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Mexican Paradise - Puerto Vallarta by JD Andrews

I have been to Puerto Vallarta twice before this trip but both times were a short stop from a cruise ship. So I was very excited when I got the invitation to see and eXplore more of this Mexican Paradise.

Pool at the Sunset Plaza Hotel

The Sunset Plaza Beach Resort was home base. A beautiful property right on the beach. 

I got to see the famous Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the many pieces of street art and take in the beautiful views.

I had a few adventures as well - Zip-ling, Horseback Riding and Repelling.

Lots of delicious food from the Food Park, Yelapa-Chicos beach Club, Barcelo Tapas, A Mex-Ology tour, Gaby´s Restaurant and Maia Restaurant.

The Xinalani Retreat

One day we took a boat over to the beautiful and peaceful Xinalani Retreat. A great place to get away to practice Yoga or just relax in a hammock next to the ocean.

I had a wonderful time in Puerto Vallarta and hope to visit it again in the future!

Disclosure: This trip was a partnership with Puerto Vallarta tourism but as always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Carnival Vista - Game Changer by JD Andrews

Carnival was always know as the 'party ships' - colorful decor, interesting ship names (Ecstasy) and lots and lots and lots of neon. BUT, that's all changed with their newest ship, the Carnival Vista.

IMAX Theater

The first and ONLY IMAX theater at sea

BREWERY - Colin Presby was named brewmaster of Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery

SKYRIDE

HAVANA BAR AND POOL

ATRIUM

WATERWORKS

ENTERTAINMENT

All of this plus tons more...

ALL PHOTOS BY: Andy Newman

Disclosure: Carnival Cruises provided my trip onboard the Vista but As Always, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Beautiful Sunset in Galapagos by JD Andrews

A Raft of Sea Lions - South Marble Island, Alaska by JD Andrews

Sea Lions are able to dive down to 1148ft (350 meters) & can stay underwater for five minutes.

Groups of sea lions are called:

On land sea lions are a colony.

In the water they are called a raft.

During breeding seasons they’re referred to as a rookery.

When several females are in one male’s territory, they’re called a harem and he's called LUCKY!

Gorgeous Maui Sunset by JD Andrews

Sunsets never get old :)