Puerto Morelos, Mexico

We are enjoying an awesome week at Ocean Turquesa in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The purpose of our trip to this all inclusive resort is to attend our youngest son’s wedding on Sunday and we have had a great time visiting with our family and really getting to know our soon to be daughter-in-laws family:-)  The resort is great, the weather has been perfect, the company and events are entertaining, and I really can’t wait for the big day but today we decided to take a trip into the village of Puerto Morelos with my sister and brother-in-law.

Puerto Morelos is on the Riviera Maya, just 25 minutes (18 km / 11 miles) south of the Cancun International Airport.  The town maintains its charm and magic with a low-key atmosphere and very friendly locals. There are about three blocks of businesses, which include a few restaurants, many souvenir stores, and a beautiful beach area. The great Maya reef is located 500m off the shore and there is no shortage of entrepreneurs offering snorkelling or deep sea fishing excursions. The taxi ride from our resort was $20 USD to town and $17 USD back to the resort.

We spent our two hours in this village wandering through the shops and taking in the sights along the beach.

Town centre

One of the shopping blocks

Awesome Sand Castles

I loved this wishing well made out of sand ☺

Wow! That’s talent!!

I was pretty sure the reason this Lighthouse was leaning was because of a hurricane and when I checked Google later I came across this story “Once upon a time there was a lighthouse in a small village surrounded by a beautiful flower bed at the base, and that lighthouse lit the night and brought many a sailor to safety. Then, a hurricane hit and caused erosion which had an effect so strong on the lighthouse that it began to lean. Although a plan was set into motion to remove the lighthouse, locals decided to keep it and promote it as their own leaning tower.”

Before we headed back to our resort we enjoyed some time people (and flower) watching in the town square 🙂

Until next time …

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Algodones, Baja California … Mexico

Yesterday we made a final trip to Algodones … partly because we needed more cold sore and allergy medication and hubby need another new wallet because he gave the wallet he purchased last December in Algodones to our son when we where home at Christmas … but mostly because it is fun to see the trinkets, watch people, and sit in the courtyard and drink Margaritas 🙂

   Every time we visit we are totally entertained by the shopkeepers and yesterday we heard two great lines that kept us laughing for the day 🙂

We were walking through a shop and I told the shopkeeper “I’m just looking” she responded “That’s okay I’m just selling” … I almost bought something because she made me laugh … almost, I restrained myself but if I ever need what she is selling I will buy it from that shop in the future!

We where sitting in the courtyard having lunch and I was admiring the metal art and wishing I had somewhere to hang it. I have found so many things that would have been an awesome addition to our outdoor kitchen before we sold our house!

While we are eating lunch a fellow was holding up his metal art and trying to sell it and when he approached me I told him it is beautiful but I have nowhere to hang it … “Nowhere” he says “Nowhere” I respond … he quickly responds “We do construction work on the side”! Seriously how can you not want to buy stuff from him!

Do you remember the blog I wrote a few weeks ago about looking at Algondones from the US side? Well yesterday we where lined up at the border shortly after 1:00 p.m. and the line was the longest we have ever seen.

We joined the line right next to the border fence … I could have ducked around the fence and easily walked back to our RV Park (I bet it would have taken me fifteen minutes at the most)!

But I was pretty sure if I did that you would be watching me on the next episode of Border Wars so I restrained myself 🙂  We did pass a very enjoyable hour of waiting in line talking to a fellow from a small town in Washington that is close to the Canadian border so I’m glad I didn’t make a run for it!

Until next time …

Algodones, Mexico

Yesterday we made a trip down to Algodones, Mexico which is only twenty minutes from our RV Park. The only reason we went was so that I could get new lenses, to replace the scratch ones, in my glasses. The total cost was $35.00 and my share of my extended health at home would have come to more than that!

We also purchased a bottle of tequila because we really liked the etched glass bottle and a red ceramic lizard, which our youngest grandson had requested. It wasn’t easy to find a red lizard but he was insistent that it had to be red so we persevered and finally found one:-)

I also came back with two fold-up poinsettias to decorate the screen in front of Maxx. They were only $8.00 for the two of them and they fold up really small so they are easy to pack away for next year.

Until next time …

A Visit to B.C.

Okay, we visited Baja California in Mexico, not British Columbia in Canada:-)  This morning we went to Los Algodones, B.C., Mexico.  Algodones, as is commonly referred to, is a town just over the Mexican border from Yuma and is a favorite among snowbirds.  The town has a four-block radius, which houses more pharmacies, doctors, dentists and opticians than any other four block area in the world … or so I have read.  During the winter it is a haven for Americans and Canadians looking for these services, particularly dentists and pharmacies.  We saw ads in our local paper that show teeth cleaning for $20.00 USD, a crown is $130.00 USD!  I’m not sure of the drug costs but again I’m told they are mucho cheap, but you can only bring back a three-month supply.

So armed with our passports we park the truck in a lot near the border for $6.00 and walk into Mexico … that’s right, we just walked right in, no questions, no showing our passports, no customs officials!

Walkway from parking lot to Los Algodones

At the end of the walkway from the parking lot you enter Algodones

It was an interesting town and if you just walk in and take a look you could be out of there in twenty minutes.  To really see what is there you have to be adventurous and walk into a doorway and see where it takes you.  Tucked inside is a warren of walkways and courtyards filled with medical services and shops selling jewelry, pottery, metal sculptures, hats, t-shirts … and the list goes on!

When you enter the town you are immediately bombarded with billboards advertising the services available.

With a little trepidation we decided to be adventurous so we walked into many doorways and saw lots of dental offices and souvenir shops.  There were Mexican’s standing outside dental offices offering no wait services and Mexican’s encouraging you to buy souvenirs.  On trips to other Mexican destinations I have found the sales people to be very pushy and often annoying but in Algodones all you need to say is “No, thank-you” and they leave you alone, absolutely no pressure:-)

I wasn’t able to get as many pictures as I would have like because they kept calling me “Paparazzi” and although they were friendly about it, I didn’t want them to think I might make them famous:-)

We spent a couple hours wandering around and also walked a little out of the main shopping area where we had no concerns for our safety.  As we headed back through US Customs the line was short and we were told this was because alcohol is not sold until 11:00 a.m. and many people were waiting to make their purchases before heading back.  We did check out the liquor prices but they were not really any different than prices in the states.

At US Customs, where you go through individually not as a family and after providing my passport, I was asked “What are you bringing back?”, “Nothing” I replied; “What were you doing in Mexico?”, “We just came to look” I replied; “Who is we?”, “My husband and I”; “Thanks, have a nice day”.  A very simple process!

Definitely worth the visit even if you don’t need medications or dental work done:-)

Until next time …