Sunday, January 8, 2012

es muy tarde... our vacation to Mexico!

It's long overdue, but here is a quick post on our recent trip to Mexico. We were in Nuevo Vallarta, just north of Puerto Vallarta. I booked through Costco travel and got a screaming deal. I highly recommend Costco travel to anybody looking for a well priced vacation.

Our resort was called Villa la Estancia. Lovely. Abslutely lovely.

The first night was actually spent in SeaTac at the Doubletree. Another screaming deal. Thank you!

Landed in PV... walking to customs

This was what we saw upon entering our resort lobby. You went straight through the lobby to big glass doors and looked out onto this scene over the pool. Soooo beautiful!

This is taken from our balcony

Jack and Amanda. Aren't they looking relaxed?

Thomas and Emily

I went to the Mega store to buy a few things. In the bakery you shop by taking the big metal platter around to bins of yummies and load it up with tongs. When you're done, you pass your tray to this lady and she loads your things into a bag and writes the total price on the outside.

In the Mega there was a section of Costco food. $10 for this bag of tortilla chips. What a rip off!

Sitting at the pool and back to the beach, this is the view of the hotel.

Looking north to Bucerias. The beach was mostly empty the whole time we were there.

Warm water and smooth sand

It didn't take Emily long to learn to love a hammock

Super Emily

Mighty Amanda

Lots of boogie boarding!!!

My 3 amigos

Sunset while walking to Bucarias

Dinner on the beach. My shrimp diablo dinner. Spicy hot and yummy!

My mom's enchilada dinner. Ash trays on the tables!

My Dad and Amanda. I think she has him wrapped around her finger... still!

Swim up bar at our resort. Eating chips, salsa and guacamole. Rinsing it down with a variety of choices!

Thomas was buying bracelets from this sweet girl on the beach. 10 bracelets for 100 pesos.

Resort pool with lounges in the 4" deep section of the pool. It doesn't get any cooler than that!

Papa and Thomas flying a batman kite.
Dinner on our deck, fresh guacamole and pico de gallo and chips. It gets no better than that!

After the dinner. Some sunset behind us there!

Dinner out... as though they have never been in public.

A man selling fresh coconuts on the beach. He cut the coconut meat up and put it in a baggie, mixed with some sort of sweet syrup and a squeeze of lime.

The view from my lounge chair

Emily has popcorn in a martini glass.

Shopping in Bucerias.

3 for lunch, with Hugo the trusty bar tender making sure the kids got the right drinks (no alcohol, thanks Hugo).

If I had been organized enough to send out Christmas cards this year, I think it would have had this picture on it.

My view from my other lounge chair.


Banana Boat ride. Ask Amanda if she likes to go fast.

Armando sold us the Banana Boat ride. Very nice man, with some pretty interesting stories.

The boogie boards were SO much fun!

Hugo, our bar tender

This is what happens when Hugo takes the camera off the bar and starts taking pictures in his bartending area.

My fish tacos. I have to learn how to make these.

There is nobody else like my Dad!

How can you not love these two?

The living area in our room.

Look closely. Find what's wrong.

In case you couldn't see it in the above picture. Thomas found this ON THE GROUND in the PV airport, peeled the back paper off and stuck it on his lip. He kept us entertained for a good long while walking around with his mustache on!

I can't decide if he looks like Jose Cuervo or Mario.

Sunset out the airplane window, somewhere over California.

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