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Old 08-27-2004   #16 (permalink)
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We will....a long lived happy life is not about how many breaths you take...but how many things took your breath away!
Thinking La vita e bella may be the first place to try.
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Old 08-27-2004   #17 (permalink)
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We ate there in May 2003. The location was wonderful. A few hours after eating a chicken sandwich there, my spouse became projectile-vomiting type ill, and it took 24-36 hours to recover. I ate something else and did not get sick. I do not know if there was a direct connection between her sandwich and her illness, but we did decide to just drink beer there if we went back.
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Gringo Dave owns villas in Puerto Aventuras so I'm not surprised he's opened his place there.

If you miss Gringo Dave's old location I recommend going to Diamante K's restaurant, it's right down the street and has the same beautiful scenery and great service and food. The ceviche, tacos, and migas are my favorites.

I think those flies are a temporary thing. In January when I was in Tulum they were everywhere but I had never seen them before that........
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went to diamante k for a look around...found it very dark...a little spooky...no sensible reason why...just felt that way. Didnt notice the restaurant.
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Unfortunately, Gringo Daves had probably been on a downward spiral long before the beginning of the year. We had pina coladas there in January and they were absolutely awful, so we just switched to beer and enjoyed the incredible view. The pico de gallo and guacamole weren't up to their previous quality either and it didn't get any better on successive trips. In any case, the view remained the same, and that's why we went there. I loved the slow service and it was great seeing the waiter balance a huge tray of exotic drinks out to that end table on the cliff. In April, I did have great tasting fresh dorado there but the mixed drinks were still pretty sad. What I never liked was having my drinks served on a blanket... I always found that kind of tacky. We even brought our own linen on a few occasions just to bring it up a few notches.

You don't have to look far from Gringo Dave's for an incredible replacement. Diamante-K right next door to the north has a fantastic restaurant, a great selection of wine, beer and exotic drinks in a truly romantic setting. We've been going there all year long for food and blended drinks and then skipping over to Gringo Dave's for a final beer on the cliffs. If Diamante-K isn't your cup of tea... there are a handful of neat places between there and the Tulum ruins. My overall favorite in that stretch is El Paraiso.

If the phrase going down the toilet means anything, this photo of the men's urinal at Gringo Daves is timely... I'll pass on a Gringo Daves in Puerto Aventura!



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thats our fave too...el paraiso is a little too quaint so we will do the vita e bella..is the shipwreck still there...hows the food at paraiso and la vita e bella.
Maybe I will have to look into the diamante k a little more....like I said no real good reason to dislike...just felt dark...oddly the wife felt the same...a little gothic dark and evil...wierd heh.

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thats our fave too...el paraiso is a little too quaint so we will do the vita e bella..is the shipwreck still there...hows the food at paraiso and la vita e bella.
Can't say about the food at el Paraiso but the pina colada was really good. As for the shipwreck, it was still there as of last July.
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Diamante-K does have a bit of a gothic look and the shading from the large palms makes it even darker. If you walk further into the property toward the restaurant (southern end of the complex) there's a clearing on the backside. There you'll find a secluded private beach and places to sit on the rocky ledge that's an extension of Gringo Daves. There's merely thick jungle that separates the two. On the other side of the restaurant is a small cove where the waiters will serve you outside. Definitely worth checking out.

The thing I like better about El Paraiso versus La Vita Bella is it's closeness to the ocean. We also find it hard to resist the small rustic palapa bar on the beach at Mar Caribe... it really has that Caribbean flavor!

Kind of sad to see that wreck out front of La Vita Bella, especially seeing how sweet it looked while it was still floating in January. It was clearly in trouble then as they had pumps bailing water. I think the heavy surf in February pretty much did it in. Wonder what a vintage sailboat like that is worth?

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Holy cow! I'm SO sad. I haven't had time to be on the board for a month or so and I come back today to see this. Wow, I have some great memories at Gringo Dave's and have had some fantastic food and drinks. I'll really, really miss it.

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Jimmy...you are the photo guy...Mar caribe...not syre where that is...can ya give me details

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Diamante-K does have a bit of a gothic look and the shading from the large palms makes it even darker. If you walk further into the property toward the restaurant (southern end of the complex) there's a clearing on the backside. There you'll find a secluded private beach and places to sit on the rocky ledge that's an extension of Gringo Daves. There's merely thick jungle that separates the two. On the other side of the restaurant is a small cove where the waiters will serve you outside. Definitely worth checking out.

The thing I like better about El Paraiso versus La Vita Bella is it's closeness to the ocean. We also find it hard to resist the small rustic palapa bar on the beach at Mar Caribe... it really has that Caribbean flavor!

Kind of sad to see that wreck out front of La Vita Bella, especially seeing how sweet it looked while it was still floating in January. It was clearly in trouble then as they had pumps bailing water. I think the heavy surf in February pretty much did it in. Wonder what a vintage sailboat like that is worth?

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no sadness here. Never even stepped foot in the place.
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You missed out, James. At least when it was great. We had the best meal ever and the greatest drinks there... then I recommended it to Steve and he and Delmy went, and well, you've heard the story. When I went back after that, I had the same experience as JimmyMN that the pina coladas were horrible... but my food was still great. I'm really sorry to see that place go. And I'm glad I got to eat there a few times before that downward spiral.

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Jimmy...you are the photo guy...Mar caribe...not sure where that is...can ya give me details
If you walk the roadway south of the Tulum Ruins, I believe Mar Caribe is maybe the second driveway south of the El Mirador entrance. (El Mirador is the very first place south of the ruins). If you're walking from El Mirador along the beach, the beach bar at Mar Caribe is the first place south that's actually up near the water.

As for Gringo Daves, hopefully someone will lease the property and take it to new heights. It'll be unfortunate if that someone is an all-inclusive. In the meantime, there's always Diamante-K or you can head down the road to Zamas for an equally interesting view.

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jimmy , any pics of Zamas? BTW the wreck at la vita was floating in Jan? I was there and didnt see it...i was so suprised to see it in march. I kinda liked the site of it...it added to the end of the earth mood I was in during the march adventure.
the next rtip in jan feb 05 will be more of a lets meet people trip..typically we are kinda removed.
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