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DC’s BigD Bash 2021

DC Vekic blog March 22, 2021

It’s that time again, we planned the 2021 trip, the only trip I am hosting personally, with a very funny name. When I first organized this trip in 2017, It started as an idea for my own personal divorce trip, but then a friend said “Don’t use the word DIVORCE, it sounds negative.” Especially because I was inviting singles and couples alike. So I thought: “Ok, no DIVORCE.. let’s make it a Big D.”
But apparently, I was the only one who had no clue what else big D meant, but since I already ordered T-shirts, we decided to go with it, and by now we are all used to it…

This year we are doing it different! With so many people with unused airline credits and miles about to expire, we are having everyone get their own airfare. We are doing resort only NOVEMBER 12 – NOVEMBER 16, 2021, and what a resort!!!! SECRETS VALLARTA BAY, situated on the golden sand beaches of the Banderas Bay, just minutes from the famous El Malecón boardwalk. This adults-only getaway offers Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, including limitless gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits, daily activities, live entertainment, and free Wi-Fi. Relax at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia® or hit the green at nearby golf courses. Additionally, all guests have free flow access to seven restaurants, five bars, and facilities at nearby Now Amber.

JUNIOR SUITE OCEAN VIEW (double occupancy)
Spacious and luxurious 582.65 sq. ft. Junior Suite features, in addition to the above amenities, one king size or two double beds and balcony with beautiful ocean views. These suites are fully equipped with separate shower, soaking tub and double vanity sinks. These suites are located on the 3rd and 15th floors at the main tower.

$652 per person 11/12-11/16 $150 deposit required to reserve

 (double occupancy)Located in the Secrets Preferred Club Tower, these 622.36 sq. ft. suites offer, in addition to the above amenities, one king size or two double beds and private terrace with breathtaking ocean views and whirlpool. Bathroom is fully equipped with in room soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity sinks. These suites are located on the 4th and 8th floors in the Preferred Club Tower.

$740 per person 11/12-11/16 $150 deposit required to reserve

TRAVEL INSURANCE. We offer Group Elite with Cancellation for any reason F436G – PRICE $160 per room (double occupancy)/ $80 per person

Spanning over 14,000 square feet, the magnificent Secrets Spa by Pevonia® treats you with dozens of pampering choices. Experience pure indulgence through a combination of the latest hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments.

Gourmet Dining:

Indulge in an expansive array of international cuisine

  • Barefoot Grill / 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Enjoy grilled specialties served pool side

  • The Bay Café / Open 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm

Signature coffee Shop serving fresh made coffee and pastries

  • Bordeaux / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Savor the taste of French cuisine each evening at Bordeaux, serving delectable fare in a romantic, elegant setting including a wine cellar offering a variety of wine for your enjoyment.

The warm and romantic atmosphere provides a unique dining experience with an extensive wine list – perfect for special occasions.

Additional costs may apply

  • Market Café / Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

International theme buffet offering 5 specialty stations

  • Oceana / Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

A wide variety of snack specialties for lunch and fresh, gourmet seafood specialties for dinner served beach front with spectacular ocean views.

Lunch is for Preferred Club guests inly between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guests can access six additional restaurants located next door at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta:

  • Capers / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Specializing in Italian à la carte cuisine

Wine cellar with a 5-course menu and a sommelier

  • Carnival / Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Lunch 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Buffet style with 5 different stations every day serving a variety of Mexican and international specialties

  • Castaways / Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Seafood served à la carte

Lunch is for Preferred Club guests only between the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Coco Café / Open 24 hours

Signature coffee shop serving fresh made coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches

Late night bites are served à la carte including pizza, sandwiches, paninis, hot dogs, pastries, cookies, fruit and yogurt, soup of the day, chips, and pretzels.

  • Himitsu / Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A fusion of Pan-Asian delicacies exclusive experience

Prior reservation with Concierge in the Hibachi Tables

  • Tamarindo / Dinner 6:00 p.m. –  11:00 p.m.

Serving authentic Mexican and local favorites with a gourmet style

Bars 5 bars and lounges, serving international and domestic top-shelf spirits, ranging from swim-up to a nightly music lounge.


For more information call or text DC at 310-490-1893 or email

The year of the sea grass…

DC Vekic blog August 14, 2018

This has been one of the toughest years with so much sea grass floating all over the Caribbean Sea. It devastated all our sugar white beaches from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Mexico …

This is definitely nowhere near as bad as it got, but as much as we had cleaning crews on sire there was not much to be done. The seagrass could be seen from the airplane all over. Over the water bungalows in Mexico and Jamaica look like they are standing in flood water.

It is just one of those years… We don’t have seagrass in Costa Rica, but Costa Rica is mostly covered in black sand. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are on the Pacific Coast where we don’t have this issue, but everyone has already been there..

I think this article describes it the best, I did not want to go with such dramatic photos,  although everything they posted it quite true… Although the article is about Playa Del Carmen, it’s quite accurate about an entire Caribbean and we have a link to the current seagrass map… THE SUMMER OF SEAWEED is an accurate description

Expedia will never tell you about it, so always use your travel professional to plan your travel. We can even price-match…