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Cinco de Mayo Special: Notes from a Week in Paradise


How I wish I was back south of the border, down Mexico way…

In This Mexico Article You Will Discover:

  • Where to Eat in Sayulita
  • The Best Fish in Punta Mita
  • My Favourite New Hotel

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and my mind is in Mexico. Specifically, Sayulita. My wife and I just returned from a week on the Mexican Pacific Coast. It was a destination wedding; our third destination wedding in Mexico since ’08. And each time, it seems, we become tourists—not travellers.

I’ll be frank. I don’t have a lot to disclose. I was… unplugged.

I think I took some photos. I remember the tequila was tasty. The beer was cold. The sand was soft. The sun was hot. The ocean was refreshing.

Oh, and the wedding was beautiful too.

We parked ourselves on a stretch of silver sand just outside of Punta Mita, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. Blissful days were morning swims, extended lunches, afternoon sunbathes and late-night cervezas. Wash, rinse, repeat. But there were a few notables worthy of reporting:

Where to Eat

Sayulita: Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar is not simply the nicest beach-shack on the waterfront; it’s also home to the friendliest servers and some of the most sumptuous food. They catered the wedding—we went back for lunch the very next day. Fresh-caught seafood is always on the menu. I washed-down half-a-dozen raw oysters with a Cadillac margarita. And I wanted more.

Punta Mita: A restaurant called Si Señor sounds like a Senor Frogs knock-off, with all the character and culinary aptitude therein. But don’t be fooled by the silly name. This eatery is home to the best food I’ve eaten south of the Rio Grande. Dining is al fresco—sink your toes into the sand and gaze outward at a coastal panorama. The catch of the day is your best bet; they’ll prepare it one of three ways (I had the grouper, cooked “arrieros”). And their free-pour margaritas rival—or possibly best—Don Pedro’s.

Where to Stay

Sayulita: Villa Amor is my new obsession. Full disclosure: we didn’t stay there, much to our lament. Our friends consummated their marriage spent the night in one of the ocean-view suites and after touring the grounds the next day my wife and I are already planning our return. It’s gorgeous; oozing with character and perfectly located at the south end of Sayulita—close enough to walk to the action, far enough to escape it. Word is out, though—expect to book months in advance.

Happy Cinco de Mayo. I picked up two bottles of Don Julio Blanco at the PV Airport Duty Free, and it’s five o’clock in Vancouver. Adios, muchachos.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

6 comments… add one
  • Murali Feb 27, 2016 Link

    Notes from a Week in Paradise post is beautifull

  • rai Oct 1, 2015 Link

    great post,thanks for sharing

  • Jay Long Jun 26, 2015 Link

    Great information. Mexico on Cinco seems like it would be awesome.

  • Bilal Tahir khan May 21, 2015 Link

    i want visited this place. Thanks for sharing with us keep up it
    Have a nice week ahead.

  • David Stock May 21, 2015 Link

    We love Mexico, it’s probably going to be the country we end up in after traveling! Oh the Mexican food! it’s funny how it’s hard to find good Mexican in other country’s. We will check out the Si Senor! Thanks

  • Jim May 19, 2015 Link

    Thanks for sharing this, i am planning to visit mexico and i was thinking about places i might visit, will try those places you mentioned.

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