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Old 10-16-2014   #61 (permalink)
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"We had been a little apprehensive about the weather forecast. Yeah yeah, I know, ignore it, but I was remembering how much rain this area had in almost all of September and October 2013, and the forecast had said there was a system in the area that was supposed to result in a couple days at least of socked in rain."

really? I am kidding.
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I like the cabana, great digs
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Sedona is amazing! Plan as much time as possible, head north towards Flagstaff on 89A, not 17 if you have the time,
Now THAT'S a fun drive. A few years ago, we went to a wedding in Phoenix around Thanksgiving. 85 degrees. Then we drove up to Sedona for a few days (it's what, about 2.5 hours?) - 60 degrees. Then we took the winding 89A to Flagstaff one day... AND IT SNOWED THE WHOLE WAY. Crazy!!! All within like 5 hours drive of each other!!!

So much fun, Sedona is a very cool place, I have it on my list to go back, for sure....
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"We had been a little apprehensive about the weather forecast. Yeah yeah, I know, ignore it, but I was remembering how much rain this area had in almost all of September and October 2013, and the forecast had said there was a system in the area that was supposed to result in a couple days at least of socked in rain."

really? I am kidding.
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I also get sick of hearing people ask about the weather, especially in rainy season. But it was the system in the area I was a bit concerned about, having never gone in that month (but a few times in early August).

I have to say we had very decent weather- like every other time we have gone to Mexico in rainy season. A bit too humid, but fine.

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Now THAT'S a fun drive. A few years ago, we went to a wedding in Phoenix around Thanksgiving. 85 degrees. Then we drove up to Sedona for a few days (it's what, about 2.5 hours?) - 60 degrees. Then we took the winding 89A to Flagstaff one day... AND IT SNOWED THE WHOLE WAY. Crazy!!! All within like 5 hours drive of each other!!!

So much fun, Sedona is a very cool place, I have it on my list to go back, for sure....
I know, I am getting excited about seeing it too!

Don had said the ride to Sedona from Gilbert is about four hours, I guess it depends where you are leaving from around Phoenix, of course.

He is wanting to look at property near our friends' places when we are there, I have told him it depends on how I like the area!
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Great report, making me excited for our trip You'd think after all these years and all these trips I wouldn't get so excited, but I do
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Great report, making me excited for our trip You'd think after all these years and all these trips I wouldn't get so excited, but I do

Ditto!!

Thanks again for the map set! It came in very handy. As always!
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If your standing on the beach at Akumel facing the water, which way do you walk to get to La Bueno Vida?
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If your standing on the beach at Akumel facing the water, which way do you walk to get to La Bueno Vida?
To your left
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yes, a long way to your left, and north!

La Buena Vida is in Half Moon Bay, a separate little bay within Akumal Bay. Find the dive shop on the far northern end of the main beach at Akumal, then follow that main road northwest from the dive shop until you get to HMB....about a 15 minute walk at most.
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We are in that same room right now. I was disappointed at first, but only booked a Deluxe room, so I'm kind of enjoying the extras that we weren't expecting.
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We are in that same room right now. I was disappointed at first, but only booked a Deluxe room, so I'm kind of enjoying the extras that we weren't expecting.

That is so funny!

Yeah, it's a bit remote but we did like the privacy. We were the only ones every up on that entire sundeck (not just the patio, the whole rooftop).

The bathroom could sorely use a reno though, huh.

Have you been visited by a skittish little black kitty at all? He was hanging around most days.
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Cool report and photos! Looks like a very nice vacation.
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They are wonderful- in the summer especially, to cool down.



We dove two days (both 2-tank dives) with Pluto Dive Shop. They had moved their shop from Fifth between Calles 38 and 40 to a little farther north and on Tenth.

We had gotten PADI OWDiver certified with Alberto and Barbara in 2008 so it was fun to dive with them again. Saw loads of fish, eels, rays, lobster, and a few barracuda.

Water was lovely and warm at 28C or so, but the visibility was not always that great. Coral at dives like Tortugas and Jardines seemed in surprisingly decent shape considering it was 6 years ago we saw those sites last.

On Friday, we headed to our favourite day trip spot of Akumal.

For early September it was amazingly crowded with snorkel groups being churned through the dive shop. Seems like there is no real 'low season' on this coast anymore.

We took a colectivo and walked in from the highway. It had changed from last time, you canno longer walk through the hotel grounds and sort of have to veer left to get to the road to Yal Ku and then cut through or directly beside the dive shop to get to the beach.

They herd you in there like cattle, we just breezed through and ignored them when they attempted to stop us to sell us a guided tour or make us sit through the educational video we had seen already on a previous trip. No problems.

We went snorkeling right away- took turns so someone could watch our stuff. Don saw a total of eight turtles....I saw ONE! That was the first time I went out. I saw three my second swim.

The most memorable thing I saw was the aforementioned big school of teeny tiny squid flashing colours. Very cool.

Oh and lots of smashed coral.

Beach looked gorgeous, much clearer than in PDC and far less seaweed (at least this day).





We shared a snack in between snorkels, read our books on our pareos, relaxed.

Then walked to Half Moon Bay and sat at La Buena Vida and had lunch and a snorkel there. Great huge brain corals! And a couple of small turtles.

LOTS of seaweed here.




On the walk back we saw a BIG group of coatis crossing the road near us....caught only one on camera. The babies are so cute.



The next day we flew home. Uneventful. Took a taxi to the airport instead of the bus, we got lazy I guess.

Was a good week, we got lots of relaxing in, had decent weather, and had some good food, which is really all we wanted for this trip.

About one week after we got home Don got very ill with what turned out to be Dengue Fever...at first it seemed like just a really bad flu but when he turned bright red and felt so awful he begged me to take him to Emerg, I knew it was not just flu. The doc said he was 99% sure and although the first test was inconclusive, the blood test he did a week later confirmed it to be Dengue.

Poor man, he was sicker than I have ever seen anyone. For almost 7 days (he missed five days of work, all week, and he NEVER calls in sick).

Anyway...wear your DEET if there are skeeters- and especially in the rainy season! He had quite a few bites, I had zero (they always prefer him).
Wow Poor Don, that sound horrible. How do they treat Dengue?
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Wow Poor Don, that sound horrible. How do they treat Dengue?
They don't! Just like the flu, time and rest. And lots of fluids. I did make him choke down some rehydration salts stuff too. He is all better now!

Thanks Bruce.
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