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The wedding
The location


* The wedding

Arrival date in Puerto Vallarta is Friday, May 14, 2010 and the departure date is Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Feel free though to arrive earlier and/or leave later – this is a great opportunity to have a vacation! A more detailed itinerary will be posted in the upcoming months.

Considering that the two of us have a serious travel bug, it only made sense to have a destination wedding! The ceremony and reception will be taking place at our hotel, Playa Fiesta, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

About Playa Fiesta
Our hotel in Puerto Vallarta is Playa Fiesta – feel free to visit their website for more information! We chose this location because it really had all that we were looking for: a centralized location, a small number of rooms, great food, great reviews and a beach location. It is designed with weddings in mind and this will be the perfect place to relax, hang out and get to spend time with everyone!

The resort has 30 rooms, 1 bar, 1 restaurant and 2 pools. It is located on the beach, but note that it is most often a rocky beach (the rocks are almost always there, but they sometimes mysteriously disappear).  We suggest bringing water shoes to get into the ocean, just in case. If you are looking for a sandy beach for a day trip, there are quite a few options around – see “things to do” further down for more details.

The rate
We have arranged a group rate with the hotel  and have reserved a block of 15 rooms for our wedding. The flat rate is of $1267.20 ($316.80 a night) – this cost is per bedroom and not per guest. If you are doing a “single occupancy” and are looking to save some money, we suggest sharing a room with a fellow wedding guest. If this is something that would be of interest to you, please contact us directly prior to making your reservation online.

What is included in the rate?
The rate includes 4 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, open bar (from Friday, 10 am to Tuesday, 12 noon – daily from 8 am to 11 pm), 3 dinners and some nightly entertainment.  It also includes the 10% service charge. A 30 minute massage is available to each guest at a discounted rate – only the $15 service charge will be added to your room’s bill if you choose to have it.

What is not included in the rate?
Not included is your flight, dinner on Friday night and all lunches.

How to book
You will find instructions on how to book included with the save-the-date and with the invitation. This includes the link to the booking site, the special access code and step-by-step details on how to book your vacation with us. Should you misplace these instructions or should you have any questions or run into difficulties, please contact us. Note that booking is only available through the hotel’s website and that credit cards will not be charged until checkout.

We will be tying the knot on Sunday, May 16, 2010 before sunset.

Ceremony and reception attire is “Beach Chic”. For the girls this could mean a flowy sundress or skirt, and for the guys this could mean linen or khaki pants with a lightweight shirt. Suits and ties are not necessary, unless you really want to. We do however request that you do not wear t-shirts, shorts or jeans. Because the ceremony is not on the beach, any type of shoes would fit the venue but we suggest something comfortable, such as flats or flip flops.

A cocktail hour will follow the ceremony and precede the reception. Dancing to follow until the wee hours of the night!


* The location

About Puerto Vallarta
In Lonely Planet‘s words, “Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s liveliest resort destinations. Stretching around the sparkling blue Bahía de Banderas (Bay of Flags) and backed by lush palm-covered mountains, one couldn’t ask for a better place to while away a cosmopolitan vacation. Visitors come to laze on the dazzling sandy beaches, browse in the quaint shops, nosh in the stylish restaurants and wander through the picturesque cobbled streets or along its beautiful malecón. If the pretty town beaches aren’t enough, you can venture out on cruises, horseback rides, diving trips and day tours – and be back in time for a late dinner and an even later excursion to one of the many sizzling nightspots on offer.”

For more info about Puerto Vallarta, we recommend getting a travel guide. A good option is Lonely Planet’s Pick & Mix chapters – you can download to PDF the Central Pacific Coast chapter for $4.20. They also offer some free chapters with general info about Mexico.

Things to do
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the icon of the city, and is located in the beautiful old part  of town (El Centro) close to the malecón. There you can find nice boutiques, art galleries and restaurants amongst the cobble streets. Close by is also Downtown South, also known as the South Side and the Romantic Zone. There you will find nice beaches, more shops and restaurants and the local gay scene.

An other famous sight of Puerto Vallarta is Playa de los Muertos, the city’s largest beach. Other nice local beaches include Playa Conchas Chinas and Playa Mismaloya. Yelapa is a laid back town with a nice beach and is accessible by ferry. Playa Las Caletas has a wildlife preserve with a living natural reef close to shore which makes the beach a popular destination for snorkelers. There are two National Marine Park around Puerto Vallarta: Marietas Islands and Los Arcos Marine Natural Area. Both are great destinations for snorkeling, diving and spotting blue-footed boobies!

Other activities include canopy zip lines, fishing, surfing in Sayulita, tequila tasting, botanical gardens, river swimming and discovering the local people, their culture and traditions.

Vallarta Adventures is a top-rated local tour company – they have a great website with lots of info on all sorts of activities around Puerto Vallarta. Trip Advisor also does a good job of covering the local activities and reviewing the local tour company. Check them out for more inspiration!

Getting here and around
The code for the Puerto Vallarta International Airport is PVR. Numerous airlines fly into Puerto Vallarta, making it easy accessible. From the airport, we recommend getting a taxi in order to get to the hotel. Taxis hired outside the main doors of the airport usually have a cheaper rate than those hired inside of the airport. Taxi prices are regulated by zones; the cost for a ride is determined by how many zones you cross. Always determine the price of the ride before you get in. The airport is about 20 km / 12.5 miles from the hotel.

Once at the hotel, getting into town can easily be done by getting a cab or by using the local bus system. The bus runs frequently and can be hailed just outside of the hotel. It will bring you right into town for about M$5. Buses can also be taken to further away destinations, such as Sayulita. There are also two water taxi systems that serve the beautiful beaches on the southern side of the bay that are accessible only by boat. Ferries can be taken from the pier at Playa de los Muertos or in Boca de Tomatlán. The round-trip fare is about M$250.

The weather in Puerto Vallarta is astonishingly nice, boasting 322 days of sunshine each year with warm and sunny days and cool and comfortable nights. In May, the weather is usually sunny with the average temperature is around 77°F / 25°C.

Local Time
Puerto Vallarta is in the Central Time Zone. However, the area is divided in the middle by two states: Jalisco (where Puerto Vallarta is located) and Nayarit (from Nuevo Vallarta north). Nayarit is one hour behind Jalisco, so if you head north of Puerto Vallarta be mindful of the time difference.

While US dollars are widely accepted, the local currency is the Mexican pesos. You can exchange pesos at your local bank or money exchange office, but an easier way of getting some while in Mexico is get them through an ATM machine. This will ensure the best rate!

Want to brush up on your Spanish? Check out our quick Spanish Lesson posts! More lessons are added regularly.

Travel tips
Bring your passport with you – it needs to be valid for 6 months after your travel dates. On the flight, you will be asked to fill out a Tourist Card, so bring a pen with you. You need to keep this document during the entire trip, so do not lose it! At the airport, do not stop to talk to anyone who offers help or services – they are timeshare reps who are after your money. We also recommend printing extra copies of your travel documents and bringing copies of important documents and phone numbers, just in case. As always, traveler’s insurance is a good idea. Lastly, we recommend keeping travel essentials in your carry-on luggage in case that your checked luggage gets misplaced or lost during transit.

One last tip
Don’t drink the water! Bottled water is provided in your room.


* Gifts

Your gift to us is having you with us on our special day. We already have most of what we need for our house, and we will be putting most of it in storage for our honeymoon. Because of this, we have not registered for any gifts and do not have a registry. If you would still like to give us something, you can contribute to our honeymoon funds or come and join us on our honeymoon in your country of choice.

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