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Wed. September 4 - Tequila, Massage, Cool Dinner & Luna Blue

A mostly rainy day in Playa del Carmen does not stop Mel and Barbara

rain 83 °F

It was very cloudy and threatening in the morning, but, we started out about 10:00 a.m. for an approximately 2 mile walk to Sam's Club. We did have a downpour on us about half way there and sought cover with some protection under trees. This is the place to buy tequila at the best possible price in Playa del Carmen. The selection is somewhat limited, but, still really good tequilas at excellent prices. As an example, Correlljo Reposado is the tequila we have purchased most often, and the price is about $40 for 750 ml in Columbia, SC. At Sam's Club the price is 190.41 pesos (about $14.22) for 1 liter. We purchased 1921 Crema de Tequila and Cazadores Reposado tequila - total of 355.65 pesos or $26.56. On our two mile walk back to our condo, we had more light rain and drizzle.

We did get a bit of beach time late in the afternoon. We then walked up the beach next to the pier for Barbara to get a 70 minute massage on the beach. Cost was only $21.

After seaching restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor.com, I came up with an interesting place for dinner - La Portena on Calle 38 at 5th Avenue. It might be best called a dinner counter with bar stools for seating. Essentially, the kitchen, sink and dining area all in about 85 square feet. We watched chef Arturo cooked directly in front of us. Barbara had a lime chicken dinner and I had rib-eye steak. Delicious, interesting and reasonable price. Here is the TripAdvisor review.

After dinner, we had the long walk back to our condo, but, stopped on the way at Calle 26 between 5th and 10th Avenues at a favorite place - Luna Blue Hotel and Bar. Our bartender friend, Jorge was there ready to make a margarita and dirty monkey. We stayed at Luna Blue for 3 nights in March 2013 - highly recommended with great owners and Alex and Jorge on hand to take care of guests and visitors.

Posted by mel.coker 16:16 Archived in Mexico Tagged playa_del_carmen la_portena

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