Viva Mexico {part 1}

9.13.2011

With all the news of drug cartels and violence lately, we weren't sure what to expect when we arrived in Mexico.  Lucky for us, Puerto Vallarta turned out to be one of the friendliest, most welcoming cities either of us has ever visited.  Many of the locals told us about how tourism has been declining lately due to misinformation about the cartels.  At no point did we ever feel threatened or in danger.  Everyone we met was friendly, polite, and helpful.  Granted, we spent most of our time at the resort (which, by the way, all-inclusive is definitely the way to go!), but even when we ventured into town, the people were friendly and polite.  Some even stopped us on the street to ask if we needed directions when we obviously looked a bit lost.

With stunning views, all food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included, pools, waterfalls, and a gorgeous beach, we found it hard to leave our resort.



But everyone - and I mean everyone - recommended we eat at a restaurant in town called Pipi's.  With such amazing recommendations, we had to try it out.  Let me tell you, Pipi's did not disappoint!  We ordered shrimp fajitas and immediately decided they were the best shrimp fajitas we've ever had.  Our server came over and made fresh guacamole at our table (which we quickly devoured) and sent over a chicken quesadilla on the house.  On top of the delicious food, we also got a personal serenade.  Some neighborhood musicians came in just as we were finishing our meal.  We weren't sure what to expect at first but they were so amazing The Boyfriend said he got chills!  After lunch, we headed over to the flea market to shop for souvenirs.  We didn't actually end up getting anything that day but I loved some of the little hand-painted dolls and trinkets on display.



We also ventured into a little town called Mismaloya, which is where our resort was actually located.  We had to pass through the town on the way to the zoo.  The city of Puerto Vallarta is full of condos, resorts, and tourtisty shops but Mismaloya was where we got a true taste of what towns in the area were like.  It was definitely a poorer town, with many rundown buildings and dogs running loose, but even here the people were friendly and kind.




Overall, we were quite impressed with the welcoming vibe of Puerto Vallarta.  Delicious food and endless margaritas/pina coladas/strawberry daquiris didn't hurt either!  Stay tuned tomorrow for photos from our trip to the zoo.  I took so many I have to save that trip for a post all its own!!

(And one last shot of the Puerto Vallarta coastline, just for good measure.)

19 Comments:

  1. I love the photos!! :) This was truly a great holiday :) Glad you had fun :)

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  2. I love the photos you took! That sounds like such a fun trip! :)

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  3. this looks so amazing! I can't wait to see more!

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  4. Glad you had fun! Great pictures!
    -Val

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  5. Gorgeous pictures! I've been to Mexico 4 times and always found it to be a pleasant exerience :) Fun!

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  6. looks like a blast, I went to Puerto Vallarta for a wedding a few years ago and really enjoyed it - and the last day there it stormed and looked just like that last picture!

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  7. Ah, it looks beautiful!! Gorgeous photos. Sounds like you had a great time.

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  8. these photos are incredible! your making me want to pack my bags and fly over now! i love it x

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  9. Those of us stuck in the office are totally envious! Food looks amazing!

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  10. sweetness dogs running loose break my heart. I would have brought them all home

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  11. Such great photo's! Esp. the one with the pup ♥

    Now I want to travel down south!

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  12. WOW, lady!!! those photos are incredible! ...but of course they would be, coming from you :) i love that one of the bug! xoxoxo brynn

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  13. WOOOOOO HOWDY! AMAZING PICS GIRL! I felt like I was there! This place is beautiful it reminds me of Cozumel a little...

    Janette the Jongleur

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  14. This looks like an amazing place to visit. I have been to Mexico before and had the best food! You really captured some amazing photos here.

    *Erin

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  15. Wow wow wow! These photos are dreamy. I've never been to Mexico, but I think I need to go now... :)

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  16. ahmygosh i want to go there! i went to cozumel twice in high school but never puerto vallarta. i am glad you had a great trip and felt safe! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  17. Your photos are just so cool Steph! How'd you get the last photos to look like miniatures?

    Reese
    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

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  18. love your pictures - mexico is filled with so much to see and eat and do. i've got to get back there again sometime soon.

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  19. So beautiful! D and I are looking to go to an all-inclusive in Mexico this winter. Where did you guys stay?!

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