So many memories of spending the day at this beach with my mom as a child….
Buenos Aires Playa, oh yes
At the first thought, an artificial city beach sounds less than enticing. Especially if you are coming from a place with a glorious harbour, like Sydney…
On the second thought, on a Sunday with +36C temperatures, anything with a proximity to water seems like an awesome idea. An artificial beach is better than no beach, I thought, so we headed to Parque de Los Ninos in Vicente Lopez for some fun in the sun time.
And Buenos Aires Playa is actually a much better experience than you’d think!
The ‘beach’ area is sprawling at the tip of the park, looking over Rio de la Plata, which is very lovely. There are many areas with free sun umbrellas and chairs, a special sandy area - the actual ‘beach’; a stage with bands playing, food and drinks kiosks, volleyball nets, plenty of shaded areas to throw a rug, and even a wi-fi lounge! (admittedly not working very well, but the intent is there!)
Being an artificial beach in Buenos Aires (where you enter the river at your own health risk), the playa doesn’t have an actual water access. BUT they came with a great idea. There are water sprinkles/showers everywhere! You know how on a scorching hot day in the city, you wish someone would spray you from a hose? Well, you can get that and more at the Buenos Aires Playa - equally entertaining for kids and adults :)
So you get to the beachy park, plonk yourself on a sun chair and chill looking over the river, sipping your mate; when you get hot, you run for refreshment under the water spray, go dance some latin tunes, get an ice-cream, and go back to your spot with a water view. An almost perfect Sunday afternoon scenario :)
An interesting part was some kind of dance-fitness routine with crowd participation at the entertainment area. There was a guy on stage, with a mike (like an aerobic instructor), but instead of fitness moves, you do a line dance to the current pop hits! Pretty cool, and very engaging, and impossible to resist! We had to join in, shaking it to Ai Se Eu Te Pego
This being Argentina, of course the park is dotted with families and their picnics, drinking copious amounts of mate, talking, listening to music. Come to the Buenos Aires Playa and join in :)
I am convinced that other hot, beach-less cities all over the world should franchise this concept - people will be happier, and everyone will be better off :)
Quick beach getaway
For the past few months I had be wanting to get away from the city and escape to the beach for some sun and clean air…so when Goose mentioned a baseball meeting on sunny Isla Mujeres I bought a plane ticket and tagged along—sort of.
We arrived on the island around 2:30 in the afternoon and checked in at the hotel where the mayor’s office had made reservations. Unfortunately, it was an old motel out of a horror movie (think “Vacancy”) and we stayed no more than 20 minutes. The constant itching was a huge sign, and if that wasn’t enough Goose breaking out in hives was.
Luckily we found an all-inclusive hotel on the north end of the island—Privilege Aluxes. The place is a mere 2 years old, but the lobby has a very retro feel to it with circles on the ceiling, a round front desk for better service, and 70’s furniture. Our room turned out to be a one bedroom suite with living room, two balconies, two LED screens and an iPod dock/speakers/alarm clock.
After getting all settled we headed to the restaurant on the beach, Cafe del Mar for a late lunch—and to our surprise, a wedding. The food was really good, we had a bit of everything—shrimp chipotle tacos, pibil tacos, home made burger, fish, and god knows what else.
I was really glad to show Goose what I had in mind for our wedding and I think seeing it all happening convinced him. We continued the night over at the lounge outside “Sabor,” their all-day buffet restaurant.
Saturday Goose left early to attend his meeting at City Hall and I headed to the beach around 9am. It was definitely a beautiful sunny morning. After two hours at the beach, I decided to check out their breakfast buffet and continue tanning at the beach along with a few mimosas. Goose joined me probably around 2:30 by the pool where we talked about our wedding, sipped mimosas and talked about a few business opportunities.
Sunday morning we had a quick breakfast in our suite before taking the ferry back to the mainland and a crazy cab ride back to the Cancun airport. By 2pm we were back home with our pups and exhausted.
It has been a few months since our last trip to the beach (Acapulco), and even longer since my last visit to the beautiful caribbean beaches of Mexico. Luckily for me, Goose has a baseball event this weekend and it happens to be taking place at Isla Mujeres. When he asked me if I would like to go, there was no hesitating, bought my plane ticket and are now counting the days till Friday.
Don’t want to leave…day 219
Like all good things, weekends at the beach must come to an end. Last night the three us crashed and made plans to hit the water first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, Jay and I are like bears in hibernate mode 100% of the time and didn’t make it down to breakfast till around 11am, and got on the kayak till a little past noon.
It was so perfect, out in the water enjoying the three different views we had: the hotel, and two openings to the oceans on each side with giant rocks. Everything was going fantastic until a boat decided to go right next to us and tip us over. The first thing Jay noticed was that he had lost his glasses when we went under and it was too late to try to look…so we swam back to the dock pulling the kayak as Goose took photos and laughed his ass off.
Jay and I didn’t waste any time and got ready to get back on when all of the sudden I slipped on an algae covered step and got pretty banged up. As we were paddling out of the cove I realized my leg was bleeding and the minute I reached to wipe the blood off we turned once again. We totally got Poseidon’s message and got out of the water…and that’s when I realized I had really hurt my lower leg.
Ever since I was little I’ve been able to laugh and the stupid little accidents I had—probably because I always had bruises, cuts and scrapes from rollerblading, playing football with the guys, and attempting to skateboard. The in high school came the tennis and volleyball injuries. So today while the hotel owner seemed to worry, laughed it off with Goose and Jay and ordered a drink.
