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Old 07-21-2012   #31 (permalink)
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love the pics!! we love Puerto Morelos. We started going there for a day trip everytime we are in Playa. They have some great beach bars and restaurants with awesome food & beverages. Can't wait to do a day trip when we are in Playa at the end of November!!
You will have to tell me your favorites! We will be going back to PM for sure.

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what an awesome tr!!

the pics are awesome and the narraration is so entertaining and informative....

the boys are getting so big...so handsome

keep it coming, i cant wait to read more!
Thanks for reading! Appreciate the comments.
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Food at the Resort


I always have this goal to take as many food pics as I can, then I totally forget! Well, I did get a few this time, but not as many as I would have liked.


But about the food at the NOW Jade...We were very pleased with the food quality at the resort!

Our favorite restaurant was Spice, where they have the Teppanyaki/Hibachi tables, but also you can sit on their wonderful airy patio (which is surrounded by a stream/pond) and order off the Asian-themed menu. We ate there 5 times.


The Teppenyaki was amazing, and so much fun!






The boys in front of Spice, overlooking the pond...





Off the menu we enjoyed the Thai Salad, the Hot/Sour soup, the Shrimp Curry and the Malaysian Beef with Coconut sauce. All were fantastic. We also enjoyed many sushi dishes and thought they were extremely fresh and tasty.

Thai Salad



Shrimp Curry



Jackson chop sticks!



Sushi...



Spice...



Abraham, the manager of Spice, remembered us by name each time we came, and also when we saw him throughout the resort. Given there are 500 guest rooms, we found that impressive (although I guess our family is pretty distinctive physically!) He even ordered a hamburger for Grant, and served it to him at Spice even though hamburgers were not on the menu. The restaurants were pretty far apart from each other so I know he pulled some strings for this. We truly felt spoiled at Spice.

We ate once at the Italian restaurant, Capri, and were not very impressed. Food is fine, but the portion sizes were like Tapas in size. Miles and I had to stifle a laugh when the entrees came but we ate them, enjoyed them, and went to the buffet afterward.

Mercure, the French restaurant, serves a nice Filet Mignon, and we enjoyed going there for breakfast as well - - - the eggs benedict was very good (being able to go there for breakfast is one of the fantastic Preferred Club perks).

Breakfast at Mercure...





Me and Jackie, sleepy eyed...



The buffet was perfectly stocked for breakfast, so many choices! The fresh watermelon juice became a favorite. Grant started the habit of bacon + chocolate sauce (don’t ask me why).



What's left of a frittata...and the yummy french toast



The view while having breakfast was incredible!



As a ritual, the boys would grab a few boxes of cereal to take with and snack on them during the day.

Lunch at the buffet was good too, but Miles felt like getting a hamburger at lunch was too long and drawn out of a process. While he appreciated that they grilled them fresh upon order, it was just too time consuming. That would be my one suggestion for the resort, have some hamburgers and hot dogs ready near the main pool for those who want a quick bite.

Jackson getting down on some bbq ribs..



I took a few buffet pics, but mostly showing presentation of food. Didn't get the actual food.









Castaways is the outdoor/beach restaurant that we always had lunch at, but service was very, very slow. Not the servers themselves, but the time it took to get your food. Often it was a 45 minute to an hour experience, and when you just want a quick bite (in your wet bathing suit/cover up) that can be inconvenient (especially with the kids). Food was good though! I loved the calamari with the wasabi mayo. The kids had burgers every day. (no food pics, though )

I also thought Coco Café was a nice touch (serving Starbucks style drinks, breads and sweets all day long) and I loved getting Frozen Bailey’s in the morning.

We did not try the Mexican restaurant, and Cin Cin (Mediterranean adults only restaurant) was closed all 9 nights we were there. That was disappointing.

Overall, I loved the “no reservations” policy with the restaurants. We only had to wait once for a table for about 30 minutes, and that was for a Hibachi table at Spice. They give you a beeper with a range far enough to go sit in the lobby and have a drink while you wait. No big deal! (by the way, no wristbands here either).

Room service was fantastic and always arrived within 30 minutes. In the Preferred Club rooms you have a “secret door” where they can put the tray, which was convenient for a few of the late night deliveries when I didn’t want the kids to wake up. I am not a sweets person, but I loved getting the Three Creams Cake from room service. There is also an expanded Preferred Club room service menu that includes NY Strip Steak, Salmon, Pizzas and some other dishes.

Room Service Caesar Salad, very good!



I have a few more food pics from Isla Mujeres and Playa DC that I will be posting in those installments, but that is pretty much it for the “foodie” portion of my TR.

Regarding Drinks, we didn't order many special drinks, but what we did get was top notch. I already told you about the Don Julio in the Preferred Lounge, but they also had Absolut, etc...(see, I don't know that much about what they had ). We stuck to wine spritzers and margaritas and mojitos. I heard people ordering electric lemonade, mexican flags, etc...all too sweet for me! I did have a few Icebergs (beer with a frozen margarita on top, yum!). All in all, drinks were good for us!

