DAY 9 The Playa Palms is a very nice hotel. It is not luxurious, but it is right on the beach, it's very clean, it's in a convenient location, with a friendly staff. They provided beach towels, bottled water, a mini bar, and a safe in the room. There was no telephone, clock radio or alarm clock in the room, so I went to Walmart and bought a cheap alarm clock, so we would get up in time for our pick-up. The hotel is small, and when we were there it seemed very empty. It is next to the Blue Parrot Beach Club. I wanted to see their famous Fire Dancers, but the show doesn't start until 11:30 p.m. ... that is too late for us! But Norb heard the music from the beach club into the wee hours of the morning. I took a sleeping pill, so I didn't hear anything. I borrowed this picture from someone who was able to stay up late and actually see the fire dancers ... This picture was taken from our patio, you can see we were just steps away from the sand, I LOVE that! ... No half a mile walk from the room to the beach, no steps either ... just walked out the door and we were on the beach! Right down the street is an internet cafe, where I checked my email several times at a very reasonable rate. And next to the internet cafe is a little convenience store where we stopped to buy sodas a few times. Plus we were very close to 5th Avenue. Would we stay there again? Yes! Today is Friday, our last full day in Playa. Early in the day I went out to the beach to take a few pictures ... We needed a picture for our Christmas card. C'mon Norb, sit in this chair and smile pretty ... Mitzy and Ditzy wanted a picture for their Christmas card, too ... After our photo shoot we walked to 100% Natural for breakfast. Norb ordered scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese, and I ordered yogurt with fruit, we also had coffee ... Even though the restaurant was not busy, service was very slow. We went back to the hotel to enjoy our last beach day ... I thought these trees on the beach were interesting ... We spent the day here, the waiters from the beach clubs provided great service. After our day of relaxing, we went back to the room to get showered and dressed for dinner. Where should we go for our last dinner in Playa? HC MONTERREY!!! Here's Norb, having a beer ... Waiting for our steaks ... I could eat here every day! Another delicious meal! We went back to 5th Avenue to walk around for a while. Later we stopped at La Parilla for Spanish coffee. The waiter seemed ticked that we were only ordering coffee, and the service was very slow ... We could not get a smile out of him no matter what we said ... The coffee was not good at all, we've had much better Spanish coffee ... Then the bill came, and I was ticked off! $145 pesos, and they had the nerve to add on a tip! I wouldn't have minded if the coffee was good, or if the waiter was pleasant, or if the service was better ... but a surly waiter and lousy coffee and poor service does not add up to $145 pesos! La Parilla is off my list! In celebration of Las Posadas there were some local children walking around Playa singing Christmas carols for tips. The little girl is carrying branches of an aluminum tree, and her brother is carrying a picture of the Blessed Mother ... How could you not tip them?!?!?! They were too cute! We went back to the hotel, and started to pack ... tomorrow we are going home, it will be a sad day.