Posts Tagged ‘punta mita

01
Apr
11

updates

Ok, so it’s been a long time since I posted, but for good reason! I’ve been on vacation! YAY!! Well, first I was in Juneau for work and then I headed down to Mexico where Derek was waiting for me. Punta Mita was as amazing as it always is and Derek and I had a much needed, relaxing vacation. It was a vacation in the purist form. NO PLANS. Every day, we’d get up, drink coffee on the balcony overlooking beautiful Banderas Bay and decide what, if anything, we wanted to do. It was A-Mazing.  We went zip-lining, we rented stand-up paddle boards for the week, we ate, we drank, we played cards and frisbee, we went for walks on the beach, we sunbathed, we slept and read. I read three books in 7 days!  Then, to top it all off, Stacy and Andre picked us up from the airport and surprised us with a homemade dinner to-go since it was dinner time and they knew we wouldn’t have any food in the house! Talk about nice friends!

After a great trip, I suppose I had it coming. I got sick. The night we came home I was up all night with a 103 fever and chills. It really sucked. REALLY SUCKED. After being out of the office for so long, I really felt like I needed to be at work Thursday and Friday, but I was absolutely worthless. Oh well, such is life.

Enough for now, I’m getting tired. Time for another nap. But, as a reminder to myself, my next post will be about Oprah, hamburgers on airplanes and miserable vacationers.

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19
Jan
09

Jimmy Buffett said it best.

Oooh, mexico
It sounds so sweet
With the sun sinkin low
The moons so bright
Likes to light up the night
Make everything alright.

Although I don’t have any photos (at this moment) to prove it, we had a wonderful vacation last week in Punta Mita! Mexico never fails to impress me. I love the weather. I love the food. I love the scenery. I love the people. I love the lifestyle.

This Punta Mita trip was a different experience for me because we traveled with friends. Derek and I usually travel just the two of us. I have never done the whole week-long-vacationing-with-other-couples thing before. It feels very grown up. It was a lot of fun to share Punta Mita with our friends. Although, I have to admit, I felt a lot of pressure to make sure that everyone was having a good time. I think it’s because we had traveled there before and we arranged all the details. I know it sounds ridiculous but I felt responsible for everyone’s vacation and while it was completely self-inflicted, it nonetheless nagged at me a little.

All in all, I think the trip was a huge success and everyone had a great time. I know I did. Honestly, some of the stories from this trip will last a lifetime – SO FUNNY. It’s so hard for me to get back into the swing of “normal life”. I felt silly wearing heels today -and was suffocated by all my clothes! I miss the sun and warmth. The swimsuits and sundresses. I miss the warm nights -being able to sit on the balcony late at night sipping on a drink and not being freezing. Sigh…it was a great vacation! Oh…Mexico!

Stay tuned for photos.

23
Mar
08

post-vacation blues

The posts were scarce last week – I know. Mentally it has been a rough week. I have a horrible case of the post vacation blues. Without a doubt, it’s the worst case I’ve ever had.

I’m sure you can relate. Our recent trip to Mexico was a serious eye opener for me. I don’t care what anyone says, Mexicans do not live a sub-par life. In fact, I’d say their quality of life is better than ours. They’ve got it good. They focus their attention on important things like family, friends and food!

This last week I’ve been totally distracted. I haven’t gone to the gym all week – I just can’t bring myself to go. My apartment is a disaster zone – the dishes are piling up. I’ve been eating horribly because the grocery store just seems ridiculous. My job is boring me because it seems trivial. And to top it all off, I’m sporting a bad attitude.

In general – I’ve lost my focus. No matter how hard I try, my thoughts drift back to Punta Mita. My body physically aches for the warm breeze and hot sun. I can practically taste the fresh seafood and tart margaritas. Most of all, I miss the simplistic life that Mexico represents. It’s a place where work wasn’t a primary focus of my life (monopolizing 9 hours of each day). It’s a place where I was able to be an attentive girl friend. A place where I could read to my heart’s content. A place without the stress of my daily life. I know those of you who know me are rolling your eyes right now and are thinking “Kindra, you bring unnecessary stress and anxiety on yourself. “ I know. But I can’t help it. Punta Mita helped me to escape all of that.

