Once free of the
terminal, we ride the shuttle bus to the hotel. Some guy's cousin
owns the shuttle and has made sure no cabs can depart with passengers
from the terminal. Just to make it annoying, they make us sit
in the hot sun with no AC until the Suburban is completely jammed
full of people. Fortunately, our hotel, the Presidente Intercontinental
is the first stop.
There are a couple
guys playing the vibraphone by the pool, the bar is in a nearby
palapas right on the water, and the pool is cool and wet. Now
this is what I'm talking about!
We sampled an
excellent lunch of guacamole and smoked turkey nachos. Out of
We then went off
to the best snorkelling of the trip, which is right off the
beach at the hotel. In short order I was able to see sea urchins,
a southern stingray (looks like a skate), a peacock halibut,
and tons of other fish. This is one of two places where I can
say the snorkelling is just as good as scuba, the other being
Kealikakua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.
If you're willing
to kick out a little more offshore, there is a wreck that's
also a lot of fun. You can find lobster in the engine blocks
they use to anchor the bouys as well.
There's a lot
of other watersports available, but it can be quite expensive.
I think the Jet Skis were as much as $80 per hour, for example.