Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mayan Riviera Day 11: Zona Hotelera

January 11, 2016

The weather on Monday was grim as promised. We awoke to rain coming down and a thick, gray sky. The chilly wind kept us indoors, enjoying the view from our room as we drank coffee and watched 6 or so pelicans diving into the surf, often in synchronized groups of 2, 3, or even 4. If you have never seen multiple pelicans flying and diving into the ocean in almost perfect unison, let me tell you, it is quite the sight! Synchronized soaring. You get the idea. We also got a great view of the poor guy who rakes up all of the seaweed that washes ashore, and the other gentleman who drives some kind of sand Zamboni back and forth across the beach.

Gray morning, as seen from our room.

Because of the dreary weather, we decided to head down to one of the malls located down the Zona Hotelera. They have stores of all kinds, much like any mall you would come across in the States, complete with aquarium, movie theater, and waterfront restaurants. We strolled around and settled on having lunch at a restaurant called Taco y Tequila, which we equated to a Mexican Applebees. We ordered margaritas, which ended up being as large as our heads, empanadas (which were just ok), and tacos (which were actually pretty good). The carne asada in my tacos was extra tasty.

Margs and tacos

Can I actually drink this whole thing? Yes, I can!

Todd's pineapple and mint marg

After lunch, we walked around the mall and stumbled upon a 6D Experience, much like the 5D Experience we did when we were in Rome together in 2009. This is where they put you in a 3D theater space in seats that move along with the film, wind blowing at you, etc. to make it feel like an interactive ride, similar to the Star Tours ride at Disneyland, only much lower budget. The 5D Experience in Rome had been extremely cheesy—we had discovered it via an ad in the column of our map of Rome, and were interested to see what exactly 5D entailed. We gathered that it was the 3D film, plus the motion of the chair and the wind/extra effects. I have still to figure out what the 6th “D” was at the Experience in Cancun, but in solidarity of our original excursion of 2009, we decided to give it a go, knowing full well that it would be a hokey attempt. We had our choice of about 7 or so videos, and we chose the Haunted Mine, where a hillbilly took us on an adventure in a mining cart through an underground virtual rollercoaster. Amazingly, it was better than its Roman counterpart, and we were laughing hysterically the whole time at our good fortune in finding something similar. It was actually pretty fun, and would be great for kids. 3.5 stars.

We returned to our hotel and took a walk through the shopping center located across the street. We walked down to the water on the lagoon side (not the beach side our room faces...opposite side of the Hotel Zone), and went out on a dock to check out little schools of fish swimming nearby, and a pirate ship docked at the pier. 

Check out the pirate ship!

That evening we decided to eat at the semi-fancy restaurant at our hotel, the Trattoria, which was Italian themed and desperately wanted to be more upscale than the sandal-clad clientele would allow. Despite the quality presentation of the restaurant and a waiter who pulled out my chair and placed my napkin on my lap for me, the food and beverages were mediocre at best. I ordered a glass of Rose and the spaghetti alla carbonara, and Todd ordered a mojito, which he actually sent back for being so terrible, and the margherita pizza. As our final meal of the trip, it was very disappointing. 2 stars.


The rest of the evening was spent packing and preparing for the trip in the morning, which was fairly anticlimactic for the end of our last full day of vacation.

1 comment:

  1. It is always good when the weather gets bad on the last day so that you don't have to feel like you will be missing so much when you leave. What a great trip! Wish I had gone with you!

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