10 Days of Isla Paradise ¡V Day 2
We really couldn¡¦t wait to go to bed so that we could enjoy our first whole day on the island. Hubbie started nudging me early so that we could walk over and get orange juice from the market by A&G. With coffee and tea in hand we enjoyed the early morning. The streets in the morning are so peaceful!
After getting our juice we returned to wake up the children. Today was Raffy¡¦s 25th birthday. Anna Douglas had told us that the Tres Leche cakes from the Super Express were very good so we planned on stopping there in the afternoon. We had packed all his presents with us (anticipating extra room for return purchases).
After a quick dip in the pool by a couple of kids and a glass a juice we headed for A&G¡¦s for breakfast.
A&G¡¦s was great as usual! The kids would have eaten here every morning if possible.
I was trying to remember, what my son had that first day. He laughed and said, ¡§Are you kidding? I had ham and eggs EVERY morning!¡¨ Please understand that my son is 6¡¦3¡¨ and ¡§ham and eggs¡¨ also included a side of rice and beans and fruit at every meal! How could I possibly forget? Must be my age LOL! Those first few days I did take pictures but forgot to write down what the food was or I wrote the food and forgot the picture (sorry Homebrew, we know how you love your food pictures).
The rest of us had divorced eggs,
Flutas (my spelling may be off), [Thats my future son Raffy. He thinks Im crazy! I think hes wonderful!]
Scrambled with chorizo (my personal favorite) and
ham and cheese omelets (Kirstyn ate A LOT of these over the trip).
Note: My kids couldnt get enough of Coke, regular or diet, on Isla. I have been informed that in Mexico pop, or "soda", is made with cane sugar vs. ??? I dont know but it tastes SO much better than in the states.
We headed to Captain Tony¡¦s to see when he would be heading to Contoy and possibly a visit with the whale sharks. Captain Tony said there was a storm coming and he would let us know when we could go, hopefully tomorrow.
On the way from Captain Tony¡¦s to El Sol a fellow on the corner asked if we were looking for a golf cart. We asked how much and he said, ¡§$45 a day¡¨. With six of us, we said, ¡§How much for 2?¡¨ ¡§$80 USD¡¨
SOLD! He took us around the corner to El Sol. With golf carts in hand we drove back to Almendros to gather our stuff for a day around the island.
(OK, So this is taken at Loncheros, but I needed a picture of the cart!)
We drove down the island and took in some of the sights.We had heard on the board that El Publito was no longer doing their ¡§beer/guac¡¨ special (4 cervesa + guacamole for $10 USD) but we love this place. After wandering down the carribean side, taking some pictures overlooking Garrafon
A nice couple from South America took this of us!
We were thrilled to see that they had that wonderful sign out and were open. We stopped and had the quacamole (still the best we have had on the island, very limey) and cervasa¡¦s and pop. We were going to try their fish cerviche but after we ordered it they came back and told us that they were waiting for their fish.
About half way through our appetizers this guy stopped with his moped and a bag of fish. Sorry to be redundant, but that is FRESH! If I remember correctly we had another round¡K¡K º
I can¡¦t remember the dog¡¦s name but he was quite friendly and entertaining with his coconut. He did drop it, temporarily, when offered a dog treat.
From there we went to Playa Loncheros for the afternoon. There were daytripper boats at the end of the dock but the people off the boats were headed for the place just south of Loncheros which was good for us. Two years ago I had gotten a henna tattoo from one of the ladies there. We struck up a conversation again about her
Chihuahua that I had met then.
She did a tattoo for both Kevin and Tera.
The food was wonderful!
Our xic n tic for two was really delicious with a fillet (without bones). The kids also ordered
chicken tacos, beans n rice (Kevin of course) sopa de lima, and coconut shrimp. Again, my picture taking with note taking was not the best.
With quite a few drinks and tip we spent $75 USD. This included Kirstyn¡¦s ¡§coco loco¡¨.
This was a very potent drink in a coconut shell. Basically all alcohol she finally asked to have some pineapple juice to dilute it. Not really a drinker, Kirstyn had some help to finish her drink.
It was quite a humorous moment when my ¡§tipsy¡¨ daughter clutched her coconut as we drove around the rest of the day.
From Playa Loncheros we headed for the turtle farm.
We really enjoyed all the turtles especially the three day old babies. They were SO cute to watch. One of the workers inside was very nice and was answering many questions from the visitors. We were told that if we returned at night that we might actually see the babies hatching outside in the fenced in incubation area.
From here we drove through the colonias trying to eye some of the places we wanted to visit such as La Bruja, Baseball Tacos, LYSH, LGES etc. With our time up we headed back to El Sol to return our carts.
We stopped at the Super Express for the tres leche cake ($9.50 with strawberry filling) and to replenish our drinks in the room. We drank a lot of water everyday! We could not find candles at the Super Express but did locate a 2 and 5 candle at Mirita¡¦s down the street.
We came back to Almendros for another swim and happy hour.
At sunset we walked to north beach for a dip in the ocean. Not a spectacular sunset but the water was nice.
On our way back to the hotel we bought pastries from a couple on the corner of Hildago (right by where Sergio sits with his batik) for breakfast the next morning. They had quite a selection of goodies. We cut them in half the following morning to share.
We had dinner at Angelo¡¦s. We ordered three pizzas. One vegetarian, one Hawaiian and one with Mexican meat. Very good. After dinner we went back to the room to celebrate Raffy¡¦s birthday.
Raffys three passions.....Cubs, Bears and Poker! We didn¡¦t realize that the candles were bought were the ¡§relighting¡¨ type so we had a good laugh over Raffy trying to blow out the candles.
After presents and cake and another dip in the pool we called it a night.