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Old 05-20-2010   #46 (permalink)
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Oh you crazy kids!

Linda and I have shared quite a few hotel rooms. We have shared one king bed (because that was all that was available and we really liked the room), we have each had our own bed (the preferred arrangement), and this time - we each had our own bed but the two beds were pushed together and touching each other! That's the way Riu does their beds and honestly, it really doesn't matter to us, we're cool either way!

So for you inquiring minds - there you have it.
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not really, many would disagree with that assessment
just asking what everyone is thinking

what is wrong with that question?
Snaps you are too funny!! As AnnaLynne said, it depends on the place that we stay at! When in Punta Cana we scored an excellent room and it was only one bed, a huge king size bed, we didn't care!
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Snaps you are too funny!! As AnnaLynne said, it depends on the place that we stay at! When in Punta Cana we scored an excellent room and it was only one bed, a huge king size bed, we didn't care!
Yep, that was a schweet room indeed! I would have slept on a chair if that's what it took to keep that room!

And the room was great at Secrets Maroma too so not worth waiting a day to switch to a room with double beds (and yes we asked, there were none!) so king it was!

And was it the Iberostar Grand where we had two beds but the maid only turned down YOUR bed and not mine? Or did we have a king and she only turned down one side of the king?
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Yep, that was a schweet room indeed! I would have slept on a chair if that's what it took to keep that room!

And the room was great at Secrets Maroma too so not worth waiting a day to switch to a room with double beds (and yes we asked, there were none!) so king it was!

And was it the Iberostar Grand where we had two beds but the maid only turned down YOUR bed and not mine? Or did we have a king and she only turned down one side of the king?
Yes it was!!! I still think it was because you had that man's shaving kit!
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Yes it was!!! I still think it was because you had that man's shaving kit!


Hey, any port in a storm, eh?

Come ON- where is Bucerias day, already?
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Yes it was!!! I still think it was because you had that man's shaving kit!
Well, you can keep saying that all you want but I bought it in the women's dept. so.......

And yeah, where's Bucerias day? I know you have the day off so get out of your pool and get to reporting!

Need a reminder?

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thank you ladies for clearing this up
i look forward to see you again soon

and linda, let me know and i will pencil in a saturday and drive you to the shelter
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Ok Ok....Bucerias day! I believe this is Wednesday?

Plan for the day was to hang out at the pool till about noon, eat lunch and then walk the beach to a small town north of our resort. People told us it's about a 30-45 minute walk on the beach....uh...maybe more like an hour! But hey we're young (still!) we can do it!

The Riu elevated pool!



A hotel (non AI) close to the Riu. Nice!! Funny story.....one night sitting at the outside bar having pre-dinner drinks a woman parks herself at the bar and took out a $20US bill and ordered a drink! The bartender didn't know what to do? (she was not a guest at the Riu). So she took out another $20US AND a credit card to pay for her drink! Guess she REALLY needed a drink! We told her this was an AI and the bartenders have no way for you to pay for your drink. She then went into a tirade about how she was on vacation with her hubby, child, and I believe her mother at the resort next door! She said she just needed to get away! Ummm, ok Ended up, we bought her a drink or 2 but suggested she tip the bartender handsomely! Anyway...it was weird to say the least! Oh and she invited us to hang with her at her resort the next day! We never did take her up on her offer.....



We're walking, we're walking.........ewwww



A view of Bucerias from the beach.



When we were on the zipline tour we had met a Canadian couple, Brenda and Curtis. They we staying in Bucerias and suggested we come visit one day! Ok! Well we never told them what day we would show up! They did describe thier condo building....white! They also told us the name of the condo, which I forgot but AnnaLynne remembered. We found it!



Ok, now how to we make our presence know? Walk to the front, talk to the security guard to let us in, describe what Brenda and Curtis look like and see if they are home! The security guard was so nice he lead us to the pool area to see if Brenda and Curtis were there......



Nope, not there......another view from the pool area! Nice!



But there were 2 guys hanging by the pool who knew Brenda and Curtis, pointed to thier condo and the security guard takes us up there so we can knock on thier door to see if they are home. Nope, not home!

Oh well.....AnnaLynne, did you ever hear from them? AL had given Brenda her card. While talking to Brenda she was very concered about the street dogs of Bucerias and wondered if they was anything she could do? I liked her! A person with a huge heart for animals!!!

We leave the condo and explore the streets of Bucerias...we need to pee! Ok, let's park ourselves at a beach bar and order a bucket of beer, oh and use the bano! I believe we were at Mar y Sol on the beach. A bucket of beers (5?) for $80 pesos!







For those of you wondering.....yes, I always have my PPS koozies with me!!

This is the place that the beach vendors showed up every 2 minutes! Yep, we timed it! I though AnnaLyne was going to have a stroke!



After we finished our bucket-o-beer we walk around town a bit more!







We need pesos! We look for an ATM and it happens to be right in front of a bar called Yo Yo Mo's. We gotta pee...again. We park ourselves at the bar, order a few drinks, oh, and use the bano!





We really like this place and could have spent all day in there! Oh, and the beers were really cheap! 4 Pacificos, $40 pesos!

