Thursday, April 26, 2012

‘Basting Away’ in Margaritaville, Mexico

We are basting ourselves with suntan lotion on this Travel Photo Thursday as we play on the sand and in the sea  20  miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

We are in the midst of our first of two weeks on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit; this week on Playa Destiladeras. So slide into that empty chair below, there’s a margarita just waiting for you as we celebrate another great day in paradise.

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We drank the margarita pictured above at El Dorado, on Playa Anclote, near Punta de Mita, and a few miles north of where we are staying.  We’ve come to this restaurant for more than two decades to spend a few late afternoon hours and usher in sunset.
 
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We’d begun our sunset celebration in this Mexican Margaritaville at another long-time hangout on this same beach,  El Anclote, which has been around since the mid-1980’s.  Our entertainment there was watching the beach vendors peddle their wares: jewelry, wood carvings, hammocks, rugs, and clothing  One of the most popular was the candy/nut vendor:

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I wasn’t the only one pulled to his display like metal to a magnet:

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Sunset and margaritas seem to go hand-in-hand in Mexico but this time of year the sun doesn’t set until after 8 p.m. – long after we’d sipped our margaritas. We toasted this day in tropical paradise with a glass of vino as we watched the sunset from our deck at the condo where we are staying.

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Many of you know this trip is taking us down Memory Lane. It’s our first visit since we sold the last of our homes here seven years ago. It has been a blend of discovery and nostalgia. I’ll tell you more about our Memory Lane, the places we are staying and Bucerias in future posts.

For now it is Travel Photo Thursday so stop by Budget Travelers Sandbox for another great photo journey around the world.

15 comments:

  1. It must be great being able to return to a place for 20+ years, eh. Give me a minute to grab a margarita (that looks really refreshing) and you can tell me all about how it's changed over the years and how it's changed you. Thanks for sharing, Jackie!

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    1. Well, that is a thought provoking comment you left. It is easy to look around at the changes in Bucerias, but I will give some thought to 'how it has changed me' as well and put that in the updates as well.

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  2. Love the title of this post. Enjoy another week in your condo - don't know how you couldn't! I vote for a margarita a day -looks very enticing.

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    1. Okay so I must give thanks to Jimmy for the idea. . .have you ever had one of those weeks where the brain just seemed to dry up and you couldn't think of anything interesting to say about a post in the title?

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  3. There is nothing better than ushering in the sunset with a margarita!

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  4. Why, yes, I will have a margarita -- thanks. Wish I was "basting away" down there right now. Sounds like you're having a very nice time. Cheers!

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  5. Dang! Now I've got that Jimmy Buffet sound playing endlessly in my brain! (No big deal. Nothing else goin' on in there, anyway.)

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  6. Hope I've prompted you all to play a few Jimmy Buffet tunes and/or drink a margarita today. The area we are in would give Jimmy many ideas for songs and books. . .no doubt about it. Thanks for visiting on TPThursday. We lost internet today so it may take a day or two for me to drop by your posts. . .I will be there at least en la manana!

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  7. Gorgeous - I can almost taste that margarita. I love traveling to Mexico.

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  8. There's really no better way to watch the sunset than with a margarita in hand on a nice, tropical beach. Lucky you!!

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  9. Sipping a cold drink by the beach - isn't that the definition of a great afternoon on vacation? :) Beautiful!

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  10. I don't mind if I do! Enjoy your fun in the sun. Looks like a fabulous spot.

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  13. Cool post. I love the candy/nut vendor cart and Puerto Vallarta looks simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing. - Emme @ Green Global Travel

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