Travel: Puerto Vallarta Mexico Part 1  – Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas

Travel: Puerto Vallarta Mexico Part 1 – Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas


We have returned after a great trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was a trip for both rest/relaxation as well as research. It was also truly eye-opening in that it showed us how possible it is to retire out of Canada and the United States for a fraction of the cost of what it would be to retire in Canada. But more on that later. We will be doing a series of posts in relation to our time in Puerto Vallarta – on everything that someone considering retiring there would like to know.

For now, this post will focus on reviewing the Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas, where we stayed for the entirety of our ten days in Puerto Vallarta.  Here is our first attempt at video on the new Marco Polo Money Youtube site:



Per their website ( ), ” Preserving the essence of the Colonial Mexican style, Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas is unique in its type, with incredible ocean view from all of our accommodations and stunning sunsets over the most beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta. This charming and small hotel is located just 5 minutes away from downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Hotel Playa Conchas Chinas is considered a 3-star hotel, so if you are looking for a 5-star luxury resort, look elsewhere. It is well reviewed on Trip Advisor (.ca) with 168 reviews and an average rating of 4 out of 5. It is definitely recommended to read through the reviews on Trip Advisor to get an idea of the hotel. However, it is also important to remember that people who have had problems at a hotel generally are more motivated (aka want to complain) in writing a review than people who enjoyed themselves.

Onto our review.

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Marco Polo Money Youtube!!

Marco Polo Money Youtube!!

Marco Polo Money now has a Youtube account! Yay! The videos will be largely travel oriented, with a focus on things that would of interest to both the tourist and the potential retiree. I will also be trying my hand at video editing and there will be videos coming soon.

Stand by for more ….


Marco Polo Money – Be safe and travel far!

Early Retirement:  Where we stand

Early Retirement: Where we stand

In the realm of Personal Finance, at what point in our quest for Early Retirement and FIRE ( Financial Independence Retire Early) do we say that enough is enough? At what point do we have enough to retire? Or if not interested in a “traditional” retirement of drinking Pina Coladas while sitting on a beach, “waiting for death to arrive”, then when can we start anew doing what you truly want to do with your time?

Here at Marco Polo Money, after many years of dedicated work and applying myself, 4 years ago I finally got the job I was always trying to get. Is it what I hoped for? Absolutely. However, it also is a massive time drain, where my work week is always 50 hours, often 60 hours, and sometimes 70+ hours. It is a high stress job that often consists of shift-work away from family, and requires that important holidays and family events be missed. The bosses do their best to try and help out to minimize this, but it is often very difficult with an understaffed workforce.


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