Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I’m up at the crack of dawn (courtesy of Playa Gaviota’s rooster) and grab a few snacks and tip toe out of the room and down to the waterfront. I want to remember this moment forever. I close my eyes and listen to the birds singing, the water gently lapping against the shore and the palm leaves rustling in the breeze. That’s all I hear. I’m in heaven. I take a few photos I had promised to send Marcia at Mornings in Mexico. The new Mar y Sol looks very close to being finished but I’m sad that they plan to tear down the old building. The sand that once only came up to the building now surrounds it and new growth is popping up here and there.
We tour Punta Sur on our way back to return the scooter and take our first taxi ride back to Mar y Sol.
Doesn’t everyone have one of these photos?
This is as far south as we are allowed to go. I know we are missing a beautiful part of the island but I try not to think about it.
Back at Mar y Sol, now scooterless, the plan is to walk just a short distance down the beach south to Playa Indio Beach Club and spend some time snorkeling and enjoying the sun. (Thanks for the tip, Kip!) We meet Leslie who tells us the kayaks and chairs are free and proceed to have the club all to ourselves. We find huge fish remains on the bottom of the ocean and the small fish are feeding off them. They are not interested in our bread crumbs but it is all fascinating to watch.
We soak up some sun and I enjoy my first Pina Colada. (Proof that an underwater camera takes lousy photos above water!)
We take the kayak (a very comfortable two seater) out to where the beautiful turquoise water starts. Too much fun! Steve’s already made the trip once so he rests and enjoys me paddling him around. He just can’t help but back seat drive, though!
Back to the room to freshen up. The shower head is huge but the water lazily sprinkles down. So relaxing – no phone ringing – maybe there’s a need for Steve’s job skills here in Mexico after all! (See our introduction – Day 1).
We take off walking south down the beach again but can’t get past the beautiful Casa O’s so we walk up to the street and finish our trip down to Garrafon. It’s hot and humid and we are not used to this. There’s not much breeze so we decide to stop into El Pueblito for shade and lunch.
There is a special – 4 beers and guacamole for $10 but we don’t need 4 beers. We opt for 1 a piece and guacamole, chips and 3 tacos, all different flavors. It’s perfect. I have to check out the banos since I had asked about them on the Q&A board. They now have a new wooden door (no more curtain blowing in the breeze) but are still pretty rustic. Plenty of TP and a shared wash area with a hand towel hanging on the wall.
Back to our room to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. Steve sees how far he can walk out in front of Mar y Sol. He’s the tiny spec in the middle of this photo. He finally stops at waist deep and comes in for a break.
We decide to see how far we can walk along the beach to the north. We see deserted homes and walk past Playa Lancheros. It’s quiet and we’re not hungry so we’ll save the Tic n’ Xic for next trip. We get as far as a huge wooden slide that goes into the water and turn around. We enjoyed several dogs on our trip. They came and went but were all so well behaved and fun to play with. We slather on some Skin So Soft to ward off the mosquitoes and spend a peaceful evening on the beach.
Well, ok, maybe not entirely peaceful. There's what appears to be a "sunset cruise" boat coming from Cancun to the club where the big slide goes into the water. We had also noticed a huge stage with a giant PA set up there, too. Loud music is coming from the boat. Pangas are speeding out to meet the cruise boat and shooting off fireworks around it. It's all fun to watch and it sounds like they are having a great time for several hours.
Then, peaceful again....