Gary and his wife were traveling through out Northern Baja and stopped in at Puerto Penasco. They sent us an update on the construction taking place there as well as their impressions. Following are Gary III's comments:
October 25, 2010
Hello Bob and Mary Ann,
We are in Puerto Penasco right now in our motorhome. We are staying at
the Reef RV Park just north west
of town, right on the ocean.
We drove down to the Mayan Palace
for lunch (a good bargain) and a visual look around. Here are our
observations and some photos.
1. The entrance to the MP property has been moved about 1 mile south. It is now just opposite the entrance to the
airport. There is small rock wall sign
and a guard house. The old guard house
is still back up the road, but there’s nobody in it.
2. Entering the
property you enter a new two lane concrete road and start to swing north and
skirt the north side of the property, past several round-a-bouts and the Mayan
Lakes properties. (there are five
of them occupied now we were told). Then
the road swings back south to cross over the curved bridge that’s been there
for some time now. The road is five
miles long. About a mile longer than the
old road which can be seen as white trail in the Google Earth picture
[Refer to first couple of pictures and Google Earth shot
with GPS trace overlaid. “MP2” is the
old Mayan Palace Guard entrance]
3. The entrance to the Mayan
Palace is still the same impressive
entrance, and not much has changed here since we first came in 2004.
4. They have
completed the steel skeleton of the Grand Mayan / Grand Bliss tower with its
central arch. We were told by one of the
supervisors in the sales building that the North side (closest to the original
buildings) will be Grand Mayan, and the South wing (closest to the present
sales office) will be Grand Bliss. He
didn’t have an estimation for completion.
There is one more building close to the sales office that has had the
foundation laid. It is supposed to be a
Grand Bliss also.
5. The balconies for
the GM and GB units are starting to be framed in now.
6. The airport is
operational and some Mexican national flights are coming on a more or less
scheduled basis. There was talk that
starting in the first part of November, Southwest would have a nonstop from Denver. We’ll see.
7. The golf course
appeared to be functional, and there were several foursomes on it as we drove
8. Rocky Point
Malacon and “Old Town”
are being “improved” and all the streets are torn up during the improvements. Most of the shops, vendors and restaurants
are open for business. Love the
lobby is about 25 miles from Puerto Penasco proper and it is about $40 to $45
US one way to town. The Mayan Palaced
conciererge can get it for you for about $45 round trip.
Thanks Gary III. Very interesting comments. Construction seems to be progressing, as there are steel workers on the buildings. Also, nice to know the restaurant offers a great meal at competitive prices and the golfers are playing away. We understand the golf course is one of the nicest looking of all the Vidanta Golf courses. Great fun!
The Grupo Vidanta property is under construction, and so is Puerto Penasco. The town is changing with improvements underway. Gary III is there and enjoying his stay. Enjoy as well!
Thanks for your photos and comments, Gary....
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