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From Guanajuato to Nayarit: A Semana Santa Trip Report

Guanajuato to Nayarit

From Central to Coastal Mexico! Photo Credit: Google

Up at four and on the road by six, we said our teary-eyed goodbyes to our pups Seamus and Luna, seatbelted in and were coastal bound for Nayarit in the still dark sky of the early morning. Spring Break was under way and we were excited to head west, back to the area that was our first mainland Mexico home and fill up on some sun, sand and surf! Surfboards and boogie boards strapped to the top, we left the high desert plains of central Mexico for the warm, tropical air of coastal Mexico. 

topography change

West bound and enjoying the topography changes!

Puerto Vallarta

This way to the beach! Interesting arrow placement on the right hand lane with its accompanying overhead sign! Hmmm….

The Reds have always been great travelers, dating back to our Baja days when they were just little babies

Baja 2005 Eating Stop

Baja California Roadside Chow Time, 2005!

but nowadays no longer fall right back to sleep once in the car. The “how much longer” questions first made their appearance at about two hours into the eight hour drive, but we all managed to keep ourselves entertained and our spirits up for we knew that there was a big pot of gold at the end of the day’s drive—-the beach!

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Arriving at our rental in Punta Mita around two in the afternoon, Mairead and Liam wasted no time in throwing on their suits and heading down to the water…our little ocean babies were home!

Heading down to beach


Mairead with surfboard

Our little skateboarding, drumming, surfboarding Irish Girl!


Mairead with board taking it all in

Mairead taking it all in…


Buddies for life

Growing up in Mexico is working out pretty darn good!

After researching and considering a relocation to both Manzanillo, Colima and Carbondale, Colorado, we our following our heart’s desire, staying in Mexico and returning to Nayarit this summer.  The Reds will finish up their current school year in San Miguel de Allende and then come this June we are heading back to the beach! In fact, we have already found a house and an amazing school.

I love how life works…that when you listen to your heart and honor your inner voice, doors are opened and opportunities presented. As Mike Dooley says, “Leverage the universe and engage the magic”. And as icing on the cake, my book is well under way and Frank’s solar business is taking off—we see him doing great things on this coast, improving the world one roof at a time! 

This has been an epic trip, complete with my being able to get back on a surfboard and paddle around in the ocean blue…her healing properties are not to be underestimated. 

beach walk

A perfect spot for continual back rehab

Stay tuned…the adventures of Los O’Gradys in Mexico continue on!

kids on sup





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About the author: Ready to know the inside scoop on raising a family South of The Border? Ready to learn about everything from Schooling, Housing, Medical, Immigration, Car Importation, Budget, Cell Phone Service, Ins & Outs of Daily Life in Mexico? Together with my retired Firefighter Hubby and our now 16-year-old twins, we immigrated to Mexico in 2012 from Southern California to create our lives anew. We have been featured on Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Elephant Journal and Yucatan Times, in addition to co-authoring several popular anthologies on moving to and living in Mexico. Eight years into our Mexico Adventure, we continue to embrace our re-invented, re-inspired lives where tacos and fun are part of our daily round! If you too are interested in raising bilingual, bicultural children and creating a life of design south of the border, feel free to contact Katie at [email protected]

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  • Kathie March 31, 2016, 9:00 am

    Carbondale is missing a wonderful addition to their community, but I am so glad you are staying in Mexico and on the coast. Looking forward to further adventures.

    • Katie O'Grady March 31, 2016, 9:05 am

      Thank you so much Kathie…

      We loved Carbondale and envision visiting during ski season and a few weeks each summer while my hubby completes more solar training in Paonia.

      Such a beautiful town…


      Katie 🙂

  • Susan April 6, 2016, 11:28 am

    Wow, congrats! What made you decide to leave San Miguel? Are you missing the beach or was it not a good fit? Always curious to hear the expat perspective 🙂

    • Katie O'Grady April 6, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Hi Susan,
      We have lived in Central Mexico for over 2 nows, loved it and are now ready to return to the coast which is our true love…
      Katie 🙂

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