m going there for a friend’s bachelorette party soon and all your suggestions and tips are exactly how I remember it, so props to you for depicting the real PV!
    Hope that you come back soon!

    Victoria C.

    • Kara Aragon

      August 1, 2017

      Lucky you that you’re going there soon. I hope you have a total blast.

  • Siffat Haider

    July 30, 2017

    Wow, Puerto Vallarta looks incredible! I love the very first picture of the door!

  • Rena

    July 30, 2017

    Yes, I see Puerto Vallarta is really worth to visit! Thanks a lot for sharing all the adorable pictures!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Ruby

    July 30, 2017

    S t u n n i n g place ❤️

  • kayleechamberlain

    July 30, 2017

    LOVE all of the photos!

  • Jessica

    July 30, 2017

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. You perfectly captured the beauty of Puerto Vallarta. I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs during your trip!!

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  • Angelie Pangilinan

    July 31, 2017

    Puerto Vallarta is beautiful in its own colorful way 🙂

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  • Susanne Bavinck - Bender

    July 31, 2017

    It looks like you had the best time!! Xx Susanne –

  • Christina

    August 1, 2017

    Wow, these colors are absolutely amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. So interesting to read about all these cultural factors that make the area unique. The Italian restaurant you mentioned sounds so good!

    Looks by Lau

  • babyonlinedress

    August 2, 2017

    your photography skills are to die for and so are these colorful houses.brautjungfernkleider günstig

  • Ben

    August 10, 2017

    The pics are so beautiful, nice.


  • Agness of Fit Travelling

    August 18, 2017

    Excellent read! Loved your pictures! Is it awkward to swim in bikini while the locals swim in heir clothes?

  • hgracediamond

    August 19, 2017

    I visited Puerto Vallarta last year, such a fascinating and beautiful place. Interesting to read your thoughts on it! Beautiful photos xox

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