Returned to Ramon's Village after having stayed there and been diving with their operation in March, 2012. Absolutely no complaints this time (aside from the constantly windy days, heavy rains and dense cloud cover mid-week, high sediment levels in the water, and milky water the last few days -- NONE of which are the fault of Ramons or the dive operation!). Stayed in the Honeymoon Suite this time (were in a junior suite last time), and although the quarters were quite a bit smaller, the view from our veranda was unobstructed and perfect. Once again, we found the wait staff in the restaurant to be among the most upbeat, friendly, and accomodating crew one could imagine. Starting with Jack -- always quick with a bon mot (like, "...this food is Jack-a-licious", or "Jack-tacular," "You'd better Belize it", etc.). He would memorize every guest's home state along with their first name, and impress with his knowledge of your state motto (for us The Show Me State), professional sports teams, and capitol city. He never forgot our names, where we were from, or who we were with. Joel, Mark, Roberto, and Steve were equally gracious. And then there is Francis. Who, honestly, remembered us from 15 months ago when he picked us up at the airport! Big hugs all around, and a big welcome back greeting. Great conversationalist, with a keen sense of humor. Add to that the fact that he found our traveling companion's $3,000 hearing aid on the floor of the golf cart, after we thought it was lost on the the American flight from Dallas. We were sure it was gone forever, but when he spotted it, he put two and two together having heard us talking about it on the ride in from the airport. Sure, we provided him a small cash "thank you" and a nice bottle of Pinot Noir from Wine Da Vine across the street. He convincingly told us that such was not necessary, that he was only doing his job, etc. But after that, he refused to take ANY gratuity from us whatever -- including that which we would gladly have provided for schlepping our heavy bags to the airport and then unloading them.
Our Honeymoon Suite (Room 1) was just perfect. Housekeeper Cansi did an A+ job every day. Comfortable king bed, small refrigerator, good coffee and coffee maker, and microwave. It was far enough away from the pool and bar that we heard no noise (and noise was a MAJOR issue in our previous stay there). Not this time. It made us forget the fact that the internet wireless service went down and did not come back up for our last 4 days there, and only worked intermittently before that. We were told it was their local ISP, and that they were working to fix it. No worries -- we were happy to be "unplugged" from our e-mail and happily survived it! And an extra benefit is that there was NO TV!
As for the diving, the dive operation is still a class act. Pretty much dove with the same DMs all week. Ernest primarily, and he is great. Dove one day with Felipe, and another with Rolando. Both great. Seeing 3 dancing and playing Spotted Eagle Rays on the last day made it really a memorable experience. Ernest's assistant, Andy, was great, too, as we all needed a little help in the really choppy waters in and beyond the channel as we traveled to various dive sites. The DMs were in the water with us as we were struggling a bit on the tag line and waiting our turn to get back on the boat after the dives. They would remove our fins for us, and for me they would take my camera so that I could have both hands free and not get rope burn from the bobbing and weaving boat! The diving was a bit disappointing in that the reefs have lost a lot of their color and vibrance, with a sandy covering on many of them, and with the relentless winds day in and out, the water was sediment-laden and milky on many dives. Just the same, a fair day of diving is better than a good day at work any time!
Good restaurants and watering holes in an easy-distance walk, including Blue Water, Wild Mango, and Fidos. Took the North Coast ferry (only a 10-minute walk from Ramon's) up to Capricorn and Rendevous restaurants, too, but honestly liked the restaurants nearby much better.
Thanks, Ramon's, for another memorable week of diving, relaxation, and enjoyment.
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