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Yates Family Vacation July 24 Golf Cart Day

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

We slept late. This kind of bothered me as we had a golf cart just waiting for us to explore the island. We finally got going. My son was exhausted from being out late (he was at the Penthouse of P.A. in a hot tub with two French girls along with the guy renting the penthouse and his girlfriend) I guess he just couldn’t tear himself away!

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We stopped and looked for shells along the gorgeous coastline. It was fun to see the turtle tracks and diggings in the sand. (Our son slept on the golf cart)

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We drove thru the Colonia looking for Michael’s. Then we went to the Turtle Farm. This was my husband’s first time there. I had to insist he go inside and he was glad he did. My daughter got to hold a turtle! She was so excited when the worker handed it to her. We did find a deceased baby turtle in the tank. I felt a little sad but I felt better when I realized how many other ones there were and if they were in the sea their odds of making it this far were slim. There were two deformed turtles in the outside tank. They were 3 years old and were hatched here. They could never make it in the wild. I was so glad that my daughter got a photo of the Spotted Eel in the aquarium because later that week I would swim with one in the Kings Bath at the Avalon. The seahorse aquarium is like a fantasy. We especially liked the ones holding on to one another with their tails. Outside in a fenced in beach area, are 2 huge turtles and a nurse shark. Be sure to see the tortoises outside near the parking lot. We probably spent 45 minutes there.

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Next we stopped at the floating island made of plastic bottles. (Spirit Island) They let tourist visit it late in the day after it cools. I just don’t know how he gets around the rules living on it. The newspaper had an article that said this is the 3rd island he has made because storms destroyed the others and that bottles are all over the sea now. Anyway, I wouldn’t mind living on it during good weather.

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We returned to the other side of the island to eat at De Luisa. We were the only guests. The table under the palapa looking out to sea with the refreshing breezes was the perfect spot for lunch. My son ordered the fish, my daughter the fries and we had the club sandwich. (Mexican clubs have a fried egg in them) My husband wanted to offer $100 to stay there for the afternoon! It was delightful. We got out the binoculars to check out the passing ships.

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I offered to let my son drive the golf cart. He declined saying that whoever drives gets hollered at. (Darn those topes!) We went to the Southern tip of the island and paid our admission to visit the ruins, art, and cliffs.
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My husband elected to wait for us in the shade. It was hot. It was still beautiful. As we walked along the cliffs, my son’s arm held me back. There was a snake with its head stuck out from the wall of the cliff!

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On the way back, we again looked for Michael’s. We returned to the hotel and dropped off the men. We girls went into the ATM. A local came out and gave me an ATM card. He thought it was ours. It belonged to Zach L. I went to the 7-11 and wrote a note on a napkin. I stuck the napkin note above the ATM. We looked for Zach the rest of the day. My daughter said she remembered what he looked like. We never saw him again. (The next day I walked into town and turned it into the Bank)
I saw the shaved ice man. I couldn’t believe he had Tamarind! It was great. We went swimming. I met three children: Renyada, Alex, Yolanda. Their mom was Cynthia. The kids were playing with my husband’s raft. The adults offered my husband a cerveza and then water when he turned down the beer. We gave them some goggles that we had brought to give out and Cynthia gave me a beautiful wrap. Cynthia’s mom works at the Isla Maya gift shop near the Ferry.
Later that night we ate at Bucanero. My husband had spaghetti and I had the special. It was a very special Sea Bass. I loved it! Gregorio came by and of course sang. Tomorrow Miquel’s will reopen! We were really kind of lost without Miquel! He is a great host, great food, drinks and prices!


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