I flew out of LAX yesterday via Frontier Airlines, with my mom and my 9-year old daughter. For those who are divorced/single parents and the other parent isn't in the child's life I have some good news: Frontier doesn't require a notarized letter from the other parent (which is great for me, because I can't locate her father to obtain it). As long as the child has a passport (which both parents are supposed to apply for, however I was able to sign a notarized document that the other parent abandoned, and I got her passport in 14 days). I was really nervous that they weren't going to let her on the plane, even had my dad circling the airport waiting in case he needed to pick her up.
Anyway, flight was easy, going through the shark-tank was actually fun since I knew what to expect thanks to all you TA'ers. One the the timeshare guys tried to ask me if I needed transportation, I abruptly told him NO, and he said, "Oh, you know how to play the game, don't you?" I smiled and kept walking. We used Faro Nuevo transportation, recommended by our hotel, and he was great. $40 roundtrip for myself and $40 for my mom, and my daughter was free. We had the van all to ourselves as the other couple he was waiting for didn't show...maybe they got bitten by the sharks?!?
Our driver stopped at the bank at my request so that I could transfer traveler's checks to pesos. Boy am I glad I had pesos to pay for the little things, as you definitely end up ahead of the game. However, the bank didn't quite give 11 to 1, it was 10.76 per dollar.
Checking into the Los Milagros hotel was very easy, however it was strange because Sandra was nowhere to be found. She had a very sweet Mexican lady here though, who spoke not a single word of English. I later found out that Sandra took the week off to go to the US and visit family (good for you, Sandra!). She came back late in the evening, rushed upstairs to our patio area, and greeted me. Oh and this bears mentioning, Los Milagros Hotel has free internet access which is why I brought my laptop and am able to write this report! I am relaxing on the second floor patio, the weather is beautiful, and I am sipping on coffee that Sandra made for all the guests.
Today we plan on going to either Spencer's or Mammas for breakfast, then taking a snorkeling tour to Santa Maria Bay. I am so excited and happy to be here!
Oh, one last thing: Yesterday I tried Gordo Lele's yummy carne asada tacos, and the 3 for $5 beers at El Patio, then later my daughter and I ate dinner at El Pescador. OUTSTANDING fish, very very clean restaurant, good chips and guacamole, great margarita. When I was unable to finish my margarita my server nicely put it into a red solo cup for the walk back to the hotel.
I'll post more later when I've been able to do some tours. Today I think I've decided that the snorkel tour will be with Sunrider, and I haven't yet picked who our ATV operator will be.
Have a lovely day everyone!