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Rick Apr 23rd, 2001 06:36 PM

Area south of Playa Del Carmen?
We are planning a trip to the Playa del Carmen area in October. Never been. Looking for info on good hotel w/beach. Snorkeling. Laid back. Will be renting a car. <BR>Any suggestions? Mid to upper price. Any weather concerns that time of year?

Laura Apr 24th, 2001 05:39 AM

Hi Rick, <BR> <BR>I always stay at the Aventura Palace. It is adults only located near Playa del Carmen we usually go take the ferry to Cozumel when we are there. It is a very nice resort check it out! <BR> <BR> <BR>On that website you can click onto J&D Cancun Travel and check out their rates they usually have good airfare deals also. Good luck no matter where you stay you will love this area! <BR> <BR> Laura

Diane Apr 24th, 2001 07:37 AM

We just returned from the Shangri La Caribe, just a little north of Playa. It was about 10-15 min walk to town. We loved it, was pretty low key - food was great, wonderful beach - not too crowded as some of the bigger resorts are. Not your typical hi-rise atmosphere if you are looking for something different. Check it out at

Laurie Apr 24th, 2001 07:05 PM

We love to go about 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen to Akumal. But we love to really "kick back" on vacation. This is a really beautiful"town" with a small grocery store, 6 or 7 resturaunts, a gorgeous bay, beautiful beach and the best snorkeling lagoon we've ever seen! There is one hotel there, but mostly there are fabulous condos (probably about 30 or so) that are extremely reasonably priced. Not only is Playa close, but so is Xel-Ha and Tulum for day trips. We rented a car. No real night life other than one of the local resturaunts/bar. If this sounds like you, feel free to email me for more info.

d motl Apr 25th, 2001 05:27 PM

Would also recommend Akumal. Check them out on

Jane Apr 26th, 2001 04:48 PM

If you want to stay in town check out the El Faro @ Very pretty pool, nice beach and within walking distance of all the restaurants,bars and shops. We stayed at the Albatros (more economy) but how much time do you spend in the room anyway? <BR>Check out We booked the Albatros with them and had no problems. <BR>Hope you have a great trip.

Monica Fry May 18th, 2001 05:39 PM

We have been going to Playa del Carmen for 12 years now. October is a great time to go, in fact we will be there around the 16th. One of the nicest hotels on the beach especially for the money is the Colibri. They can be found at The El Faro is also very nice but several postings on other boards have complained about the management. Had friends stay there three years ago and they loved it. I can also help with the snorkeing, as I have a friend who takes people out fishing and snorkeling. If I can be of any help, feel free to e-mail me directly.

Pam May 20th, 2001 02:19 PM

hi - we went to Puerto Aventuras in April and had a great time! We loved it so much that we are returning this week with our daughter. We stayed at the Cameleon Marival. Everything there was really nice. The staff was nice and the food was good. It is only a 15 minute ride to Playa Del Carmen where you can take the ferry to Cozumel or just do some shopping. If you plan on buying any liquer while there - get it at the airport at the duty free store - we bought quite a bit in PLaya but when we got to the airport we could not believe how good the prices were! Have a great time!

jenny May 29th, 2001 09:28 AM

Had a great time Tulum, 11/2 hours from Cancun by car, 21/2 by public bus.

Earl May 31st, 2001 09:52 AM

Check out the Club Akumal Caribe in Akumal. They have a website with all of the info you need. beach and lagoon. No jet skis or power boats, Yal-Ku lagoon for great snorkeling. It is a fantastic place. They have hotel type rooms and bungalows, a couple of restaurants and a pool. If you rent a car in Cancun you can be in Akumal in an hour or so. The car gives you the freedom to day trip to Coba or even Chichen Itza.

Frank May 31st, 2001 12:41 PM

One of the best All-Inclusive resort is Allegro's upscale Royal Hideaway Playcar <BR>Resport & Spa. It's just 10 minues south of Playa Del Carmen and 30 minutes from Cancun's airport. Stayed there last November and it was one of the best resorts, beautiful white sand beach with <BR>aqua colored waters. Unlike many of the <BR>all inclusive resorts, there were 5 gourment sit-down menu driven restaurants: Mexican, Itailian, Continental, Thai and a beach club for light fare while pool-side. The lobby and overall architechure was beautiful colonial mexican. There are two main pools by the beach and 3 or four smaller <BR>and more private pools throughout the lush and tropical landscaping (very very pretty). The full service European Spa was very nice. Overall I give this resort a 9.8 on a scale of 1-10!

Skip Jun 3rd, 2001 06:26 AM

DEFINITELY check out Akumal. We have been to Club Oasis Akumal twice. As recent as Feb. 01. It sounds like it would meet ALL of your needs. Great Beach, snorkeling right from the beach. Great Food. It is very laid back. 150 rooms. 1/2 the rooms belong to an Italian club, and the other 75 are for the non Italian guests. Not great marks on their evening entertainment. You are close to Tulum, and can get into PLaya Del Carmen in about 1/2 an hour. Prices are reasonable for an all inclusive. I have been there both times in Feb. so I don't know what to expect weather wise in Oct. Please write if you have any questions. <BR> <BR>Skip

Carole Jun 5th, 2001 11:19 AM

Rick, <BR> <BR>Check out these web sites below for info on villa, weather, diving/snorkeling, recommended reading. <BR> <BR>The Akumal/Tankah/Tulum area is really beautiful. Much less crowded than Playa, better snorkeling opportunities. <BR> <BR>Casa Tropical Tankah, is a romantic, beachfront villa, located on 1/2 acre with 82' ocean frontage, Tankah, Mexico. We are a 1 hour drive south of the Cancun airport, 3 miles north of the famous Tulum ruins. We have great views with barrier reef just offshore, and a cenote up the beach for diving, snorkeling or swimming, jungle style. <BR>Casa Tropical <BR> <BR> <BR>Weather <BR> <BR>Bookstore & recommended reading about Maya culture and archaeological sites <BR> <BR> <BR>Hidden Worlds snorkel & dive tours of cenotes <BR> <BR> <BR>Maps of Riviera Maya Can-do Maps <BR> <BR> <BR>Check out this web site for tours lead by the Friends of Sian Ka'an group. It is a non-profit organization and tour guides are usually biologists. Very informative tours lead by a very worthwhile organization. <BR>Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>

Teresa Jul 19th, 2001 04:13 PM

Just got back from Akumal. If you go there don't rent the villa called Las Hamacas, we had a theft from someone who had keys to the place! Email me, I would love to telll you more. <BR>Teresa

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