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    Staying at Surf....need tips....

    Ok, I know I should know a great deal of them already....

    Please give me some good advise, we're staying at the Surf...I know there are many many experts out there.

    Looking for any and all tips, appreciate it guys !

    We are resident experts of the Rennaissance Suites, and have stayed at the Westin and Stellaris, but have not stayed at the Surf. Staying there in may and need advise from you guys out there..............
    HELP !
    XO cindyo

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    cindy i am going to copy this to the timeshare section as well.

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    a couple of things I can remember immediately are: Learn the Palapa policy there....my inlaws are always saying someone has to get up real early to get in line to reserve good ones, they've reserved them for a couple days straight at one time but you'll have to find out as soon as you get there to see what days you can actually do that. The poolside chairs are first come first served and that is another area where you have to have someone get up extremely early to get the "best" ones. Remember your chair tags and put them on the chairs you wish to "reserve" by the pool. The policy is 2 hrs unused they can be kept, if somebody isnt seen there in two hours the chairs become open again for somebody else. Also you wristbands need to be worn all the time when in the lazy river pool area. Also when recently there we had the friendly lizards dropping out of trees and into the pool, one guy got scrateche on his back when it landed on him surprisingly. It was really weird because I couldnt remeber a time when they were so active in the pool area..probably from guests leaving their empty drink cups with fruit in them along side the pool instead of throwing out the cups. Your floats are allowed and can be blown up by the towel hut by yourself with a air hose thats there for guest use...and it was much more windy up by the water slide and childrens area of the pool rather then down by the lazy river side. Another surprise was the lack of water traffic in the Surf club area of the ocean. In times past the water was crazy with people using the jet ski's, inflatables that are towed behind boats and all that other recreational stuff, this year hardly anybody was using the services. Must be a sign of the times...thats it for now...all I can think of at this point. ENJOY!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    cindy i am going to copy this to the timeshare section as well.
    Thanks!!

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    FFgoo summed it up about the beach and pool chairs, but 1 thing I can add...MUST wear cover up and shoes when you are going back to your room from the pool/beach. Trust me, some people get pretty heated about it. I had a not so nice "conversation" with a hoity toity woman last month when we had to make a quick get away from the pool with the baby and just wrapped towels on us and put on our flip flops. Her ONLY saving grace was that her husband was quite nice and chatted with my husband about the baby otherwise...

    But I am not sure if he put that you have to line up day before to reserve a palapa starting EARLY at like either 2 or 3. It's totally insane. You get in line to get a "number" then you stand in line again according to that number and then another hour goes by and you get to the hut and choose your palapa-at 4pm. Someday I sure hope they can come up with a better system instead of people spending hours of their vacation waiting in line...and fighting over who's next.

    And you have to be at the pool between 5-6 am to reserve your chairs with the tags & towels. You will see people sitting down there reading in the semi-darkness holding their spots that early. If you don't care much where you plant yourself by the pool, then you can just take what you can get once you get there. First come, first serve.

    Sorry if this sounds like a negative post, but it's something you will need to know if palapas & pool chairs are a regular part of your vacation. Some people don't care where they sit, others do so I wanted to pass on the essential information to ensure you get what you like and can make the most of your vacation.

    I bet your girls will have alot of fun in the lazy river and enjoy the pool slide! And you and your hubby should take advantage of the adults only pool, we didn't have the chance. It looks really nice.

    There is an iguana feeding at 10:00 daily between Surf & Ocean Clubs in the 'Sanctuary'. It's kinda fun to see them munching on lettuce.

    The coffee/gift shop in the Surf gets a bit busy in the AM so if you are like me and like to head out early for a cup of joe, head to the Ocean club shop, they are fantastic. Friendly, smiling and I never had to wait for my coffee.

    If I think of anything else, I will post. If you have any more questions, just PM one of us, we are happy to help. 4 stays at the Surf & 1 at the Ocean so we are pretty familiar with the ins & outs. Have a great time!
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    I have owned a TS at the Surf Club for 5 years and I guess I have gotten used to the palapa routine-assuming you are a "beach person" You can actually reserve for a few days at a time if you're willing to spend $10 a day, so no need to wait in line daily unless you want the palapa for free. We usually end up at the pool for happy hour and some late day sun and have never had an issue with chairs-especially at the new adult pool. We always go in July, so it's probably not as crazy as the winter vacation times.

    The staff at the SC is really friendly and you should have a great time!

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    Thanks everyone....I appreciate the tips...Heck, $10 a day for the palapas is fine with me. Do we go in the afternoon to reserve for a few days?
    Thanks for the tip on coverups...I bet some people think they are the coverup police !!!
    Keep those tips coming...

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    Can you reserve an entire 7 days for $10 a day or are you limited to two days with a third day "no beach palapa for you"???

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    cindy can you ask randi to explain the palapa procedure .........but she may actually be there now.

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    i think the limit for the rentals is 2-3 consecutive days

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