Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple, I just got to go.
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home.
Guess I'll have to go now. - James Taylor

 

Punta Mita

This is a destination we highly recommend.  A very quick flight for us, an easy 2 hours!  It was beautiful.  We felt safe.  There are places to stay on for varied budgets.  In general, the prices in Mexico were great compared to other get-away spots.  Because of Bruce's travel and the points he collects, we chose to stay St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.  This resort wins first place in multiple North American west coast resort rankings. 

We highly recommend driver, Patricio Flores. He spoke wonderful English, was a solid family man, and proved to be a fantastic tour guide (his Mexico phone number is (322) 155-6401).  

The sun sets perfectly on the resort.  

 

Patricio picked us up one day for the 45-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta for our shopping day.  The boardwalk was a blast.  Tracy was on a mission for a big pottery plate to replace the one over our fireplace that she dropped and broke seven years ago.  And, I was bound and determined to find a sign that said Baño for our guest bathroom.  We traversed throughout PV and found everything we were looking for and more.  

Back in Punta Mita, we were able to walk into the cute, little town and experience $40 massages, shopping, and outstanding meals with an unbeatable view!  We recommend eating at the Blue Shrimp and you can't miss a meal at Si Sinor.

Sayulita

Next, from Punta Mita, we headed to a nearby town called Sayulita, which has a reputation for being a hippie-chic surfer town with lots of great shopping and a spot for transplanted Americans and Canadians.  It was only 20 minutes away from our hotel and totally worth the time.  We ended the day with another ocean-view table at a well-known restaurant called Don Pedro's.  

 

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Cabo San Lucas

We like to stay at the The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar.  The ambience and views are beautiful.  A great spot for a destination wedding.   

Bruce loved the golf course. 

Todos Santos

While in Cabo, we rented a car and went hunting for art and treasures in the nearby village of Todos Santos.

Initially it was founded as a Mission in 1724. Later, it became a large sugar-cane producer. Todos Santos has a Cultural Center & Museum and Historic Homes and is known for their local artists.  

While in Todos Santos, we visited the Hotel California.  The legend is that this is where The Eagles stayed while writing their groundbreaking album Hotel California.

We loved the magnificent, bold colors (purples, reds, hot pinks, oranges, periwinkles, brilliant shades of green and golden yellows). We also appreciated the colonial Mexican architecture (original tile floors and 100-year-old beams), furniture, and Spanish art, including creative, metal, and glass sculptures. 

Baja is the second longest peninsula in the world and we visited the tip of it for a sunset experience by boat.  

 

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