Running from the Law: Puerta Vallarta - The First Day

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Puerta Vallarta - The First Day

Since it's snowy, cold and ugly outside right now, I thought it'd be the perfect time to share my trip to Puerta Vallarta with you guys.  I know it's been a while since we went (well over 6 months ago), but if you've been following my blog for a while you know that I am a complete and total slacker and sometimes it takes me months and months to get around to posting pictures.  So sue me.  It's my blog and I'll slack if I want to!

Anyway, this trip was such a blast - 8 girls, 8 days, 7 nights in beautiful Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.  We'd been planning on taking a girls trip for quite a while and I have to thank Kirsten (profusely) for organizing everything and making this trip a reality.  We would not have made it without you!

Our flight leaving STL was at the crack of dawn.  I mean, so early I didn't sleep the night before.  Apparently neither did Julie.  I think we had to get to the airport around 4:30 a.m. (did you know they had a 4:30 in the A.M. too? Crazy.).
 However, not all of us were dead to the world.  Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Kirsten had breakfast while the rest of us sat and stared at her in absolute amazement that she could be so awake and adorable at this hour.
 We finally made it to DFW for our connecting flight, where we immediately found a bar and began drinking.  Shut up and don't judge, it's vacation!  Needless to say, we were a much more animated group while awaiting the next flight.
We arrived in Puerta Vallarta safe and sound and made it to our home for the week - Casa de la Playa.  Kirsten's parents generously gave us their time share for the week (thank you Evanses), so we had a fabulous 2 bedroom condo right on the Pacific Ocean. The resort was small (only seven condos) and was ideally located right on the beach and only a few blocks away from historic old town.  Great location and great place.
But who wants to sit around your hotel room when there's so much to do!  Since it was Julie's birthday, we decided to go out to a traditional Mexican lunch to celebrate.
(Like we even need a reason to celebrate.)
 There might have been a million some tequila shots involved.
The adorable staff wasted no time in serenading Julie in song.  I don't have a clue what they sang, but it was pretty damn funny watching her attempt to sing along.
 They fed her some cake/flan stuff....
...but missed her mouth.
 Then gave her the largest tequila shot I've ever seen and forcefully cleaned her face while shaking the begeezus out of her!  Again, no clue what that was all about, but we loved it!
 After lunch, we were entertained by a guitar player singing American songs (and getting all the words wrong, which was hilarious) and Kirsten dancing for us all. 
 So then it was time to head back to the house to meet the rest of the girls (who were on a later flight). 
 We found them and hit the beach with a case of beer.  (Vacation, remember?  Don't judge.)
(Can you tell, I wasn't the least bit affected by the 67 tequila shots we did at the bar.)
Everyone else was totally fine (I'm such a lightweight).

For me, the rest of the night was kinda a blur (picture-wise and memory-wise).  I have some pictures, but I'm not going there!  We spent the evening (I think) dancing the night away at a dive bar across the street, celebrating the birthday of the owner Captain Don (and Julie, of course).   Can I just say that tequila is to not to be taken lightly.  You must respect the power of tequila.  I learned my lesson early in the trip!   :)   It puts the lights out in more ways than one (yeah, so I might have single-handedly shut down the power of an entire city block for a while.  Oops.)  Oh holy hangover.  I love Mexico.

Stay tuned for pictures from the rest of the week - I promise they get better (as I remain much more sober)!


  1. This ALL girls trip sounds UH-mazing and I am planning on doing one!!!!!!

  2. All girls trip for 8 days - amazing! Can't wait to see more pictures!

  3. I'm sorry, there's a 4:30 AM? Are you sure? I'm not so sure. That seems like some sort of cruel joke or something.

    I want to go to Mexico--mainly, I just need a tan.

  4. SO fun!! I absolutely love girl trips. Y'all are hysterical.

  5. Oh my goodness, this trip sounds amazing! But yes, you must respect tequila. It can knock you on your butt!

  6. This trip looks like so much fun. I want to do a girls' trip so badly - or any trip, really! PA is snowy and frigid right now, so I could really use some sunshine in my life.

    Also, regarding the tequila. I'm from Texas, so I've had my fair share of it... I like to sing a parody of that country song, but my version goes, "Tequila makes my food come up." Haha. Cannot. Handle.

  7. Girls trips are the best! I know what you mean about respecting tequilla. I've found the best way I can respect tequilla is to stop at 2 margaritas. I cannot be held responsible for my actions should I consume more tequilla than that. Me & tequilla, not friends!

    Can't wait to see more pictures of the trip. And can we hear more about how you shut off power to a city block? :)

  8. Oh my gosh this sounds so fun and I am laughing out loud at those pictures haha!

  9. My liver aches just a little from only looking at these pictures!! What a fun trip!

  10. Ok, so I'm a little jealous. A lot jealous. Looks amazing!!!

  11. Oh hahahahahaha... I can tell this is going to be a great recap! I can't wait. Your first day sounds a bit like my first trek into Mexico on a cruise to Cozumel in October! Yes, respect the tequilla.

  12. looks like you guys had so much fun! (ps. i love early flights. i don't love feeling sleepy)

  13. Girls trips are always needed! I found your blog through Spice and Sass and wanted to let you know I gave you the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog Enjoy!

  14. I love, love, LOVE Mexico. We go to Playa del Carmen but I would love to get out & explore the Pacific side.

    Sounds like you gals has a fun trip!!