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Old 11-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #181
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #182
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Hey gang!

Please understand I haven't forgotten you. I have had a major turn of events at work and I have a big test tomorrow that if I pass it I will get a new job closer to home with much more opportunity (oh, and I'll be making more money too!) So this week I haven't really been able to concentrate on much else other than practicing and getting my head in the game. This is pretty much how I feel:

So I totally apologize but once I get past this huge hurdle I'll be able to relax and get back to the TR. You wouldn't believe it, it has been like a roller coaster, things are changing constantly (yes, everyone will go, no only 11 will go, ok everyone will go, no, now only 7 will go, no wait now it's 8...aargh!)

Thanks for hanging tight!
Don't worry about us, we can wait great TR so far looking forward to seeing the ship!
Good luck with the test and future opportunity with making more $$ more $$ more trips lol......GOOD LUCK!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #185
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Loving your trip report!! Especially the beach and pool pictures on this grey Seattle Sunday!! That resort looks pretty fun!
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #186
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Hey gang!

Please understand I haven't forgotten you. I have had a major turn of events at work and I have a big test tomorrow that if I pass it I will get a new job closer to home with much more opportunity (oh, and I'll be making more money too!) So this week I haven't really been able to concentrate on much else other than practicing and getting my head in the game. This is pretty much how I feel:

So I totally apologize but once I get past this huge hurdle I'll be able to relax and get back to the TR. You wouldn't believe it, it has been like a roller coaster, things are changing constantly (yes, everyone will go, no only 11 will go, ok everyone will go, no, now only 7 will go, no wait now it's 8...aargh!)

Thanks for hanging tight!
Can't wait to hear how things work out for you at work, Jen!

I was afraid I would get back here and be SOOO far behind, but I was happy to see that you have been busy as well, so you still haven't made it to the ship yet. YEAH! I am LOVING this resort and the wheels are turning in my mind....we may end up doing just a 4 day for our next cruise, and if so....we could fly down on Friday night, drive to Ron Juan, and spend the day there on Saturday before the Sunday departure..... not sure when (or if) this plan will ever come to fruition, but that resort is really beautiful!

Thanks for sharing all these great photos, and like I said, you are making me look like I don't take ANY pictures in comparison.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #187
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Fingers crossed that everything is working out for ya.

P.S. Hope you get back to your report before my Thanksgiving cruise sails Saturday 11/17/12.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #188
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Just subscribed to your TR and so excited to read more! Good luck with your test!
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #190
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You can get in, but you can’t get out! (Part 4: The Playground)

Where we last left off, we had just taken a tour of the awesome pool area at Ron Jon Cape Caribe:



Once we got our seats, Sarah wanted to go play in the little playground she saw on our way out to the pool. Since you have to be totally dry to play in the playground, we decided to go do this before getting in the pool.

Alright already! Let’s go, mom!



I grabbed my small camera and we headed inside. I didn’t even take my shoes as the outdoor playground connected with the pool area. Or so I thought…..




OK, “little” playground isn’t really accurate. The outside yard area is little, but inside there is a HUGE indoor play structure with slide, tubes, tunnels, etc. It is like Chuck E Cheese on steroids!












This thing is HUGE!



























Looking out towards the outdoors area of the playground:



There are arts and crafts areas here too, adjacent to and connected to the indoor playground!





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Old 11-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #191
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You can get in, but you can’t get out! (Part 5: The Trap)







There are restrooms located right here in the playground/arts & crafts area too!



I was surprised to discover that Ron Jon offers Child Care! You have to make reservations 24 hours in advance. I’m sorry I don’t have any information about the cost of the childcare. We saw one girl that appeared to be being watched, so definitely not a large group. Although I suspect it is more popular in the evening hours. Here is the entrance to the Child Care facilities.



And the child care room also connects to the playground/arts & crafts area:



A kids’ play/video room:



Sarah had a whole lot of fun here!










After Sarah had her fill inside, we went to the outdoor playground. It is a small yard with a few toys/play equipment. Shoes are kind of needed out here. The mulch was hot and hard on the feet.





The playground was fenced with a continuation of the iron pool fencing. There is a manual gate with a door handle. (I promise all of this fence talk is going somewhere).



















Before too long we decided it was crazy hot and we wanted to go back to the pool. So we headed through the gate and towards the pool and were confronted with another gate. No handle- only a card swipe mechanism. Hmmm. I had left my room card in my bag back at our table by the pool.

