PUERTA VALLARTA
February 2004

[Puerto Vallarta Beach]

We were invited down to Puerto Vallarta in February to attend the 70th Birthday of our friend Bob. His wife Carolyn was throwing him a big party at their home on the river in Mismaloya, just upstream from the famous site of Ava Gardner’s hotel in the film “Night of the Iguana.”

We stayed in the city of Puerto Vallarta at the home of Jenny, a friend who lives there about six months of the year and spends several of the hotter summer months in cooler Ajijic. Jenny has a wonderful view from the balcony from her colorful two bedroom condo just above the “Old Town” area where she can walk easily to the beach, numerous restaurants and art galleries.

[View of Puerto Vallarta] [Jenny] [Jenny's Condo]

The night before the big party, Bob and Carolyn invited us down to Mismaloya to have dinner in the little town that was celebrating the arrival of the Virgin of Talpa at a special fiesta celebration. We ate amazing shrimp burritos on the street and watched the Virgin pass in procession. Joanne, an old school mate of Bob and Carolyn, was visiting again from Phoenix.

[Dinner streetside Mismaloya] [The Virgin of Talpa in Mismaloya] [Jim and Robin with Joanne]

The next day we got dressed up in our “finest” and drove to Mismaloya for the Big Party.

[Jenny and Robin] [Jenny and Jim]

The party was at Bob and Carolyn’s lovely home on the river just across from the village of Mismaloya. Over 60 guests enjoyed tamales, tacos and margaritas on the patio around the pool.

[Bob and Carolyn's in Mismaloya] [Jenny and Roberto] [Jim, Jenny and Joanne]

One of their closest friends was Roberto, co owner of the Abadia Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

[Robin and Roberto] [Jim and Roberto]

Bob and Carolyn enjoyed the party, but the busy hosts were exhausted by the time it was over.

[Bob] [Carolyn] [Bob and Carolyn post party]

Jim and I still had plenty of beach time over the trip, including some posing with a cardboard cutout for a school project for my nephew Bryton back in Ontario. I had to show “Flat Stanley” an adventure in Mexico and send the pictures and story back to Bryton for his class.

[Sea Horse Statue on Los Muertos Beach] [Jim on the Beach] [Robin walking Flat Stanley]

The last morning there we had breakfast at Abadia where we met with both chef/owners, Juan and Roberto.

[Abadia Breakfast #1] [Chef/owner's Juan and Roberto] [Abadia Breakfast #2]

A great trip with good friends, good food and good beach time, and it was all just a five hour drive from Ajijic.

LINKS TO PUERTO VALLARTA SITES:

All About Puerto Vallarta
Go2Vallarta Pages
The Official Puerto Vallarta Website

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Mexico Travel Pages

Jim & Robin's Home Page