Loved the resort, the scenery and food. Just don't order the won ton soup from the restaurant. Truly awful. Starting from the beginning, my wife, her sister and her husband and I arrived at VDA on Saturday January 7. Nice lobby, good check-in etiquette and a nice two bedroom unit on the fifth floor with a view of Finnisterra. The resort is a one third scale design of Villa del Palmar in Cancun, We visited the nearby WalMart and loaded our kitchen with food, beer and booze; mmm beer. After we finished unpacking, we decided to have supper at the only restaurant open in the evening. Three orders of sea bass and I ordered seafood won ton. Bad move.
Tip #1 - Don't order the won ton.
We went into downtown the next morning. The taxi driver dropped us off at the Mercado Marina building and we had to, literally, run away from the salesmen and booking agents.
Tip #2 - Have the cab driver drop you off at the white tourist building just north of the Mercado. No salesmen.
After walking up and down the marina we knew why the salesmen were so persistent; the marina and the downtown are empty. The recession,,depression (tomato,,potato) has kicked the town right in the knackers. There was no one in the restaurants or bars at noon.
Tip #3 - Tip, I mean, really - tip well.
We booked a fishing charter for 3 days on a 31 foot - 10 foot wide boat for 1,200.00 US$ The price was one third of the price quoted over the internet.
Tip #4 - Don't book any excursion or tour on the internet or at the resort. You will pay up to three times the amount you can negotiate on site.
Tip #5 - Buy a weekly fishing license instead of buying a daily license.
Tip #6 - Buy some extra live bait so you have some bait left over to hand out to the pelicans and seals on the trip back to the marina.
Tip #7 - Get the restaurant to cook your catch, it costs twenty bucks a head but you get Broiled, Grilled and Blackened fish and it is awesome.
The breakfast buffet at VDA is superb and be sure to drink lots of jugo verde (hoogo berday).
We were never hassled about not taking an owners update, as we had already attended one in Cancun.
Tip #8 - If you want to buy a timeshare use the free WiFi at the hospitality centre to determine how little it cost to buy a timeshare secondhand.
Be sure to visit the California restaurant at Villa del Palmar. There is a trolley to take you between resorts. The restaurant has a well behaved cat that sits by your feet and waits for whatever scrap you give him.
Tip #89 Be sure someone at your table orders some seafood for "El gato".
VDA is a nice quiet resort with a rather limited choice for restaurants and bars, but you are close to some of the best night life in BCS,
We plan to go back as soon as we can.
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