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lee&denny, south end, Captain Dulces and Bastos, Playa Norte

By: lee (View Profile)
Date: 4/11/2012

Wednesday morning is bright and sunny. There is still a strong wind pushing waves and dark clouds across the bay. We’ve spent too much time sitting and reading so we’re off on a walk today.

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We walk to Punta Sur and while wandering around, Denny got to talking with a man who had just arrived Monday for his first visit to the island. Through friends, he got a little apartment at Playa Indios for $350 US for a month. He planned on a two-month stay, a real pleasure talking with him.

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We walked back down the road to El Pueblito where we had enchiladas verde ($80;p) and pescado filet in garlic ($90p) with cold XX.

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Back on the road we walk the Caribbean Road to a gutted dirt track that lead us back to La Joya. The pool water was warm enough for splashing around.

We decide on Bastos for dinner and after a long wait, watching the free entertainment on the street of locals and cats,

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enjoyed ribeye $170p for me
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and Brucheta pollo $120p for Denny.

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Chips with four types of salsa and cold XX. The bill was $380p and well worth the money for such good food. They create miracles in this little kitchen.

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Thursday morning was bright with less wind and small waves in the bay.

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Breakfast was delivered to the room: juice, tea and yogurt. What fun to sip juice and enjoy the wonderful view of colorful water, fishing boats and catamarans of snorkelers.

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We have to go to town to change money so we start waking. We stopped at Captain Dulce’s museum (no entrance fee)

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and can’t believe our eyes: this place is gorgeous! I couldnt believe the steps and landings leading down: craftsmanship at a high level.

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A great deal of money was spent on the grounds,

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creative sinks for washing up

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restaurant,

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decking, beach-side bar and palapas and chairs on the beach.

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They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ship “bar” is an impressive bit of whimsy that appears to be on a revolving platform.

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Over the years staying at Mar y Sol, we’ve walked by this place many times. It always looked private (older photo)

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and now it’s beautifully revamped for the public. This metal sculpture has been photographed many times, heres one more, a fractured photo.

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Walking into the colonia, we catch a bus to Central. We wander onto the docks to look at boats and birds.

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This boat has come a long way!

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The wind of the last week has blown lots of sand into the walkway

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and the heavy work of shoveling and wheeling is ongoing

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A short wait at the new bank (HSBC wants two forms of ID) we walked and videod our way to Media la Luna, where they are laying a new road. Constant improvement to the island.

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around the rocky beach to Avalon

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and down Playa Norte.

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By the time we reach Sunset Grill,

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we’re hot and parched. Not easy slogging through that soft and deep sand! We watch a young woman get wind-surfing lessons. Oh to be young again!

We made our way down Hidalgo for Qubanos for lunch. A much larger place for Vivien with her unbeatable Hungarian Potatoes,

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goat cheese-stuffed burger with hand-cut fries, delicious sliders and watermelon water. A great lunch (too much food!) for $290p. I forgot to photograph the burgers and fries, so I’m sorry for the lack of photos for you.


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