Day 9: A Big Surprise...fishies in the Sunset...and a Pirate...Arghhh!
Well, this was our official "last day" (boo hiss) here and we were obviously low on food in the house (since I didn't make breakfast yesterday, I sure don't have anything to make today) and we decided to go to a beach club that served breakfast.
We were up early, had our caffeine and did our Espanol out back in the Oasis Garden. I decided to start our laundry and packing. I wanted to get as much done today as I could so that we wouldn't be too rushed when we came home tonight.
After getting the last load of laundry in, Hija blessed us with her presence and was ready for food and a day of fun. I checked my list of "wanna-do's" and I decided that Sunset Restaurant and Bar sounded like a good choice for the day. I actually contacted them on their facebook and ask if there was a cover charge and they replied "no, and no minimum buy amount you just need to eat or drink here". I ask if they had breakfast and they said "yes at any time". Then of course, I ask if there was snorkeling there and they said there was. So I told them I was on my way!! And they said "We are waiting for you" :) We hopped in the hooptie and off we went.
When we pulled out, I noticed a plane in the sky. Funny thing is, I hadn't noticed one plane while we were here and now that we are about to be leaving, there's a plane in the sky. Boo hiss again!
As we are heading to Sunset along Rafael E Melgar (the main road along that side) I swear I have never noticed the area looking like it did. Sunset is located between the 2 piers (International) and (Punta Langosta) so it's real close to the cruise ships. The hubby reminded me that we docked there last time and walked the streets trying to find our tour, which I did remember, but maybe it's because we didn't go this far down? I don't know but this area is beautiful and looks like it's the "ritzy" area of Cozumel. Maybe because Grand Park Royal was located there and took up 15 blocks (just kidding, but it's huge and on both sides of the street) and then you have the beautiful water on the other side with the palms swaying in the wind. Or maybe I was just in the zone.
We ended up passing Sunset and I decided to drive down a bit to check it out and that's where I decided it was a really cool area. LOL Maybe it just looked so beautiful because there wasn't many people there. I'm not sure.
I just love all the buildings with the paintings on them! I actually took a lot of pictures of them during our stay.
I took a picture of Grand Park Royal as we passed by because I was interested in looking it up when we returned home and ooooweeee it's expensive!
So sad to see this...but yet it makes for an awesome vacation!
After listening to the moaning of mi familia's bellies, I practiced my U turn skills and headed back the other way. There was no passing up Sunset this time because I spotted their rolling advertisement on my side of the road.
Now Sunset doesn't seem to have an actual webpage...or at least I can't find one. They just have a facebook page, which is how I contacted them to ask about entrance, breakfast and snorkeling.
We were greeted as we walked in with an alcohol bath and was told to sit wherever we wanted. This place is 2 stories and we headed downstairs by the "beach" area.
They handed us the menus on a sunset. Now that's the sunset I had been hoping for while here. I just didn't realize I had to get it on a menu to see it.
They had a nice area for showers and rinsing off after snorkeling.
I didn't really wander off to take pictures of the area at this point. I just wanted food. We placed our order and they brought out chips and salsa. No fiery hot green stuff for me no thank you!
Our food came out super fast...like 8 minutes fast according to my time stamp. Now that's service! They even brought a basket of toast that was made out of Texas toast bread. We had a feast I tell ya! Deliciosa!
Ok, bellies were full and it was time to take a few pictures of the area.
Ok, that was good enough for me for right now. I couldn't wait to get the snorkel gear on and head out to the crystal clear refreshing water and explore what this place has to offer!
I told hija to get her mask and "Let's Go Tally Ho! Vámonos!"
I loved that they had the stairs to enter and exit the water. It made it easier on me although any steps into water meant they would be slippery once you hit the water but there was a handrail to hang onto.
Once in the water...hmmm, lots of rocks and sand. I wasn't seeing too much at this point.
The first fish of the day...a Surgeon fish and a Slippery Dick Wrasse all surrounded in a beautiful backdrop of....rock!
I pointed at the dock and said "Look Hija! There's a dock here for you to jump off of just like Buccano's!" She couldn't wait to get over there and give it a try. While she was getting out of the water and heading to the dock, I swam over to it to see if there was anything interesting to see under it. Usually when you have a dock, there's goodies hiding out under it and coral lined up and down the pillars to the dock. I would be disappointed this time around.
Remember the beautiful bright colored seaweed grass stuff from the Sky Reef that I mentioned I had never really noticed it being this color before when snorkeling? Well, I guess my mind wasn't playing tricks on me when I said that because there was some here and it wasn't bright green and blue like it was at Sky Reef. I knew there was a reason I hadn't really noticed it much in the past.
Hija made it to the dock and off she went...
I don't think it was the same as at Buccano's because it didn't last very long. She came back over to the steps and she was talking to her Padre. I told her to "Let's head out along the rocks and see what there is to see here" and off we went.
I started noticing these balls again. I think they are called reef balls, but I like to call them bio-balls. The reason behind that is that back in the 80's and I got my first saltwater tank, you had this huge plastic "box" that sat down below the aquarium and it was your filtration system. You put these "bio-balls" in it and they were pretty big in size, like larger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball. They were made of some type of plastic too. You would fill the system up with those and it filtered your water. They looked just like these balls with the holes in them...therefore, these are bio-balls to me!