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Getting to Paradise July 2011

By: jade (View Profile)
Date: 8/9/2011

This was our first Yates Family Vacation since ’96. We had lots of trips already planned for this year including an Isla Trip over Spring Break. So it was just out of curiosity that I checked for deals one day on my work break. I couldn’t believe it when I found that in July, we could go to Isla for 2 weeks for just $50 a person per day (Hotel & Air). Wow! All I had to do was run it by my adorable husband. He said to do it! It was such a good deal that I thought my daughter would want to come along – however it would be even a better deal if she shared a room. So we thought our son might want to come also. Last year we begged him to come along and he was not interested. I couldn’t believe it when his sister talked him into it. Yes! We were so excited.
As luck would have it, it’s a good thing we booked this trip. During our Easter trip to Isla, my husband was not well. (We thought it was his asthma but his heart was not functioning to supply oxygen to his body). We had a good time but as I said, he was not well. We also had a Yellowstone vacation planned for June. That had to be cancelled because of his heart condition. We were disappointed. We barely got the OK from the doctor to make the July Isla trip. Luckily, my husband improved due to another medicine prescribed just a couple of weeks before the trip. He would only leave the hotel for lunch at Alexia & Giovanny and diner. We took a taxi most times going or coming back from town for diner. My husband would stay at the hotel while the kids and I ran errands. Everything worked out great as my husband loves to stay at the beach all day. We all had a wonderful time. Our children stayed with us for 8 days which we will always cherish. This trip has to be my 2nd favorite time in the Yucatan with my favorite being the 1st time we experienced the beauty of the area.
Monday July 18, 2011
My daughter arrived around 8 P.M. Our son lives next door. He said we would have to drive as his license plate for his new Jeep had not arrived. We loaded everything into my car. We tried to sleep. It was hard as we were so excited and so tired from trying to get everything ready.
Tuesday, July 19
We had a 6:30 A.M. flight so we were up before 4. We ran around the house for about 30 minutes. Dumb me! I was still grabbing last minute items and stuffing them into my carry on. The kids told us that the new license plate had been in the mail box and we were going to take the Jeep after all. They said that they had already moved all the luggage over and everything was ready. Thank God, I double checked. When I opened my trunk – there was my back pack which had all our passports inside!
At the airport my son and I dropped off all the bags along with my husband and daughter. We parked the car and caught the shuttle. Air Tran was easy along with the security screening. My son got some attention for wearing his green sand bucket as a hat in the terminal. (We ignored the hat!) It took about an hour to get to Atlanta. We had wheelchair assistance and found our connecting flight was nearby when we arrived. We had some snacks and then on to Cancun. We arrived about 10:30 at terminal 2. I guess we got there early enough to beat the crowds. Smooth sailing all the way out to Best Day. We just missed the ferry.

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We used the time waiting to calm down and we began to relax. I know our son was tired as he had elected to stay up all night.

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Back to the mesmerizing colors of the water. The colors were magical. The ferry ride over was absolutely delightful.

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It has become a tradition for us to stop at Mocambo before going to the hotel. It is just north of the Ferry.

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A hat vendor came by and we purchased our son a hat! Good-bye sand bucket hat!

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We had Calamari, guacamole, and the Mayan fish cooked in a plantain leaf. Our vegan daughter only had the guacamole. She and I also had the terrific and strong Margaritas. The doctor had ordered no alcohol for my husband.

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Our waiters were Louis, Roger, and Julian. They are great guys! But beware –if you order Mayan fish from Roger – he will bring you ceviche instead!

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We checked into the Villa Kiin. I had originally booked at the Roca Mar. I knew it had great breezes. I had to change the hotel because I knew my husband could not walk to the beach every day. We also chose to get my daughter and son separate rooms. All of these changes added up – but it was well worth it.
We swam. The water was super. It was clear and very warm in places.My son got his first taste of snorkeling in the Caribbean. Of course he loved it. He has been the vice-president of the Charlotte aquarium club and has had many aquariums including a salt water one. I didn’t snorkel today. I just wanted one day with my hair straight!

We all went into town. We couldn’t wait for the kids to meet Miguel. We had a light dinner and drinks at Miquel’s Moonlight. We stopped at the grocery and picked up some snacks. My husband and I were exhausted and we all went back to the room. Our kids left and when back to town. They saw Gregorio – but he probably did not know our daughter was ours! They had a good time.


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