this was my 4th trip & my husband's 2nd...he gets more hooked each time (and so do I, LOL)
we got there on Friday, just after Claudette passed over the tip of the Yucatan, so the bad weather we were worried about never happened...instead, it was perfect the whole time we were there...stayed at Banana Beach & was very impressed w/the property & the service, even if it is a ways to walk to town...we're fit & enjoyed strolling back along the beach late at nite...the moon was full while we were there & the sight of it rising over the sea each night was spectacular!
we ate at several of our favorite places, Papi's, Caliente's, BC's beach bbq, Mango's, the street vendors and it was all just as yummy as we remembered...the best meal we had was the nite that a terrific bartender named Marlon invited us to come to his home & eat w/his family...we stopped by Papi's & got takeout lobster, shrimp, fish & k-bobs...took it to Marlon's where he had the best refried beans & homemade tortillas...that was a highlight of all of my trips to the island...getting to know the people there is what really draws you in...they are all so happy and easy going and welcoming
met *several* new bartenders (I have no clue why most of the folks I meet there are bartenders, hmmm) and several expats who have been bitten by the same bug that most visitors are & have moved there & operating businesses..David & Denise who own Pepperoni's, Larry who owns Pany's golf carts, the Pirate (sorry can't remember his name), and the craziest 2 Texans Curtis & Patrick..we had the best time partying w/all of them
the 2 couples from New Orleans at Lucifer's bar were a blast & totally hysterical...even when they weren't telling the best raunchy jokes! hope you guys had as good a time as we did
we weren't able to get enough people together for the fishing trip, but no problem since we aren't much on fishing anyway...we did do the Mexico Rocks/Tres Cocos snorkeling trip thru Searious Adventures & our guide Jeffrey was very talented, patient & thorough in making sure everyone saw, felt & photographed the wonders of all the different varieties of marine life we saw...he told me the names of all of them & I hope I can remember at least half
it was in a word, terrific
so many things have changed since we were there last & especially since I was there the 1st time in 2001...so many new buildings and so many rebuilt existing ones! it was hard to recognize some of them! Fido's & Big Daddy's & Cannibal's were all completely different than I remembered...guess that's progress, but what hasn't changed is the warmth and friendly welcome you get from every face you see...riches & material possessions aren't completely unimportant to most people, but they do seem to have a much healthier perspective when it comes to just how important they should be...it is totally rejuvenating to your own soul to be engulfed in such ideas for awhile
maybe it is the clear sparkling water, or the moonlight reflecting off of that water at night, or the cool fresh breeze always blowing your cares away (along w/the pesky pests) that makes everyone so serene and appreciative for what they DO have, I don't know...but i do know that I am forever changed and happier myself for having the chance to experience that feeling and to see those sights and to hear those sounds and to smell those aromas
can't wait to get that chance again...it's probably another year away, but I'll always be looking to get there whenever I can...I'm hooked & now, so is my hubby, yea!