De Cameron Beach Resort October 2017

 

By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I visited the De Cameron beach resort here in El Salvador this past week. This was our third visit to this resort, we were not very impressed with our first two visits. We did not like the check in and check out process, your check in is at 3pm the day you arrive and the checkout is 1pm the day you are to leave, when we arrived at the gate there was a long line of cars and you had to wait, they would not let you on the property until 3pm, so by the time you got through the gate and parked, it was at least 3:30pm, then we were sent to a waiting area where we had to wait for them to call our name, for us this was another 20 minutes, they then processed you, assigned you a room and gave you a room key, by the time you were in your room it was about 4pm.

I also did not care for the food, there were few options.

The grounds were beautiful and will kept. The rooms were clean and maintained, so that was a positive. There are pools through out the resort and they are will maintained.

When you were to check out that was another 45 minutes to an hour, it was just not organized. Like I said this was my previous visits.

This visit was totally different, we arrived early, thinking we would have to wait in line to go through the gate, to our surprise they let us through, we parked and went to a holding area where they had hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks while we waited. At about 2:40 they started processing, it was very efficient and we were in our room by 3:10pm.

We were allowed to book dinner at one of the specialty restaurants, which we were not allowed to do on the arrival day in the past. The staff were very courteous and helpful. The food at the buffet and at the specialty restaurants was very good to great.

When check out time arrived, again it was very efficient and we were through it in about 10 minutes. These were all great improvements, before I would have rated this resort with a 3 on a scale of 1-10, this time I would rate it a 10, we really enjoyed our stay.
I would like to give some details of this stay.

Elizabeth and I arrived on Sunday afternoon and we stayed until Wednesday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon, we went for a walk and I hit the pool, they have many beautiful pools on the grounds. I had enjoyed a few beers and around 6pm we returned to our room and dressed for dinner, we had a 6:45 reservation at the sea food restaurant. We ordered the salmon with capers, it was delicious, everything was perfect. After dinner, we went to the main bar area, Elizabeth enjoyed her juice and I enjoyed a few more cold beers as we enjoyed watching the ocean and the sky filled with stars, it was beautiful and very relaxing. We went to our room about 11pm, this was a very nice day. I would add, our room was very nice.

On Monday morning we were up early, we went to lobby and made reservations for dinner at the Italian & Thai restaurant.

We then went for breakfast at the buffet area, here they have mostly Salvadoran with some American food. They have eggs to order, omelets, scrambled or over easy. You have a choice rice, potatoes, beans, different types of bread. it was very good.

After breakfast, we walked around the resort and took in the many sites, we took some great pictures. We lounged on the beach and enjoyed the ocean. We were in the pool by 11am and I spent most of the day there, I love the pool. We had lunch at one of the several food stations around the resort, hamburgers and fries. After lunch Elizabeth went to the room and rested and I was back in the pool, talked to other guest, and just relaxed and enjoyed the day.

At dinner I had the Italian chicken with tomato sauce and Elizabeth had a Thai dish, chicken & noodles with a sauce. After dinner, again we walked along the beach and enjoyed the night. We also enjoyed the nightly entertainment, tonight was a Caribbean dance group, they were very good.

Tuesday our day was very much the same, except we enjoyed dinner at the steak house, I had the baby beef, with potatoes and vegetables and Elizabeth had the specialty fish with vegetables, we both enjoyed the food very much. After dinner, we took in the entertainment, a Mexican dance group.

Wednesday, we were up early, enjoyed breakfast, walked along the beach and I was in the pool by 10am. We had lunch and packed up, we signed out at 1pm, they gave us a card where we could stay and enjoy the resort until 3pm, but we left for home.
This was a great time and we really enjoyed it and the improvements they have made are great. I just want to add that this resort is all-inclusive, so you do not pay for your food, drinks or entertainment, they have shows nightly, they have a movie theater, a gym, bicycles, a night club that is open until 2am and many other things to do.

I have attached some pictures, I hope you enjoy them.

Elizabeth and I would enjoy hearing from you, so please leave us your comments. Thank you for reading our blog.

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Ocean View

 

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HELLO

By Hugh Talley

I want to apologize to all of my followers for not posting any new post this year. It has been a rough year for me, I have been sick a lot, I have had a lot of depression, and I lost a daughter in an auto accident in Florida. I am starting to feel a little better now, but I am still having some medical issues.

My wife Elizabeth and I just spent a few days at the De Cameron beach resort and I am putting together a blog post on this, I hope to have it posted today or tomorrow. Again, I am sorry for not posting sooner.

