Puerto Vallarta tourists seem to be doing well, and getting married
Amid reports that Puerto Vallarta appeared to have been largely spared the worst, tourists holed up in evacuation centers there reported all is still fairly well in the midst of the storm.
David Wilkins, a 53-year-old sound and lighting production professional on vacation from Sunriver, Ore., was evacuated along with his wife from his hotel to a college in the hills of the city with hundreds of other evacuees.
“They fed us!” Wilkins said in an interview in a Facebook message. “Class rooms were clean.. desk style chairs around...there were about 25 to 30 [people] in each room. Water...blankets...ham sandwiches. ..we were well cared for by the support teams.”
Overall, Wilkins wrote, the mood was “calm,” with “lots of kids playing games with some of the staff...and grouchy old people.”
The center of the storm was recently reported to be about 75 miles southeast of the city:
Wilkins and his wife had been planning to leave at 4 p.m. Friday, but the airport shut down around midday, he said. They tried to make it onto the last flight out of the city but will try again Saturday.
Heidi Jones-DiSaia, 41, who is from Pittsburgh and is holed up in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Punta Mita, originally planned to leave Sunday but will have to see how the storm plays out.
Overall, she wrote, “I feel like we've been very lucky!!!”
Not every visitor was trying to skip town: Wilkins said there was a couple in his evacuation center who planned to get married at his hotel on Saturday.
“Patricia can’t stop love!” Wilkins wrote.