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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Relaxing & Shopping in Cancun, Mexico - Revisited

As we wind down the trip in the last two days for our Cancun vacation, we are spending the majority of today pool and ocean side here at the Hilton Cancun. Nothing overly fabulous or of note really happened. But, at least our shaded spot for the day provided a good view of the ocean, the activities including the ping-pong tournament among other things.

Poolside at Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort

We had initially planned to have poolside tacos although that idea did not work out for us. Apparently the policy at the Hilton is that there are only tacos available if the hotel is at full occupancy, which apparently it was not. So, instead we settled for the Kiosko Nachos which have become our favorite lunch meal to share this week from the poolside Kiosko Grill. These nachos are very tasty and highly recommended with or without the jalapeños.

Tonight, we planned on heading down to Pat O’Briens Irish pub and New Orleans fair food. Although it is not very “Mexican” we do not have one in the Los Angeles area that we are aware of and I have not been to one since I was at the original one off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans about 8 years ago.

As we started to head out to do some shopping and eat, there was a note about a soccer game being played at the soccer field located at the Hilton. There were several teams there from the United States for what I guess to be a tournament. We planned to catch 15-20 minutes of the game (we saw one earlier in the week where the Mexican team dominated). As we went by, the game was no where near starting and it looked like it was going to rain. We thought it would be wiser for us to get on the bus before we got caught in the middle of the downpour.

Once we got down to Cancun Centro to do the shopping, a heavy downpour started. Luckily we were next to the same “mall” where Rainforest Café, Coco Bongo, Carlos ‘n Charlies, and the Hard Rock Café Cancun are located. This was the first real downpour we had seen having the great fortunes of weather during this season. It lasted about 20 minutes and then we made a run for it.

Given the variety of things we were looking to buy, we decided it best for us to check out the other Plaza de Fiesta on the other side of this mall. It was apparently 2-3 times the size of the one in the mall – and given the number of vendors we would have to negotiate with to get a “bargain” we headed over there and made our purchase. Of course, there is also that 10% coupon from the bus ride ticket which we made use of.