Our walkabout to the Del Mar and another rock star moment

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Sunday Zungrise.

I must have been very good in a previous life to get to wake up to this every morning for a week for my birthday.

Off to breakfast.

Zung's Omelet

One day I got a scrambled egg (made at the omelet station) and one day I got some french toast. There was the day I had the lobster. The other days I had the croissant, bacon and fruit. I really do need to branch out more for breakfast. Alex always brought us our coffee and tea without even asking us after confirming it that first day.

We walked around the pool to go back to our room and stopped and briefly chatted with Donna and Keith. They had come close to not coming because they were worried about rain. They were loving the Grand and really glad they hadn’t cancelled. I have to say that when I am foolish enough to check the weather before a vacation, it usually says rain. If you look closer you will see that it usually says intermittent showers or occasional showers. We have been down here a total of 109 days and we have had continuous rain only 1 1/2 of those days. We have come in the months of April (just the last day), May, june, July, August, October, November (late), December (early). Obviously, if there is a hurricane headed towards the area, it deserves a little more attention. But hurricanes are rare and this one was a complete no-show. People tend to stress a lot about the weather. Most of the time it is beautiful and it is really hard to predict.

We did the same thing today we had done every other day. Gone to the beach! I love the ocean. I live with the mountains, and I love them too. But I think I love the ocean more. I don’t ever park my butt in a lounge chair and stare at the mountains for hours on end, but I can do that with the ocean. And the mountains don’t make any noise. I love the sound of an ocean front room as much, if not more, than the view.

We were ready to enjoy our fourth day on the beach.

(Must remember to suck in stomach when he takes these pictures).

We gazed at the beautiful ocean, which looked like it was covered in diamonds today.

Carlos was always around early with his smiling face. he would bring cold water on his first round. I asked for a mimosa. Boy, did he bring me a mimosa.

That’s the biggest mimosa I’ve ever gotten!

We decided to do something we’ve never done before. We were going to walk the grounds of the Beach and Del Mar. Can you believe that in eight visits to the Grand, Lindo and Maya, we had never walked around the Beach and Del Mar. I would this time. I had a blog to take pictures for!

And take pictures we did. Well, mostly Zung did. We walked on the beach until we came to a boardwalk path back in to the Beach and Del Mar properties. I had heard it was very jungle-ly and it was, which helps keep it nice and cool. I took my mimosa, which helped keep me hydrated.

Large pool

Those concrete loungers look like “it sounded like a good idea” type of thing. Talk about a torture-lounger!

We walked by the buffet (which is outdoors, I imagine this can be quite hot in the summer months).

As we were walking along the path, we passed a family (mom, dad, kid and grandma). Right as they passed us I heard, “Andrea and Zung.” I wasn’t expecting to hear our names and at first it didn’t register. I stopped and looked back at them and the dad said, “Iberostarrocks. We read your blog.” Oh my! Now, I really feel like a rock star. The other people who had come up to me, I’d had some communication with via private messages on trip advisor. We stopped and chatted a few minutes with them. I kept laughing out loud as we continued our walk every time I thought about it. I was recognized! I felt famous!


I’ve still got that mimosa. It lasted quite a while.

There was all kinds of wild life along the way.

We came to the lobby, which is outdoors also.

Zung finally gets his picture taken!

We stopped at the lobby bar and got some water. If you are a guest of the Grand, you can eat and drink at any of the bars and restaurants of the other four hotels. Ala carte restaurants require reservations.

We continued our walkabout in the common areas of the complex and then made our way back through the Lindo property. Those picture will be in my next post.

If you stay at the Grand, Maya or Lindo, do take a walk through the grounds of the Beach and Del Mar. It is really very nice.

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5 Responses to Our walkabout to the Del Mar and another rock star moment

  1. Joanne says:

    Thank you again for the wonderful reading. It is SOOOOO intertesting to read. I will keep my comments short and to the point, as I have a habit of writing too much. LOL
    1) Weather checking…I 100% agree with you. I don’t do it for the same reason you don’t.
    2) The ocean…I 100% agree with you…I LOVE listening to the crashing waves on the shore. Never tire of looking at it either! 🙂
    3) Stomach??? Yeah right. What stomach? You look darn HOT for 50.

    Thanks again…as always…looking forward to the next ‘update’. I ALWAYS save them for a time when I can sit down with a cup of coffee OR a glass of wine and enjoy the read. Cheers…JO
    **21 more sleeps til I can see what all the hype is about (Lindo)

  2. Tom says:

    Andrea, Zung,

    Love the blog. I’m the “Dad” you ran into at the Del Mar. 🙂 Hope the rest of your trip went well. It seems such a long time ago, with the Colorado snow now falling. I’ll be going back to IB Cozumel in January for a diving trip. Can hardly wait!

    • shoediva50 says:

      Tom – I thought that’s what your name was, but I’m so bad with names, I didn’t want to get it wrong. I was so tickled that you talked to us. It was a very memorable moment hearing , “We read your blog.”
      We had a fantastic time. hope you did too. You’re so lucky to be going back in January!

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