First Visit: 2003
Number of Times Visited: 5
Cities Visited: Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta (x2), Cancun, Mayan Riviera
Favorite Memory: Has to be getting drunk for the first time at an awesome little restaurant in Ixtapa called Los Mandiles when I was 17. I had about one and a half fishbowl Margarita’s and that was enough for me. My poor sister Janine, who was 13 at the time, had to escort my dad and I back to our hotel and listen as we tried to count the stairs up to our third floor room in Spanish. I could only count to 8 at the time, so that was interesting. I also slept through a small earthquake that night, which I think I can thank the alcohol for!
- Some other memories from my first trip to Mexico in 2003 included golfing with alligators on the course, getting stung by a jellyfish while snorkeling and having the jellyfish get stuck in the mesh of my bathing suit, and of course spending some great time with my family and aunt and uncle!
- Sharing a large Villa with my family, aunt and uncle and cousins outside of Puerto Vallarta in July of 2004. The ten of us had an amazing time, and the place we stayed at was beautiful. I’ll always remember singing a karaoke duet with my cousin Greg in hopes of impressing some cute girls that were also at the resort. That did not work. We also spent countless hours body surfing in the waves, some of which were quite large, and in hindsight potentially dangerous. But we all lived to tell the story!
- In 2006 I was in third year university, and went with four buddies (Randy, Alex, Colin & Geoff) down to Puerto Vallarta for a Reading Week trip. That was my first international trip without my family, and we had a great time. Between the many cerveza’s, lounging by the pool, booze cruising and zip lining through the jungle, there was rarely a dull moment!
- In January 2008 I went to Cancun with seven friends for a week of fun in the sun at an adult’s only resort. I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of drinking that week, but we hall had a great time, although there were not as many young adults at the resort as we might have hoped! A couple of highlights from that trip were swimming in a giant cenote, doing a day trip out to the ruins of Chichén Itzá and performing in a strip-tease competition in front of a room full of people, that was only slightly embarrassing!
- Not really a highlight per se, but something I’ll never forget is developing a serious case of food poisoning in parallel with Megan on our last night in the Mayan Riviera in May 2012. That resulted in two extra days in Mexico, a night in a hospital and 4 bags of IV fluid to rehydrate me. Lesson learned, don’t eat the salad! The rest of that trip was great, and luckily the food poisoning didn’t hit until the last night!