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Old 03-15-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Aventura Mexicana March 7 to 14, 2015

This was our fourth trip to Playa. Our first without our daughter with us and the first time we have stayed in a hotel, instead of renting in a condo, anywhere in Mexico.

Saturday does not begin very well. Our flight out of Calgary is delayed for half an hour. The explanation is something to do with Houston air traffic control. The flight itself is uneventful, except for one of the hardest landings I have experienced, but arrivals in Cancun is a tire fire. An excruciating 3 hours after our originally scheduled arrival time we are finally in the Canada Transfers van enjoying cool moist towels and cold Modelo Especial. Things get better from here.

We check in at AM and are assigned a room on the adult side ground floor steps from the restaurant. Not especially private but very convenient. Late dinner at Mayan Bistro where we meet Olivia the hotel cat. Then we walk to Fusion, listen to the band and watch the fire show. After walking back we collapse into bed and enjoy a quiet sleep.

On Monday morning we realize we have no idea what time it is. We both have our phones set to automatically update the time but the phones don't agree and the tv, which only plays music the whole week, offers a third opinion. It doesn't matter. We have the free breakfast, get a pass to Zenzi from the front desk and walk there to sun for a few hours.







There is a bit of seaweed on the beach which workers are busy burying. Later in the week it gets much worse.

Guessing it is about lunch time, we walk down the beach to Fusion and up 6th street to La Brocherie, which is closed. Either because it is a Sunday or because it is too early. We still don't know the time. We backtrack to 5th and have lunch upstairs at Tropical. The place with the streamers.



Chicken Enchiladas with red sauce, a salad and fruit licuados. Not bad at all. Walking back to the hotel on fifth we begin to notice that the number of store owners who are not content to call out to you but insist on jumping out in front of you and impeding your progress is too damn high. This is an unfortunate development.

At AM our room is still being cleaned so we take a walk around.

I love this stern faced sun god who watches over the kids pool. Probably to frighten them into behaving.



A more colorful one overlooks the adult side.



We decide to walk to Kool, but forget to get the discount pass from the front desk. They want 450 peso for a chair. How about no. We spread our towels out between Mamitas and Las Palapas and decide we are going to Mega Monday morning to get cheap beach chairs and a cooler. The beach up here is in better shape and it is a gorgeous afternoon.



After another 90 minutes in the sun we return to AM and check out the sun deck. It is nice and peaceful. It is late afternoon by now with harsh shadows and a lot of glare. I snap a few pictures, mostly to test the dynamic range of my new camera, The dynamic range is impressive and one or two of the photos even look good.





We talk to a couple from Australia, the only people we ever meet on the second floor sun deck all week.

At some point we head out again and walk up 5th at least as far as 40th street and then stop for mojitos at Bodeguita del Medio on the way back. I take this pic with my phone.



I have a regular mojito. Carol has mango. The mint is a little overwhelming at first but half way through it starts to taste incredibly yummy. We make a routine of coming back here late afternoon most days for more mojitos.

Things get a bit fuzzy from this point. We stop at Oxxo for beer and have dinner at Trattoria del Centro at its new location across from Luna Blue on 26th. This is just fantastic. The best Italian I have had in Playa. The boisterous group of French Canadians next to us agree and keep calling out to anyone stopping to look at the menu to come in and try it.

I have a vague memory of drinking beer on our tiny private deck and watching an episode of Orange is the New Black on our ipad (we are never able to get anything but music on the hotel tv). Then we got to bed still having no idea what time it is. It was a good day.

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Thanks for a new trip report. We all look forward to them.your pictures are great,keep'em coming,please.
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Monday morning after breakfast it is off to Mega to buy beach chairs. Very inexpensive beach chairs since we plan to leave them behind. We don't like any of the ones at Mega so we walk on to Walmart and shop there. We then carry our purchases through the streets past City Hall and the park next to it back to the Brocherie. This time we meet Fabian who informs us he isn't open yet. It is only 11:00 am. Well now we know what time it is.

We hale a taxi on 15th Ave and go back to AM. At that point we feel we deserve gelato.



Fortified by the gelato we decide to walk to the beach access at 38th and then south along the beach to Mamitas before heading inland at 28th street.









It is a windy day and as you can see there is more seaweed on the beach. The water doesn't look that inviting. We decide to have lunch and then take the collapsible cooler from Walmart to the hotel pool and spend the afternoon there. Its quiet other than the cool music from the restaurant and very relaxing.



Monday's towel art was awesome.



Later we walk back to the store at fifth avenue and 40th street were we saw these wooden pigs the day before.



We go inside and look around. Its full of cool ceramics. We find out it is affiliated with the shop across the street, which looks like it might be where the colorful sun in the adult area at AM pictured above came from. We come back to this place to buy gifts a few times later.

And of course



We have dinner at Carboncitos where I have lime soup for the first time. Not the last time though as I go back for more the next day. Yes you could say I liked it.

The evenings all seem to blend into one but I am reasonably sure this was followed by a leisurely walk back to the hotel with several stops for shopping followed by chilling on our tiny patio. I do specifically remember meeting the other hotel cat that evening though.



This one is bit skittish. Another guest passing by makes a fuss over him and he is gone.
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We stayed in the room beyond the gate on the second level. That little black and white skittish cat came to visit us up there frequently.

The seaweed!!
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Since the rest of the report and all of the responses were wiped out I may as well just post the rest of the photos again.





































































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where are those last 5 or six photos taken? the beach looks amazing there...and no seaweed!
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where are those last 5 or six photos taken? the beach looks amazing there...and no seaweed!

That is Isla Mujeres.
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where are those last 5 or six photos taken? the beach looks amazing there...and no seaweed!
Yes as Ris says that is Isla Mujeres. No sargassum there at all back in March.
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