Mexican Tattoo

It was April Fools Day, but this was no joke

We were making our way up the Cosatlegre from the Las Alamandas Resort to our next destination, Hotelito Desoncido. After turning off the highway we weren’t sure if we were on the correct road so we decided to pull off the road to consult the map. We came around a corner and there was a side road on the left to pull off onto.  I had seen the taxi in my rear view mirror approaching fast, but I figured he would see my brake lights and turn signal. One of the conundrums  of Mexican driving is that a turn signal can mean “pass me” (handy when stuck behind a slow moving truck), or  “Look out, I’m turning.”

As you may note, these are two conflicting interpretations.

Since we were on a corner in a no-passing zone we figured the taxi would slow down.  Wrong. We started our left hand turn onto the side road but the taxi was already trying to pass, horn blaring and brakes screeching. Luckily, by the time he hit us as we were almost off the road he had slowed considerably.

End result? Not as bad as it could have been. Everyone was fine and the truck is fully operable except for the rear door that doesn’t really close well anymore. And now we have, as they say, our first Mexican tattoo.

Some of the done.

Some of the damage done.

Luckily we invested in decent insurance.  The only problem was that we had to wait for four hours on the side of the road for our adjuste from GNP insurance  to come from Puerto Vallarta. Along with the police, the taxi driver, and most of a nearby village we sat on a dusty road in the heat waiting.  In the end, after some negotiating, we had a choice to make: let them impound our truck, hang around this tiny village for a few weeks and wait for a local judge to assign blame (though the taxi driver was clearly wrong) OR suck up our $500 deductible, get the truck fixed at our leisure, at the repair shop of our choosing (even back in the states if we want). Guess which option we chose…

This is the genius (aka Mexican taxi driver) who thought it was wise to pass on a corner (no passing zone) while my turn indicator was on.

This is the genius (aka Mexican taxi driver) who thought it was wise to try to pass us on a corner over a solid no-passing dividing line while our turn indicator was on.

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Romance Made Solid – Costalegre, Mexico

The fantastic Las Alamandas resort, part of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group, does romantic well. Here is a photo of our villa, Casa del Sol (aka the presidential suite). We’re sure some presidents have stayed here and we know a number of Hollywood celebs have. Our oceanfront villa had 2,500 sq feet  and two bedrooms— almost four times the size of our old NYC apartment.

The Las Alamamdas resort is on 1,500 acres and has four private beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.  There are only six villas and a max of 30 guests, and the service is fantastic.

Worth it if you can afford it.

Our villa at the Las Alamandas resort

Our villa at the Las Alamandas resort.

Karen horseback riding on the beautiful Soledad beach, just 1 of 4 private beaches at Las Alamandas.

Karen horseback riding on the beautiful Soledad beach, one of four private beaches at Las Alamandas.

The beach in front of Las Alamandas’ villas. Merely 1 of the 4 private beaches, a whopping 5 miles of beach, on the vast 1,500 acre property.

The beach in front of Las Alamandas’ villas. Part of a whopping five miles of beach on the vast and pristine 1,500 acre property.

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Beach Chic – Costalegre, Mexico

After El Tamarindo our next stop was El Careyes Beach Resort, another member of the Mexico Boutique Hotels group.  A bit more conventional and much more affordable than the extremely exclusive El Tamarindo.

All of the guests in the hotel, except for us, were there as part of a wedding party celebrating the marriage of  a girl from Guadalajara and a boy from Switzerland. Worried that we would be troubled by the music they planned to play around the pool until 4am, they simply  (and graciously) invited us to the wedding – our first Mexican wedding! The funniest part was the first few songs after the 1st dance – Beatles, Stones… then Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” with everyone singing along with the lyrics perfectly. Are we still in Mexico?

Our oceanfront room at El Careyes Resort had a Jacuzzi in the living room.

Our oceanfront room at El Careyes Beach Resort had a jacuzzi in the living room.

Sunset at El Careyes Resort.

Sunset at El Careyes Beach Resort.

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Hide Like a Celebrity – Costalegre, Mexico

WOW is an apt reaction when you first lay eyes on the exclusive  El Tamarindo Resort both in regard to the beauty of the property and its price tag.  If you really want to splurge there are stunning four bedroom residences where French President Sarkozy stayed last month and subsequently created a bit of an stir back home for the reported $63,000 price tag for a weekend.

We stayed in a still-very-over-the-top casita with stunning open-air architecture and a private plunge pool.

Our wonderful casita at the El Tamarindo Resort.

Our wonderful casita at the El Tamarindo Resort.

The sliding casitas walls at El Tamarindo allow you to completley open up the room to your giant palapa covered patio and personal plunge pool. The total living area of the casitas is 1,500 sq feet, twice the size of our old NYC apartment.

The sliding casita walls at El Tamarindo allow you to completely open up your room onto your giant palapa-covered patio and personal plunge pool. The total living area of the casitas is 1,500 sq feet, twice the size of our old NYC apartment.

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