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Trip Report, 2/14-2/23, Mayan Palace, etc.

OK – thank you for your patience on my trip report. Our vacation to the Mayan Riviera – Feb. 14th - 23rd is one we will always remember. I will break down my report into sections of Accommodations, Activities & Food, and Miscellaneous.

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We arrived in Cancun at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and were the only flight in at that time but it still took us a good half hour to get through customs…….fast forward…….arrived around 11:45 p.m. at our booked hotel, Xbalamque, for just one night since we were to leave the following morning for the Mayan Palace. The streets were full of Valentine’s Day goers, mostly local. We spotted a couple of places that looked fun and were looking forward to finally enjoying our Valentine’s Day. Drug our bags up the steps to the lobby of this quaint hotel to check in only to find out they didn’t have a room for us. Not a good start. She explained that since it was Valentine’s Day – they had given all the rooms away to the locals. Hmmmmm – I had paid for this room already through Kuartos. She said that they had another hotel in the Hotel Zone that they had put all the “Americans” and were sorry for the inconvenience but they had a room there for us. Since I was on vacation and she probably wouldn’t understand the obscenities I was about to shout at her anyway – decided to move quietly forward with her plan. They got us a cab at their expense for the long ride to the new hotel by the golf course, La Guna Verde Hotel. Well – let me just tell you that I had done extensive research on which hotel to stay in for this one night and didn’t want a roach motel – well – that’s what I feel I got. It sat on the golf course with a decent looking pool but the room was one I’m glad I only had for one day. We found a super-mini (or is it mini-super? Lol) nearby and picked up some cold cervesa, Doritos, and some packaged cinnamon rolls for our first meal in Cancun before we hit the sack. We had to pick a couple few dead bugs out of our bed before we climbed in. I’ll leave it at that.

Had reserved a rental car through Avis, a VW Pointer for $187 for the 8 days we’d need it. Went to pick that up on Saturday morning. Very nice guy there who tried sooo hard to give us free stuff at the Mayan Palace or Fisherman’s Village just to go to breakfast while at the resort. After telling him no more then enough times that we weren’t interested in a time-share – he finally cut the b.s. and told me I was 1 of 10 people that say no to him. I said “thanks for the compliment” and then got our car – ended up being a Ford Ikon. Worked out well for us for our journeys but took us till mid-week to figure out how to lock the doors….lol.

After a very easy 20-minute ride down 307 we saw the huge stone wall of the Mayan Palace up ahead. Slowed down and pulled in to a courteous guard at the gate. He let us pass with a smile and we proceeded forward. The drive into the resort takes you through the not-yet finished Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Much of the course still has no grass and they were still building cart paths, bunkers, etc. Later on in the week I was taking pictures from the entrance road and a grounds keeper pulled up and asked if I wanted to take picture of more “green”. So I hopped in his maintenance cart and we headed for the front 9. We were able to communicate a few things – some of which I disagree with….lol. He told me play would be ready in April. Let me just tell you there is no way that is going to happen. That would be really pushing it. Now I admit I don’t know much about golf course construction – but I’d guess the very earliest the front 9 would be playable is September/October.

The “temporary” lobby is actually quite nice and modern looking with a large palapa covering the drop-off area. You can leave your rental car here for the Bell Boys to park and pick up for you throughout your stay but we didn’t really use that service much. We checked in without delay around 1:00 p.m., which was 4 hours earlier then our scheduled check-in time. A Bell Boy got us some fresh OJ which can be found in the lobby most of the week along with ice water and fresh pineapple juice. We had to pay $25 for the use of the in-room safe for the week. No big deal – I’m on vacation. We were then introduced to a Mayan Palace “Greeter” who gave us a map of the resort and mentioned a few things and then invited us to a “free” breakfast the following morning. We politely declined and she smiled and pointed us to our room. That was the last time we were bothered within the resort to go to the presentation. We arrived to our room after a pretty lengthy walk from the lobby – room number 3031. It was a standard hotel room with two double beds. I found the décor to be quite refreshing. Bright colored linens and classy tiled marble floor throughout. We had asked at check-in for a 3rd floor room overlooking the jungle and that’s exactly what we got. We went out onto the balcony that was probably 40-50 yards from the edge of the jungle. Spent many a moment on the balcony in the morning and evening listening to the jungle or watching the sunrise/moonrise over the Caribbean Sea to our right. You don’t get much of a view of the sea but more then I had anticipated. The room was quite comfortable with a nice sized TV with a few channels in English with Spanish subtitles. I liked this because I felt like I could kind of teach myself Spanish throughout the week by studying the subtitles. The maid service was a bit to be desired and really is my only complaint about the Mayan Palace. I had forgotten that we were supposed to even have turndown service until we walked in our room mid-week to find our comforters rolled up and a Hershey’s Kiss on the pillow. This only happened twice during our stay. The day maid was very inconsistent whether it be leaving our dirty glasses, not emptying the garbage can, or simply no washcloths. I called mid-week to express my concerns regarding the housekeeping services and the next day it was completed to perfection but slipped again later in the week. I still tipped her $2 a day because I’d feel guilty otherwise but feel like the Mayan Palace can really improve in this department.

