The flight down and all connections worked just fine except for waiting in line to take off from Charlotte airport. Although we took off 30 minutes late most of the time was made up in the air and we landed only about 10 minutes later that scheduled.
Bags were claimed immigration and customs went quickly and we were out of the building and hooked up with Best Day about 30 minutes after landing. I did not have a private transfer and I was slightly disappointed because we had to wait 45 minutes to load in a van and then went the Cancun route before unloading at Grand Puerto Cancun. I don't think I will use this service again because of the 45 minute wait. They had plenty of vans leaving with people that had just arrived but I guess they were holding out for someone heading in our direction instead of the strip.
It rained on the ride over on the Ultramar and never again that day and not very much the rest of the vacation. It did rain more in the Centro area from comments of people staying up in that area.
We stayed at Zina's Guest House in La Gloria. Zina was at home and awaiting our arrival. She greeted us, let us settle in a bit and offered to show us around the neighborhood. She pointed out so much it was hard to take it all in but was a good starter course for the area. This area may not be suited for everyone but it really has everything you need and really gives you an insight into the lives of the true Islenos. Places to eat, stores with everything from food to hardware abound. Bakeries, laundries, open air market with produce, butchers, clothes, and tortilla maker are all within a short walk of Zina's. Taquarilla, and market directly across the street and a loncheria one block to the southeast. At night the hood really comes alive with torta stands and other places to eat that are not open during the day.
The downstairs has a cable tv, dvd player, small stereo, efficiency kitchen with microwave, hot plate, blender, toaster and sink. There was never a lack of hot water in the shower. Ceiling fans in both the bedroom and dining area an AC wall unit.
I could use the wireless connection Zina provided from our downstairs apt. to do a little posting and email while on the island. The server is not always reliable but that is not Zina's fault.........remember it is Mexico....LOL
After a hard day at the beach you can go up to the roof top deck to relax. Beth, Zina and George.
More to come