Gypsy Journal (5) 1/1/2009 - 12/31/2009 travel blog

Park Royal

Our room

View from our balcony

View from our balcony at night with cruise ships in town

One of the pools and a pool bar looking out at the...

Mercado

Joan's painting of a lighthouse

Joan's painting of a local store


1/24 – 1/31

On January 23 we started our trip to Cozumel, Mexico. About 7:30PM we headed towards Phoenix. We left our car in an Econo Lodge parking lot, took a shuttle to the airport and hopped on an airplane at about 11:45PM. We got a little bit of sleep on the plane during the 4 hour flight to Charlotte, North Carolina. At 9:40AM we got on another flight which put us in Cozumel, Mexico at about 11:30AM.

Cozumel, Mexico is the largest island in Mexico. It is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. The island is located about 10 miles off the coast of Mexico by Playa del Carmen which is about 60 miles south of Cancun. It is a lovely Caribbean island and we get to spend three weeks here.

The resort we are staying at is the Park Royal – Cozumel. It has two buildings that house the guests; one has nine floors and the other has twelve floors. Our room is on the eight floor of the shorter building with a beautiful view of the ocean and a cruise ship pier. The rooms are about normal size motel type rooms with a small balcony. The resort is all-inclusive which means that we have already paid for all the food and drinks that we can handle. The restaurants include a Mexican restaurant, Italian restaurant, international buffet and a couple of snack bars. There is no shortage of bars (a total of five) on the property. The grounds are beautifully maintained and include three pools and a beach.

During out first week we visited the town a couple of times. It is a typical Mexican tourist town with many shops where you can purchase just about anything, and everything is “almost free”. Just outside the tourist area is a typical Mercado where the Mexicans shop. They also have a Mega which is a huge Mexican grocery store similar to a Super Wal-Mart. Town is about 2.5 miles from the resort and the taxi ride is about $6. Joan painted two pictures (check them out on our web site) from out walks to town.

The weather has been windy and a little on the chilly side with temperatures in the low 70’s. The resort provides nightly entertainment. So far we have seen the Fire and Drum show which was excellent and the Pre-Hispanic Show which was ok. The food has been good with an almost unlimited selection.

Again we put zero miles on our house this month but we did put 668 miles on the Jeep.



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