The walk to the pool from our room was about 3 minutes. The pool at the Mayan Palace is the Grand Canyon of pools. The first time I saw it I was actually a little breathless. It is HUGE! It has numerous waterfalls, fountains, and sculptures intertwined throughout. On its’ shores are more then enough loungers with two swim-up bars - one on either end with Happy Hours at each. There is an activity center on one end of the pool where all activities are run from for the day. Those include anything from Water Aerobics, Water Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Bingo, and Juego Loco (Crazy Game). We didn’t participate in these activities because we were there for sun and relaxation but some looked like fun. The pool area also has these palapa covered waterproof mattresses that they put fresh sheets on daily for your relaxation needs. These are great. We staked one out one morning and didn’t leave it until about 4:00 p.m. You must get to the pool before 7:00 or so to get one though – I saw anything from books to backpacks used as reservation collateral. This is a little piece of heaven. Lay in the sun, cool off in the pool, get a drink at happy hour, lay in the sun, get in the pool, dry off, lay in the shade on your private mattress, take an afternoon siesta, etc. You get the picture. Can’t beat a mattress 5 feet from the most beautiful pool you’ve ever seen with a view of the Caribbean Sea.


The beach at the Mayan Palace definitely needs some work. It is all rocky and absolutely no possibility of swimming or snorkeling. The resort was in the process of building a man-made reef to bring in more sand but that will take quite some time. We did walk the beach one morning to the left past a very littered beach to a very private stretch of beach that is just beautiful. The swimming was excellent there with no undertow – just gorgeous.

The landscaping of the resort will be quite nice when it is finished with winding paths through thinned-out jungle portions with grass throughout. There is still a large amount of construction ongoing at this place with what looks to be about 8 more room buildings (Tulums as they called them) being built. I overheard one of the salesman say that there will be a tram system running throughout the resort when it is completed to get you from A to B. Also talk of a waterslide area with a man-made lagoon too. As many have said before – the resort is nice but has a huge amount of potential – I would like to see it again in about 3 years.

We needed a place to stay our last night and since we had a fairly early flight – wanted to be close to the airport. We ended up booking a room at the Westin Regina resort through Priceline for $77 including taxes and fees. We checked in and my first impression was that this place definitely doesn’t live up to the Westin name but it was great for our needs. Ended up just taking showers and crashing on the heavenly bed (which wasn’t all that special by the way) after a long fun day at Isla Mujeres. The room was big with vaulted ceilings but certainly not as nice as the Mayan Palace. But it was nice and close to the airport for our early Sunday morning flight.

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OK – now that I got the semi-boring stuff out of the way – let’s talk some fun! There is so much to do in this region that you can’t possibly do it all in a week much less a month. Guess we’ll have to go back. I think I will write this portion of my report chronologically so I won’t confuse both you and myself.

Our first day in the area consisted of spending far too much time finding a breakfast place in the Hotel Zone in Cancun. We had seen Las Ruinas on Brant’s Map and decided to go there. Well – we asked the bus driver and he took us all the way down to the El Rey ruins in the Hotel Zone before we realized the error. So after wasting precious first-day time we found Las Ruinas Mexican Cantina. Nice enough wait staff, authentic atmosphere, and the worst food we had all week. I mean real bad. Ordered bacon and cheese omelet’s and which were horrible tasting not to mention raw bacon. Not a good first meal. Got the car and headed south, checking into the Mayan Palace and then heading south to Playa Del Carmen. We discovered this wonderful town on a cruise a couple of years ago which is why we wanted to come back to the area. We found parking to be quite easy throughout the week in Playa and usually parked on or near 15th Ave. and between 2nd and 12th Streets. We headed straight to the Posada Freud Hotel to pick up our Playa Deal Card and met Roni and Joel from Joe’s Café - very nice people and a wealth of knowledge about the area. Joel sells sausages at the bar at the Posada Freud in addition to running their coffee shop. We then ventured up 5th Ave. as we wanted to try Media Luna for dinner. This was a great venue with a nice view of the sidewalk and people watching was in great form on Saturday night. The service was OK at best but the food was excellent. The Playa Deal Card worked well for us here with getting two meals, drinks and tip cost us less then $50. I had the curried shrimp and they were excellent. We spent the rest of the evening wandering and admiring 5th Avenue and peeking in shops and getting cold cervesas from numerous bars in the area. A good solid day and night familiarizing ourselves with both our resort and Playa Del Carmen.

