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Old 03-05-2016   #16 (permalink)
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Great report with fantastic photos! Looks like a great trip.
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Crococun Zoo

It was pretty chilly and windy some mornings, but that didn't stop our fish from wanting to swim in the ocean. Mom and dad decided we needed a break from freezing our you-know-what's off and decided to do a morning trip to Crococun Zoo. It was a 200 peso taxi ride from PM and fyi- all the taxis we saw in town had seat belts. We wouldn't have gone if they didn't. Entrance was $30 USD per adult- 3 year olds are free. It was an extra couple of bucks to get a food bag for the animal- they make the guide carry it b/c there are wild monkeys that they feed who are a bit impish when it comes to stealing food.

I like the crocodile re-population program- that's great. I also like that they take in surrendered/seized birds. I thought the deer habitat was large and the deer seemed happy, not that I particularly give a flying f about those stupid creatures (we've lost a lot of beloved plants due to these f'ers ).

I don't like the fact that they have numerous small lizards and snakes, and one very large snake in what I consider too-small cages- similar to a pet store. I don't think these animals are rescues, but I'm not entirely sure. I wasn't able to ask our guide because our daughter obviously hasn't watched enough National Geographic and wanted to jump in to pet the crocodiles, so I was focused on keeping her safe. I'm a pretty extreme animal lover, though- I don't believe in buying bred dogs (rescues only), I don't like zoos, in general- even ones like the National Zoo that have decent research programs, and I don't generally like the idea of keeping most animals as pets. I'm not really sure why we went to Crococun- I thought it was entirely a rescue operation, but I'm not sure why I thought that (and I'm not sure it's not). So take my opinion for what it's worth....


Regardless, my daughter had an absolute blast, so it was a fun morning It was hard to get decent pictures on my cheap camera with the strong light contrast through the trees...




So, the next series of photos occurred inside the large crocodile enclosure. I have to admit, I definitely got a WTF have I gotten my family into feeling walking through there. There are no barriers between you (and your small bait-sized child) and the very large crocodiles. I assume they're well-fed and docile, but still, it was a bit unnerving.....however- that did not stop us from trying to get a memorable family photo And memorable, it was, as the next couple of photos will show. We tried to pose as a family in front of big daddy crocodile, but my brilliant child was having NONE.OF.IT. "I want to go in! I want to go in! I want to pet the crocodile!" This is why humans used to have so many offspring, I assume. The less cautious ones were all eaten by crocodiles....



And, I'll leave you all with this photo, which clearly shows our guide laughing as he explains to us that the plastic crocodile is actually a trash can. Gross.


That's all for now. I'll finish up with odds and ends later.
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The beaches look amazing , Your daughter probably slept great every night after those adventures...
I missed this earlier- the beaches are really nice- hardly any seaweed this year, either. She slept like a log- we slept in until 7 every morning, which is a real treat with a 3 year old

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It was a great trip- thanks!
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Final installment

I forgot to mention that my daughter was really amped up to go to Mexico for WEEKS before our trip. We did everything we could to downplay the situation, but I had told her that after it snows, we'll go to Mexico, so as soon as it snowed- it was ON. I feel really, really bad for her daycare provider the week leading up to our trip

She barely slept the night before our trip- she was wired from the time we got up all through our flight on our travel day (she's a really good traveler, she was just super talkative and asking a million questions), and as soon as we landed on Mexican soil, well- this was my husband:



I guarantee I looked very similarly happy. Even the animals were getting into the party spirit:



This was our daughter:



Finally. I can sleep. We made it.

Here are a few random shots of the beach and pool around our condo.



In summary, we had a great trip. The "Villas Ojo de Agua" building (big orange building behind Cielo Beach Club), is really missing a great opportunity to be something wonderful. Cielo Beach Club is a scourge on PM, as far as I'm concerned, but Puerto Morelos, in general, is a great place to spend a relaxing vacation with family and friends. There are many great food options (forgot to mention the breakfast tortas next to Martin's grocery in the morning!), the beach is uncrowded and calm- even during high season, and the town is close to the airport, yet convenient to everything. It's growing, though, and I bet it won't stay this way for long. We're trying to enjoy it while we can. Until next year....adios!
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Buggirl...nice report...looks like you had a good time...we are moving up to Puerto Morelos today......sonofdob
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Hey... looks like your daughter had an awesome time, and you too!
That toilet seat question followed me the whole time on my recent trip. It does serve a function though. When it is closed and you flush it helps keep airborne particles (or particles that become airborne) from rising out of the bowl and landing on anything around, like your toothbrush for example. I think I'm going to keep the one I got at home in its place.
I hope the good experiences way outweighed the bad and I enjoy all the pictures.
Thanks for posting your trip up!
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Great report Sara!!

