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    Everything about your trip sounds great minus 2 things, immigration and the 4am wake ups for mom, crazy! I hope you continue to enjoy your trip.

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    Sunday:
    Sunday was the first full day with all members of our party. Sunday is the switch day at the Playa Linda, which can sometimes be a hassle. We were moving from our room on the 3rd floor to our room on the 1st floor. We had to have all of our bags pack and our room vacant by 12 noon. At that time the waiting process began. We had to wait around for our new room to be ready. Once it is ready a bell man would move our luggage and belongings. Once we saw our room was ready, we decided to chip in and help the bell man move our things, because we dont exactly travel light. It took him two trips plus our help to bring our belongings to our 1st floor room. Having a room on the 1st floor had its plus and minuses, we didn't have to wait for an elevator which was extremely nice because the elevator situation at the Playa Linda can be an issue sometimes. However our view from the 1st floor wasn't that great. We immediately unpacked our clothes, then had lunch in the room. With a one bedroom, which includes a full kitchen, we’d be crazy to eat out everyday with 5 people.


    After staying at the Playa Linda for so many years, the same weeks, you begin to become friends with people, and get to know familiar faces. This is one of my favorite things about the Playa Linda, the friendships you make. We have become good friends with a 7 member family from new york. They had 4 younger kids who keep us pretty entertained throughout the day. So they arrived today.


    After lunch we packed our cooler and headed to the pool for an early happy hour. We bought two cases of chill at the store, 5 bottle of vodka, and my dad and cousin are beer snobs, so they bought fancy single bottled beer at the grocery store. It definitely saves some money packing a cooler full of beer. Just to give you an idea, for 5 craft beers at the grocery store it cost 14 dollar. That is pretty reasonable for the beers he bought.


    On Sundays there is live music as Moomba, which is located in-between the Holiday Inn and the Marriott. The band started at 6:30, and happy runs from 6-7 there daily. The band this Sunday was great, they played a wide variety of music, and kept you entertained. Happy hour at Moomba’s is $2.50 for balashi chill, $3.50 for Amstal bright, and $3.50 for frozen drinks. I believe our total for two rounds of drinks was $36 including tip.


    We had planned for dinner Sunday night to be at Zuzoroh, however it took us a while to get ready, and they were closed by 915/930. So we were really pressed to make a decision see how late it was. We needed up checking out the menus from the restaurants at the Alhambra plaza. We ended up deciding on Taste of Flavor! I would give the all around experience a 9 out of 10, the food was good, service was good, it just took a little while to get our food. I had the shrimp grilled and seasoned, it came with 10 shrimp on a two screwers. I ordered the garlic herb mayonnaise and the diablo’s fire sauces on the side. Both were very good. I ordered french fries as my side as well. My dad ordered the Aztec Chicken, it came with a large portion. He liked it a lot, I tried his as well, and it tasted like a buffalo chicken dip. Very yummy. My mom ordered the Chef’s Creamy Alfredo Delight, she enjoyed hers very much, but thought it was very filling and brought about half home with her. My cousins friend ordered the same but added chicken to hers for a charge of $6. Both of them really enjoyed there dinner. My cousin ordered the Caribbean Seafood, and absolutely loved it! It came with large portions of grouper, shrimp and lobster. It was pretty reasonably priced, with no dinner being more than $26.


    While at dinner we were talking to our waitress about the love festival going on just past the Ritz Carton. She ended up finding out 3 tickets from workers who had gone Saturday night but couldn't go Sunday because they were working. We then ran into a problem, before we had heard about the Love Festival, we had asked our friend who is also staying at the Playa Linda to go out with us, and he was going to. They were charging $30 admission for one night. Which was kinda crazy so we ended up going to Moomba. They have a DJ every Sunday night after 10, the place usually ends up being very fun. It has a great mix of locals and tourist. Well this sunday because of the love festival, it wasn't what we expected, and they ended up closing at 1230. We then heading pack along the beach to our hotel.


    My mom and dad got back not long after us, they had ventured to the Holiday Inn casino. But they both were losers that night.

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    Thanks for keeping us updated.... trip sounds great.

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    and now you are back home?

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    Question: were you a group of 5 adults in a 1 bedroom at Playa Linda? Is that'll the room with the pullout sofa and day bed in the living room?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Monday:
    Monday we all woke up early. My dad and I were golfing today, my mom was doing her usual walk, and my cousin and her friend were playing tennis. My dad and I had a 9:30 tee time at the Divi links. We left around 8:40, to give us enough time to hit a few balls on the driving range. We brought our clubs from home, 2 bags fly free on southwest. It is $75 per person before 3pm, and $65 per person after 3 pm. We usually play after 3pm, but I persuaded my dad to play in the morning, so we could have the whole afternoon by the pool. Im 20, almost 21 years old, and I passed as a junior golfer, which would be 18 and under. The price for a junior golfer is only $15. The course is changing due to the wind, and the different type of grass, but we ended up playing okay. I beat my dad! WOOHOOO.


