I’m waaaay behind in my blogging and much has happened. I’m going to try to play catch-up a bit this week. The posts may not follow a true timeline – but, no problemo.
Back in the first week of March, Drea & I took a long-overdue vacation to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
Now, based on the title of the post, and the fact that we went to Mexico, you are probably making inaccurate conclusions about what this post is actually about. Rest assured, neither of us were victims of Montezuma’s Revenge or is this post about poop at all.
We had a great time down there. Really, it is difficult to travel to Mexico (the tourist-safe areas anyway) and not have a good time.
We spent one day walking up and down 5th Ave in Playa del Carmen. We went to Señor Frogs for lunch. But, the scene was pretty lame. Apparently, during the day, Señor Frogs is a pretty family-friendly place. It’s not until night time that it picks up. Not interested in hanging with the families and over-paying for mediocre food & drinks, we moved on. We then found ourselves ordering a bucket of beers at the Tequila Barrel. We met a couple from Canada and had a nice time chatting and drinking with them.
At some point, we had asked our bartender for the best places to hangout in Playa. We told him we wanted the real flavor, somewhere locals would go, as well. He told us about a few dance clubs that he would be hitting that night. Those aren’t exactly Drea & I’s scene, but he did seem to have his finger on the pulse of the area. So, we asked where we could get the best authentic Mexican food. He immediately started talking about Mi Pueblo. This excited Drea & I because we had actually eyed this restaurant earlier and thought it had potential.
Mi Pueblo was everything we could have asked for and more. A quaint little restaurant in the heart of Playa. Our only issue with the restaurant was that after looking over the menu for several minutes, a waiter dropped an iPad on our table that had photos of each dish. We had already been having a difficult time narrowing down what we wanted to order because everything sounded delicious. You would have thought that the photos might have helped. Nope. Exactly the opposite! Not only did they sound good, but everything looked freaking fantastic! All the iPad did was complicate the ordering process. Since there were only two of us dining, it would have been incredibly wasteful for us to order one of everything on the menu. But, that’s exactly what we wanted to do!
After settling on dining options, Drea excused herself and disappeared behind the door that was emblazened with one Spanish word every gringo knows – baños!
Upon her return, she exclaimed “That’s not at all what I expected behind that door!” Despite that confusing me, I ignored her pleas for me to go to the bathroom. For the first time in ever, my bladder wasn’t acting like it was the size of a damned pea. I enjoyed our beverages, our apps, and my main course (all of which lived up to our lofty expectations!), before even feeling the urge.
Finally, I did.
And, holy shit was she correct!
What I found was this beautiful courtyard of this stylishly appointed boutique hotel. The bathroom was actually a flight or two down the stairs within the courtyard. (A couple photos are below.) I really was wishing I had been able to get a peak into some of the rooms.
I was curious about the hotel, Hotel Jungla Caribe, upon returning back to the states. It looks well appointed, has favorable reviews on Trip Advisor, and it’s cheap. Drea & I actually have a wedding to attend in the area next year, and we may try to spend a night or two here.