Hugh

Hugh’s Birthday 2016

December 28th was my Birthday, I am another year older, but I am not sure I am any wiser, maybe a little.
I had a great Birthday thanks to Elizabeth, our family, friends and the many family and friends who sent me good wishes on face book and e-mails.
Elizabeth prepared a great lunch for me, our family and friends that are here with us. We had roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, corn pudding and she baked me my favored cake, a cherry nut cake. It was a great meal and a fun day. I think that everyone enjoyed it, I know that I did. I am still enjoying turkey sandwiches.
After everyone had left that night I was able to talk by phone, to my daughter Marisol, my son-in law Alex and my son Matthew in the states. I really enjoyed my Birthday this year. I felt better than I have in years, I thank God for all of my blessings, which are many. I am looking forward to the new year.
We are adding some pictures from my Birthday lunch. We would like to thank you all for your support. Please leave your comments and questions and we will get back to you soon.
Hugh & Elizabeth

El Jardin de Celeste

 By: Hugh C. Talley
Elizabeth, her sister, Chata and I was in Ahuachapan last week o the 22nd of December and we stopped to have lunch at Restaurant El Jardin de Celeste (The blue Garden), this is a beautiful restaurant located on the route of the flowers.
Elizabeth and Chata had the beef tenderloin and I had the breast of chicken with mushroom sauce for dessert, Elizabeth and Chata had the macadamia nut pie,  I had the cheese cake with strawberries. The food, the service and the prices were excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant. They also have very nice cabins that you can rent, starting at $55.00 a night, this is a wonderful area, the climate is much cooler and less humid than along the coast.
 We have posted some pictures of our visit.
Please leave us your comments or suggestions. Elizabeth and I also want to thank all of you who read and follow our post.

Decameron Beach Resort

 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I was able to visit the Decameron Beach Resort during my recovery. The resort grounds are beautiful, clean and will kept. The pools are very nice. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable with a nice view. They have the main restaurant, the ChackBalam Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, buffet style. The food is mostly the local Salvadoran cuisine. The food here is fair but not great, if you are not there early in the meal, it gets pretty picked over. They also have five specialty restaurants but you have to be in the lobby by 6am to sign up for the dinner meal and they book up very fast. We did not get to dine at any of these because we did not understand that we had to sign up by 6am to do this. There are four bars on the beach and one disco bar. The bars on the beach serve drinks, beer and mixed drinks from about 11am to 2am. The beer is Pilsener, which is one of the local brands, I like it, but a lot of people do not. The drinks are made with off brand lacquer, but again they are not bad for the most part..I would advise you to bring your own insulated cup because they serve you in very small plastic cups. I should mention that Decameron is all inclusive so all food and drinks are included in the price.

We enjoyed our stay there, but the draw backs were the check in, which took over an hour, the food was fair but could have been a lot better, and they did not inform us that we had to sign up by 6am for the five specialty restaurants. The pluses were the rooms were clean and comfortable, the grounds are will kept and beautiful, the pools are really big ad very nice. The service was really good, and it is all inclusive. We plan to go back for another visit to give it a fair chance, but at this point, we have visited other places here that we like much better.

The location is Acajutla, Sonsonate – El Salvador, this is about an hours drive our home in Cara Sucia..

We have added some pictures that we took at the resort, I was still recovering from my surgery so I did not get all the pictures I would have liked to.

We hope you enjoy this post, it is my first since my surgery. I hope to be writing more very soon.

We always enjoy your comments and suggestions, so please let us hear from you. We also want to think all of our readers and followers for your support.

I Am Back

 By: Hugh C. Talley

I am glad to say that my doctor has released me back to a normal life style. I went through a series of test week before last which included, x-rays, blood test and an electrocardiogram, everything come back normal, my heart is back to normal size, is functioning normal and the swelling in my abdomen, legs and feet has gone away. My doctor says I am doing fine and I do not have to go back for 3 months unless I have problems.

I plan on getting back to my blog posting soon. I am looking at maybe making some changes to my site in the near future, I am weighing my options on this and will keep you posted.

I want to thank all of my followers who wished me good health and recovery, this really meant a lot to me.

I have added some pictures of my time in the hospital and recovery. The hospital was very bad, but the doctors were very good, in fact great, I do not think there are any better in the world. I can not say enough about my main doctor, Dr. Mauricio Ventura Centeno, God truly blessed him with great knowledge and skills, I would highly recommend him to anyone with heart problems.

I will be doing a blog post very soon. Elizabeth and I thank you all and God Bless.

 

My blog Update

I want to say that I am sorry that I have not been posting on our blog.
I have been very sick and now I am going to have an operation. I have a condition called constrictive pericarditis, the protective sac around my heart has calcified and is not letting my heart perform as it should to supply blood and oxygen to my body, my legs, feet and abdomen have swollen up and now I have fluid in my lungs. I have been going to hospital for treatment and test since March, my Cardiologist told me yesterday I would have to have the operation right away or I could have a heart attack any time. They will have to go in and remove the sac from around my heart without damaging the heart. The doctors say after this if it is successful I will feel like new, I will be able to jog, walk long distance and all the things I have lost over the last 5 years, I can not walk to the car without being out of breath. I will be going in the hospital Monday morning, doing test and prep on Tuesday and they are going to operate on Wednesday.

I would appreciate any prayers that my followers would like to offer for me. Thank you.

I hope to be able to write some in about one to two months, I do not know how long before I can get out and travel around the country.

