My little adventures to wherever life takes me.

Akumal

On to Akumal…

Not being really happy with Tulum, I decided on a whim to head up to Akumal and made last-minute arrangements on-line the day before I got there.  I’ve been through Akumal briefly a couple of times, but have never stayed there.  I already did a post about the condo, but I’ll reiterate that it really was a very comfortable place and it was nice having a kitchen.

There were two things that were just a little disappointing.  There was no cable TV…they had a TV and a DVD player…but it wasn’t hooked up to cable.  When the website said there was a TV, I automatically thought it meant they had cable, so that was my error.  On the other hand, the internet connection was excellent so that made up for it.  The other thing I missed is that it didn’t have any kind of outdoor balcony.  It had a nice big window that looked out to the sea between the two neighboring condos, but it would have been nice to be able to sit outside.  Nonetheless, it was a great place and I would highly recommend it.  The maintenance staff was incredibly efficient and everything was very clean and well-kept.  It was $75US per night.  There were three women from the rental website who were extremely helpful and friendly, and offered ideas of things to see in the area.  They also communicated with me before Hurricane Ernesto struck, informing me that if it became serious, they would find accommodations in Valladolid.  That was very reassuring.  Thank you, Lisa, Jill and Toni!

One thing they told me was there there was a little cenote just across the street from the condo.  How cool is that?

While it may not be one of the cenotes that people drive miles to see, it’s still interesting to find out that there are so many all over the Yucatan.  See the big fish?

The plants really flourish down here.  The Hibiscus bushes are huge…much bigger than my little potted ones in Texas.

I went into town and needed something from the little store.  I think it’s funny that you can buy eggs by the egg in Mexico..ha!  “I’ll take one egg, please.”

Even though Ernesto wasn’t due for another day, the winds were starting to kick up and dark clouds were appearing on the horizon, so there weren’t a whole lot of people in the water.

I stopped at Lol Ha for lunch and had a cold one while I waited for my meal.  I wish I could always have this view for lunch…

This time, I had a scallop po’ boy.  I LOVE po’ boys, so I was really excited about this since I had never seen one before on a Mexican menu.  Here we go…

It was excellent.  The corn meal breading was perfect and the sauce was very authentic.  Definitely a thumbs up.

So when I left Lol Ha, I passed by a real estate office and took some pictures of the ads in the window.  Kind of interesting to see the large range of prices for places in Akumal.



I could see myself living here…

You own this place for one week for $14,000???  Seriously?  Who would do that?  That seems crazy to me even if you have money to throw away.  Unless I’m misunderstanding this, I could think of about a million other things to spend $14,000 on.

Way more reasonable…


I was surprised to see my condo was for sale.  I like it, but I don’t know if I’d pay that for it.

And MUCH more reasonable.  Hmmm…wonder what it looks like inside.

Obligatory toes in Akumal sand photo…

Beach shot before Ernesto came calling…

And my cochonito pibil at La Buena Vida which is a restaurant on Half Moon Bay.  Very good.

One more post to come on Akumal before the death of my camera.


Akumal and Puerto Aventuras…

I didn’t think I was going to do any side trips during my week on Isla, but after the third day, I said, “what the hell?”  When I went to Akumal last March, I posted on my Choosing Doorways blog that there wasn’t that much to do there, and received several comments in response saying that I didn’t check it out enough.  Okay, so I’m always willing to admit when I’m wrong, so I decided to go back again.  I also thought I’d check out Puerto Aventuras at the same time since I was in the area.  So I headed out on that day’s adventure…

Adios, Isla…but I will be back.  It’s a nice feeling to leave on the ferry knowing you’ll be back later that day.  (It’s a different thing when you’re leaving for good.)

I took some long-distance pictures of the Cancun coast on the ferry ride.  While I have absolutely no interest in visiting Cancun, I thought it was worth a few photos.



I thought this boat was interesting.  The angle is wrong in the photo so it’s hard to see, but there was a big cross on the front being held down by ropes.  I don’t know, but I think I may have some misgivings about getting on a small boat that has a big cross on the bow which kind of shouts, “I sure hope we make it to the other side.”  I’m not afraid of the water and am a good swimmer, but I’m just saying…

So here we are at Puerto Juarez where I catch a cab to the Cancun bus station for 50 pesos.

The bus stations are always a hoot in Mexico.  When your Spanish is less than perfect, you just kind of hope you end up where you want to be going.  So far, I haven’t had any problems.  I will again have to say that the bus system in Mexico is incredible… inexpensive, comfortable and easy to use once you get used to it.  I just need to learn more Spanish so that I can understand the movies they play on the little drop-down TVs.

In fact, this trip went really smoothly in that I just had less than 10 minute waits for my rides.  I took some pics of the Cancun scenery through the bus window…

So I get to Puerto Aventuras and get off the bus in what seems like just a small Mexican town in the middle of nowhere.  I start walking towards the town and realize I am NOT in a touristy area of Mexico.  I go into a little tienda and a girl points in the direction of where the “tourist” area of Puerto Aventuras is.  So I walk under the highway and see a big sign that says, “Puerto Aventuras” with a gate and a guard.  I ask the guard if I can walk in and he says, “si,” so on I go and eventually see this sign…

I walk a little further and get to this nice walkway…

And then look to the right and see this…

Oh, Lord…a golf course.  I have nothing against golf, but I don’t necessarily want to see it in Mexico.  So then I walk on and see all these manicured lawns with lush condos and lagoons…

Suddenly, I’m thinking I’ve been transported to a retirement village in Florida.  But I go on…I DO like the name of this boat…

Then I get to the main “village”…which is not really a village, it’s just an expensive touristy place where wealthy people go to spend a lot of money.

Lots of cute (expensive) shops and restaurants.  The main hotel is the Omni and this is what you see when you walk through the lobby…

And here’s the beach view…

Beautiful…but you pay for it.  As I was walking back through the lobby, I saw the price posted on the wall…3750 pesos per night.  Let me just get out my credit card. (NOT)

I walked around the area a little more and saw that they had a big dolphin area where guests could swim with them.

And be kissed by them…


At this point I didn’t have much interest in spending any more time here, so I decided to head down to Akumal.  I walked back to the main area near the highway and really didn’t feel like waiting for the next bus, so I asked a taxi driver how much to Akumal.  He said 140 pesos.  Not a problem…so off we go down the highway to Akumal at I’m guessing about 90 miles per hour.  After all, he needed to get back to his post for his next fare.  I’m a bit of a lead-foot myself, so I’m not one to question Mexican cab drivers who may seem to put your life in danger but ALWAYS get you where you need to be in a timely fashion.

So here we are in Akumal again.  I was told that if I walked further past the main area, I would run into a better area.

I did run into the police station…I’m thinking they don’t have a lot of crime in Akumal.

I walked past a bunch of nice homes…and then on towards a bunch of hotels.



I will have to admit the views are beautiful in Akumal…the bay is stunning.


But, I will say again, that there is just not that much to do there.  I know they’re big on snorkeling and diving, but I think they cater to a higher-end clientele and that just isn’t me.  Their prices are higher and I just don’t feel as comfortable there as I do at Isla Mujeres or Puerto Morelos.  I guess I’m just a simple girl.

On that note…I’m headed back to Isla…

I think I took the 8:30 p.m. ferry back to the island and geez was it COLD!!  I thought I’d sit down below because I figured it would be warmer, but they had the air conditioning on!!  I suffered on top, huddled up against the wind.  I was glad to get back home.  Till next time…