I thought to myself “Gee, I didn’t have to use my card to get out here earlier…?!!?” not really thinking that we came in behind a family that held the gate open for us. Oops.

We headed in and out several doors only to be confronted with several different locked gates. At one point some hotel staff came through one of the gates and held it open for us and I thought we were inside the pool area. Nope, we were only inside the pool bar area. That is gated too with the obnoxious key card swipers. Give me a break. You have to swipe your card to go the BAR?!?!? UGH!

After checking every gate in the bar area I finally asked the bartender how to get back into the pool area or inside even. She said you can walk through the restaurant to get inside (right past the sign that said no swimwear and footwear required in the restaurant). Here we both are in our bathing suits and shoeless. So we followed her instructions and went through the Ron Jon Surf Grill Restaurant (empty thank goodness!), back around to the lobby and finally back out near the pool area.

It is still gated there though so we had to wait until somebody came through to open the gates for us. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long before Ron and the kids came by wondering where we had been. The moral of the story is: take your key card WHEREVER you go in this resort!

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Thanks so much everyone for your patience! The last couple of weeks have been a real roller coaster! I am happy to report that I did indeed pass my test. I was supposed to move to my new job this Saturday 11/17 but it looks like that has been put on hold until after the first of the year. It changes from day to day and minute to minute though. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel, and for that I am delighted!

Now, let's get back to the business of this TR, shall we? Here are some replies to some of the older posts, I will be back with more replies, and yes...more fun from Ron Jon resort!


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Really want to thank you for posting so much detail on the Ron Jon resort. I had a heck of a time researching this place last year and didn't want to chance it. I am very interested in the ocean front units and they're proximity to Jetty Park.

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Jetty Park's beach is adjacent to Ron Jon Resort's beach. It would take about 8-10 minutes to walk from the oceanside building and into the park area. I believe the decor is the same in all the rooms.

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Agree with what Ron posted. It’s about as close as you can get to Jetty Park- especially the Ocean building. Yes, I do believe the décor is the same no matter which building you are in.

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WOW! What an amazing pool area, looks like a great resort! And I think you had a great view--being from the north I would love to have palm trees outside my window!
Yes, it turned out to be a fantastic view- you’ll understand in a bit! Palm trees are never bad, either!

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Ron Jon looks fantastic and what a great location!

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I'll take one chair and one surfboard please!!!

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Comin’ Right up! You could have used the surfboard that day!

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I just wanted to say I have so enjoyed your TR. I love that you are writing and reliving it through your pictures and your DH keeps posting on it. It is great to see great families and great parents and great relationships in full force.
Aww. Thank you so much! You should hear him get on me when I am not going fast enough. The last couple of weeks have been quite stressful for me so he has been understanding. I almost wonder if he likes the TR’s more than the cruises……LOL…..no just kidding hun!

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What a cool pool/waterpark area! And how nice that it was a quick walk to the beach!
It is great! And the best part is <DUMDUMDUM> they have TRAMS to get you to the beach! (Well…not really- more like big golf carts. But still- a ride nonetheless! )

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Love it and chiming in for more.
It is coming! Glad you are enjoying it!

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That's the breakfast of champions right there!
Not too shabby! LOL! I love the Pizza ones!

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I grew up spending most Sunday afternoons at Jetty Park when we lived in Orlando. Haven't been there in a few years, so it was nice to see pics!
It’s a nice place- I had hoped to check it out a little more but as you will see the weather interfered a bit.

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Awesome pool areas. And the beach looks beautiful!!!!
Yep it is nice! We had a blast there!

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I am loving your pictures. They have me wondering if I shouldn't be staying at Ron Jon!!
Well iw ould say that unless you are only in for the night before the cruise it is the place to be! I think you need at least one full day to spend at this resort though!

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Wow ...that is kid paradise!
Yep- they LOVED it!!!
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That playground is awesome!!! I want to play there! This resort really looks fantastic. Well, besides having to have your key everywhere. Glad y'all were able to finally escape!
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Thanks so much everyone for your patience! The last couple of weeks have been a real roller coaster! I am happy to report that I did indeed pass my test. I was supposed to move to my new job this Saturday 11/17 but it looks like that has been put on hold until after the first of the year. It changes from day to day and minute to minute though. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel, and for that I am delighted!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Thanks so much everyone for your patience! The last couple of weeks have been a real roller coaster! I am happy to report that I did indeed pass my test. I was supposed to move to my new job this Saturday 11/17 but it looks like that has been put on hold until after the first of the year. It changes from day to day and minute to minute though. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel, and for that I am delighted!
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