Next up is our trip across to the Colonia and The Little English Schoolhouse, then Isla Mujeres, then a little bit of PDC. Thanks for reading along!

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The Little English Schoolhouse, Puerto Morelos

The Little English Schoolhouse is a non-profit project started
in Puerto Morelos to bring English to the local Spanish speaking children.


The “home school” is literally in the living room of Ms. Ana’s home. We collected donations from friends and teachers at the kids’ schools and were more than happy to bring them down for Ana and Frank, the founders of the school.



The timing of our visit also happened to coincide with their printer breaking down and we were able to quickly order and mule down some important replacement parts. It was down to the wire, but we got the items on the plane!

The boys with the items we collected...






Ana picked us up from the resort to head across the highway into the Colonia, where the school is located. Here are some pictures of the home school, as well as Ana and Frank (and Ana’s doggies!).





This one is for you Sue Cole...here is Frank!











Jackie Chan?!





Each year we choose a different organization to bring items to, and we really enjoy this part of the trip every year. I truly feel the boys get something special out of it, and I KNOW they love asking their friends and teachers for items. The older Jackson gets, the more he digs the whole process.

I would encourage you to consider bringing items down for this wonderful organization if you are planning to visit the Puerto Morelos area.

Next up Isla Mujeres! Tons of pics. It was a fantastic day!
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I'm just getting caught up on your fabulous trip report.

Your pics are beautiful and your boys are adorable!
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I'm just getting caught up on your fabulous trip report.

Your pics are beautiful and your boys are adorable!
Hi Janie, thanks! Nothing new re: pics than what you have already seen on Facebook, just more narrative (obviously!).
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You write THE BEST trip reports!! Am totally enjoying, and drooling over the food pics!
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Again loving this! More please! And good on you and the kids helping out with various organizations!
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You write THE BEST trip reports!! Am totally enjoying, and drooling over the food pics!

I agree! I LOVE your reports and pictures!
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I agree! I LOVE your reports and pictures!
Thanks so much for your comments! Makes me wanna keep writin'
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Isla Mujeres Day Trip!

Ok, by far my favorite day of the whole trip.

We purchased a soft sided cooler, (IZZO, highly recommend) stocked it with beer, water and loads of ice and headed out to grab a taxi to Puerto Juarez.

As a last ditch effort, we explained the Mr. Bill situation to yet a 3rd front desk “enthusiast” , and they called the taxi stand to see if Arturo was in (Mr. Bill had been gone 2 days now).

ALAS! Arturo was there…AND he had Mr. Bill…!

Imagine our reunion with Mr. Bill, it was so joyful. But, something was amiss…he looked different…upon further inspection, it appeared Mr. Bill was missing two fingers and had puncture (teeth mark?) wounds all over his feet.

He looked like he had been through the ringer. What in the world had he been through the last 2 days with Arturo Morelos??

We will never know. Attempts to extract the info from Arturo were fruitless, his English skills seemed to diminish with every inquiry we made about Mr. Bill’s Mexican adventures the last 2 days.

It didn’t matter, he was back. And on his way to Isla Mujeres.




$500 peso taxi ride (we didn’t care, it was comfy and convenient) and 40 minutes later we were at Puerto Juarez and ready to board the ferry. The ferry ride was $140 pesos each round trip, and really pleasant. We enjoyed the musician/entertainment on board on the way over.



Old boats at the Puerto...




We rented a golf cart and set out to explore the island, mapchick map in hand, freezing cold water and beer in our cooler. It doesn’t get any better than this!



First stop, the Crayon House...



The cemetary...







Punta Sur...





The Turtle Farm...
















Sorry, I will have to come back with Isla Mujeres pics part 2 later. This took longer to download than I thought and I need to head out for a Dr. Appt.!
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Loving your trip report! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it. I am especially interested in your Isla Mujeres day trip. Its on my plan to do in August.
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Loving your trip report! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it. I am especially interested in your Isla Mujeres day trip. Its on my plan to do in August.
How fun, another kaki here I will for sure post more pics tomorrow.
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OH, I'm SO happy that you were reunited with Mr Bill, even though it sounds like he was mauled

One time Mitzy and Ditzy were lost in Las Vegas ... but that's a story for another day.

More Isla Mujeres please ...
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OOOHHH NNNOOO! Just getting a chance to catch up and, firstly so very sorry Miles got sick and you too, glad it didn't seem to ruin your vacation. But back to the last post I read...Mr Bill is MIA!! Oooooooooh nooooooooooo, Mr Bill was gonna go back to PDC with us ???
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Sorry to post so much, but if I don't I will forget what I want to say by the time I read it all. Your kids have changed sooo much, they are adorable and I have to say that I really admire you both for teaching them the gift of giving. I really, really admire parents who walk the talk.
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