We'll have to come over and meet you and Jeremy and little Buggirl again
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Buggirl...nice report...looks like you had a good time...we are moving up to Puerto Morelos today......sonofdob
Have a great time! You staying in the same place?

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That toilet seat question followed me the whole time on my recent trip. It does serve a function though. When it is closed and you flush it helps keep airborne particles (or particles that become airborne) from rising out of the bowl and landing on anything around, like your toothbrush for example. I think I'm going to keep the one I got at home in its place.
I hope the good experiences way outweighed the bad and I enjoy all the pictures.
Thanks for posting your trip up!
Good point. Gross. Really glad I didn't think of that while I was there

Good far outweighed the bad. We don't go to Mexico for luxurious accommodations. I do get cranky when I'm kept up all night, but that only happened once. After that we just rolled with it- we looked pretty grungy at CUN after 3 days of no water, though That first shower at home was HEAVEN.

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Great report Sara!!

We'll have to come over and meet you and Jeremy and little Buggirl again
Next year- Feb 25-Mar 4! You guys came up several times this year- we were all talking about how we want to take a longer vacation sometime and include your city, but with only 1 week in Feb, we want the beach. Some summer I'll do a longer trip, maybe w/ friends, maybe w/ J if he can get the time off- definitely with the little one once she's a bit less little

Oh, and please settle a bet for me- our friends that you met last year seem to think the 105F temps you guys had last Feb are the norm for this time of year- I think it was an extra hot winter. Which is it? Bet it wasn't 105F this year, though It was sweatshirt every night weather for us, but we were right on the beach.
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Good point. Gross. Really glad I didn't think of that while I was there

Good far outweighed the bad. We don't go to Mexico for luxurious accommodations. I do get cranky when I'm kept up all night, but that only happened once. After that we just rolled with it- we looked pretty grungy at CUN after 3 days of no water, though That first shower at home was HEAVEN.



Next year- Feb 25-Mar 4! You guys came up several times this year- we were all talking about how we want to take a longer vacation sometime and include your city, but with only 1 week in Feb, we want the beach. Some summer I'll do a longer trip, maybe w/ friends, maybe w/ J if he can get the time off- definitely with the little one once she's a bit less little

Oh, and please settle a bet for me- our friends that you met last year seem to think the 105F temps you guys had last Feb are the norm for this time of year- I think it was an extra hot winter. Which is it? Bet it wasn't 105F this year, though It was sweatshirt every night weather for us, but we were right on the beach.

100's are more typical of April and May. Usually between the low 80's and low 90's in February.

https://weatherspark.com/averages/32...Yucatan-Mexico
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100's are more typical of April and May. Usually between the low 80's and low 90's in February.

https://weatherspark.com/averages/32...Yucatan-Mexico
Huh, that's warmer than I thought. I could've looked up averages, obviously
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Huh, that's warmer than I thought. I could've looked up averages, obviously
That is in Merida. It is cooler on the coast.
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That is in Merida. It is cooler on the coast.
Oh, yeah- I realize that. It's still warmer than I expected.
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OMG- that hair is a NIGHTMARE to manage without a decent shower. We had basically no water for the last days of our trip and I decided that rather than fight the curls, I would shave it all off when we got home Luckily for my poor daughter that wasn't necessary

Thanks for reading- how's the new grandbaby??
The kid just eats, sleeps and poops. Living the dream!

You guys are crazy holding that snake! Thanks for sharing your report and pics.
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Nice report and great to see pictures of your daughter! What a beautiful family you have. Maybe someday we will meet up in Mexico again!
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Good point. Gross. Really glad I didn't think of that while I was there

Good far outweighed the bad. We don't go to Mexico for luxurious accommodations. I do get cranky when I'm kept up all night, but that only happened once. After that we just rolled with it- we looked pretty grungy at CUN after 3 days of no water, though That first shower at home was HEAVEN.



Next year- Feb 25-Mar 4! You guys came up several times this year- we were all talking about how we want to take a longer vacation sometime and include your city, but with only 1 week in Feb, we want the beach. Some summer I'll do a longer trip, maybe w/ friends, maybe w/ J if he can get the time off- definitely with the little one once she's a bit less little

Oh, and please settle a bet for me- our friends that you met last year seem to think the 105F temps you guys had last Feb are the norm for this time of year- I think it was an extra hot winter. Which is it? Bet it wasn't 105F this year, though It was sweatshirt every night weather for us, but we were right on the beach.
Buggirl...yes we are in the same place...love it here...oh and I agree with GaryD...we need toilet seats......sonofdob
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