Affordable Vacation - Part 4

In the first three parts of this series, I discussed finding a vacation home:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

The rest of this series will detail exactly what we got for our money.

We decided on renting a villa about twenty miles south of Cancun, and a few miles from the fishing village of Puerto Morales. We wanted peace and quiet - not the bustle of a resort. The villa we chose was on the ocean. It included a swimming pool, internet access, washer/dryer and a maid. It cost $2,000 for a week. That worked out to just over $300 each.

The owner of the villa had recommended Cancun Valet for transportation to/from the airport. I arranged for transportation about a week before arrival. Cancun Valet seemed reliable, but we could only HOPE that they would be reliable.

We had no reason to worry. They were great. Not only were they easy to find at the airport (they found US - we didn't find them). They were able to tell us right away that one plane had been delayed so two of our party were about a half-hour late. They made sure that we were comfortable and had drinks while we waited for the late comers.

Then they loaded our luggage into the air-conditioned (Yay!) van and started the twenty minute trip to the villa. The driver pointed out things to see along the way and gave some good suggestions for things to do.

When we pulled into the driveway of the villa, I was amazed at how peaceful this villa looked -- so much better than the pictures. The cenote (pronounced say no tay') was on our left as we pulled in. The owners' house was next to the gate, on our right. At the end of the driveway was the villa. It was actually three connected villas. Each villa had its own carport, entrance, pool and patio. A cement wall separated each pool so we didn't feel like we were sharing our vacations with strangers.

In my next article, I'll describe the villa in detail. Until then, you can do your own search for vacation rentals by using the Google search box on the right -(just type in "vacation rentals").

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QueenBee said...

You won’t see a comment from me very often, but I decided to add this note on what one of my
daughters and I experienced.

I don’t believe I would be able to recommend American Airlines as far as dependability is
concerned. On our trip down to Cancun, our flight was about two hours late getting into Cancun.

On our trip back, our 11:00 a.m. flight was canceled entirely. First we were booked on a flight getting into Miami at 4:00, and the last plane leaving for our final destination was scheduled to leave at 4:20. It would have been impossible to make this flight and we would have had to spend the night at a hotel in Miami. The airline then re-scheduled us (without telling us) on a flight leaving Cancun at 7:00 in the morning, which made it possible to catch a 12:00 plane for our final destination. In order to get to the airport, however, we had to call a cab for pickup at 4:30 in the morning, and at an additional cost of $60.

There were no delays for any of the other parties on Delta or Northwest Airlines on either the trips down or the trips home.

I’d suggest that if you have a choice to schedule your flights on an airline other than American.

story teller said...

Yes, the airline snafu was a pain. Instead of sleeping in on our last day, we all wanted to be able to say "goodbyes", so we all got up at 4:00am.

Made me grumpy the rest of the day!

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