On The Beach

A belated Merry Christmas to everyone. We spent yesterday in transit and I did not have time to write a post wishing everyone season's greetings. We did our Christmas a day early on Christmas Eve (borrowing a bit from a Wilson family tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve) and then caught an early flight to Mexico where we are on the beach until New Year's. 


I will be taking it easy, reading a lot, and likely writing a bit too. It is the time of year to kick back and relax and I am doing just that.

#Blogging On The Road

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Enjoy and a happy New Year!(doesn’t look like Tulum.)

    1. fredwilson

      Its not. Pacific coast. Ixtapa

      1. daryn

        you know what they say – west coast is the best coast 🙂

  2. Richard

    What city are you staying in? Have you vacationed in Mexico before? How does it compare with the Caribbean. I relocated to the west coast and am considering Mexico as a vacation spot. Any Foursquare activity? Is it in English or Spanish?

    1. awaldstein

      Mexico does border the Caribbean as well 😉

      1. Richard

        Good Point! I am looking for something similar to Nevis.

        1. awaldstein

          Can’t help with that.We go to Tulum twice a year. Nature preserve meets crunchy meets what money can buy.Still my favorite.

          1. Richard


          2. Richard

            82 today !

          3. awaldstein

            I loved working and living in LA. Second favorite city in the country.

          4. fredwilson

            mine too

    2. fredwilson

      My favorite place in Mexico is Tulum but I also like Huatulco and we are in Ixtapa now

      1. Adrian Bye

        have a nice time

      2. panterosa,

        Was in Ixtapa last year and many years ago. There’s a Riccardo Leggoreta hotel there – he studied with Luis Barragan, the best modern Mexican architect, and one of my top 5. The hotel has a Sheila Hicks rug in the lobby, which was stunning, but they’ve not cared for well.Great place to read and relax. Top off with Sangrita or cajeta and enjoy!

      3. JLM

        .Huatulco is fabulous. Quinta Real.JLM.

      4. Nick Ambrose

        My favorite place too (Tulum) — mostly for the cave diving. Will be there in Feb for a week of “cave therapy” :)Never been to Ixtapa though but I bet it’s awesome

        1. awaldstein

          Interesting.Was a serious ocean diver for years and have done a bunch of cenote diving in Tulum.Really didn’t like it. Claustrophic, dull, fishless and more techinical then inspiring to me.Have done open water wreck diving but fresh water, enclosed didn’t draw me in.Each to their own though.

          1. Nick Ambrose

            I am quite claustrophobic in say dry caves or if someone shoved me in a dark closet, but interestingly not in a flooded cave.It’s one of my best forms of therapy (even better than yoga), kind of an “active relaxation” activity. Maybe a little hard to explain in words but it’s one place I feel really alive and comfortable (although of course you always have to be on guard as the cave will bite you if you aren’t paying 100% attention)I love ocean technical wreck diving too, but that’s more “Full contact” sport than caving 🙂 (at least in the mexico caves)

  3. Eddie Wharton

    Enjoy your well deserved break!

  4. jason wright

    off the bitch for a few days. good idea. merry christmas.

  5. Sebastian Gonzalez

    Thanks for all that I learned from you this year!

  6. JimHirshfield

    Enjoy! Taking your recommendation and reading The Goldfinch.

  7. pointsnfigures

    Merry Christmas, looks warm. Drink the tequila, not the water. I liked Tulum and like Puerto Vallarta as well.

  8. William Mougayar

    Ski to sea! Can’t beat that.You’re right near Zihuantejo which is quite nice & has good restaurants. We stayed once at La Casa Que Quanta, a great boutique resort there.If you’re golfing in Ixtapa, there are crocodiles in the ponds.Happy holidays.

  9. Tom Labus

    Good move, enjoy!Merry Christmas to everybody. A great day here with family

  10. Dale Allyn

    Cheers! Merry Christmas to the Wilsons.I have a friend who spends more than half the year in Tulum (has a place there). He decided the winters are nicer there than in Minnesota. 😉 Enjoy!

  11. Donna Brewington White

    Merry Christmas!That spot looks wonderful. Enjoy!

  12. John Revay

    Hey Fred – I think I saw you check in w/ John Heilemann, I enjoy listening to John H when he is a guest on MSNBC/Morning Joe.

    1. fredwilson

      Yup. We are vacationing with John and his wife and our kids and a bunch of their friends

      1. John Revay

        He seems like a real character. I always want to be able to channel comments to him while he is on the air – to argue.#SunInTheFun

      2. John Revay

        Oh ya – I see him checking into Nets Games as well – my sense is that he may live in Brooklyn

        1. fredwilson

          We share our Nets seasons tix

      3. Matt Zagaja

        Awesome, I was a big fan of John’s book Game Change. Santa did not bring me Double Down but did bring Hatching Twitter and The Everything Store so I’ll probably finish those before I indulge myself in Double Down. Belated Merry Christmas Fred, hope you are enjoying the beach.

  13. Brad Lindenberg

    Happy Holidays Fred. Though I’d share my reading list for the break: http://www.lindventures.com…Also spending the break on the beach – went surfing with Dolphins yesterday (look to the left of the pic – looks like sharks!)

  14. Vasudev Ram

    Happy vacation, Fred.Malaysia is a cool (cool as in interesting, not as in temperature – except the highlands) and exotic place if you need an idea for next time. Great food (3 local cuisines – Malay, Chinese, Indian – but differently Indian than Indian food), friendly people, lots of sightseeing places, nature, etc. I was there a while ago and loved it.

  15. ShanaC

    Happy Holidays!

  16. JamesHRH

    NIce pic, but where are your toes?Wishing you & yours Health & Happiness though out the Holidays & the New Year!

  17. Kirsten Lambertsen

    That’s a very relaxing photo. Happy Holidays to you, too 🙂 Enjoy your retreat.

  18. Cam MacRae

    Merry Christmas all.

  19. Valarie Welte

    What is that you do differently while on a vacation ??

  20. Robert Holtz

    Merry Christmas, Fred. Happy Holidays to everyone here on AVC… cheers!

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  22. Drew Meyers

    You travel a fair amount. Curious what your favorite travel app is?

    1. fredwilson

      foursquare, of course!