chloe, my friend! slot machine, no, but i didnt come for that, never any interest in casino at all. dont even go to atlantic city >2 hrs away. not my gig. there was a jacuzzi room there. it was too hot for me but it made the pool feel quite cool after!
snorkel - yes but not much, did it using JE dive shop taging along on to scuba trips. usually no more than 10 min. boat ride from JE, i.e. mexico rocks. lotsa fish, lotsa coral formations and one anemone. at kayak bouy site day after us, another couple saw a lg grouper and a baracuda. luck of the draw, i guess!
susan - YES and in a big way! said hi for you and another guy called pab, made her smile (but what doesnt). she now has a 5 year old boy named Randy who was very sweet and well behaved.
loved JE. only gripes: mosquitos north of cut were voracious, as i stated 100 times, but never saw anything like it, and the rooms were clean but could have been cleaner. wish the restaurant or bar was screened to keep 'squitos out.
as you know, i went to chill and for peace and quite. it was PERFECT for that. nice pool, super staff, good food (but pricy), best beach i saw there, loved all the plants and palms. cabana 10 (nearest to beach)washed away with hurricane mitch. i was cabana 8. 10 steps to my favorite lounge on the beach, 20 steps to restaurant, 30 steps to bar!
positive points of JE in off season
bartender's joke: "OFF" (bug spray)season. (boo, hiss!)) most # of guests there my week: 17, average, 10. one day all went scuba or tikal but me and i was ONLY ONE THERE NO KIDDING! talk about staff service that day!! staff was super, lots of handshakes, hugs, and smiles when we left. f's dives had no more thn 6 divers, even to turneffe (he swam with dolphins there and was very happy except for 1.5 hr boat ride, seasick!)
guests were friendly and from all over, like long time friends we often pushed together tables to eat together.
f was very pleased with steve's dive shop there and he never used another, carlos even held my hand on my first snorkel 'til i was comfortable (told you i was a ninny!).
next door was built a one room resort that has a french-thai reataurant that was classy and yummy (and spicy!), yet barefoot was the norm.
gotta run now, but catch you with more later. all in all great time but i'm very glad to be home.