I hope I can be back at this very soon. Thanks for the support.

Hugh

El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

Hugh, Coffee Plants Background By: Hugh C. Talley

 

It has been a while since we have posted on our blog sites, I have had some health issues but feeling better now and hope to be posting a lot more. I found this very interesting, hope our followers find it interesting and useful.

 El Salvador’s Brewery Tour

 

Salvadorean Tours, a tour company that offers sightseeing tours in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras is a very good company and a great way see some of the best sites in Central America. I think the El Salvador brewery tour is very good especially if you like beer.

El Salvador’s ‘Stop Over Project’ Adds Brewery Tour

TOUR OPERATOR | EL SALVADOR TOURISM | OCTOBER 30, 2015

Minister of Tourism José Napoleón Duarte, along with Cadejo General Manager, David Falkenstein, and the Marketing Manager of Salvadorean Tours have launched a new product called “Stop Over Brewing Tour” as part of the country of El Salvador’s Stop Over Project.

Stop Over was released by the Ministry of Tourism earlier this year and exempts passengers in transit through El Salvador from travel taxes in the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to passengers in transit so they can tour the country for up to 48 hours.

The tour consists of a unique experience where tourists will visit the Cadejo Brewing Company plant, the largest craft beer plant in Central America. Visitors will get to know in detail the process of brewing and beer-making.

“The Ministry of Tourism is providing its full support to the private sector for the diversification of the country’s tourism offer. This tour is a new option for tourists who decide to make a stop in El Salvador and want to know the city and take part of a unique experience in Central America,” Duran said.

Salvadorean Tours is the company responsible for promoting the tour. Passengers who opt for the Stop Over Brewing Tour will be transferred from the Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport to the Cadejo Brewery plant and vice versa. The approximate price of the tour will be around $75, including the round-trip transportation.

Salvadorean Tours recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an award that recognizes excellence in hospitality and is granted only to businesses that have consistently earned good reviews from TripAdvisor travelers by continuously providing superior service to its customers.

“The launch of this new Stop Over Brewing Tour reinforces our commitment of constantly innovating our tourism services in El Salvador. This new tour is an excellent choice for travelers in transit who want a unique experience in Central America while traveling throughout the region,” said Rodrigo Moreno, marketing manager of Salvadorean Tours.

The tour is available every day of the week and is conducted by experts in the field. It must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

This great new experience can be booked exclusively on Salvadorean Tours website: http://www.salvadoreantours.com

We hope you find this information helpful and interesting. Please leave us comments and suggestions so that we get the information you want.

La Dolce Vita II

DSCN3334By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I were able to spend a couple of days at a very nice little resort named La Dolce Vita II on San Bas Beach last week, it is a restaurant and small hotel right on the beach front. La Dolce Vita is not a luxury hotel, but if you want something that is very affordable, clean and right on the beach this is a very nice place. The rooms range from $35 – $65 a night, rooms have bathroom with shower, cable TV, Air Condition and free Wi-Fi.

The owner Sr. Carmine Cedrola is from Italy, he is a Chef with an international background and he was named “Chef of the Year” for 2014 by the Salvadorian Restaurant Association. Sr. Cedrola relocated to El Salvador 20 years ago with his wife, who is from El Salvador. Sr. Cedrola teaches a culinary course at the local university and he has a cooking show on the TV network. Sr. Cedrola speaks very good English and Spanish, we found him very interesting and enjoyed talking with him. Elizabeth and I enjoyed the food at the restaurant, over the two days stay we enjoyed the calamari, the omelets, pizza and fried shrimp. The menu has a very good variety of seafood, pasta and local cuisine.

The beach is very clean and the sun rise and sun set were beautiful. Elizabeth and I enjoyed walking on the beach. I enjoy watching the ocean and the waves but I do not care to swim in the ocean. At night, in our room we could hear the ocean waves hitting the shore, I found it very peaceful. They have very nice swimming pools, one for adults and one for children at this hotel. We spent a lot of time in the pool, it was clean and very nice. Like I said I do not like to swim in the ocean, but I love the pool.

After two days we headed back home, but really enjoyed our little vacation. We would recommend La Dolce Vita II, it is a nice place, it was safe, affordable, the food was very good, staff was great and a special thanks to Jauiver Alvarado the manager, he was very helpful. Elizabeth and I hope to visit again soon.

We have attached some pictures, we hope that you enjoy them. Please let us hear from you with your comments or questions. Thank you for reading our blog.

 

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Our 4th of July 2015

DSCN3334 By: Hugh C. Talley

Elizabeth and I celebrated the 4th of July with some family members at our home in Cara Sucia. We had a great time with the family. We did not have fireworks, but we had plenty of good food.

I made barbecue ribs and chicken on the grill. Elizabeth made potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob. We had cake for dessert. Elizabeth and I really enjoyed the evening with family to celebrate our American Holiday, everyone enjoyed and had a good time.

I have attached some pictures we took, hope you enjoy and we hope you enjoyed the Holiday as much as we did.

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