Final full day

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Our last full day is a beautiful one. With the exception of the day that we moved rooms when it rained, the weather has been really nice. Even that day, it was nice in the morning. Questions about the weather are some  of the most common on Trip Advisor and Facebook and all of the forums, really. They usually go like this: I’m coming down next week and it shows rain every day and this worries me. First of all, it may show rain every day when in fact there is only the chance of showers. Showers are those things that only last a short period of time. Those are common, but they shouldn’t ruin your day, or your vacation. The other question that I see a lot is: What’s the weather like? I’m coming down in two weeks. Well, I hate to tell you, but two weeks is a long time to be able to link today’s weather to what it will be like in two weeks.

I have been to the Riviera Maya well over twenty times. I have been here in January, February, the very end of April (really, I think it may have only been the last day of April, May, June, July, August, October, November (again, only the very end) and December, I have had good weather most of the time. January has not been great. I’ve always had some warm sunny days, but I’ve also almost always had some really cloudy, cold (relatively) days. I think I probably won’t go back in January. But I said that two years ago and then went back again last year.

I’ve tracked weather and worried about it and I’ve not worried about it. What I can tell you is that neither makes a difference. The weather is what it is. Unless you’re going to cancel, don’t worry about it. I can tell you October is when my birthday is and once I considered going and didn’t, and Hurricane Wilma hit, on my birthday. For my 50th birthday we were going and Hurricane Paula was due to arrive at the very same time our flight was. We came “that” close to canceling, but then she turned east and we went and the weather was really nice except for a little rain the day we arrived. We also went for my 51st birthday…hey, it was so good for my 50th, I thought we could make a tradition out of it…and as we were leaving a hurricane was headed for the area. The rain started just as our plane took off. But three times convinced me to take October out of consideration.

My point is, don’t worry about the weather. In fact, don’t even check it! And don’t ask what the weather is like. If you really need to know, check weather underground or accuweather. Or, if you really want to drive yourself crazy, check both!

We now return to our regularly scheduled blog.

As far as today’s weather, it was pretty fantastic.

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We went to Bella Vista for breakfast. Which was just like breakfast most other days. Just like the weather, it doesn’t change much.

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Zung is taking the whole day off from work and comes down with me to the beach. I celebrate with a Mimosa.

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Then he insists we go for a walk right away, and I say, “Don’t you have some work to do?”


We take a short walk and then go back. You can barely see me in this picture, but I am pointing at our room, which is on the second floor.


Jonatan is back from his day off. I ask him if we can take his picture and he agrees. He seems to be enjoying it even. He was an awesome beach waiter. I didn’t see him on my next trip in January. I hope it was just because he was working in a different area. He did a good job and he was easy on the eyes.


The ocean was nice and clear. They have been having issues with seaweed more recently. Which is another thing that nobody can do anything about.


As happens so often, before we knew it, it was time for lunch.


We didn’t take any pictures of the food. But we did take some pictures of a bride and groom outside.


After lunch we go back to the beach and I have a rockstar moment. I’m walking back from the ocean and I pass a woman and she asks if I’m Andrea. Her name is Lydia. She’s on the Facebook group. I love rockstar moments. And I hope you know that it totally tongue in cheek when I call my self a rockstar. Sorta.

When the shadows chase us back to our room, we finish what has been a wonderful day with a last soak in the jacuzzi.


It truly does not get any better than this.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Such a great post, as I have been fretting over the weather. We arrive at the grand on Thursday and it’s showing 80% chance of rain for most of the days, so this was a much needed read. I should know we will have fun no matter what.

  2. That last picture is absolutely beautiful.

  3. Another awesome trip!! The last picture is amazing!! Dreaming of mojitos…;)

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