Lazy day near the beach.
Playa El Agua Travel Blog› entry 19 of 27 › view all entries
June 20th, 2008 – by: gopackjo
I woke up nearly frozen by my very efficient air conditioning, and took a nice hot shower with wonderful water pressure. The breakfast buffet was extremely tasty, and quite extensive and so I decided to try to make a deal to stay here for five more nights. I check at the desk and I am informed that not only will there be any deals, but that the price is going up 67% for the next three days for a peak weekend. Holy crap!
I have worked at a hotel in the past, and try with no avail to make some kind of a deal. I retreat to the room and search on the internet for a room. I find a deal for the same hotel for much less then I am even paying now, but only for three of the five days. I decide to take my laptop to the front desk to attempt to help in my bargaining.
I book the rate online, and it is something where I have to wait for a confirmation email. The email comes back and tells me that they are unable to make the confirmation for that rate. Crap! I take a walk down the street towards the beach, and the second place I happen upon offers a room for $10 less than the cheap rate at the other hotel with the same services plus an in-room fridge. I vent a bit at the english speaking woman at the front desk, looking for a little sympathy for my plight. She agrees that they are crazy, and is happy to take my money.
I rest for the afternoon, and I am pleased that the A/C here seems strong as well. The internet is effective, but not as fast. And the landscaping is gorgeous, with a view of the Caribbean from the rooftop. Later I take a walk down to the beach to check it out. Playa El Agua is a spectacular 3km long strech of soft white sand. The surf comes in pretty hard, and there are lovely swaying palm trees framing the views of several offshore islands.
I check out the prices for food and other things and am not happy what I find. The absolute cheapest meal I am able to find is just under $10, and the only Casa de Cambio is offering only the crappy offcial exchange rate. I am relieved to see a street food hamburger stand, and I ask the price for a burger... $7!!! My last refuge for good, cheap food comes up empty as well.
I go to the local market and grab some chips, a 2 litre of Pepsi, and four beers to go back to the room. The one thing that seems to be still very low priced is alcoholic beverages, so I figured I would go that way. I do find a street exchange rate of 2.7 BsF/Dollar which is a bit better, but I pass on it. Tomorrow I'm going into Porlamar to see what kind of souveniers I can find, and to look to exchange another $100 to hopefully last the week.
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