Hotel Rui

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2007

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Monday, October 22, 2007

After getting maps and some advice from the lady who owned the hostel in which we were satying, we caught a local bus (which cost 13 pesos for us both) into the hotel zone.  We decided to go all the way to the end of the hotel zone to start off with to one of the public beaches.  This was a less protected beach and the waves were quick big and it was obviously quite dangerous for swimming as there were red flags up all along it.  We took some photos and walked a bit along the shore and then decided to head off to the more sheltered coastline where all the beaches are on hotel property which means you can only access them if you walk through the hotel.  We had been told that you could go into any hotel and ask for permission to go to the beach.  We were rather sceptical of this, but decided to give it a go. 

We picked a 5 star hotel of course, called the Riu - and sauntered casually into the lobby.  The security guard came up to us and asked if he could help, to which we replied: 'Can we have permission to go to the beach?'  I think he misheard us and said we could go to the front desk, but then changed his mind and pointed us in the direction of the door leading out to a lovely pool area and then the beach.  We settled down onto some nice beach chairs and soon looked right at home - except for the chicken drumsticks we had brough along to munch on for lunch!  We decided that we would not be able to tuck into those here and would have to leave them for a later stage!  A good move I think! 

The sand was amazingly white and the water was so blue.  It was also really warm - too warm in fact - but we had a great time swimming and lying in the sun.  After a couple of hours we decided that we were getting a little hungry and so left the posh Riu hotel and tucked into our chicken drumsticks a little further down the beach on a small section of 'public' beach.  I must say that I felt quite disappointed with Cancun on the whole as I had expected it to be a lovely chilled out little beach town with bars on the beach and people all hanging out relaxing in the sun....

.....for starters - you can't even see the beach or sea as the hotel zone has completely taken over and blocks the view and secondly, it is extremely touristy and quite expensive!  I was quite pleased that we had decided to spend most of our time in Mexico further down the coast - exploring the smaller villages of Playa, Tulum and Akumal and despite having a really lovely day in Cancun, looked forward to discovering the Mexican Carribbean as I had always imagined it.
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wendykay on

Hi Guys
Beautiful photies! Especially like the one of the combi....maybe we should have painted ours like that! What memories that brings back! Enjoy. Love you. Mom xxx

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