Coconut Beach Resort

Trip Start Mar 11, 2005
Trip End Mar 27, 2005

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

We get up in the morning, still no water. We're up earlier than we planned, because there is shoveling going on right behind the wall at my head - shoveling and yelling. Nice! When we realize there will be no shower again we head to breakfast and see that some workers are mixing cement right at our bedroom. We go to have breakfast, which is included in the room price, but we're at the tail end of it and there isn't much that is appealing, at least to the boys. They have some pineapple no one but me wants, some cold porridge, eggs that have been sitting, warm milk and the now famous dried out toast. Shawn goes back to the room to get the jar of peanut butter and our own porridge packages. At least we can get some hot water and make hot porridge, something to tide the hungry bellies over til lunch anyway. I was looking forward to the activities this hotel promised - basketball, a games room and best of all a golf course. Well, the golf course was there - sort of. The grass hadn't been cut in a very long time. Grass was growing on the basketball court and the games room was locked all the time probably since the games were all broken. The pool table etc had seen better days from what we could see through the windows. The other hotel I had thought about booking instead of this one was the Elmina Beach Resort. I suggest we take a taxi and go and check it out and have lunch there so that is what we do. We ask for a taxi and wait while they find us one. There is a small internet room here with three computers that the boys haven't found yet but it is very expensive so I don't offer to tell them about it. Our taxi comes and we get him to take us to the other hotel. We are met in the impressive lobby and we tell them we would like to have lunch and look around. They have a gentleman escort us all through the hotel, showing us the tennis courts, basketball courts, even indoor squash courts with a viewing area! We check out the pool area. The only downfall of this hotel would be that there is no beach, it is all big rocks, but you are on the water. We sit down to lunch overlooking the ocean and the Elmina Slave Castle where we plan to go for a quick visit when we leave. The menu looks very nice. I order a BLT sandwich. We are all sitting there comparing this place to where we are staying when the waiter returns with the chefs apologies but they are out of bacon, would I like to choose something else. Oh oh, this place seems to have that same problem with not everything being available on the menu. I tell him it is OK, just bring me the tomato sandwich without the bacon. The food was enjoyed by all. At the end the waiter brings the bill and points out that the chef was upset that he didn't have any bacon so he doesn't charge for my meal at all. That was totally unexpected. We debate packing up at the other hotel and moving here. They tell us an oceanfront suite is $118 US. By this time it is afternoon and I don't imagine our hotel will let us out without paying for the day. Since we're leaving tomorrow we don't bother. So - if you are trying to decide between the two hotels, take the Elmina Beach Resort! The same gentleman insists on getting us a better ride than what we arrived in. He calls for a private car and driver to take us back to our hotel. We ask the driver if he could take us to the Elmina Slave Castle. He tells us the one in Cape Coast is way better, and he will take us there - he will not take us to the one we can see just over there. Fine, off to Cape Coast we go which is about 15 km away. Cape Coast was probably founded in the 15th century.
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