Monday, July 09, 2007

Yummy Yelapa:
Fish Tacos, Ceviche, Pozole and More on Mexico's Banderas Bay




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J and I thoroughly enjoyed our car-less, computer-less, media-less vacation in Yelapa, a small fishing village in Banderas Bay, about 45 minutes by water taxi from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We stayed at Casa Pepe, one of a handful of rustic palapas that make up Casas de Isabel, a short walk from the main village.

Other than the beach, sun, wildlife, and our palapa's hammock, the food, particularly the fish, was a highlight of the vacation. Since we visited in the off-season, the village was even more sleepy than usual, and most restaurants (many of which were just patios outside someone's home kitchen) were open one or two nights a week. Other than the tourist-oriented Hotel Lagunita, every place was cash-only.

My favorite meal was the fresh ceviche whipped up by our day trip guide to the Marieta Islands. While we relaxed on a private beach, our guide Severino took the boat out to catch a few fish. We ate standing on the beach, spooning the cuke, tomato and lime-rich mixture onto crispy tostadas.

39 comments:

Brittany said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures; they bring back so many memories.
My ex-boyfriend and I spent some time in Yelapa a few Christmas' ago and throughly enjoyed it. We also stayed at one of Isabel's houses while there.

Jesus, this all makes me realize how much I need a vacation.

Erin S. said...

Brittany--glad to spur the memories--we really enjoyed Isabel's. Since it was the off season, she wasn't there but our hosts Marty and Bryce, a couple of young guys from Houston were great.

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Have I mentioned how much I love fish tacos.

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Welcome home!

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What a trip! Wow! It looks like you ate very, very well.

Kevin said...

Going back later this month and can't wait... also stayed at casa pepe on our first trip 3 years ago... been back every year since!

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