10 on Tuesday: 10 Memorable Vacation Moments

From this page comes this Tuesday’s question… What are 10 memorable vacation moments? In no particular order…
Please share your comments.
  1. Spending all day building large elaborate sandcastles on the beach, then setting them on fire (with fuel-soaked paper towels) at sunset.
  2. A giant blue heron who appeared at the end of the dock one day, and let us cautiously approach to within 5-6 feet.
  3. Nearly any SCUBA dive I’ve done.
  4. Throwing furniture into the pool (and later, fishing it out and setting it up again) with my brother.
  5. Dinners from Harry’s.
  6. Eating pizza on the beach, sand between my toes, in Punta Cana.
  7. My first (discovery) SCUBA dive with Wendy, on October 23, 2002.
  8. Cabo Roho lighthouse in Puerto Rico.
  9. Bioluminescent bay, also in Puerto Rico.
  10. October, 2007 in Bradenton, Florida.

Wendy's Vacation Review: Iberostar Cozumel

This review was written by Wendy.

I spent 7 nights at the Iberostar Cozumel with my brother in the beginning of September, sandwiching luckily between Gustav and Ike. This is a perfectly nice hotel on a mediocre beach but nearest the best scuba diving reef I’ve seen. Skip to the end if you’re easily bored; stay with me if you want all the details. I have stayed at the Barcelo Beach and Dreams Tulum resorts in the Mayan Riviera and at the Barcelo Palace in Punta Cana for all-inclusive reference.

We booked through our local travel agent Anna at OK Travel, GoGoTours was the group. Flew American Airlines right into Coz, laying over in Miami. The second leg into Coz is on a little turboprop, but it was very smooth. Nice to land right in Coz and not have to deal with the Cancun madness and ferryboat ride. No problems with the flights or airport, van from Olympus Tours was there to bring us to the hotel. It’s about 20 m south of the airport, quite a ways from town. Check in was a breeze and our room was ready. We were in 8114, nearest the beach and the pool on the South side. It was quiet and clean, small as others have noted but perfectly acceptable. The closet does not give you a lot of room to spread out clothing, but how much stuff do you need? It’s not a fancy place. The minibar was full and the safe worked fine. Each room has a nice balcony and hammock out in front. We did find some tiny ants in the bathroom, but they didn’t seem to bite and were nothing more than a minor annoyance (and my Deet skin spray did not deter them at all).

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