My younger sister Vanessa's best friend Jennifer had a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, MX this past May. Of course I couldn’t miss it! :) It was such a gorgeous wedding. The newlyweds had family and friends flying in from all over the world. It was such a beautiful experience to see how much people love them.... Specially because I love Jennifer like a little sister.
During the day we all went our separate ways if not together to explore some of the cities little gems. A close friend of mine had mentioned to me that his cousin George lived in Puerto Vallarta and that he would be more than happy to show us around when we arrived. Where to I start with George… He is one of the nicest, loving and caring souls I’ve ever met. He picked us up at our hotel at 8am and took us to this restaurant where all the locals hang out. I think we were the only tourist there. I ordered plain coffee and the lady brought me “Cafe de la Olla”. Which is coffee with cinnamon. I must say it was one of the best coffees I’ve ever had. After a wonderful breakfast he took us to his ranch that is in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico and showed us around where he was in the process of building. The land was full of mango trees. Let’s just say we are planning to go to Sayulita sometime soon. ;) We even met his neighbors and one of them was from Argentina and had been living there for years now. In fact when we arrived to his ranch he was working on the home himself. His mom asked him for a home with no corners. So he decided to build her an adobe and sand mixed with cement “Round” home less than 2 miles away from the beach. I mean really! He said he is keeping the house eco-friendly and using materials that will save energy by keeping the home cool or warmed year round. What a life.
After meeting some of the locals we decided to go walk around downtown Sayulita. It’s full of people from all over the world. The same weekend we were there Sayulita was having the World Standup Paddle and Paddleboard Championship. It was amazing to see competitors from all over the world. We stopped at a little bar overlooking the beach and had a few snacks and drinks. I must say it was insanely humid when we went. So I had no choice but to have a few beers. The waiter knew we weren’t from there and he recommended a shooter called “Balazo”. A shot with your choice of shrimp, oyster or mussel with tomato juice, clamato & spices chased down with a nice cold beer. Wow it was amazing!
The wedding was the next day so we decided to go on a last minute morning adventure since the wedding was in the evening. We went to Santa Lucia Tequila tasting. My wife and I had been there about 9 years ago and loved it and always said we would come back. The place is still small and the owner plans to keep it that way. All the locals and tourist love it. We tried a little bit of everything and somehow ended up buying 5 bottles! One for each of our mothers and 3 for us. I must say we made a really good investment. As the afternoon quickly approached we went back to the hotel and hung out with the rest of the guests and decided to go in the pool one last time before the wedding. Again… You can only do this in Mexico! Since the wedding was in the same hotel, which was Wonderful!
The ceremony… When my friend Jennifer came down the aisle I quickly got emotional and remember how long I’ve known this beautiful soul and how honored I was to have shared this special moment with her. They got married on the rooftop overlooking the ocean. It was breathtaking…
Puerto Vallarta will always have a special place in my heart. This was one of the most colorful experiences I’e ever had…. and if you know me well, You know I am not afraid of color.