I apologize if the pictures do not work, they are giving me problems.
Just a little background: My husband and I are 31. This was our second trip to IM and PA (9/29-10/3). Our first trip was late May/early June 2012. We stayed at PA both times.
We drove down to Baltimore the night before for our 7:00am flight out of BWI on AirTran. I was not going to chance driving down in the middle of the night just to be caught in some random traffic and miss my flight! We find that this also makes things a lot less stressful for both of us, as it is just a 5 minute drive to the airport from the hotel.
Day 1 (9/29):
To start off we woke up late! Can you imagine? I never sleep well before a flight and this time we had to scramble and only had about 30 minutes to get ready/shower/repack before we needed to leave. So much for my stress level! Our flight from BWI left on time, was smooth, and we arrived in sunny Cancun three hours later (9:05am there). We booked it through immigration and customs in about 10 minutes – the motive behind carryons only! Gets me to my destination faster! We were met by the USA Transfer representative and just missed the 10:00am ferry. Oh well – we were able to enjoy the weather while waiting for the ferry.
We caught the 10:30 ferry and were on our way! My stress just disappears when I get on that ferry and see the island coming into view. The ferry ride was great and we did not have anyone asking us to schedule excursion like last time. After we docked at IM (yeah! paradise!), we headed to the HSBC ATM and got our pesos for the trip. The temperature was actually very pleasant so we decided to walk down Medina to PA. We were unable to get to our room since it was barely 11:00am, but they let us complete most of the check-in process. We had an employee in training that was checking us in and tried to tell us that we would not be able to access the AI package until 1:00pm. I kindly reminded him that this was our second trip to the resort and we were allowed to access the AI package much earlier on our last trip (about 10: 30am). He went and relayed that message to what I assume was the “boss lady” and guess what? – we had our AI bracelets. Same thing also happened when I said I wanted three beach towels instead of two, but we got that straightened out. We changed into our bathing suits, checked our bags, and immediately headed to the pool bar. I was hungry and thirsty! We were very well taken care of by Migel – the main bartender at the pool. We actually enjoyed the pool the rest of the day and never made it to the beach. My husband went to get our room keys around 3:00pm and we were assigned to room 341. I was hesitant about this room because it was on the side of the school, but wanted to see the view from a different room of the resort. Wow! This view was gorgeous and I could have spent hours out on that balcony! We had a water view on all sides it seemed like. Only thing we noticed was the mini bar did not have any snacks like the last time and it was never stocked with snacks (we never asked).
After spending the remainder of the afternoon checking out our room and relaxing by the pool and drinking entirely way too many margaritas and rum shots we decided it was time to get ready and head to our favorite restaurant – you guessed it – Bally Hoo! Boy, it did not disappoint. We shared the fish tacos and fish and chips. I also got a yummy margarita (I told them to surprise me) and my husband got his trademark Bombay on the rocks. Let me tell you – for 50 pesos this drink is huge! At least three shots worth! It was also nice to see Marcel again – what a great staff member. The sunset was also wonderful, we didn’t let any of the clouds ruin it.
After Bally Hoo we headed (probably more like stumbled) over to CoMoNo to get the talked about frozen mojitos. My husband was all for this as he loves a good mojito. Not sure what I had, but it was blue and just okay. We finally called it a night a walked back to PA – we were so tired from being up since 3:45am! Stay tuned.Edited: 9:34 pm, October 08, 2012