Monday, November 17, 2008

Bound for Isla...

Well, not any time REAL soon, but at least it's in the future...a little less than 200 days away. But who's counting? I was surfing the net the other day, just curious about airfares to Cancun...not having anything in particular in mind. More wishful thinking than anything. I did a check on VivaAerobus and found fares for -$.01. Yes, that would be a negative one cent. Knowing how VivaAerobus lures you in on these unbelieveable fares, then charges big taxes, I was skeptical. I plugged in some dates and got this fare in response: $117.90. "That can't be right," I said to myself. So I acted like I was going to buy it to check out the whole fare...and that was it...taxes included, round trip from Austin, non-stop. Whoa. I couldn't help it...my finger took over with a mind of its own and clicked on "Purchase." Now I am the owner of a flight to Cancun the end of May. And since that's the low season, I have no worries about finding an inexpensive place to stay. It must be karma. The only negative thing might be that I may have to sit on the wing. My son also suggested that I might have to buy gas for the plane before we leave.

Oh, and one more thing. On my last four trips to Isla, I have wanted to take little side trips to Playa del Carmen, Tulum or even just Contoy...but never did. You know how Isla has that hypnotic effect on you...you get there and all you want to do is...nothing. Walk around the island...take pictures...have a nice meal...take pictures...have a cerveza or eight...take pictures...lay by the beach...take pictures...take a dip in the pool...take pictures...off to see Romi for a couple Margarita's...take pictures. You know what I mean.

So THIS time...I'm going to Playa del Carmen first...then Tulum...THEN go to Isla. I know that's the only way I'll be able to see other places. I have plenty of time to plan. Oh, yeah...I be Isla bound.

8 comments:

Life's a Beach! said...

Woo hoooo! Unfortunately, I don't think that airline has flights from Phoenix! I think if I saw a price like that, I'd definitely jump on it! We found fares for about $250 apiece roundtrip last May, and that was the best I'd seen from here. I'll be curious to hear your perceptions of PDC and Tulum. We stayed in PDC one year for 3 nights on the way to Isla and didn't care for it, but I'd like to try Tulum or Akumal for a few nights!

Isla Deb said...

No...Austin is the only American city VivaAerobus flies out of so far. Hopefully, they will expand in the near future. They're "no frills" but who the heck cares for a 2-1/2 hour flight at that price??

I will definitely let you know what I think of PDC and Tulum...and anywhere else I get to.

Vee said...

What wonderful luck - congratulations! You'll have such fun planning the trip. We'd be fortunate to see airfares as low as even three times what you paid.

Islagringo said...

What a great deal! I wonder how long they will stay in business? At any rate, welcome back to Isla! (a bit prematurely though!)

Salome0323 said...

May is wonderful..we went at the end of May this year and LOVED it. We also did the Tulum trip this year as well.....three days/nights on the beach in Tulum in May. We felt like we had the place to ourselves.

You definitley did the right thing..have a fantastic time, and I can't wait to hear what you think of Tulum. We loved it.

Isla Deb said...
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Isla Deb said...

Vee - I know what you mean. I paid $550 for my flight last May so this was just unbelievable to me!

Wayne - I think VivaAerobus is well-established in Mexico. They're probably trying to get business in the U.S. with these rates. I'm not going to argue.

Salome - We must have been there the same time last year...I was there the end of May as well. To tell you the truth, I enjoy Isla more during the low season when there are less people. And I'm definitely looking forward to Tulum...have heard many good things about it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

couzin frank said...

Have been saying for years that I am going to see some other sites in Mexico. Just never can get out of my beach chair long enough to go.Maybe some day.