One minute cubicle vacation: Playa del Carmen posted by on May 26, 2010

Escape from your cubicle for a minute or two and visit Playa del Carmen, on the Rivera Maya south of Cancun, Mexico

Holy leaping lizards BATMAN……….what’s on my head ?

Iguana man………..

My Iron-horse chopper …….

Street leading to the pier…………

The famous tourista walking street………….5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen…..all the junk you never knew you needed……..

Side street leading to the beach……..

Some beach pix……..

Some of the “Wildlife” on the beach……


Some of the shops along 5th av.

Casa Tequila………..

All of Casa Tequila………..

Check out those roof top lobsters……………

Bad boys bar……..

Senor’ Frogs beachfront restaurant…………

The Fusion beachfront hotel………….

Beautiful Mexican platters………….

Tourista guitars  galore………….

Multicolored shirts………………

Coconut shell lights

The Xcaret bus, everything is so colorful down here…….

Farmacia…………….they don’t need  prescriptions here !!!!!!!!!!

Cheaper than Kmart…………

Burger King has a place right on 5th ave………..A touch of the good ‘ol USA !

Playa del Carmen is a fun place to visit, we used to live next door in Playacar before moving to Cancun. If you wish to visit Cozumel the ferry boat pier is near 5th av. at the south end.

Hope that you enjoyed your break.

Restaurant Review: “Hola Asia” in Puerto Moreles, Mx. posted by on May 20, 2010

This is our second visit to this restaurant which is located across from the picturesque town square in Puerto Moreles, Mexico. PM is located on the beach about 45 mins. south of Cancun. It has a more laid back atmosphere than Cancun or Isla Mujeres. It has become somewhat commercialized but still retains it’s old fishing  village charm.

The Hola Asia restaurant is located on the second floor of this building under that palapa type roof and is what I would call an “open air” establishment. The bar is also located on the second floor and the kitchen and a smaller indoor dinning room are located on the ground floor.

Close up of the sign

Menu……….Cover Page

Menu……appetizers and drink selections


Cocktails and entre’s

Desserts

Our cocktails………..Suzie had a Cosmopolitan martini and I had the Tropical Blast which is made with rum and vodka and fruit juices………………(actually I had 2 of these and got a really good buzz from them) 🙂

The drinks are properly made and reasonably priced………….


Our “Hot and Sour” soup……..which I photographed after eating about half of it…..

The Indonesian Coconut Shrimp with coconut rice…………..yummy!

The view of the marina from our table………..

Our bill…………440 pesos (approx. $36 USD) for 2 hot and sour soups, 1 coconut shrimp order, 1 cosmo, 2 tropical blast’s, and a diet coke. This did not include our tip.

As mentioned before, this was our second visit to Hola Asia. I’m an aficionado of Chinese Hot & Sour Soup. I’ve ordered it in restaurants all over the world. This restaurant makes the best I’ve ever had. I would drive all the way to Puerto Moreles just to have this soup, it’s that good. I’ve also had Coconut Shrimp at many of the restaurants in and around Cancun. I  have to say that Hola Asia’s version is my favorite. You get 6 large shrimp with a huge scoop of coconut rice in the middle. Everything was served piping hot and was nicely plated. Our waitress was shy, efficient, and very polite.

In our previous visit I had the sweet and sour chicken, and my wife had the Pad Thai along with the soup. We found the portions too large for us to finish. The soup alone is a meal in itself. That is why on this visit we shared the entree and each enjoyed the large bowl of soup. It was plenty to fill us up. All the food that we’ve eaten at Hola Asia has been excellent and we would not hesitate to recommend that you visit it when you’re in Puerto Moreles. They open at 3PM on Saturday and Sunday. They offer a Happy Hour Monday through Friday which gives you 2 for 1 drinks from 5PM to 7PM.


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One minute vacation……Snorkeling Puerto Moreles posted by on May 17, 2010

Puerto Moreles is a 45 min. drive from Cancun. We met up with our friends Al and Louise along with Al’s brother Brian and his wife Wanda. The 6 of us bought a snorkel tour of the reef which is just about 200 yards offshore from the beach. The cost was 200 pesos each (approx. $16.40 USD). Our boat was the “Stella Maris”. She came with a captain and the snorkeling guide Maurico. The tour  included masks, snorkels, and fins and was for two 45 min. snorkels of the reef in two different locations. The weather was perfect at about 88 F and the water temp was about 82 F. Basically it was hot and humid. We had some currents to deal with but the visibility was out to about 40 feet which is typical in the Caribbean. Our guide, Mauricio was excellent. He dove down once and reached into a small cave to coax out a small baby sting ray. He held it in his hands so we could touch it. I can tell you that the center where it’s spine is is very rough like the shell of a lobster, but it’s body became increasingly soft as you progressed to it’s outside edges. It was about 12″ x 18″ not including it’s tail and barb. What a thrill it was to touch a sting ray in the wild. Next he dug a lobster out of it’s cave so we could touch and feel it. Caribbean lobsters don’t have claws. Later he found a conch shell, brushed all the sand off of it so we could see the animal inside and how glass smooth it’s shell felt. (We did all this under water). Later we saw a flounder, a 4ft. Barracuda, and schools of various colorful fish. The coral reef was amazing to see. I don’t have a underwater camera so the only pictures I was able to get were while on the dock and in the boat. But we had a great time and we tipped the crew generously because they earned it.

This is the little sidewalk stand that we bought our tour from……….It’s just on the corner across from the park in the center of town, and next to the military compound.

Don’t forget to bargain for a good rate…….

The good ship Stella Maris……

The main dock just off the town square……..The building tipped on the beach in the background is a remnant of Hurricane Wilma……

We were waiting for the captain to bring our boat over to the dock…..

Wanda & Brian boarding the boat………..

l to r…….Suzie, Louise, & Al,

Our 3 Mermaids after the first snorkel………..Wanda, Louise, & Suzie

CancunTom, & Brian

Our crew, Maurico our snorkel guide and the Captain…….

Yours truly with the crew after returning from our adventure…..

Louise and Wanda with the crew

Afterward we walked down the street to “Mother-in-laws” restaurant for a few cold ones. Our Canadian friends were going on to the Kin-Ha cenote and other places so Suzie and I hung out in Puerto Moreles until the “Hola Asia” restaurant opened at 3pm ………..watch for my next installment which will be a review of this restaurant.