    On the 9th hole, my dad wasn't paying attention and hit from the pro tees, when he should have hit from the whites. Well we decided for him to re tee the ball from the correct marker. Well his initial drive went into a sand bunker in-between the 1st and 9th hole. He was walking over to pick it up, when what we believe to be a sand piper started making noise at him. He was about to walk into the bunker when the same bird flew over my dad’s head almost hitting him, at first he thought it was just a coincidence, next thing he knew the bird was flying back at him, he picked up the ball and started running out of the trap, with the bird chasing him. He ended up falling/diving in the sand trap. Then came running back to the cart. The bird never hit him, but still pretty scary. We were later talking to multiple different people who told us sand pipers during this time of year lay eggs in the sand bunkers, so in that case the bird was trying to protect his/her eggs.

    We were back at the Playa Linda and by the pool at 12. We were then off to Scott's Brats for our usual afternoon bloody marys. After that we went to ocean and floated around before heading up for lunch. We did our usual routine of filling the cooler for our happy hour by the pool.

    We switched it up on Monday, and skipped happy hour, instead got ready for dinner by 7, and stopped at passions for a drink before heading to dinner at Casibari. At Passions you definitely pay for the view, our bill was about $50 for two mojitos, a frozen drink, a glass of wine, and two beers. Very over priced. But the view was amazing at sunset.

    We had been to Casibari the year before and it was easy to find the first time around. We had a card that showed directions on it, we followed them, but they were very confusing because they have added a new round about about since the cards were printed. We stopped at a texaco station and asked for directions. Even after that we still got lost. We drove around for about 30/40 minuted before we found it. On the same road as the Texaco, the one everyone seems to use when giving directions, you will see a sign that says Casibari to the left, its not the first left after the sign its the second, the from there you bare to the left then make the first right. Seems pretty easy right? I wish it was.

    When we arrived at Casibari the Kukoo Kunuke was there, but once they left we were the only table in the entire place. The waiters were telling us that they were having a hard time, because people can't find it. They use to have other signs up, but the government took them down due to the fact that they weren't approved by the government. But let me tell you, there food was just as great as we remember! We absolutely loved it. The service was awesome, they were very attentive and friendly. We ordered the BBQ flat bread as an appetizer, it was delicious! I had the Chicken Sate, with a baked potato.The chicken was awesome, and the peanut sauce was the best I had on the island. The baked potato on the other hand was not my favorite. My mom had the Salmon steak, the salmon was good, however she did not like the sauce that came with the salmon. My dad had the tenderloin, he loved it. However he asked for it medium well and it came out more medium, but he still ate every last bite. My cousin and her friend split split the BBQ pork and the BQQ chicken, needless to say they didn't speak for the duration of dinner because they were to busy consuming their meals. The BBQ chicken was a half of a chicken, bone and all. The BBQ pork they were expecting pulled pork but it was actually a pork chop. There portions were large and my cousin and her friend ended up bringing food home for lunch the next day. My cousin also ordered the Potato Gratin, she absolutely loved it, ate every last bite.

    The waiter gave us directions home, and we were back at our hotel in like 12 minutes. Crazy compared to what it took us to get there! We dropped my cousin and her friend off at the hotel, they were skydiving Tuesday morning, and wanted to get a good nights sleep. Then my mom, dad, and myself were off to the Alhambra casino. We played till about 115, and I'm pretty sure we all broke even for the night.

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    We are currently on our flight from Orlando to Pittsburgh, we should get into the burgh a little before 10.
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    and now you are back home?

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    I wish I would have been about to update you guys more, I just so involved in the vacation, I ran out of time. Im going to do a day by day report still, just not in the moment.
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    Thanks for keeping us updated.... trip sounds great.

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    Yes there were 5 adults in our room. There is a pull out couch and a day bed. Its cramp at times with luggage and what not. For us there does seem to be enough storage for clothes. But for as much as you're in the room the size works out well. There is room to store you luggage underneath the master bed room bed and under the day bed. My mom, dad, and I put all our bags under beds.
    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Question: were you a group of 5 adults in a 1 bedroom at Playa Linda? Is that'll the room with the pullout sofa and day bed in the living room?

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    Nice report... as you said 5 in a room. You only shower and sleep. So that isn't bad.
    Rather spend the extra $$ on other fun stuff.

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