Time to leave though and catch a taxi back to our hotel. I don't remember what the taxi rate was but I think it was pretty inexpensive and took maybe 10 minutes to get back!

We had dinner reservations at the Japanese place ( I think, as that is what order my pictures are in!)

Appetizers!!



Oh yum!! That was good! Can we have ANOTHER one???? We did, we shouldn't have becuase we also ordered this!



And this......



Oh, and this!!!



Did we even order a dessert??? I am sure we did but I have no pictures of it! Oh my, we ate soooo much food and drank a lot of beer this day we swore we are NOT eating or drinking anymore the rest of our trip! I honestly don't even think we had more than 1 after dinner drink....we were so full that it was very uncomfortable....... Early night for us because the next day we were going into the town of Puerto Vallarta...
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Hurry....I want to see the pics of PVR!!! Bucerias day looked like a lot of fun!!
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Wow Linda, you really did get food pictures! I so did not! I guess that's why you write the reports - and I don't!

I really enjoyed the walk to Bucerias, even though it was long. I had hurt my knee a few weeks earlier so I was a bit concerned about the walk but it was fine, except for the last 15 minutes or so. By then, I was starting to feel it swell and was wondering how much longer until we get to this condo that we are clueless as to it's actual location! But I did remember the name of it when Brenda told me on the zipline bus so thank goodness for that! And no, I have not heard from either Brenda or Curtis, and since we don't have their contact info, no way to reach them.

Anyway, the condo building was nice but the beaches in Bucerias are not so great. Basically they need the same beach replenishment done that they did in Playa! The beach in front of most of the restaurants and beach bars was very narrow and had a big slope into the water. They could sure use more sand to make it wider (and to give the bazillion vendors more room to walk on and avoid me! ). And speaking of those vendors, they are 100 million times worse here than they are in Playa. In Playa, you'll get a person or two walking by asking if you want to fish, parasail, maybe buy some jewelery. Here? Every 1-2 minutes, selling dresses, hats, beach toys, tattoos, hair braiding, and jewelery after jewelery. It was basically all the same jewelery too - and I was like "Hey, if I didn't want to buy the person's jewelery who walked past me 5 seconds ago (and who's shadow you are still in BTW), then I don't want to buy yours either! We were just trying to sit there, cool off, drink a few beers and enjoy the afternoon but there was not much chance of that happening because you had to say "No gracias" every minute. Honestly, I'm not usually annoyed by this kind of thing but here - I was MAJORLY annoyed! I told Linda that we needed to hurry up and down these beers and get the hell out of Dodge, I couldn't take another minute. So that we did, and then we walked up the street and into town.

She pretty much covered that - the streets were very old school Playa-like, really bad bad cobblestones that you could easily break an ankle on if you weren't watching where you were going! There were the usual vendors, they weren't too aggressive, nothing worse than walking down 5th in Playa, and because WE were moving this time, it was easy to just walk past them. We did need to find an ATM and luckily we found one right next to Yo Yo Mo's, which is a really great little bar that I really enjoyed sitting in. An obvious locals place, with locals mainly being Canadians! I could have sat there for even longer than we did but we had dinner reservations to get to and it was getting late.

Here are a few random photos of our walk to Bucerias and the town itself:

This was at the very beginning of the walk, and if you look all the way to the back left part of the photo - that is where we had to go!



Linda feeding the birds (rocks! hey, it was a good photo op! )











We did do the Japanese restaurant for dinner, and it was REALLY REALLY good!





But...we were really wiped out. Once we over-stuffed ourselves (bad move on the two platters of sushi! ), that was about it, we could carry on no longer and I think we had a very early night - didn't even go to the bar for an after dinner drink.

Here is Linda at dinner, looking kinda tired (I think!)!



And me, who never sleeps so is rarely tired!

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Thanks!


We had to go to Bucerias one day when we were up staying in Sayulita because at the time Sayulita did not have an ATM. We took the bus and got off at the highway. It was August and boiling hot and terrible humid, and we wandered around looking for an ATM for about half an hour with traffic whizzing by....not much fun. Our initial impression was not favourable.
But then we went into town and had lunch at a beach 'raunt...and everyone was very friendly and that was MUCH better. I agree the beach is not very nice there at all, though. And the vendors there and in PV are way too numerous, totally agree.


and yeah, it is lousy with Canadians in Bucerias! Must be the ten peso beers.
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One thing I really liked about PVR and the surrounding areas is the beer prices!!! Sooooo much cheaper than Playa! Even in the city of Puerto Vallarta, $15pesos for a Pacifico!!!!
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One thing I really liked about PVR and the surrounding areas is the beer prices!!! Sooooo much cheaper than Playa! Even in the city of Puerto Vallarta, $15pesos for a Pacifico!!!!

Yes, it is nice....Zihua is even cheaper, it was an average of 12 pesos a beer the last time we were there a couple years ago.
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One thing I really liked about PVR and the surrounding areas is the beer prices!!! Sooooo much cheaper than Playa! Even in the city of Puerto Vallarta, $15pesos for a Pacifico!!!!
Indeed, I liked that part too!
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Loving the report, especially cuz I'm considering going to PV next year!
Question for you ladies...how is the humidity compared to Playa, is it the same or less humid on the pacific coast?
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