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Old 08-03-2013   #16 (permalink)
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After the flea market, we walk the gauntlet past all the shops near the cruise terminal.

"Hey lady, don’t forget your free gift!"

"Hey Mr. Clean!" (not unique, but we always love that one).

"You want some Cuban cigar?"

"No thank you."

"Some pharmacy?"

"No thank you."

More quietly, "you want something else to smoke?" We only laugh at that one.

When we continue to walk past each shop without stopping, someone finally asks “what are you looking for??” and I say the museum. “Two more blocks, lady.” The guys don’t just sit outside the shops and talk big, they are helpful too.
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Jon loves museums, and we didn’t make it here that last trip. So this is his day. We spent over an hour browsing and reading.


Coral displays







I don't have an underwater camera, so I took pics of the underwater display. Cheesy, but here it is anyway



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Afterwards we crossed the street to look for beach glass, took a few more pictures, and taxied back to the hotel for more lounge chair time.









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This evening is the Mexican ala carte restaurant, and the head waiter remembers us from the night before when he worked the Italian restaurant. “Welcome back!”

Jon has conchinita pibil and I have sopa de lima followed by skirt steak, sort of like arrachera.





Both are delicious. We agree that pulled pork is almost always good, no matter what culture. Southern pulled pork in the U.S., kalua pig in Hawaii, and conchinita pibil in the Yucatan.

The waiter is pleased that we ordered food that is local cuisine.

Some reviews I’ve read of this place is that they don’t make good Mexican food because "they don’t even have enchiladas."

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Friday we’ve booked a tour – the Polaris adventure. We caravan in off road Polaris 4 seaters and Jeeps.



The caravan ride down the highway was an adventure all on its own. We had about 10-12 vehicles. Our Polaris was screaming at about 4,500 RPMs. We could barely hear each other over the engine. Jon describes the sound as a lawn mower on crack.


San Gervasio ruins first, then tequila factory, finally beach with snorkeling and a lunch,.

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San Gervasio Ruins







Obligatory iguana photo



Followed by obligatory crocodile photo at Punta Sur




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Lighthouse at Punta Sur. On this trip I took lots of photos with the sun peeking out from behind objects.



I was determined to climb up the narrow, confining stairwell to the top of the lighthouse. Not so bad going up, very freaky coming down! But definitely worth it.

View from the top: sweeping Caribbean blue that mesmerizes me everytime.





The light fixture is like a big prism. I've never seen one before.

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Back at the resort

Next door to the resort is a new mall that is conveniently located right by the cruise ship terminal. Most of the shops aren’t even open yet. We wandered and I took a few pictures. I think the location of the mall allows the hotel to cater to cruise ship passengers looking for a day pass.











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This guy woke me up most nights that we were there. Sounded like a dying animal. The first time I thought "What was THAT???"

I found where he lived with his ladies so I could get some photo evidence.




I was hoping to see his tail feathers spread out, and waited for quite a while. Jon was getting bored and told me don't bother waiting. Right then the female peacocks started running around the place.

First this, which included some stanky "eau de peacock". Yuck.



And then finally this beautiful view



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Random pictures around the resort



More of my pictures of playing with light:













Swim up bar. Water is still too cold!




View from our room:





Main pool at night





Up north, we call these "house plants".









I also took lots of pictures of the structures. The sky is so blue in some of them. Back home, the sky in the winter time is a pale, icy blue.











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We took lots of ridiculous pictures with the touristy props throughout the entire trip. Looking back we seem obsessed with chairs.

Little chairs




Big chairs




Tall chairs




Boozy chairs!




If no one was around to take our picture together, we just took photos of each other








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Resort activities



We took advantage of most of the activities...yoga and water aerobics for me, volleyball and bocci ball for Jon.




The evening shows were entertaining













Something for him



And something for me



While I was sitting on the sweaty young man's knee, Jon said his butt was being groped. Must be the reason for his big grin.




Hmmm.




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Leaving Cozumel

On the way to the ferry terminal




Jon said "Cozumel is crying because we are leaving."

Bet you never heard that one before.




It was raining so hard, people were crammed in underneath the awning at the ferry terminal. We thought we just missed the boat, with 2 hours to wait until the next one.

We went to buy tickets, and they quickly gave them to us and said "hurry, the ferry is waiting for you". We RAN.

I'm telling you, we have been so lucky this trip! Every time we catch the bus or ferry, we jump right on with no waiting.

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Saving the best for last...Playa!


We are back! Still raining, but now it is just a light rain.





We drag our bags down to Club Yebo. I chose Yebo based on recent reviews and our budget. In fact, I did a lot of stuff on this trip based on recent trip reports, so be prepared for pictures that look similar to others. I was excited to see in person what I've been reading for months

I'm glad now for the cooler weather. We are early for check in, it is only around noon. We could have stayed in Cozumel longer, but I was anxious to get back to Playa.

We dropped our bags at the front desk, and went back down 5th. It was still raining, so we went to Carboncito's.






First marg in Playa. Strong and delicious.



Tacos pastor. As good as I remember.



After Carboncito's we strolled down 10th. I found this crepe shop with giant Nutella containers as display pieces. I love Nutella. Love, love, love. I can't keep it in the house because I will just eat it by the spoon.

But now I am on vacation, so we stop for a Nutella crepe.



I thought I took a picture of the crepe, but I guess I just devoured it.
We chatted with the guy making the crepes. It took a while to heat up the crepe maker. I guess business was slow due to the rain.

We went to Zenzi's. All of the loungers were piled up to get them out of the rain.





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That first evening was also 1/2 price martinis at the Dirty Martini. For whatever reason, I didn't take very many pics this night.

At first, the line wasn't too long. But after that first drink, the line at the bar was almost out the door. We were sitting by the window, and Murrsay was on the other side of the window. Jon wanted to wait until the line was shorter, and Murrsay recommended that Jon just get in line. "It won't get any shorter"

There were a LOT of people there! They spilled out into the street. The police came by at least once and tried to get them out of the road, but the crowd only moved back slightly.

We met up with Steve, and then went over to the Luna Blue together. This is the only picture I took, apparently.





The next morning we went to breakfast at Nativo on 30th. Breakfast and coffee for two was $170 pesos.

I had a scramble that I barely put a dent in.



Jon had pancakes, ham and bacon. He practically cringed every time I took out the camera at a restaurant. But he was a good sport and took a picture of his plate each time.



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Remember how I said I kept good notes for the first part of the trip? Every couple of days I wrote a journal. I had more time to just sit in a lounger and write. I was also on the computer most days doing homework.

The first couple days in Playa I at least jotted down few notes about where we ate, how much the bill was. Spring break has started for me and I have no homework and no need to get on the computer. After that first couple days - nada! I only have the pictures to go by.

I like being in PDC because we can walk everywhere, try many restaurants, take the colectivo down the highway to see new sights. I was too busy to write about it.

The last time we were in Playa, we spent most days at Yan Ten on the beach. We only went there once. My notes say that 6 beers, chips and guacamole were under $200 pesos. No pictures.

We walked around the beach and back down 5th to our room to get ready for dinner.


















Dinner was at HC Monterrey on Constituyentes, first time at this place. I don't remember what we ordered, but I do remember that it was yummy. Looks like arrachera and pork?

But I still prefer El Fogon. Next time I want to try Don Sirloin.







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