The No-Dive (almost) Dive Vacation
I used frequent flier miles to book my ticket to Cancun and the only option I had was first class. Nice! When I arrived at the ferry terminal in Puerto Jaurez it was approaching sunset, the sky was blue, it was warm and the wind was calm. The ferry ride to the island was beautiful, I sat on the top deck enjoying the weather, it was a perfect night.
Avalon Reef Resort
Once on the island I grabbed a cab to Avalon. The cab ride over the rickety wooden bridge is a little disconcerting, the bridge is made of 4 x 4 beams and they are uneven so it was a rough, creaky ride over it.
We thought about buying a timeshare at Avalon Reef so I decided to book my room there to check it out. I got a great deal at 1800hotels.com, $53 per night, cheap, even for Isla. It is a good thing that I stayed at Avalon before buying a timeshare. The tower room that I had was was small, the furniture was old and the window leaked when it rained (and it rained a lot). The beach is small and there seemed to be a lot of seaweed floating in the water. All things considered I would rather pay a little more money and stay at Ixchel, Nautibeach, Aluxes or even in the new section of Posada de Mar.
Carey Dive Center
Hyatt Regency Cancun
Fiesta Americana Coral Beach
The following morning I packed my bags and hauled them across the street to the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach. Since I was only moving across the street I opted to walk and I had to explain to every cab driver that I saw, and there were a lot of them, that I was just going across the street.
I was met at the hotel entrance by a bellhop who offered to carry my bags. He showed me to the front desk, while I was checking in he brought me a fruit punch and once I was checked in he showed me to my room giving me a tour of the resort and restaurants.
The Fiesta Americana was an incredible resort. The lobby was beautiful and the front desk people were extremely professional. The room was very nice suite, it had a large vanity area/bathroom, big bedroom area with a flat panel TV, the living room area was down three steps, it had a couch and another flat panel TV and there was an entrance to the balcony from the living room area.
They have a small cafe near the hotel entrance, I had pizza there for lunch and it was both reasonably priced and good. I went back to Carlos and Charlies for dinner. On the way back I passed CoCo Bongo and it was packed with twenty-somethings partying their butts off. When I got back to my room I opened the door and saw a light on and heard music playing. I was sure that I turned everything off when I had left. I double checked the room number; yup it was mine. My next thought was that someone was in my room. I opened the door and said, "Hello", no answer. I slowly walked in, leaving the door open for a fast exit, just in case. I saw what was going on, the maid had turned down my bed, turned the TV to a music station (they have XM on their cable) and left a light on. She had also placed slippers on each side of the bed and put chocolates on each pillow. Very nice!
By the following morning hurricane Ida was ninety miles off of the coast of Cancun but the weather was not as bad as I thought it would be, the rain was coming in waves and there was some wind but not close to hurricane force. I walked to Starbucks for breakfast and used their wifi to check my flight, it was still on time. I was slightly amazed, I thought for sure the weather would at least delay my flight if not cancel it. After breakfast I walked back to the resort, they had closed the huge storm shutters for the main entrance. I had the front desk call Delta and verify that my flight was actually on time. It was, so I checked out and grabbed a cab to the airport. I was early but there was no reason to stay at the hotel.
The flight back was nice, first class, no connections and uneventful. My lovely wife was nice enough to pick me up at the airport so I did not even have to get into a cold car.
This was a good news/bad news vacation. Every time I has something really nice happen it was offset by something not so nice happening.
- Since I flew first class there were only eight people in front of me in the immigration line (a far cry from the hundreds that were ahead of us in February) but the computer were down so I had to wait. The funny thing is that the computers never came up they eventually they just started stamping passports and letting people through.
- I was on a dive vacation but I only got to dive once.
- I got to check out the Cancun hotel zone but it is not for me.
- Flying first class is great.
- Three trips to Mexico in one year.
- Hyatt Regency Cancun.
- Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.
The Not So Good
- Hurricane Ida.
- Being stuck on an island and not being able to dive, snorkel, or relax on the beach.
- Avalon Reef.