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Grace & Steve’s Day 3, from Downtown to Mar y Sol

By: gee2sun (View Profile)
Date: 5/29/2006

Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

We wake up to the rooster’s crow and overcast skies. No sunrise shot. I share the fruit, granola and yogurt breakfast with Steve as he enjoys his continental. He packs up as I run down to Donna’s with my MapChick Map so she can show me where the Mercado and the bakery is in Colonia Gloria. She’s so helpful! We decide to rent a scooter from Ciro's for 24 hours ($25) and take a tour of the island and locate Mar y Sol before taking our luggage with us one at a time. We have several hours before we need to be out of the room. Off we go -- this should be easy as Marcia from Mornings in Mexico has given us directions and we have our map. We take the curve at Mundaca Park and once again at Playa Lancheros. I know we are close as we pass Playa Gaviota but we don’t see the Mar y Sol sign. We ask several locals and they try to send us all over. I know they are wrong. Later we realize we were asking them where the sea and sun are. No wonder they looked at us funny!! After several trips back and forth, Steve sees the sign. Look closely – it’s under the bush!

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We cruise down the sandy driveway and have found our paradise! The first thing we hear is the rooster crowing from next door at Playa Gaviota. Can it get any better than this? We have everything we could possibly need – microwave, frig, ceiling fan, AC, comfy beds, porch overlooking the bay and Cancun and blissful peace. Even the barking gecko doesn’t seem to mind if we share his room for a few days. (It's true! I heard him in the middle of the night and several times after that!)

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Steve’s in his element now. He starts taking about when we can come back. Mission accomplished. He’s hooked!

Off we go to cruise Sac-Bajo and zip around Punta Sur. This photo was taken on the lagoon side of Sac-Bajo.

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We see El Pueblito and Garrafon and decide it’s not too far to walk down later in the week. Back to our room downtown to transport our luggage one by one and then back downtown to the Super Xpress for snacks and supplies to get us by in case of the emergency munchies.

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We notice a fully cooked chicken with rice for around $5. Sold! There’s lunch and a few more meals for us. Back to Mar y Sol to fill our tummies and settle in.

We cruise the colonias. I’m looking for the Crayola house. We locate the mercado which seems more like a Farmer’s Market as we walk around it. Just down the street, Steve notices a small shop with ice cream so we stop in. The woman speaks perfect English and we pick up a few more items for our room.

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(My favorite trip photo! It makes me laugh everytime I see it) Steve takes me over to the Caribbean side and finds me a beautiful shell.

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The sky is getting dark and we’re pretty sure it’s coming our way.

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Back to Mar y Sol just in time for the downpour. We sit back and enjoy the storm and watch the rain. No complaints.


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