On Sunday we had good intentions of driving south to check out a couple of cenotes but the weather didn’t look very good south as we drove down 307 so we turned around and went into Playa. We walked down to Le Bistrot on the beach and had a wonderful breakfast overlooking the beautiful water. I had forgotten to note this place only accepts cash so I had to walk all over town for a working ATM. By the time I had gotten back my wife was about to send a search party after my while the waiter took my food off the table as it had sat there for a good 45 minutes. I sat down – explained what had happened to my wife – while the waiter mixed me up a fresh new breakfast and served it to me with a smile. Now that is good service. All this looking at the beach had us wanting some quality beach time so went north a bit to Mamitas Beach Club at the north end of Playa Del Carmen. I found this place to be just OK and a bit overcrowded for my taste but hey – it’s a beach club. I did get some food there but the service was veeerrrrryyyy slow and the food not that impressive. Oh well, we got some sun and swam a couple of times in the ocean before a rain cloud moved in to force us back north to the Mayan Palace. We freshened up there and then again went back to Playa for the evening which consisted of more shopping (my wife loves to shop in case you couldn’t already tell….lol) and eating Tonight was the best meal we had our whole trip. La Parilla on 5th Ave. in Playa Del Carmen - excellent food, fun atmosphere, and awesome service. I had the lobster special for $14.25 and it was the best lobster I’ve ever tasted in my life accompanied by the worst glass of wine made….lol. Believe me – it didn’t matter – I just ordered another cold cervesa. My wife had skirt steak and it rivaled the lobster. I can’t recommend that place enough.

On Monday we had planned to go to Coba. We awoke fairly early and headed south. If you’ve ever driven that far south then you know what I mean by some scary driving. Took us a few kilometers to get used to the passing system, etc but survived the drive down. We had heard of a place to eat near Tulum on the water called Zamas/Que Fresco on the south end of Punta Piedra. What a great location and probably my favorite breakfast of the week for both food and atmosphere. We had great omelets while taking in the incredible view from our table. After breakfast we headed towards Coba. The road is in better shape then I had anticipated with the potholes being filled in recently. We arrived at Coba, paid our admission, and went in. We found a tour and kind of latched on for a bit while the guide explained in detail the first ball court. It was interesting but moving at a slower pace then we wanted so we hired a guide on a tricycle for the remainder of the ruins. I have forgotten his name but he was an older gentleman and spoke pretty good English. He would ride through the trails to each interesting ruin and describe things about each. He took pictures of us with our camera in front of a couple. Then we ended up at the great pyramid that is apparently the largest in the Yucatan. It was quite a little hike up but well worth it. The view was incredible. Coba kind of gives you that just discovered kind of feeling that I thought was cool. We then headed back east and stopped at a couple of roadside markets and we were glad we did. I believe that when you travel to another country you should really try and appreciate the people whose country you are visiting. We had brought a bag of suckers down with us to give to the children and this was our first opportunity. While my wife negotiated a price on a wall hanging I went to the car to get the goods. I handed them to my wife, as she seemed eager to hand out the candy. We started with two kids and then two more and then I believe two more came out of the woodwork. Sweet, sweet kids. Couldn’t smile and say “gracias” enough. I took a picture with my wife and the kids and it has quickly become one of our favorite trip pictures. Felt so good to be able to bring a smile to those kids’ faces like that. I thought the shopping there was good. Nice things for a good price. Obviously much better then anywhere in Playa Del Carmen. After some shopping I was getting antsy to do some snorkeling so we hit the Gran Cenote down the road. Admission was 50 pesos each and we headed in. Very nice facilities and great snorkeling. Many formations inside a cavern type cenote – great visibility and a lot of fun. Highly recommend. We then went off and attempted to find the Temple of Doom (Calavera/Skull) cenote but couldn’t find it. Asked a local and he said the policia had shut it down? Oh well – it was getting late so we headed for north. We ended up heading over to Tankah to check out the Casa Cenote restaurant. Well – we found it and the cenote in front of it. I was eager to jump in the beautiful water even though the sun was quickly departing so my wife patiently waited while I enjoyed the swim. Not much to see here but the coral was snapping, crackling and popping like I was lost in a bowl of Rice Krispies. It was a refreshing pre-dinner swim nonetheless so I dried off and went to the Casa Cenote for dinner. Great setting! Very pretty beach here with torches in front of the tables. Food and service were good. Well – long day – headed home and quickly to sleep on this night.

