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  1. Sharyn says

    I don’t think I’d like to see children working either however, things are different in every country. And that is why we love travel – learning the uniqueness of each place we visit.

  2. Kelly says

    I noticed a few of these things when I was in Mazatlan as well over the last few years (although the buses in PV sound a lot nicer hahaha). Sucha different culture there, but it is so great! 🙂

  3. Anuradha Srinath says

    Puerto Vallarta looks like a child friendly destination. I can resonate to the scenes off children working or sitting on the lap inside the cars, in India too. There are no rules to , however I really wish these change! Lovely post!

    • Brooklyn Murtaugh says

      Thank you! Puerto Vallarta is a very child friendly destination! It’s a great place for family vacations that everyone will love, but it is hard to see kids working and unsafe, I’ll never get used to that.

  4. Anna says

    I would *LOVE* to visit Puerto Vallarta, in fact I was supposed to be spending Sept, Oct & Nov this year their until Covid-19 came along and changed all my plans. I’ve spent so much time in Mexico but always in the state of Oaxaca, so decided it was time to branch out.. this was a great post & I continue to feel inspired to get there ASAP!

  5. Emma says

    I haven’t been to Mexico yet but I really want to go. This gives me some good expectations. I admit I’m the same when I see kids working but I also remember traveling Asia and seeing the same and in a lot of cases there are these family businesses that literally everyone is involved in. I also remember seeing entire families on a motorcycle but that’s a different story. Great tips for Puerto Vallarta, I’m looking forward to getting there myself one day

    • Brooklyn Murtaugh says

      I hope you get to go to Puerto Vallarta one day!!

      You’re absolutely correct, it’s often the whole family working together and that’s how they survive. I know and understand that, but I think I’ll always feel a bit shocked seeing children working.

      I cannot imagine whole families on motorcycles! Wow.

  6. Riana Ang-Canning says

    I’ve been to Mexico a few times but never to Puerto Vallarta – would love to go one day! The food alone would get me there. Sad to hear that children are working. I remember seeing that in Mexico and, of course, other parts of the world and it’s always very upsetting.

    • Brooklyn Murtaugh says

      I’ve always known about children working around the world, but since Puerto Vallarta is a touristy North American destination I just wasn’t expecting it there. My ignorance about it clearly.
      BUT. IT is such a fun and beautiful destination, with the best food.

  7. Gus Feliciano says

    Havent been to Puerto Vallarta but I think I see it on so many House Hunters International LOL. But you made it clear why so many people love that place and why I need to make it happen soon!

  8. Sarah says

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Puerto Vallarta, but since amazing food was on your list, it’s getting added to my to-visit list. I’m especially glad to hear how good the public transport is as that’s the main way I get around while travelling!

  9. Justine says

    Thanks for this – really helpful post for anyone planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta! Good to know about the tipping etiquette there… and it’s always awful to see children working in places like this. But without travel, people wouldn’t realise this is happening as much as it is all over the world. One of those bitter sweet things I think 🙁

    • Brooklyn Murtaugh says

      Thanks Justine! I love the way you put it, how bittersweet it is. It’s incredible to travel around the world and see how things operate there, but still sad to see children working instead of playing.

  10. The Holidaymaker \ Renee says

    I have been to Mexico about 6 or 7 times, but never to this part. I too, love the food there, especially if you get outside of the resorts and find those hidden gems offering authentic local cuisine.

    • Brooklyn Murtaugh says

      We’re opposites. I’ve only been to Puerto Vallarta, so I need to go check out the rest of Mexico! And I completely agree. The best food we ate was definitely not on the resort. The worst food we ate was on the resort however haha.

  11. Steph says

    In general Puerto Vallarta sounds amazing, but I’m not sure I’d be able to enjoy my vacation if I had the constant reminder that kids there have to work… I hope they are least get to go to school. It might sound harsh, but I wish people would stop buying stuff from kids. Then their parents would no longer make them work and while it would be tough for a while, the long term effect would be a positive one.

    But the food sure sounds good!

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