So, I'm back to the land of 10,000 lakes and finally getting around to writing about our stay. We stayed at the Riu and loved it!!! We found it to be very clean and the entertainment staff worked their tails off. My kids loved the activities so much at the resort I couldn't convince them to leave the place until the end of the week. My husband took the kids fishing on our last full day there. They chartered a boat through the hotel because it was just easier. They caught a lot of fish (they were bottom fishing) and brought some back to the resort. One of the chefs cooked them for us and brought them down by the pool so we could all enjoy the fish for lunch. It was fabulous!
We also went to Mr. Lionso (sp?) two nights and loved the food. I was so happy to have beer in a bottle (not something I ever saw at the hotel). The kids rode horses on the beach, my daughter got her hair braided, we boogie boarded... and did a lot of nothing. Overall, it was a great relaxing vacation with no data connection and the ability to truly "check out" for a week.
One of things that struck me was the vendors on the beach by the hotel. I found them to be very polite, but what was interesting was that they all seemed to prefer to be paid in American money. There were a million Canadians at the Riu and they noticed the same thing. They preferred American over pesos (and the Canadian dollar). On several occasions, I even gave them the choice of pesos or American and they always chose American. Just thought it was interesting.
Anyway, that's my brief summary of a great week.