Area south of Playa Del Carmen?

Apr 23rd, 2001, 06:36 PM
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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.
Any suggestions? Mid to upper price. Any weather concerns that time of year?
Apr 24th, 2001, 05:39 AM
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Hi Rick,

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!

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!

Apr 24th, 2001, 07:37 AM
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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
Apr 24th, 2001, 07:05 PM
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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.
Apr 25th, 2001, 05:27 PM
d motl
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Would also recommend Akumal. Check them out on
Apr 26th, 2001, 04:48 PM
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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?
Check out We booked the Albatros with them and had no problems.
Hope you have a great trip.
May 18th, 2001, 05:39 PM
Monica Fry
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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.
May 20th, 2001, 02:19 PM
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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!
May 29th, 2001, 09:28 AM
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Had a great time Tulum, 11/2 hours from Cancun by car, 21/2 by public bus.
May 31st, 2001, 09:52 AM
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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.
May 31st, 2001, 12:41 PM
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One of the best All-Inclusive resort is Allegro's upscale Royal Hideaway Playcar
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
aqua colored waters. Unlike many of the
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
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!
Jun 3rd, 2001, 06:26 AM
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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.

Jun 5th, 2001, 11:19 AM
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Check out these web sites below for info on villa, weather, diving/snorkeling, recommended reading.

The Akumal/Tankah/Tulum area is really beautiful. Much less crowded than Playa, better snorkeling opportunities.

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.
Casa Tropical


Bookstore & recommended reading about Maya culture and archaeological sites

Hidden Worlds snorkel & dive tours of cenotes

Maps of Riviera Maya Can-do Maps

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.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Jul 19th, 2001, 04:13 PM
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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.

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