We left beautiful Boca Chica Hotel around 3pm feeling very rested, very tanned and extremely happy. Now we are planning a trip to sunny Cabo next month to celebrate independence weekend.
Jay’s here!!!…day 217
I was so excited this morning to go pick up Jay at the airport! He’s been dying to come to the beach since we moved back to the city from Playa del Carmen. Goose and I hit the road around 10:45am and it took us an hour exactly to get to the airport. I must admit I was sort of nervous since this was Jay’s first flight/trip alone—yes, I know, I suffer from severe Mother Goose syndrome!
The drive back to Boca Chica was fun since we got to show Jay around a bit and he surely enjoyed the incredible view from the hilltop. The minute we made it back to the hotel, we all changed and ran for the pool. It was a beautiful sunny day a not a single minute could be wasted. We stayed out to watch the sunset and then headed over to the spa area where Jay dipped in the medium temp hot tub, while Goose and I did so in the cool one. Later on, Goose and I enjoyed a few minutes in their glass steam room overlooking the ocean—and that is just what my lungs and nose needed!
Jay stayed a while longer at the spa, but us old folks retired to the room. Tomorrow is our last day here at Boca Chica and plan on going kayaking first thing in the morning, lets see how that goes LOL
Friday in Aca…day 216
Boy, were we anxious this morning or what!
Goose and I were up, having breakfast on the balcony and sipping on mimosas by 10AM. By the time noon came around, we were starting on our second bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut, and by 2PM, we switched over to Möet Chandon. By the end of the day, we had gone through four bottles and Goose had ordered a fifth one…actually finishing the hotel’s stock of champagne and breaking our 3 bottles day at Fairmont Pierre Marques last fall. But then again, can’t blame us when you;re surrounded by so much natural beauty accompanied by the sounds of Barry White.
We had an incredible day by the pool and it was great to know that Lina was okay in the room with enjoying the view along with all her toys. At the end of the day, we went back to our suite to begin working on the redesign of Goose’s baseball foundation site—which was a bit sour for him since I pointed out how his so-called “web guys” were doing nothing for him and the foundation. We looked up a few ideas, made a check list, and after all those mimosas crashed like exhausted toddlers.
Tomorrow we go pick up my brother Jay at the airport who hasn’t been to Acapulco in 18 years! Hope he likes this place as much as we do.
Acapulco Bound….day 215
Finally, after so many months of more work than any sane person could handle, I’m off to Acapulco along with Goose for a very much deserved beach getaway.
The original plan was to hit the road at 7am, but who were we kidding? We left around 10:30am after getting some good sleep and having something to eat. Goose, Lina (our pup) and I were more than ready for the 3.5 hr drive. Out of the road trips we’ve had so far, I love this one the most because of the incredible views we get to appreciate from the top of the mountains and bridges.
We arrived to the family apartment around 3pm and were greeted with the wonderful surprise that Lina couldn’t stay. After searching for pet friendly hotels, we opted for one Goose had been wanting to check out, Grupo Habita’s Boca Chica Hotel. Even though it is on the other side of town and a bit far from everything, the place was totally worth it.
We were greeted by Javier who escorted us to our suite and asked for maintenance to puppy-proof de balcony to prevent Lina from attempting to chase birds. As soon as we were settled in, we headed to the pool and ordered late lunch along with a few sangrias.
Goose ordered a Kobe burger and japanese style shrimp tacos. Can’t wait to see how tomorrow goes.
Let’s go home…day 115
Cor left early this morning since her flight was at 8:30am. I stayed in bed a little longer, watched TV and had some coffee before getting ready to head back to the City.
The wait to board the plane seemed to take forever, probably because I knew Goose was already at the airport waiting for my flight to land. The flight fell behind about 15 minutes and the anxiety was killing me. The flight was short but very cold…and the flight attendant kept giving me the weirdest look. But that’s besides the point. The minute I got off the plane I called Goose to see where he was at and to let him know I was at terminal two.
It was so, so, so, oh so good to see him after all these days. We hardly ever spend any time apart, and usually travel together. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that when he goes to the little league world series in August I can go with him. Three weeks apart are way too long if you ask me.
We were welcomed by a very hot Mexico City, got home and crashed. The weekend was very exhausting for the both of us, and the change in altitude wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be. I was planning to go to the office in the afternoon for a meeting, but my bed just didn’t let me.
Tuesday sounds like a good day to start the week.
Tanned & ready to head home…day 114
I did it! I managed to get up earlier than usual and was down at the beach around 11am ready to bake ;)
This time, we picked a different spot, further away from the waves and with our stuff up on a palapa. I’m not going to lie, the sun was extreme today, even if I didn’t try I would end up with a tan LOL
Last night I finished reading one of Mary Janice Davidson’s books, and today I began reading Red Riding Hood (film adaptation). I have this thing about reading books before seeing the movie. But anyhoo, tanning seemed to be going as planned, and Cor kept asking me how I was able to put up with so much sun—she spent the weekend in the shade while I ran away from it. I guess since I’ve been doing for so long, I just got used to it, I drink plenty of water (along with a sangria here and there) and have my iPod with me at all times.
Cor left early to have dinner with her family and I stayed behind at the hotel to fully take advantage of the rest of the afternoon. Later on we met at Emilio’s for dinner and walked around town one last time.
The tan as of right now looks INCREDIBLE, and doubt I will glow in the dark that much. I’m currently getting my things ready for my flight back to the city in the morning and can’t wait to see Goose. It’s been almost a week since he left!