So you know those contests that say you can "Win a Free Trip for Two!!" just by entering, that you justifiably assume is bullshit? Welp, I actually won one of those said contests by putting my name in a bucket at my gym, and it was actually free and there was actually no catch, unless you consider it a catch to layover in San Fran for 24 hours because the participating airline doesn't fly direct from NYC to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but in my book this is more of an added bonus than anything else! VAMOS A LA PLAYA!
Today is the third day of spring and it's a breezy 54 degrees in NYC - a vast improvement from the snow we had on the first day of spring on Sunday. As NYC takes its sweet time warming up to typical spring temps, I thought I would reminisce to warmer days by sharing some highlights from my trip of what we did and what I wore. Whether you're getting ready to embark on your own tropical getaway yourself, or want to get a head start on shopping for your warm weather essentials, I got you covered.
Sometimes, things are too good not to be true :)
Unfortunately it rained most of the day we were in San Fran so a lot of the things we planned to do got nixed, but we FINALLY rode a trolley car! I've been to SF two other times prior and never got around to it, so I guess the third time really is the charm! While we waited for the weather to calm down we grabbed a light lunch at Craftsman Wolves and then headed to Fisherman's Wharf where we couldn't resist sharing a clam chowder soup sourdough bread bowl (yes, immediately after we finished lunch. It's vacation, right?!). Seriously, those things are so good. After we were done with our bread bowls of soup, we went to Golden Gate Park to walk off our feast and then relaxed for the remainder of the day. For dinner we went to Flour + Water, in the Mission District, and ate some of the most delicious pasta we've ever had (highly recommend!). In short, we basically ate our way through San Fran, and I can't say I regret it one. single. bit.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta was gorgeous!! They had some of the most picturesque sunsets I've ever seen that literally looked like they came straight from a storybook (see photo at the bottom of post for reference). I also couldn't get enough of how stunning the mountains looked against the Pacific Ocean - something you don't get on the Atlantic. So beautiful. We spent most of our time on the resort, going back and forth from the beach and pool (sigh, vacay life), but we did take an excursion to The Marietas Islands one of the days, and ventured downtown to get a taste of their nightlife scene.
The Marietas Islands, a.k.a Hidden Beach, was my favorite part of our trip. The Marietas are a group of small uninhabited islands about an hour off the coast of PV. The only way to get there is by boat, and the only way to enter the beach is to swim from the boat and through a cave, but more on that in a moment.
We took a day trip there with a company called Chica Locca Tours, which I can't say enough good things about. Their boat was beautiful and comfortable, and their staff was amazing. We spent the day snorkeling and paddle surfing on the water, and even saw a pod of dolphins in the midst of it all, which made me INSANELY happy. After spending the majority of the day enjoying the water, we took the boat over to the entrance of the hidden beach. As I mentioned before, the only way to get to the beach is to swim through a cave - pending conditions.
The tide was high that day, which meant there wasn't much room between the water and the top of the cave, so our guides recommended that we didn't take the risk. As let down as I was, I wasn't in the mood to drown that day, so I was cool with sitting this one out. Welp. There was a very adventurous group on our tour that was willing to take the risk, and somehow convinced our guides to take them anyway. When Max overheard this, he couldn't say no to a little risky adventure and next thing I knew I was strapping on a life vest and flippers while saying my prayers because apparently my FOMO is much greater than my FOD (fear of drowning).
Thankfully all's well that ends well, and I've lived to tell the story. I'm really happy that group of adventure seekers convinced our guides to take us, because it was one of the more beautiful and interesting places I've ever been. A must if you ever find yourself in PV!