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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Puerto Vallarta Days 1 and 2

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If you have been following me for awhile, then you know that I go to Mexico pretty much yearly. Well ever since I have been dating Rory. I think in the almost 10 years that we have been together, we have missed one year and that was because I just had the girls a couple months prior. We have even brought the girls to Puerto Vallarta twice now. We had every intention on bringing them this time, but after consideration from the grandparents, we all decided to just have Rory and I go. And it was amazing. Of course we missed the girls, but it was very much needed and appreciated.

We left on Friday April 12th at 6 in the morning. And now I am singing Justin Timberlake's song Filthy. We flew into Phoenix and went into the American lounge for 4 hours. We watched some of the Master's, ate, read books and watched a bit of Netflix. Then we flew to Puerto Vallarta and for the first time in a long time, we didn't have ANY wait in Customs. 

We quickly got our luggage and made our way to the taxis. Word of advice, don't get a taxi inside the airport. At least go outside. They will try to tell you that you can't do that, but you can and should. It is way cheaper to go outside or even go across the highway (there is a walkway overpass) and get a taxi.

We took our taxi ride into the Zona Romantica which is the heart of PV. This is way past the hotels and near the Melancon (the boardwalk). We got settled into our condo, unpacked a bit and then headed next door to see Rory's family. We talked with them for about an hour or two and then headed off to watch the sunset and eat dinner. We also stopped at an ATM to get money. Another tip: get money out of an ATM and not the money exchange places. You get a better rate and usually only pay a dollar or two in fees compared to $10 or more in the exchange places.
Zona Romantica Puerto Vallarta

Zona Romantica Puerto Vallarta

Zona Romantica Puerto Vallarta

Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta

For dinner, we went to Jorge's Hideaway Shrimp Shack. We go there every year and they always recognize us. It is a bit of a trek uphill, but amazing. We both got a blackberry margarita and shared a salad that had jicama, grapefruit, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, corn and balsamic dressing.
Blackberry margarita at Jorge's Hideaway Shrimp Shack


Then I got my favorite which is a spicy shrimp inside of a pineapple with pineapple chunks and some cheese. They pair it with a red rice and a salad.
spicy shrimp inside of a pineapple

Rory got this spicy shrimp dish with sauteed veggies and rice. It was sooooo good.

Then they gave us a complimentary drink after dinner. We were full and wanted to walk off some of the food, so we walked the Melancon. It was a Friday night, so it was busy, but warm and beautiful out. Then we made our way over to Bar La Playa which is a specialty cocktail bar that we found on our last trip. I got a drink called the Senorita which had vodka, hibicus and coconut water. So good. Rory got a mezcal drink.
Bar La Playa

Saturday morning we slept in and then headed to the roof top deck to do a little workout. We jump roped, did push-ups, fast walking and some yoga stretches. Then we showered, got ready and headed out to the farmer's market. We go every Saturday and it is amazing. They have great food and amazing vendors there. We picked up some bagels for ourselves and for Rory's great uncle. Plus we hung out with his cousins there. We ate some lunch there before saying goodbye to his cousins who had to leave for the airport.

After the farmers market, we went to a local brewery to pick up some beers for our condo. We did a taste testing at Monzon Brewing Co. and then brought 4 cans back to the condo.
Monzon Brewing Co

Once we got back to the condo, we changed into our bathing suits and put on sunscreen. We read a bit and then headed up to the pool deck. I wore my new high waisted bathing suit.



We spent about 3 hours at the pool reading, sunbathing and swimming. It was perfect. When we were finished, we cleaned up and then headed out for tacos at our most favorite hole in the wall, Pancho's Takos. We go to this place multiple times per trip. You have to get there about 30 minutes before opening or expect to wait up until an hour. They specialize in the al pastor tacos. Heaven!

Of course we ordered too much food. We got guacamole, grilled onions, a pepper and onion quesadilla and pastor tacos. All to share. Plus beers. And our total was about $16 with tip.

Pancho's Takos 

Pancho's Takos 

Pancho's Takos 

Pancho's Takos 

After eating, we walked the Melancon again and enjoyed the sunset.
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
Sand statues along the Melancon

And that concludes days 1 and 2! Stay tuned for more next week with even more food, drinks and fun.


18 comments :

  1. That looks so incredibly relaxing and fun! And I love your bathing suit - SO cute!

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    1. Thank you so much. It took a lot to post that photo. I am a little self conscious but working on it.

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  2. It looks beautiful there! I love that the restaurant staff recognize you!

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    1. Me too. It makes it special each time we visit. We feel at home there!

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  3. I love that this beautiful place is a yearly thing for you guys! I can’t imagine a better place to watch a beautiful sunset. So gorgeous. Days 1 and 2 seem like a big success. I can’t wait to see more of your trip!

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    1. I love it so much. We had a great time there and I totally miss it, but really missed my girls.

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  4. Love that you guys were able to getaway just the 2 of you which is so important! I've never been to the west coast of Mexico, and now I need to see Puerto Vallarta and Cabo! And how gorg are you in that high waisted suit <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. It is completely important. I hope all couples get that chance. I haven't been to Cabo and I want to go there. I heard Cancun is amazing too. You are too sweet. Thank you so much Kate!

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  5. Look at all that good food! I'm loving your bathing suit!! Such a great time! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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    1. Thank you so much. I love that suit too. And the food was just amazing!!!

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    1. Haha. I know you would love it with your love for Mexican food!!!

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  7. This sounds like an amazing first two days! Great food, sunset walks and the beach? Sign me up!

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  8. What a dream! Just pack me in your suitcase the next time you go!! And I love that highwaisted swimsuit on you. I'm heading over to add it to my wish list. I love it.

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  9. It sounds like an amazing first couple of days. Those sunsets are gorgeous and I'm drooling over the food/drinks!

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  10. More than anything, I'm now hungry. Give me all the mexican food!!!!!!
    What a beautiful trip... & loving that bathing suit. I love a high waist bottom!!!

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful couple of days! We try to take off just the two of us for a few days each year too; while we miss the kids it's important to us to spend time alone relaxing.

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