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Not a good enough answer? Here is Andi’s “Why Mexico” email:
I know some of you are asking yourselves (and probably Mike’s parents) why on earth we would choose to have our wedding in Mexico? Don’t we watch the news? Are we crazy? (Don’t answer that last one.)
Well, the thing is, this particular town in Mexico is special. There’s just something about Puerto Penasco (commonly referred to as Rocky Point). We started going down there when I was 10 years old (so that’s a lot of years – no need to do the math!) That first trip was nothing like what it is now. We camped in tents in an RV Park on the beach, and rode ATVs through the town to the fish market. We didn’t dare to eat the food – we (okay, my parents) wouldn’t even drink the beer! The first morning, we got up super early to find sand dollars at low tide, and it was, hands down, the prettiest sunrise I have ever seen in my entire life. (And everyone who went with us on that trip will agree – just ask them!) I think that’s part of why we keep going back – the hope that we’ll see a sunrise better than that first one.
Anyway, ever since that first trip, we’ve made it a point to visit Rocky Point at least once a year (sometimes three or four times!) We graduated from tents to rented motorhomes, and finally we found the houses for rent in Las Conchas. We started eating in the restaurants (and drinking the beer) and now there are very few of our favorite family memories that don’t take place there. I even flew from Honolulu, Hawaii to vacation on that beach a few times. How could I even consider getting married anywhere else?
The beach at Las Conchas is particularly beautiful. Even when it’s kind of crowded, it’s sort of empty. When the tide goes out, the sand gets super flat so you can play bocce ball. And wait until you see the house we rented for the wedding – it’s the most beautiful house I’ve seen down there. It’s right on the beach, and you won’t believe how colorful it is. The guy who is doing all the cooking and bartendering for the wedding? I think he probably served me my very first shot of tequila back in the day. It wouldn’t be a trip to Rocky Point without a trip to Memo’s place…and now I’m lucky enough to have him help out with my wedding! It’s going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Who knows – maybe you’ll get hooked and start vacationing there with us!
On to some of the details:
We feel very safe in Rocky Point. It’s a small town – pretty far removed from all the violence that you hear about in the news. Everyone we spoke with when we were there last weekend felt the same way – violence is rare in Rocky Point, and even if it was an issue for the town, tourists are not the target, and there isn’t drug/gang activity in the area where we will be staying. It’s just like travelling to any new place: be smart about it – don’t wander off alone, travel in groups, and stick with areas that you feel comfortable in. We will have tons of stuff going on at the main house the entire weekend, so there is no need to go to town and get into trouble (unless you want to!)
For food/water – we don’t drink the water. We do, however, use it for brushing our teeth and that sort of thing – we’ve never had a problem. We will bring lots of bottled water with us, and they sell it in the stores there (and at restaurants). It’s just like they tell the college girls who go clubbing - if it’s sealed, then you’re fine. ;) For the food, we have been eating at restaurants down there for years, and none of my family has gotten sick from the food. Having said that, we are planning meals for the house (be on the lookout for an email about that in the future!), and plan to bring most of the ingredients down with us (we’ll buy some shrimp and fish at the fish market). And we are providing the meat for the caterer at the wedding, so that shouldn’t be a concern. If you want to try a local restaurant, we will take you to one that we are familiar with and trust to take good care of you.
The weather in Rocky Point can be a bit unpredictable – April is usually a great month to be there, but sometimes it’ll surprise us with cold (or even hot) weather. It’s very casual – I would plan on shorts/t-shirts during the day and bring jeans and a light jacket or sweatshirt for the evenings. The ocean air can get a bit chilly. You will be (I would assume) spending a lot of time at the beach, so plan accordingly! For the wedding – it will be pretty casual. We’re thinking khakis and polo shirts, sundresses, even jeans are fine with us! Make sure you bring your dancing shoes!
If you intend to stay in Phoenix before or after the trip to Mexico, I would recommend that you try to find a hotel near my parent’s house in Peoria – there are several nice hotels in the area and that way we could possibly get together for dinner or something before/after Mexico. If it helps, their address is 7158 W Katherine Way, Peoria, AZ 85383. Also, if you want to make a vacation of it and hang out in Arizona, I’d be more than happy to help you figure out fun and exciting things to do.
Before you ask about the registry – we’re working on it! Details on that will be forthcoming!
And of course, we have a wedding website which Mike is working furiously to get up and running. That can be found at http://www.mikeandandi.com/ Once Mike finishes working his magic, there will be everything you ever wanted to know about Rocky Point, the wedding, our registry, the works – and we’ll keep updating it up until the wedding (and maybe after – you never know!)
I hope this answers some (all?) of your questions, but if you have any concerns, questions, whatever, please don’t hesitate to ask! Rocky Point is one of my favorite places on the planet, and I hope that you will feel the same way after visiting!
Andi (and Mike)