Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hotel Garrafon de Castilla

Craig and I hadn't been to Garrafon Hotel in a few years, so we decided to walk down the road and check it out this trip. Literally, Garrafon was about a block down the dirt road from Villa La Joya, so very convenient.

The same older man is still selling tickets at the front desk, only now the admission has gone up slightly to 50 pesos. I didn't take his photo, but he doesn't look any younger or older. Just the same.

The beach definitely has more sand and more loungers and umbrellas than the last time we visited. The dock is still missing. I have fond memories of photos taken from that dock. The snorkeling was good with lots of brightly colored fish, in addition to a large manta.

Lots of people had on colored wristbands. One of the daytripper boats must be combining snorkeling at Garrafon Hotel with the golfcart tour.

They've also built a new dining palapa since our last visit. After snorkeling, we decided to pass on eating there and walk across the road to El Pueblito.

The grounds still have all those beautiful flowers!

We ordered guacamole and chips at El Pueblito. If we'd wanted the four beers, the tab would have been the same as our guacamole, beer, and Coca Lite, but unfortunately, I'm not a beer drinker. What were we thinking! In hindsight, why the heck didn't Craig just get the four beers to go and walk three of them down the road to our refrigerator at Villa La Joya? Hi yi yi!!!

The guacamole was good! El Pueblito was busy with the same people from Garrafon Hotel with the tour armbands, so it must be on the daytripper list.


Jana said...

I love the Castle. It's a nice place to spend the afternoon and the last time I was there -- friendly help and it was clean. We may go snorkeling over there next week. Hmmmm....

Life's a Beach! said...

The snorkeling was better than the last time we went. I think more and more people are feeding those fish! : ) And dang it! Next week I'll be home!

Anonymous said...

Great photos! I'm really getting the yearning to go to Isla! My Sept. trip is set to Bucerias - a couple of other things before then - just not enough vacation time within the next 9 months!


Life's a Beach! said...

Jeanne, I feel your pain. Craig doesn't have enough vacation time now. Can't wait until he retires and we can stay for the same amount of time.

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