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Puerto Vallarta in Pictures

September 1, 2017

Every place I have visited has a story to tell and a view to capture. Normally, the first thing I think of when I arrive at a new destination or while I am still in transit 😉 is, “how can I make this view an amazing picture?” This normally results in a huge library of mediocre pictures and only a couple of good ones. This wasn’t a problem when I had my Canon 80D because it was hard to constantly carry around a large camera. But, I decided to sell my canon for a more compact camera; The Samsung Galaxy s8 Plus.  Now, I am in a lot of trouble. I am always taking pictures and my phone storage is quickly filling up. But, this phone is one of the best phones I have ever had. I bought the international version with 128gb storage. Wow!

Without further ado, I present to you my time spent in Puerto Vallarta (PV), Mexico in picture format with just a tid-bit of narration 😀. Enjoy!

Every Photo Below is Clickable

Landscape Views

I want to start this off with a bang! First up is my set of “super landscape views”. I always try to capture some wide-format pictures of my trips and travels. It is so easy with my Samsung Galaxy s8. I take wide-format photos just as much as normal photos. I hope you enjoy these masterpieces.


Places Visited

Here are a few places I visited while in PV. Some places I went do not have photos, but I hope you enjoy!


I could fill a huge book of all my beach photos I took, and honestly I wanted to make this section grande. However, for the sake of load time I decided to make this section short so the other sections could have more attention. I stayed at one beach area almost the entire time so I really do not have a huge selection of various beach photos; it is the same place over and over and over and . . . well you get the picture (pun intended).


One of the best capturing moments I had was during those last few moments of light. The sunsets were amazing day-after-day. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed capturing them!


Night Shots

Of course no gallery is complete without night photos. It is hard to capture night-shots with my phone, but the software in the Galaxy s8 is amazing and it performed well in those low-light conditions.


Foods Eaten

Last but not least . . . While I was in PV I was able to eat out at restaurants and make my own homemade dishes. Can you guess which ones are which? Also, I always cook in one pot while traveling. If you want to learn how to effectively cook a whole meal in one pot please leave comments. I might write a blog post on it in the future. Gracias!


There could be so much more to share but for the sake of load time, and your patience, I figured that is enough for now. I hope you enjoyed Puerto Vallarta gallery. Please leave a comment or two!

. . . Adios!

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  • Marjorie Savage September 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Your photography talent is producing some beautiful pictures. The sunsets are just beautiful, as well as the beach scenes. My appetite for food has changed considerably over the years and the pictures of the fancy foods did not wet my appetite LOL Thanks for sharing your adventure. Love you much. Nana

  • Dad September 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Fantastic blog as usual. What a place to adventure!

  • Mom September 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful!!! Your pics bring your adventure to life!!!

  • Tamara Elliott September 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I really enjoyed PV, especially wandering through the old town, tequila tasting, and we did a fun ATV tour through the countryside too!

  • Kate Brissette September 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I love this! We often find ourselves asking if we should give up the camera and just go with our phones! It’s so much simpler! And you have some beautiful shots here that help make the case stronger. I love the sunsets and the landscapes! And the fact that you got such solid colors and even managed to take strong night time photos is a plus. Well done! Gorgeous shots!

  • Debra Schroeder September 3, 2017 at 2:48 am

    LOL, I can totally relate. When you aren’t so worried about getting a good shot, you can take great ones. The quality of the camera in phones have gotten so good, you almost don’t need an actual camera.

  • Mei September 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful picutres of Puerto Vallarta! Like you, I also gave up my huge camera for an iPhone 6 Plus 2 years ago. And I’m so happy I did that, since the quality is good enough. Besides, it’s better to travel light than to take highly performant photos that we’ll probably never use anyway.

  • Elena September 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I love that sunset. Al your photos are amazing and it seems that you had fun!

  • Eve Kay September 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

    The pics are beautiful! Amazing that the phone can take such nice night pictures too (I often have trouble with that).

  • Rosemary September 4, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Been to PV once and loved it. Your shots capture the area and especially the sunset ones. One of our favorite things to do was have drinks while watching the sun go down. This really makes me nostalgic for my time in the area. Pretty amazing shots with the Samsung. Impressive!

  • Paige W September 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I love the idea of doing a recap in photos! What a great idea. Those night shots are stunning! It looks like you ate a lot of delicious things too.

  • Lauren September 6, 2017 at 4:30 am

    The photos are beautiful! That’s great to hear about that camera. I actually have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and LOVE the photos I take with it, and I’m going to be upgrading my phone soon, most likely to the Samsung you have or the Note 8. Can’t wait. I’m always impressed with the photos mine takes and can’t wait to see even better ones.

  • Mansoureh September 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    You sold your cannon 80D and bought Samsung galaxy 8 plus!!! wow. Don’t get me wrong new Samsung is amazing the camera is great for low light, but having the real camera is something else 🙂 But in the case of caring around you are right Carrying a phone is much easier than the Camera 🙂