Tuesday was a day that had relaxation written all over it. We got up and went to the breakfast buffet Restaurant Del Lago. The food was incredible with many fresh fruits, fresh juices, and hot dishes to choose from. Very elegantly presented and a decent deal for $26 for two. We hadn’t really spent much time in the pool at the Mayan Palace to this point so we got our suits on and found a couple of loungers for some sun. Happy Hour began at 11:00 a.m. so we bellied up to the swim-up bar and met Linda and her daughter Kristen from Wisconsin. Very fun people and we planned to meet them later that night at Senor Frogs in Playa. We both found a burst of energy and decided to again travel south to the Yal-Ku lagoon for more snorkeling. This was a great suggestion by Roni earlier in the week from Joe’s Café. The fish were very plentiful, the water aqua green, and the sun warm as we enjoyed our time there – cost was 60 pesos each. We then went north to Playa with cravings for Tacos El Pastor from El Serape. We wanted this to be our late afternoon snack so each ate 3 and then back to the Mayan Palace to freshen up. We decided to eat dinner this evening at the Blue Parrot. The service was incredible but the food wasn’t very good at all. We ordered our lobster and shrimp dinners to be flambéed at our table but the wait staff wasn’t very confident in their cooking but the experience was fun regardless. The atmosphere here is unbeatable with swings for bar stools and many people dancing the night away under the stars right on the beach. Awesome. After some more walking around and shopping my nose guided me to Tacos Bill for some more Tacos El Pastor. I found these to actually be a little tastier the El Serape. The communication at Tacos Bill was a challenge but well worth it. We then went to Senor Frogs as it was winding down to and met up with Kristen and Linda for a good-bye cervesa. Home at 2:30 a.m. that night.

On Wednesday we again hit the pool in the morning while meeting some people from our region and more specifically my hometown of Bellingham, WA. We found common people of acquaintance including my very own sister Becky! Small world! This was a cloudy day and for some reason my wife really had an urge to see the bullfight in Cancun so we headed north. The arena was about 30 minutes north of the Mayan Palace and quite easy to find. Found a decent sized crowd inside to see the age-old tradition. I bet 50% of the women left that place crying. This was our first bullfight and probably our last. I guess I’m glad I saw one but won’t make an effort to see one again. We then headed south and decided to stop in Puerto Moreles. What a great town and just 20 minutes south of Cancun but very much a sleepy fishing village. We enjoyed a short walk around town watching tourists and locals together play street hockey in the center of town while deciding on eating at Los Pelicanos. I guess this is where Jimmy Buffett enjoys a good meal while he’s around. The setting was great and the service was excellent. I had the shrimp soup as recommended by our waiter, which was excellent. Probably 20 good-sized shrimp. At this point I was quite full but here comes the grilled grouper. Mmmmm – so flavorful but so light. Very nice meal for a very good price. We then went south to the Mayan Palace for a late night movie and sleep.

On Thursday morning we awoke to beautiful sunshine and wanted an early breakfast and had plans to snorkel more cenotes today. We went to Playa and ate at 100% Natural. Very good food and great coffee. Wife still had the shopping bug in her so we again walked the town in search of good deals – none to be had. Oh well, the sun was warm and the cenotes were calling us. We drove south and pulled into Cenote Azul. A very nice setting with decent snorkeling with numerous kinds of fish but a lot of algae cut down on the visibility. A good experience though. We had heard earlier in the day to go to Dos Ojos so we headed further south past Xel-Ha to the entrance. Negotiated a good price for a tour guide (Samuel, a.k.a. Sam) who we put in the backseat for the 2 km drive to through the jungle on the worst dirt road I’ve ever encountered. We got our gear and went to the entrance. Wow!!! Breathtaking. Stalagmite and Stalactite formations everywhere with the clearest water I think I’ve ever seen. We jumped in and had a wonderful snorkeling experience with Sam while he took us to the bat cave and numerous other caverns for our viewing pleasure. Quite an awesome experience to say the least. We finished our tour and the color of the sky told us rain. We got in the car and got caught in quite a downpour. Sam told us it rains much more here then north in Playa. Wow – did it ever. We dropped off Samuel but did that stop my wife from seeing the shops nearby? No! We found some good deals and interacted with the locals while the rain passed us by and we headed north to the Mayan Palace. Tonight was the night for the Mexican Fiesta at the resort so we freshened up and headed over to Restaurant Del Lago for the evening. Were greeted with shots of tequila and some Mexican gear to wear for the evening. The buffet was excellent with great choices and even Tacos El Pastor (can you tell I love these things?), though not as good as the ones found in Playa it still did the trick. The entertainment was good and overall a very fun evening.

