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#86262 - 05/14/04 08:25 AM I am back from Portofino!!  
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Well, What a great trip.

San is a 3rd world country, dont go with an attitude. The nices people anywhere! Always felt safe. Reminds me of the old west with it's dirt roads and dirt floors. SSOOO many restaurants and shops. Could get there by golf cart but I wouldn't...Take water ferry $10 a ride or catch a ride with Mo if you can. Can only guarantee a ride with Mo at 5 Pm if not to early for you. Did I mention that Mo is the BEST!!!

Portofino..What a view! On one of the best beaches, no you can't really swim unless you walk to end of pier but you won't care about that. The resort is simple and very well maintained. All 11 rooms are on the beach with unbelievable views. It has a nice cozy rest. and bar. Try the Blue beef or pasta with alfrado chicken!! Desserts mmmmm key lime pie, chocolate cake or apple custard mmm mmm good.

Activities..good book or Monica will have 2 or 3 outside options for you, all billed to your room, just show up at the dock at the prearranged time and your off for diving, fishing, snorkeling, ruins what ever you want from 2hours to all day!

I have been many places in this small world. Never have I bonded with the people and staff of a resort as I did here.

Staff.. Sherri(gm) was so nice, she gave me toys to play with Sadie! Monica (fdesk) if shes not married to Rafael by the next time I come, I will marry her, shes the best! Ms. Cynthia (AM Chef) will let you try the staff meal and greet you at 6am with coffee! The guys: Marcel, Marlin, Rafael and Elvi these guys are great, they look out for you and help in any way...always always with a smile!
Don't forget Mo, hes a stand up guy, I miss him already.
Sandra(A Belgium Beauty) is warm, friendly and a great host!
But the best staff member of Portofino is Sadie the wonder Lab. Sadie is truely the PR director there.

As you can see, The people really affected me. I miss them so much. Monica I love you!!!!

PS; Went out with BAD and they were great! Tracy, Craig and Chris were all very nice. Just a nice operation.

#86263 - 05/14/04 08:34 AM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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WOW! Don't know if I should take my husband there or not. laugh Glad you had a great time John and did come back to this board! Thanks for the great info. I can't wait! Portofino here we come!!!

#86264 - 05/14/04 01:25 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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Ok, just give us a trip report when you have calmed down a bit. What did you do, what did you see and would you go back (even if you had to stay somewhere else)?

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
#86265 - 05/14/04 01:51 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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Day 1: Arrived around 2pm without luggage. Mo brought to our room after next Tropic Air flight came in. We were given a brief orientation by Monica and then taken to our little bungalow on the sand.

Had a quick shower and headed back into town with Mo. Did some walking around and bought a few cigars, I found the best place was on middle street just down from FiDo's, looks like a gift shop but has good ones at a great price.

Had dinner at Carumba's which was very good. I had a grilled whole snapper with rice and slaw for $10US and Francine had a drink and grilled shrimp, the whole bill was 60BZ.

We took the ferry back to Portofino ($20) and sat at our bar with very nice people and had a drink. The bartenders at Portofino were wonderful.

I then went to my porch and smoked a Cuban while watching the stars and palms sway. Great breeze blew all night and did not need AC.

#86266 - 05/14/04 04:20 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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Hmmm ... what cha think about Mo???


"The truly happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery even when he must take a detour"
#86267 - 05/14/04 06:10 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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I don't understand your question:(

#86268 - 05/14/04 06:26 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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Day 2: Woke up at 5 am thats 7 our time. Went snooping around and found Miss Cynthia. She made me coffee and an early breakfast so I could catch up with BAD. Tracy and Craig came and picked me up while Francine hung out on the beach with a book.

Bad took me to Casta Maya Resort to take care of dive paperwork. Then we were off to a shallow dive on Mexico Rocks. Craig took me himself and we had a relaxing dive.

Today is Sunday and there is only one thing to do on Sundays in San Pedro...yep..BC's for lunch.
Ribs Ribs Ribs oh so good. The owners of BC's are very friendly and we had a great lunch.

And then? Thats when they found me!!! From all corners of the bar voices calling out John B is that you. Hiding behind my shades I reluctently acknowledged YES. 8 drinks later I know I had to get out of there before I was broke.

Headed on back by ferry to Portofino. Later that night we were to full to eat dinner so we had soup and salad and some wonderful apple custard thing...mmmmmm!

After dinner we went down to the resort bar to relax when I heard John B is that you? Yep 3 more drinks went out to boarders...Help! Finished my night with another fine Habana

#86269 - 05/14/04 09:17 PM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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"Did I mention that Mo is the BEST!!!"

Sorry .... you weren't inside my head - was just teasing you! Could see that big ole AC smile all the way in Ohio. The three !!! gave it away


"The truly happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery even when he must take a detour"
#86270 - 05/15/04 06:32 AM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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Day 3: Quite morning on the beach. Breakfast was 5 or 6 different fruits with 2 pieces of thickly slices toast served with Jiff and jam.

Just enough time to woof down some salsa and chips and off to Hol Chan park. It was a 2 stop trip with BAD. Some of us got to dive while other snorkeled above and then we all went to Shark/Ray Alley. That was amazing to see and touch these creatures in the wild. I do recommend you try this.

Had a pleasent dinner at Portofino(man that was good chocolate cake) and hung out at our bar with new friends and boarders.
And yes smoked a big Havana..

#86271 - 05/15/04 06:37 AM Re: I am back from Portofino!!  
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And now, the rest of the story. Much of the rest of our trip was much of the same, I think you got it now.

All and all it was a very nice place to visit I would recommend Portofino to anyone that wants to relax in beauty and charm. So go with the flow and as they say live the dream...

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