My little adventures south of the border.

Isla – day whatever you want it to be

Okay, so I rented the golf cart yesterday and drove that thing around all damn day.  I was one tired, grimy, gritty, sweaty gal when I parked it in front of my hotel…especially considering that I would stop and walk around and take pictures, etc., etc., in addition to just driving it around.  Have I already mentioned that it’s hot down here??  Well, it still is.  Hardly a cloud in the sky and intense heat every single day I’ve been here.  I keep hoping for just one day of cloudy skies or rain, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.  Anyway, I took a boatload of pictures, so I’ll divide them up into sections of the other parts of the island. 

Here’s my spiffy little ride.  I’ll have to say the steering was a little (actually, a lot) loose and I felt like it kind of had a mind of its own as to where it wanted to go.  I quickly learned that I needed to sit on a towel because the back of my legs are sunburned and getting up off the vinyl seat after my thighs glued themselves to it in 100 degree temps…well, you probably get the picture…and it’s not a pretty one. 

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Here’s another map of Isla and the black line is where this blog post will cover.

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I started out with breakfast at Barlito’s.  They used to be located downtown, but they recently moved to a mid-island location with the hotel Marina Paraiso.  It’s a long walk from downtown, so it’s best if you have some kind of transportation…specially when it’s 200 degrees outside.  It doesn’t look like much from the street, but when you get to the back, it’s literally a little oasis.  I was really surprised.

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The restaurant looks over an infinity pool…

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And here’s the back of the hotel.  It’s a very peaceful, quiet sanctuary and I would definitely consider staying here in the future.  The prices are really reasonable, as well.

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Here’s my bagel.  It was really good, but I could only eat half of it.  It’s definitely enough for two people.

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I had an audience the whole time I was eating.  He would literally not stop looking at me.  I’m thinking he was asleep…I hope.

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Back into the golf cart.  I drove down a side street not far down from the restaurant and found these new condo units.  They are right next to local houses with no sea views.  I’m really curious as to what they look like inside and how much they go for.

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Now we’re going along the left-hand side of the black line of the map starting at the top.  This area is where some of the big, expensive resorts are.  Here’s one of my favorites because I think it really is a beautiful little spa-like hotel.  It’s called the Villa Rolandi.

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There’s a pier across the street where boaters and dock and come ashore…

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I want this boat.

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It definitely has that Caribbean flair to it and I love the stained glass.

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The grounds are meticulously kept up…

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The beach area is small, but it’s nice…

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The pool…

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And all the flowers are so pretty…

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By the way, I asked the desk clerk how much a single room was going for and she said $345.00 per night.  Whoa.  That’s $310.00 more a night than I’m spending at my place…big difference.

On with the tour.  Towards the end of the road, there’s a place where you can swim with the dolphins.  I’m not sure it’s still in operation…I didn’t see anyone there, but maybe I drove by there too early.

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And here’s the end of this direction of the road…which leads to another resort.  They keep most of these high-end resorts very private.  I guess you can’t get in unless you have a reservation.

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So I turn around and go back up the road towards the opposite tip of the island.  I just took random pics along the way.  This road has a collection of homes and lodging and sometimes it’s hard to tell one from another. 

Just a random pic…I liked the blue door against the flowers.

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Unless something needs an explanation, I’m just going to post pictures as I was driving by.

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This guy built this island that is floating on plastic bottles and he actually lives there.  Crazy, huh?

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This is Zama Beach Club…a place where you can just hang out and swim and eat.

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Again…very spa-like and peaceful.

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I thought you had to pay a fee to hang out here, but the manager told me you just need to purchase dinner while you’re there.  I didn’t see a menu, so I don’t know how expensive that is, but it sure is pretty.  I love these floors!

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Just up the road are some condos that have a very pretty setting.  I love the driveway with the grass coming up between the blocks.

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Very peaceful and quiet…

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More random shots driving up the road…

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This is a huge complex in the process of being built.  I drove by around 10:30 and no one was working.  I hope this isn’t another instance of bad planning where it’s just going to stand there for years with no end in sight.  It looked kind of desolate.

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I saw a lot of these signs on the way.  If anyone wants to buy a space on paradise, there’s a lot of homes and lots available. 

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Then we get to Garrafon Park.  Everyone who drives by here has to stop and take a picture because the hues of the water are so breathtaking.

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There were lots of zip-liners today…

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And lots of snorkelers and kayakers…

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Tomorrow I’ll cover Punta Sur (the very eastern tip of the island)…and after that, the nitty gritty of the real Isla.  Stay tuned!

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5 responses

  1. I really appreciate your sharing your current experience of Isla. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been there, and I have this fear that it’s going to have lost that sense of being a “real” place, where people live and work and raise their children. So far, all looks good. 🙂

    June 27, 2014 at 3:06 am

  2. jamqueenann

    Thanks for letting us come along on your tour. Is the unfinished building the Unik? Was having a discussion with my bbrother about it a few weeks ago.

    June 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  3. Thanks, Celia and Ann. Ann, I’m not sure what that big complex was called…I didn’t notice any signs. I sure hope they don’t sit there unfinished for years like those condos at the end of the malecon.

    June 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  4. Donna

    Unfortunately that bulding is Unik and it has sat untouched for about 4 years now. Rumor has it that it is now not salvageable due to rust and either will sit there or hopefully be torn down some day.

    Enjoying reading your blog!

    June 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  5. Oh, wow…what a waste of a great space. That’s a shame. Thanks for the update, Donna.

    June 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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