Sunday was Day 7 of our trip, and with the next day going to be our last big day and with a packaged excursion scheduled, this was our last day to hang out at the resort.
Laguna for breakfast
Eco tour – toxic tree, mangrove seed pod, family from Nepean, cave with coral, spider monkeys, rained a bit before and during tour – hot (*A)
The resort offers free walking tours for the “eco” portion, one of the scheduled activities that actually looked interesting. We passed on the scuba demos, bicycling, swimming in the cenote as part of a large group, traveling a jade river that looked like a near swamp (shudder, I was *not* going in that creek, maybe not even in a wet suit!), etc. But the eco walking tour sounded okay, even though I thought we had seen most of the resort already and walked the same paths. » Read the rest
After the previous day’s long series of packaged events, we wanted a bit of a quiet day for day 6 of our trip. I was relieved to find out that my screaming knees from the day before, which often make their presence felt for 2 or 3 days, were not in attendance and I didn’t need my knee support for the rest of the trip.
Laguna for breakfast
Went to beach – walked in big waves (J,A), wave spanking !! 🙂
A&J sat in waves, J played in waves – bee sting 🙁
One of the nice things about the Eco resort was that occasionally, just walking along, you’d see raccoons, coati (kind of like a raccoon with a long monkey-like tail), spider monkeys, or in this case, peacocks.
We changed for the beach and went for a walk on the shore. Pretty big waves, and we got spanked a few times walking around in water up to our butts. » Read the rest
On Day 5 of our trip to Playa del Carmen, we took the first of our two big pre-booked, planned “excursions”. The prices were high, which we knew, but we wanted safe, organized, no muss, no fuss options for this trip. Next time, we’d probably just hire a taxi driver for the day and it would be a lot cheaper. Today, we were doing a group too to Cozumel.
Awake early, Laguna for breakfast
Tour bus/shuttle at 9:15 to ferry, meet group
10:30 ferry to Cozumel Island, walk to bus, went to Chankanaab park
The trip to Playa del Carmen was pretty standard, stopping to pick up other couples along the way. Once in PdC, we were handed off to another coordinator who took us to the ferry, and then handed off to another coordinator who got us on the ferry. Kind of like “lead” guides for each little leg. » Read the rest
For Day 4 of our trip to Playa del Carmen, we wanted to actually see PdC itself.
To Playa del Carmen by taxi;
Walk along Fifth Avenue — lots of stores, drink at resto, bought pants for J, went to beach — HOT !! 🙂
The downtown area is quite long, with lots of hotels, stores, small businesses, big businesses, some malls, restaurants, etc. Fifth Avenue is closed to cars, so one long pedestrian walkway. While there are lots of little souvenir booths along the way, most of the prices are all the same at each of the stores — and all 5 to 10 times what it is worth. This isn’t where you go for souvenirs, but it was nice to walk along. There are a few bargains here and there, or at least better variety than some other places, so we did pick up a couple of things.
We also went to a nice little restaurant for a break and a drink, and then kept going. » Read the rest
Day 3 of our trip was designed as our first “full” day enjoying the resort, with the intent to hit the various pool options and the water park.
Laguna — pancakes!! 🙂
book two day trips
walk around resort to see cenotes, lots of iguanas, a drone, Mayan ruins
giant leaf — hot! 🙂
The resort is billed as an “eco” resort with lots to see, and we decided to do a tour on our own. We walked around the basic eco paths that wind through the resort, and then headed up into the “north-eastern” corner of the property where they have some ruins, and the area also looks like it was once the entrance to the property, with a place for a mini-market for sellers. We saw some of the Mayan ruins, and a guy flying a drone, but the real fun for me was to see all the iguanas enjoying the “sun square”, probably 25 or so across the area, all of different sizes. » Read the rest