Soon, it’ll be just another vacation. My tan will fade. The sand-flea bites will disappear. And my body will forget the warmth of Mexico and will stop recoiling at the damp Seattle weather. At this point, I’m hoping it happens sooner than later. I’m not sure how much longer I can take this horrible case of post-vacation blues. Here’s to a new week.

16
Mar
08

fishing in banderas bay

Yesterday was our last day/night in Punta Mita and we wanted to make the most of it. We decided to blow up the air mattress and sleep on the balcony, which turned out to be very cozy and romantic. It worked out well because we needed to wake up at sunrise for our fishing trip.

When we got down to the marina, we were initially a little disappointed with our captain. He was a young guy and he had clearly been partying all night long. The boat and fishing gear weren’t ready yet and he looked like he might puke at any moment. In the end, he turned out to be a pretty good guy, and led us to a fishing victory.

We fished for two hours and we each reeled in two fish – FOUR good sized sierra mackerel in total. Sierra Mackerel are a tasty fish with beautiful yellow/green spots. I caught the biggest one – and he put up a great fight! We also saw a dolphin that was swimming and playing near our boat. All in all, fishing was a lot of fun and well worth the money ($120). It was so beautiful and enjoyable to cruise around the bay in the early hours of the morning with all of the other fishermen. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

camping out on the balcony

Derek fishing

My big fish

The fishermen

Derek and the captain with our catch

Fish fillets

 

14
Mar
08

dinner…mexico style

Yesterday, we cooked an amazing dinner. Everything was grown, prepared and purchased locally. See photos below (although the photos don’t do the dinner justice – we were too anxious to eat the food).

Menu:

Jumbo Shrimp – Purchased fresh from a local fisherman who was driving around the roads of Punta Mita selling to the community. ($10 for half a kilo)

Mahi Mahi – Purchased fresh from a fisherman at the marina. ($4 for a half kilo)

Homemade Mexican rice, refried beans, pico de gallo and tortilla chips from our favorite restaurant. We got it to-go. ($7)

In our complex, there is full kitchen setup (under a palapa in the sand). It is complete with a refrigerator, bbq, sink, etc. We prepared the meal drinking beer and listening to Jimmy Buffett’s satellite radio station “Margaritaville” (btw, if you have sirius radio it’s channel 31 and it’s perfect for tropical vacations). We bbq’d the shrimp and mahi mahi with butter, garlic and lime juice. It was so delicious – quite possibly the best meal we’ve eaten since we arrived (and for $11 each). It was such a lovely experience to be cooking and eating under the stars and in the sand.

Punta Mita marina

Kindra enjoying the palapa

Derek & JUMBO SHRIMP

BBQ

Dinner

 

12
Mar
08

more mexico

Yesterday – Tuesday

We were planning on going to Sayulita for the day, but Derek was too sunburned and didn’t want to be walking in the sun all day. So we postponed it and instead lounged around Punta Mita all day. I was happy to stay put for the day. Highlights include: Coffee on the balcony, G&Ts by the pool, an afternoon nap and dinner down at Swimmers. I also finished the book I was reading, The Other Boleyn Girl. It was a quick read and I finished it in less than three days (which surprised me considering it was over 650 pages). On a side note, I’m thankful I wasn’t a Boleyn.

Today – Wednesday

Today, we woke up and drove up to Sayulita. It is a great little town – bustling with activity. First, we had breakfast at a small outdoor restaurant and then we hit up the beach. The beach was busy and a little crowded, but it provided fantastic people watching – which I love. After sitting on the beach for a bit, we walked around the town a little more and stopped at a restaurant called Sayulita Fish Tacos for fish tacos and a couple of cervezas. The restaurant was recommended to me by a coworker – and it was well worth the stop –the fish tacos were delicious.

All in all, I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed with Sayulita because it had been built up so much to me. It’s the perfect destination if you are looking for a smaller, quainter version of PV. I think I was expecting something a little more rustic and authentic. There were more tourists than locals and there were real estate offices on every block.

