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    Congrats on the win!!! I am loving your trip reports. Thanks!




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    Nice win. Enjoy Depalm island
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    May 5. Sunday

    We took ourselves to DePalm Island today.
    The last time we were there, the waterpark was under construction. (maybe 8 yrs ago?)
    There was an additional UP charge if we wanted a shade hut on different sections, or a full cabana placed at different sections, or if we wanted to be on the Chilean Flamingo area. The upcharge to be in the flamingo area was $25 p person. Some of the cabanas scattered around the island were quite luxurious and there were good amenities, all to the tune of at least $180.
    We again, chose steerage. An area to the right of the snorkeling area that had an ok beach, plenty of palapas and close to the restrooms and the food/beverages.

    We made our selves at home, had breakfast and it was good.
    All the usual breakfast foods…eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, breads, fruit etc.
    We took a walk over to the flamingo area and these birds are are better protected from humans, than the one’s at Renaissance Island. These birds are HANDS OFF, NO FEEDING and stay back. The birds are young and are beautiful. I was speaking with their handler and he told me that they are from a preserve/refuge/sanctuary kind of place in Chile, where they are trying to preserve and grow the species. I think that I understood him to say that they are on loan as no one can “own these birds”. Their feathers are still white and grey with some pink starting to show. Yes, their flight feathers are trimmed. (not painful to the bird and not abusive). These birds are cared for very well and are thriving.

    We spent MUCH time in the water.
    The waves were strong and we were fighting to stay away from the rock walls.
    I am STIFF and SORE from battling the waves for 3+ hours.
    Lunch was served in 2 locations. We were on the beach in front of the “grill” where burgers, dogs, nuggets and fries were being cooked and served. We picked at the lunch but still full from breakfast. Designated driver was me, so I stuck with virgin pina coladas and Paul was drinking some blue thing with rum.

    We left there at about 2 as we had about enough fun that we wanted to have in one day (we were tired)
    And the best part…………of the whole day…………..I got to steer the ferry back to the pier.
    (we were the only passengers)

    We made our way back to Sunset Beach Studios, showered and napped.

    Dinner……..still not hungry much, so we had some sliced roast beef/lettuce wraps.

    Casino…….Alhambra (it was cruel)

    Ice Cream…….Marriott

    Til tomorrow………
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    Sounds like a great day, we would have been exhausted after lunch. How cool to steer the ferry! That's the kind of thing that makes my whole trip a better experience. Nothing really crazy, just something small that not a lot of folks get to do. And you feel in charge!

    I've been noticing that higher prices and upcharges are getting to be a regular occurance at a lot of places. Palapa rsvps, not asking what booze you want and pouring top shelf. Lots of subtle changes. It's kind of disappointing don't you think?
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    yes disappointing.
    nickel and dimed to death.
    I do not like it and neither do MANY tourists.
    If it continues tourists will take themselves and their $$ elsewhere.

    Seriously, @ DePalm Island the entry fee is $110 each.
    90% of the good spots on the beaches there have an up charge due to flamingos or wanting shade.



    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Sounds like a great day, we would have been exhausted after lunch. So nice that they take such good care of the flamingos, the Ren should take a lesson. And how cool to steer the ferry! That's the kind of thing that makes my whole trip a better experience. Nothing really crazy, just something small that not a lot of folks get to do. And you feel in charge!

    I've been noticing that higher prices and upcharges are getting to be a regular occurance at a lot of places. Palapa rsvps, not asking what booze you want and pouring top shelf. Lots of subtle changes. It's kind of disappointing don't you think?
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    Your trip sounds like a blast. Congrats on your win! With all these great trip reports it almost feels like we are there too. No, not really.
    Sean and Susan
    [Countdown=12/01/2013 2:30 AM;]I'm finally there]Count down:[/Countdown]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    We took ourselves to DePalm Island today.
    The last time we were there, the waterpark was under construction. (maybe 8 yrs ago?)
    There was an additional UP charge if we wanted a shade hut on different sections, or a full cabana placed at different sections, or if we wanted to be on the Chilean Flamingo area. The upcharge to be in the flamingo area was $25 p person. Some of the cabanas scattered around the island were quite luxurious and there were good amenities, all to the tune of at least $180.
    We again, chose steerage. An area to the right of the snorkeling area that had an ok beach, plenty of palapas and close to the restrooms and the food/beverages.

    We made our selves at home, had breakfast and it was good.
    All the usual breakfast foods…eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, breads, fruit etc.
    We took a walk over to the flamingo area and these birds are treated way better and are better protected than the one’s at Renaissance Island. These birds are HANDS OFF, NO FEEDING and stay back. The birds are young and are beautiful. I was speaking with their handler and he told me that they are from a preserve/refuge/sanctuary kind of place in Chile, where they are trying to preserve and grow the species. I think that I understood him to say that they are on loan as no one can “own these birds”. Their feathers are still white and grey with some pink starting to show. Yes, their flight feathers are trimmed. (not painful to the bird and not abusive). These birds are cared for very well and are thriving.

    We spent MUCH time in the water.
    The waves were strong and we were fighting to stay away from the rock walls.
    I am STIFF and SORE from battling the waves for 3+ hours.
    Lunch was served in 2 locations. We were on the beach in front of the “grill” where burgers, dogs, nuggets and fries were being cooked and served. We picked at the lunch but still full from breakfast. Designated driver was me, so I stuck with virgin pina coladas and Paul was drinking some blue thing with rum.

    We left there at about 2 as we had about enough fun that we wanted to have in one day (we were tired)
    And the best part…………of the whole day…………..I got to steer the ferry back to the pier.
    (we were the only passengers)

    We made our way back to Sunset Beach Studios, showered and napped.

    Dinner……..still not hungry much, so we had some sliced roast beef/lettuce wraps.

    Casino…….Alhambra (it was cruel)

    Ice Cream…….Marriott

    Til tomorrow………
    perfect day. I bet you are very glad you went. We have not been there. Will put on the list.
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    Hi Andrea and Paul,
    Sounds like your latest visit is going extremely well. Congrats on the win at the Casino!! The Palm Island needs to re-think their prices, such as the $110.00 admission price entitles you to a certain amount of food and drink during your stay, or the option of sing it towards a cabana while on the island. I know that there is a lot of work being done to create more roundabouts, any sign that they will be constructing some Walkovers?? Especially around by the Superfoods Grocery and La Cabana, Tropicana, etc?
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    Glad you and Paul are having a great time. Sorry I will miss you. I usually go in May but mid month because my birthday is May 20th. Are you going to go out to dinner for the white asparagus? I just saw an ad on FB from MJ that they are serving White Asparagus starting today. They don't update their menu online much. For such a fancy rest I think they should have a more updated online menu/website. Even Barneys updated their website.





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    Hi vallond. No walkovers are in the plan. The roundabout near superfoods is somewhat complete they are now tweaking the curbing.
    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    Hi Andrea and Paul,
    Sounds like your latest visit is going extremely well. Congrats on the win at the Casino!! The Palm Island needs to re-think their prices, such as the $110.00 admission price entitles you to a certain amount of food and drink during your stay, or the option of sing it towards a cabana while on the island. I know that there is a lot of work being done to create more roundabouts, any sign that they will be constructing some Walkovers?? Especially around by the Superfoods Grocery and La Cabana, Tropicana, etc?
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