Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Gem State
Excellent report. I enjoy reading your trip reports some much. I always get some great ideas about restaurants. Thank you for posting your report and pictures. I cannot wait to read the rest.
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Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Illinois on the Mississippi
DAY 4, Almost.
Friday the 13th, March 2009
We wake up to another day of sunshine and I head down to Mamitas early to save us a pair of loungers with a palapa, ½ price thru our hotel.
Breakfast at 5:24 Crepas & Tapas Bistro, a great little crepe and smoothie place.
Donna’s strawberry banana smoothie.
My nuttella crepe with strawberries.
After breakfast we head to Mamitas. We get there about 10AM and they have a large crowd, good thing I saved us a spot a few hours earlier. But, I can’t find our spot with our 2 towels. We wander around a bit looking for them. I know I put them 2nd row back from the beach and to the north end of their first area by the catamaran. Looking closer I see our towels stuffed up in the braces of the palapa I had claimed earlier and there are 3 of 4 people using it. I ask one of them about moving our towels and taking our palapa, but he knows nothing about it. We take our towels move up north to the high rent chairs and find 2 loungers and an umbrella, sit down and right away one of the workers comes up. I show him our vouchers from our hotel and tell him our story. Yes, he spoke English, or I might still be there trying to explain what happened. But to sit here we have to pay so much for the chairs and at least $500 pesos on food & drink. I said no thanks and bitch a little and he goes to the Captain (what I call the chair boss) with our story. The captain says “no save, no save”. This may have been the only English he speaks & it’s not his fault that I’m in Mexico and know very little Spanish. I bitch more and say something about sharing this experience with others on the internet. Next thing I know he motions us to follow him. He finds us a spot in the middle of the first row, takes someones towel from the 1st lounger and stuffs it up in the palapa braces, picks up the pair of flip flops on the 2nd lounger (he takes these with him) and gives us someone else’s saved spot. Oh great. I say, but this spot is taken. Guess what he says? “No save, no save”. Of course I’m sitting there waiting for the people that saved this spot to come along. About 1 ½ hours later the Captain comes back and gets the towel. We will be going to Kool tomorrow, we would have been there today if not for the half price deal from our hotel. I think a lot the people came from the cruise ship tender boat docked at the new pier.
If you think the beach looks crowded today, you should have seen it Sunday! So many people that it was hard to walk the beach. I wonder how all the people that are going to be staying in all the condos being built are going to fit on Playas beaches?
Still nothing like being on the beach, enjoying a good club sandwich with your feet in the sand. Around 2:30 we head back to the hotel & get cleaned up to meet Jimi & Char at the Fusion hotel bar.
First time we’ve been to the new bar at Fusion, very nice.
They still have very good margaritas here.
And they still have great shrimp tacos.
Plus they have the smallest lime press I have ever seen.
And we get to listen to a great reggae band while waiting for Jimi & Char.
Jimi & Char show in time to help us finish off the shrimp tacos, good thing because we had way more than we wanted to eat. We always enjoy Fusions bar, always a good time.
We head up the beach for Zenzi’s for their $20 Sols & $35 well drinks Happy Hour.
3 Sols & $60 and 1 Margarita $80 pesos. Gee-wiz I thought a margarita would be a well drink in Mexico (they do have a great Margarita here). Who is that guy in the background anyway??
Next stop, one of our favorites, El Pirata & it’s time for some Don Julio & with a Sangrita back. Jose, the bartender makes some very good Sangrita.
We leave here sad, Jose tells us that Reuben, after 17 years working at El Pirata no longer works here.
Really going to miss him!!! (photo by JimmyMN)
We are headed north up 5th & 38th to Kool Fish for dinner, and Luna Blues bar is on the way so why not 1 more Margarita.
Plus Donna gets to chance visit with the Luna Blues cats. Frankie is not around, but his buddy Osha is. Sad news here also. Their cat Frankie was one of a pair. The other, Lola was killed by a falling coconut. The thing about Frankie & Lola is that about 5 years ago Donna brought home a pair of cats and I named them Frankie and Lola. FYI, Frankie and Lola is the name a of a classic Jimmy Buffett song
Our Frankie & Lola as kittens, Frankie now weights in at 15lbs. OK, back to the purpose of this trip report, eating in Playa.
A Kool little place.
Dinner at Kool Fish, coming tomorrow (I hope).
Jim & Donna, Growing older but not up
12/2010, A Salty View of Playa
2/2010, Never On 5th
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