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Tom & Dianne December 2010 Part 3, The End

By: ladydi68046 (View Profile)
Date: 1/3/2011

Wednesday was our day to visit Punta Sur. We finally discovered this area when we had been here last February. We love the walk down by the water and the many photo opportunities it provides. And this year, we finally saw five dolphins playing out in the water just south of the point however were unable to catch them on film.

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We were going to stop at Soggy Peso on the way back for wings but it was a beautiful sunny day with no wind so we decided it would be a great beach day so on to Playa Sol.

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It was a perfect day. We sat with the sisters again, laughing, drinking and conversing. We decided to stay for sunset and it was a beautiful one.

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Thursday dawned beautiful but windy. We had breakfast and the normal long walk and arrived at Playa Sol.

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This is between NaBalam and Buhos, note the white caps.

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Once again, beautiful up by the palapa. After about a half hour, the rains came. Everyone under the palapa. The boat had just arrived with day trippers and the beach vendors made out big time.

Umbrella in the bar to keep off the rains:

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We waited for a break in the rains and went into town to get some lunch again at San Cocho’s. I then was scheduled with Gaby at Posada for a massage and facial to which I highly recommend. I felt and looked great when she was done. For our supper, we decided to go out to Chuuk Kay again to see Ventura. He had gone to Merida so we had another delicious dinner and just went back to Posada and had a few drinks with Romi as it was too chilly to hang out downtown.

Friday, our last day, was another perfect beach day and we took full advantage of it staying at Playa Sol for the majority of the day. Made arrangements with the sisters to meet up later at Amigo’s for margarita’s. Hugs and good-byes to Roger and Ziggy telling them we’ll see them next November.

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Decided to go back out to Chuuk Kay to say good-bye to Ventura and caught him right before he left to go home. He had a beer with us and we had awesome chicken fajitas.

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Met up for margarita’s which are really good at Amigo’s. Said good-bye to the sisters promising to keep in contact with them.

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On down Hidalgo to say goodbye to Little Sergio and then on to San Cocho’s to bid farewell to Lexi.

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This is always the hardest part of the trip. We have so many friends and that makes it equally hard to leave.

Saturday morning at the ferry by 11:00 to meet our transfer by 11:30. Long lines at the airport, took about 45 minutes to get checked in. When they say to be at the airport 2 to 2 ½ hours early, they mean it.

We always laugh at the people that are over the 50 lb. weight limit and have to rearrange their luggage. We used to be that way with huge bags and now we are down to duffel bags.

Flight to Houston was uneventful but we learned one lesson – give yourself more than an hour to get through all the immigration and customs and recheck of baggage. We made our connecting flight to Omaha but just barely. And of course, Omaha was experiencing the first blizzard of the season so 40 mph winds coming in. We knew it could get bad when they told us to make sure we all had barf bags in the seat pocket in front of us. The pilots were wonderful, some turbulence but not as bad as expected. Back home to the sub zero. 

Some general musings: On this trip, Tom and I checked out several places that we possibly wanted to stay at on our next trip. One thing we learned, places look a lot different in real life than they do on the internet. I would highly recommend if you like trying different places to check out your choices on your next trip. All of the places were very accommodating in showing you a room. We did like the Posada and would definitely stay there again.

We’re not very brave in expanding out and trying new places to eat. So some of our favorites for breakfast are Buccanero’s, French Bistro, Brisas Grill and this year we tried out Bally Hoo. They just started serving breakfast and you get a large portion and it was very good. We like having chicken tacos at San Cocho’s or fish fingers at Playa Sol for a mid-afternoon snack. I would recommend the pasta and pizza at Angelo’s, seafood at Brisas Grill, and of course Chuuk Kay. Our next trip will be hopefully next November and I’d like to try some of the other awesome places I’m always reading about.

I’m glad that high season has arrived and more tourists are going to the island. It was a long low season for many of the locals and with so many people being “afraid” to travel to Mexico, businesses and locals were hit hard. Isleno’s are proud people and the majority of them work very hard for very little, so if you’re going in the near future, treat them well. Everyone we know always goes so far out of their way to help if you need it.

Hope you enjoyed!

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