Playa del Carmen
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October 20th, 2009 – by: lrecht
After diving, we hurried back to the Hotel Flamingo, grabbed our stuff and walked over to the ferry dock to head to Playa del Carmen. We opted for sitting outside on the upper deck with a nice view of Cozumel where there were two, drunken honeymooning couples from somewhere in Kansas. They had decided to come over to Cozumel for the day to get liquored up and buy t-shirts and were pretty funny.
The best part about the ferry was the beer guy in the picture and the live band. He delivered beers to enjoy on the quick ride as we listened to covers of Santana songs. He was actually pretty funny, speaking in somewhat broken English "How many tequilas?"
After arriving in Playa del Carmen, we walked down 5th to our hotel lugging all of our junk, not too far but not close enough.
The woman at the front desk suggested a local seafood place in the old part of Playa del Carmen right on the beach called Taraya so we headed over there just before sunset.
After dinner we walked back to the Kinbe and I jumped in the chilly pool for a quick dip before heading up to the room for a Centenario nightcap while watching the Dodgers lose another game. Tomorrow we are hoping to get out car and head off to start seeing the ruins of Tulum.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
After getting up early, I headed out to the Hertz place (which was of course still closed) before heading to the local Starbucks (also closed).
Once there, of course they didn't have our car. An older American guy was in front of us bitching at the front desk guy that he needed a bigger car because his nephew is 6'9", blah, blah, blah. We patiently waited. Eventually, Wilbert (the Hertz guy) took care of him and started helping us out. He started laughing telling us that the man who just left booked an economy car (usually an Atos which is a millimeter bigger than a SmartCar) and was demanding a triple upgrade.
Cindy had talked to AAA and Amex about insurance and was told we should get liability only at a minimum. We started discussing this with Wilbert and eventually he leaned over the counter in a semi-conspiratorial way and told us he was going to work a deal with us. He ended up lowering the daily rental quite a bit as well as including full liability and collision/theft coverage. The only thing we had to do was slip him some cash in the Hertz envelope. He explained that this was how he was saving for a down payment on a house, "One hand washes the other..."
We got our little "tip" worked out (actually quite a big tip but well worth it) and, as he was finalizing the paperwork, realized that the Jeep could not be dropped off in Cancun as it was being sold.
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