We timed our Cancun adventures well, turns out we arrived during Labor Day weekend. To be honest, we forgot it was a US holiday. I love traveling during off season. It’s less crowded and the rates are better. Occasionally the weather is worse, but it is worth the trade off.
Settled into our room, we set out to explore and, of course, find out about the lobster night. I had visions of finding cheap crustaceans in Cancun, something which had eluded us in Merida. After wandering around our floor, we entered the walk-in refrigerator disguised as an elevator to tour the grounds.
The plantings catch my eye, which means I take photos of landscape ideas;man-made stream wandered between the family and adult areas filled with turtles and koi, a fountain, and a secluded garden.
Eventually, we came to La Palapa restaurant. Alas, low cost lobster seems to only exist in Salinas, Ecuador, where lobsters went for $5 usd each and me with no stove. My heart broke as I heard that the price was $40 mxn per ounce, with my choice of 8, 10 or even 12 ounce tails. In addition to the lobster the meal includes a salad bar, soup, and steamed vegetables.
The adult pool swim up bar intrigued us, I’ve heard of them but never seen one. Large mantis green coconut heads passed in front of us adorned with maraschino cherries and lime slices, a hole cleverly cut to contain the straws while giving the illusion of a smiling mouth, I don’t get out much and my inner two year old immediately wanted one. I chatted up the lady perched on the stool next to me while she languidly spooned up the insides of her coco loco. She shared that the drink contained coconut water,rum, and maybe gin, but more importantly is really tasty. She was right, later that evening I looked up the recipe on slow free Wi-Fi, with varying results, I meant to go back and ask the bartender but never did. Anyone out there ever made a coco loco? What’s your recipe?…
Husband and I are more the rustic beach sort of travelers. Las Lajas in Panama, with it’s A-frame cottages and the amenities include electricity at dusk-when the generator is cranked up until 9 pm, is still my top choice. We like to think of ourselves as open-minded, so we willingly went to meet with our personal concierges, Marina and Rachel. Marina and Rachel laid out all the options for our Cancun adventures, including an invitation to visit their sister resort in Playa del Carmen, the Royal Hacienda. To sweeten the deal, for only $23 usd each, we could avail ourselves of an all inclusive experience, we only had to agree to listen to a 90 minute sales talk, breakfast buffet included no matter if we did the all-inclusive or not. The four of us decided to go.
BK and I wanted to know which bus to take to town, we asked about the supermarkets (by name), we inquired about the possibility buying lobster directly from the fisherman, we wanted directions to the mercado and in general asked non-tourist type questions. We ran over time, the girls recommending their favorite restaurants, none of them in the Hotel Zone; I think they enjoyed the novelty of our inquiries…