We got back into the car and decided to continue driving north and stopped in a small town called San Francisco (the locals call it San Pancho). San Pancho is JUST the charming, rustic town I was hoping for. It’s not overly developed and there were very few tourists there. In fact, the beaches were practically empty which surprised me because San Pancho showcases the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. It’s surrounded on all sides by a lush, green jungle. The contrast of the blue water, the white sand and the green jungle is absolutely stunning. So far, the San Pancho beach has been the highlight of my trip.

On our drive home, we were pulled over by the Mexican road patrol (not to be confused with the federale). They told Derek he was driving too fast over the speed bumps (which is a bunch of crap). They asked for his driver’s license and then told him they would have to keep the license and he would have to go into the office tomorrow to pick it up and pay a $66 ticket. It became increasingly obvious that we had committed no offense and they just wanted money from us. I guarantee this was not the first time they’ve pulled this trick. Derek stayed calm, but firmly assured them that he had no money for them and that he would be needing his license back. After ten minutes, they shrugged, handed the license back and drove off. JERKS!

Right now, Derek is down at the small harbor seeing if he can buy a fish or lobster off of the local fishermen. I hope he comes back with our dinner! And it’s time for me to start sipping on this margarita and turn my attention to the sunset. I love it here…this is the life.

Limes

Derek’s advertisement for home-grown limes..yes, we do have limes growing out front. Jealous?

Sayulita

Sayulita’s beach

Fish Tacos

Sayulita’s Fish Taco

San Pancho 1

San Pancho’s Beach

San Pancho 2

More San Pancho

Derek in San Pancho

Derek chillaxing in the sun.

Kindra in San Pancho

It’s me!

Derek

The water is great!

Derek with Lobster

Dinner!

10
Mar
08

punta mita

Last night we arrived in beautiful Punta Mita – Mexico. Punta Mita is a small, sleepy village nestled 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and 20 minutes south of Sayulita. When we arrived at the airport, we picked up our rental car and headed to “Mega Foods” to stock up on supplies for the week. We were incredibly anxious to arrive at our final destination and when we finally pulled in… we were so impressed. It was more spectacular than we could have ever imagined.

We are staying at Derek’s dad’s brand new condo and it is stunning. It’s hard to even describe how amazing it is – my words aren’t quite doing it justice. Not only is the condo luxurious, but the small town is charming and offers a glimpse into daily life in the region.

After arriving and checking out the condo, we realized we were famished. We wandered down the beach about two blocks and found a small outside restaurant called Margaritas. There was live music, a floor of sand and good drinks –perfect. We had a delicious dinner which consisted of: warm salty chips, salsa verde, pico de gallo, seafood soup, fish tacos and jumbo shrimp – yummers! After dinner we grabbed a couple beers and dipped our feet in the pool admiring the stars which seem to shine just a little bit brighter here. We fell asleep last night to the sound of waves crashing against the beach and dreaming about the amazing week ahead of us.

Today we stayed busy, but in a good way. We woke up and immediately headed outdoors for some much needed sun. I sunned by the pool and read, while Derek took photos with his new digital SLR (after 6 six years of talking about this camera, he finally caved and bought one). We swam, we relaxed, and we took a long walk on the beach. By about 4pm, we were both ready to get out of the sun, so we drove into PV and picked up a few more supplies (most importantly an ice tray). We arrived back at the condo and walked into town to enjoy 50cent tacos at a local house (8 tacos for $4)! They were delicious, although I think we are both a little nervous we might catch a bad case of the screamers (I’ll keep you posted on that one). After dinner we went back to Margaritas for 2 beers and a quart of pico de gallo. It is SO yummy and such a great deal – only 50cents for a quart of the best pico de gallo I’ve ever had.

All in all, I’d say it’s been a pretty fantastic day. I’m sun-kissed and ready for bed; tomorrow we are headed up to Sayulita for the day. See a couple of our photos below – courtesy of Derek.

Condo view

 

The pool

Seafood soup

D&K

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Derek taco

 




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