2017 will be the biggest travel year for Danny & I (amongst other things.. like getting MARRIED) so what better way to kick it off than with a 4-day vacation in Loreto, Mexico!

Last year we were invited to the wedding of two wonderful friends of ours, Dan & Debbie, which was to take place in Loreto and at its majestic Villa del Palmar Hotel. Loreto is a small, beachfront town with sprawling panoramic views of deep blue ocean and impressive mountain ranges.  We were so excited for them, and couldn't wait to celebrate with old friends and make new friends in such a beautiful place!

Since Loreto is pretty remote, there is only one flight per day out of Los Angeles. This held also to be exciting since most of our flight would hold wedding-goers as well as other wanderlust explorers! Danny and I were seated next to a very personable and worldly man from Calgary, Canada who shared quite a few stories with us throughout the hour & half excursion (including that he had been married for 30 years but since he travels so much it was more like, "net 16 years.")  

Once we landed the party started!  From that moment on to the time we landed back in LA, it was a whirlwind of tequila, laughs, and story of exchanges of how we all knew the soon-to-be-married bride and groom!

As the storm began to blow in Friday, it was also the couple's rehearsal dinner located above the hotel that their parent's so generously provided - including these amazing watermelon mojitos!

Come Saturday morning... it was cold and cloudy but hey, we were in a beautiful part of Mexico, so we made the best of it and set out for a hike.  Only about 20 minutes in, we got caught in the torrential hurricane-like downpour and had to take shelter in a cave.  We huddled and watched lounge chairs fly off the beach into the ocean and pool umbrellas and heaters topple down.  As rocks started to slide down off the front of the cave from this storm's fury, we decided to make a run for it.  Completely soaked, we made it back safely and hours later the sun was out for probably one of the most sweetest and touching weddings I have ever been a part of.

We sipped on probably too much tequila, indulged in savory tacos, and danced the night away.  But all things must come to an end and as we descending back to the concrete, grey jungle that is Los Angeles, we'll be left with memories of this magical weekend forever. Until next time, Mexico.

Travel Tip: Leaving Loreto - their security is INCREDIBLY strict, even with checked bags.  Be prepared to have most of your toiletries to be confiscated including tooth paste.  They don't care how expensive your hair products are! Pack smart!