Snorkeling In Close Proximity to Hotel

Apr 16th, 2014, 08:23 PM
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ishkribbl, thank you so much.

We have been to that area several times, but this will be our first trip staying in Puerto Morelos. There are several AI hotels that have been built there. We are staying at the Marina El Cid Resort & Spa. It was not our first choice as we prefer the adult only AI's, but the ones in that area were $1,000 more for the same time frame and I didn't think it would be worth it. The beach in that area is not "fabulous", but that just makes it conducive for good snorkeling. There is a great reef off the resorts, but it's only obtainable by boat. There are several locals in the area that can take people to it. The El Cid has their own catamaran and offers tours. We have never been real "beach" people as we prefer pools. We picked the El Cid due to their pool and that it is smaller than some of the resorts in that area.

Here is a awesome ariel view of Puerto Morelos. Click on the "H" on the right side for the hotels and you can see ariel views of them also.
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Apr 16th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Also, click on the coral icon and there are 3 fab views of the reef there. The snorkeling might even be better than Grand Cayman. Can't wait to find out.
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Apr 17th, 2014, 05:03 AM
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What a great website- thanks! Looks like the Pelican (I think that was the name of it) restaurant is still there?
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Apr 21st, 2014, 12:47 PM
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We're avid snorkelers and all of our holidays are based on snorkeling from shore at AI's that have reefs. We like to snorkel for several hours a day and don't want to have to plan it around excursions.

We were in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico just outside of Akumal at the Grand Sirenis hotel in February. It was our first trip to Mexico as husband has been dead set against Mexico. This area is super touristy, by the end of the trip I had him taking collectivo's (public transportation). The snorkeling was great and we loved the resort. We swam with turtles every day.

We stayed at Breezes Jibacoa in Jibacoa Cuba. Best snorkeling ever however, we were unlucky and ended up with rough water and several red flag days.

We've stayed at the Playa Costa Verde in Holguin, Cuba twice in 2012. The snorkeling wasn't the best we've seen, but they have coral and there was enough to keep us happy.

We stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo in Samana Dominican Republic. Resort was nice and the snorkeling was really good, I saw my first puffer fish here. We also did one excursion to bacardi island. Although there wasn't much reef there the snorkeling was a nice change. Cushion starfish as big as my head and tons of trumpet fish!

We're looking at heading to Jamaica in November to the Jewel Runaway Bay Golf resort. They seem to have good snorkeling reviews and they have a reef right there.

We've also looked at Curacao. The Sunscape Curacao resort is supposed to have really good snorkeling as well.

I'd say all of these would deffinitely fit your budget. There are lots of other snorkel places on our bucket list, but for now we tend to do the more economical locations and stay at AI's as we find it easier to plan and budget, this allows us to do vacations more frequently.
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Apr 21st, 2014, 07:34 PM
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We have been to Curacao and did not find the snorkeling in the resort area promising. The better areas are on the West Side of the Island. You need a rental car and a good map to find them or take a guided tour.

The Sunscape appears to be the old Breezes AI resort. As much as we love AI resorts, we stayed down the way from it at the Lions Dive. I wouldn't dare spend my hard earned money at a Breezes. We also didn't find it to be an "economical" destination. Not going AI, we spent a fair amount of money on food and drinks plus the cost of air/hotel was way more than I have ever spent in Mexico or Jamaica. It was a pain to even get there from the US. Requiring a flight to Aruba and then a puddle jumper to Curacao vs. an overnight in Miami. It's not a destination I would return to either.

We have stayed at the Jewell Dunn's River Resort in Ocho Rios. We really enjoyed that resort, but no good snorkeling in that area or Bloody Bay in Negril where we have stayed before. Jamaica is really not known for their snorkeling anyway. Great place for sightseeing though.
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Dec 29th, 2016, 12:38 PM
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I too absolutely adore snorkeling from the hotel beach, as I tend to get seasick on boats. My fiance and I are thinking of going to Jamaica for our honeymoon in April, and have researched and found great snorkeling reviews for Rhodes Beach Resort in Negril, and if we decide to stay in Montego Bay for a couple nights also have found good snorkeling reviews on Royal Decameron and even the Holiday Inn! Anyone ever stay at these (smaller) hotels? BTW, I have been to Cancun/Riviera Maya 4 times (spring, summer and fall) and have gotten glimpses of the fabulous reef there, but the majority of the time the wind has been so strong you can't even go in the water. The best visit was in October, which happens to be hurricane season.
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Dec 29th, 2016, 12:47 PM
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Welcome to Fodors karen. This thread is nearly 3 years old - you might want to start a new thread of your own asking about those specific properties (some won't notice the dates and continue responding to the original message.
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