On Friday April 20 nine of us took the 5 hour drive from Mesa to Puerto Penasco, MX to spend several days at the Mayan Place Resort on the Gulf of California. The attendees were Mike and Barbara Williams, Barbara’s daughter Laura, granddaughter Katie and her friend Daisy (who stayed in one suite), Jo, son Jeff and me (who stayed in the other suite). Jo and Barbara are sisters. We planned also to take my son Monty, but at the last minute schedule conflicts came up for him. We took two vehicles to get there, and the first contingent consisting of the non-senior citizens returned on Mon. April 23.
This is the bedroom of our one bedroom suite. Jo is enjoying the view of the Gulf of California from our sixth story balcony.
Our suite is in the second building of five to be built, and site work is still underway in front of our building. The sea is calm this day. The Gulf is relatively shallow and the tides are high, sometimes leaving hundreds of yards of beach exposed at low tide.
Views of our sitting – dining- and kitchen areas. The two couches each can sleep two for a total of 6 in the suite.
Towel art left by our room attendant one day.
View from the beach of the first phase of the resort. An indoor pool is at the far left, the reception area is in the circular building and more is at the right off the picture.
The rectangular buildings are in phase two. Two more will be to the right of the unfinished building, mirroring the two finished buildings. Our suite had the first two windows of the taller finished building to the right of the row of windows on the top floor of the lower finished building. We used the swimming pool and other amenities of phase 1.
Daisy, Katie and Jeff are painting pottery to be fired, with the long pool in the background. The resort was not crowded during our stay.
Katie and Daisy at the downtown restaurant where we ate late one afternoon. The resort is about 20 miles from downtown, so forays into town were limited.
Downtown is next to this hill. The lighthouse is authentic as there is a nice bay nearby for the fishing and pleasure boats.
Statue in the downtown plaza celebrating the shrimp fishermen working out of the port. The local shrimp run quite large, but not like the one shown!
Left to right – Jeff, Daisy, Katie and Laura in the foreground getting on their life jackets before a ride on a banana boat. It is an inflatable with two tubes for seating passengers side by side pulled by a motorized panga (long open boat).
Here is our intrepid crew preparing to begin their ride. From left, Katie, Daisy,Laura on right and Jeff at far right.
The panga purports to go no more than 15 mph, but the towed boat runs into bumps crossing the wake of the panga.
The girls got henna ankle tattoos. The one on the left is a panda.
The younger set headed back to Mesa on Monday after breakfast at Mannys near downtown, leaving the four senior citizens to enjoy a few more days at the resort. We planned to leave on Friday, but Thursday was so windy that lounging around the pool and reading, as we did most days, was not enjoyable, so we returned a day early. From left – Barbara (mostly out of the picture, Laura, Mike, Daisy, Jo, Katie and Jeff.
Son Monty in his naval reserve camouflage uniform on our front porch.