Hola from Elysium!
When our 10:30 AirTran/Southwest from BWI had not begun boarding by 10, I feared the worst and at 10:05 an announcement confirmed my fears. We would not be leaving before 1. Made the best of it by enjoying a leisurely lunch and were happy to be heading down the runway on time. Perfect three-hour flight and smooth landing, but then new situations cropped up: airstairs-- not fun with a carryon and a "pocketbook" loaded with gadgetry. Everybody on the plane eventually lollygagged their way onto the shuttle and we arrived in immigration gridlock and were one hour and twenty minutes in line before we were welcomed to Mexico. No bags to collect so straight into customs for another ten minutes of weaving in and out before BOTH of us drew red lights and had all our bags searched. I am traveling with a friend who is visiting Mexico for the first time, and I found myself saying over and over, "It's not usually like this." Luckily she's a good sport and eventually we picked our way out into the open air and found our man from VR waiting with a sign. Their company is Diamond Tours and compared with USA Transfers I found them less than accommodating. The van was hot and never really got cool. Our driver was giving his friend a lift back to town so we felt asking questions would be intrusive.Nonetheless, he got us to Playa Linda where Teno -- "like Dino only with a T" --- put the world to rights in about twenty seconds by deftly getting us and all our luggage aboard the Cocoon and having us climb a little ladder to join him on deck to steer that vessel through the dizzying, dazzling , crazy quilt of blues. My friend's lovely face was all smiles and incredulity and exclamations of delight as she took it all in for the first time. Icy cold bottles of water were placed in our hands and our captain - - who has spent his whole life on Isla! - - fielded our barrage of questions with great humor and detail. Every once in a while my friend would say, "Is this real?"
We "parked" at the dock where "Eliud" was waiting for us and all our baggage and walked across the street and into the open arms of Villa Rolandi. Much more to tell, but suffice to say, we are here and we are happy! TNY, I see why you love this place!
P.S. The weather is fine. Send money.:)