It was the quintessential Mexican beach resort.

Insider chanced upon it in the village of San Pancho, an hour's drive north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast.

The roofs of the huts were thatched and resembled mushroom caps. The rooms had no doors.

Gauzy curtains took over where the shoulder-high walls left off.

An all-American bedspread decorates the pink room of a funky beach resort on Mexico's Pacific coast. The four units perched on stilts like tree houses amidst palm fronds and ferns.

The interior and exterior color scheme spanned the pink-turquoise-purple side of the paint charts. The bedspreads, however, were the exception.

They also were a clear giveaway as to the owners' U.S. origins and sports preferences.

Against a backdrop of a pastel wall illustration depicting an ancient Indian ceremony was a bold yellow and black bedspread with the name and logo of the pro football team from western Pennsylvania. Viva los Steelers!

Disbanding the band

The Walt Disney World Marching Band, a fixture at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida for nearly 30 years, was "disbanded."

The theme park's "brass" decided it was time for a change. The marching band will be replaced with smaller groups, which will be scattered throughout the park.

Clients who want to see the original marching band can still do so if they visit Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

The Florida marching band, which was a clone of the Anaheim group, had played music from Disney's family movies.

Some conversation

Overheard at a roadside food stand outside Ocho Rios, Jamaica:

First female tourist: "This is a strange country. They have weird sayings."

Second female tourist: "Like what?"

First: "Well, they don't think very much of their animals, like they're dumb or something."

Second: "Why, what do they say?"

First: "Every animal is described as stupid. Look at that blackboard in there with the menu on it. It has jerk pork and jerk chicken."

Second: "I agree. Then there's the hair thing."

First: "What hair thing?"

Second: "They call the long curls dreadlocks."

First: "That I can understand."

Ladies, get back to the cruise ship.

Ricky and Barbara

The locale of a recent ABC television Barbara Walters interview with heartthrob idol Ricky Martin was poolside at the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico.

A plaque will commemorate the site of the Barbara Walters-Ricky Martin poolside interview at the Wyndham El San Juan. At the end of the interview, Walters and Martin shed their shoes, rolled up their pants and strolled along the beach at water's edge.

What the viewers did not see was the crowd of at least 200 who had watched the filming and now were following the duo down the beach.

Insider's quite sure that the demographics of the gaggle of fans showed most of them to be 16-year-old frenzied females whose high-pitched enthusiasm at the sight of their idol was definitely not in check.

The hotel plans to put a plaque on the spot where Walters and Martin sat during the interview.

Insider hopes the plaque is firmly cemented in place. That would be a souvenir to scream about.

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