So, all-inclusive resorts are pretty cool,the food was pretty good, just wander up to the beach bar and grab a mojito. Or, you know, the staff comes by and brings you one in your cabana.
We were staying at a place just south of Puerto Morelos, which is between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (AKA the Great Mayan Reef) is just offshore; we were told repeatedly that Jacques Cousteau had called it the second best SCUBA Diving and snorkeling spot in the world.
We made plans to visit Chichen Itza, but the morning we were supposed to go we had some medical problems and so did not. Guess we'll have to go back. There are other Mayan sites as well. Didn't do any of those, either. Maybe if/when we go back...
|"Look, honey, there's a cabana right outside our room!"|
Turns out you can get sunburned while lying in your cabana drinking your mojito.
|Our room was just up from the beach, next to the infinity pool.|
This does not necessarily make for as quiet a vacation as one might want.
We did go snorkeling, of course.
I won't speak to Monsieur Cousteau's alleged statement about the relative value of this site versus others, based on one trip, but I enjoyed myself.
|This is a sting ray. Not a great pic, sorry. Stay tuned for better!|
|Also, the sky is that weird plew color down there...|
We missed the Mayan ball game. (Sans sacrificing the captain of one of the teams. I always heard it was the captain of the losing side, but a few years ago someone started theorizing it was the winner, who would be more pleasing to the gods, or something...)
|I was bobbing around in the artificial underground river, and unable to get a really good pic of the Mayan Jaguar Warrior...|
Turns out that jaguar colorization is pretty good camouflage...
|In addition to snorkeling, they have the "Sea Trek" thing.|
The helmet is attached by a hose to a compressor on the surface.
Here we are going for a walk with the sting rays...
|Facility was about 4 meters deep, with a walkway around the perimeter|
and a bunch of rays, and other fish.
|The divers, who are probably mostly life guards for the turistas,|
had "Sting Ray and Shark Trainer" on their wet suits.
A sting ray's belly is silky smooth, the top side rougher.
The sting is removed from all these rays.
|The Yucatan is also native habitat for manatees.|
We didn't do the "swim with the manatees" tour, or whatever it's called...
Plus, maybe the (real) jaguars and mountain lions will come out of the shade and be a little more photogenic. We left the aviary, as well, although we did see these guys:
|We thought this was a quetzal. Looking at photos of them, maybe not.|
|And this guy is the rare Mexican Concretepecker...|
We had been told that the resort we were staying at did not provide transportation, and to rent a car. Driving in this area was not a big deal, except that signage for the resort was missing at a critical point and we wound up driving around in circles for an hour or so, resulting in our late arrival. Pus, it turns out that the resort would have come and got us. Now we know--call the resort when making arrangements, to check these things.
We left the resort a week later at about 8:30, and arrived at home shortly before 10 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Customs and immigration at HOU was more efficient than in CUN, but to be fair, HOU is a bigger airport and they were not processing as many other flights. OTOH, the TSA checkpoint for international transfers does not do Pre-Check, which is slightly annoying, although again, it was not really busy enough for it to be horrible.