Friday woke up to pure sunshine so we decided to stake out a mattress by the pool and then walked the beach to the left. A very nice walk and then back to the mattress for 8 straight hours of pool, siesta, and cervesa time. Not much to describe here but let me tell you - this is the life!!! Back to the room for short nap and then again south to Playa for dinner. We decided on Limones, which I found to be a good but expensive choice. I again had lobster and the atmosphere and service here were superb. I highly recommend eating here but watch the drink prices – they can get ya! We went back to the resort to pack as we had planned on an early checkout with a day trip to Isla Mujeres the next day.

We again awoke to beautiful sunshine on Saturday, which made the checkout of the beautiful Mayan Palace even more depressing. Can’t wait to see it again! Good-bye Mayan Palace. Headed north and had a heck of a time finding Puerto Juarez where we were to catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres. The 35-peso ferry ride was uneventful and we arrived at about 11:00 a.m. We immediately got hit up for a golf cart rental but decided on breakfast first. The walk to the other side of the island is literally like 4 blocks and we had heard of a great breakfast found on the bluff next to a hotel. I’m sorry but I can’t recall the name of the place but basically walk right one block off the ferry pier and then take a left to the other side of the island. Great food and an incredible view. We then negotiated a deal on a golf cart and proceeded to drive around the island. The weather was quite windy so snorkeling was out of the question as was our desire to go to Garaffon National Park. We drove by – it looked nice but we wanted to head to Playa Norte (North Beach). We parked ourselves in the sand for some really hot sunshine and people watching ;-). Met a family from Michigan and latched onto them for the rest of the day eating and drinking at Jax Bar and Grill. Great time, good food, good people. We then got the ferry back to the mainland and checked into the Westin in the Cancun Hotel Zone and were too tired to leave anywhere that whole night. Oh well – guess all those activities caught up with us.

On Sunday again woke to a beautiful day but had to leave the hotel around 7:00 but found time to go to OK Magueys on the main strip in the Hotel Zone for breakfast. Top notch food and service. A definite winner in my book. Then off to the airport for a long trip home after a wonderful vacation.

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As said earlier – we rented a car and it really did make our vacation because it gave us the ability to go where we wanted, when we wanted. I really did feel sorry for the people staying at our resort who we saw waiting out on the highway for a collectivo or bus. I felt actually quite comfortable in Mexico. It takes a bit to get the feel for it but it’s no different then driving in L.A.

You will see Mayan Palace salesmen everywhere. As I mentioned earlier – they employed even the guy who rented us our car. It got to be funny later on the week how many times someone approached us from the Mayan Palace. It’s not that hard to get away from them – a simple “no, gracias” usually worked out quite well.

Even though we greatly enjoyed our stay at the Mayan Palace I think next time I would like to stay in either Playa Del Carmen itself. If you want really relaxed – Punta Piedra looked wonderful for a relaxing vacation. Don’t get me wrong – I liked the Mayan Palace but it really isn’t our style – it was a wedding gift so I cannot complain.

Well – I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my review of our trip. I wrote this more for my own benefit to keep with my files to look back on someday.

Jim
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You did not bore me at all. That was a very good trip report. Thanks for all the info.
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webbah - thank you so much for your very detailed trip report! reading it not only answered my questions, but will be fuel for my daydreaming until we leave for Playa 3/31! You sound like kindred spirits - from snorkeling to adventures in driving/exploration...except it's my husband who's the shopping addict! :wink: thanks again for taking the time to share so much!
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Sounds like it was really fun...what do you think about just hanging around the resort and eating there? We plan on renting a car right from the airport...what do you think? How much money do you think we will require each day...don't plan on doing alot of shopping......Thank you for the delightful account of your adventure!
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Great report, Webbah! Worth the wait!
We're going down to the Mayan Palace in April, so this answered a lot of our questions. Is the clientele there pretty much all Americans, or is that simply who you ended up talking to? Also, another guy in another chat room made a comment about the Mayan Palace that he didn't feel comfortable in a place where "you have to buy an expensive bathing suit to feel like you belong". I haven't heard that sentiment anywhere else, so I'm thinking maybe he just had esteem issues ... unlike our well-adjusted group here!
Good for you for helping out the library in Akumal. I know my daighters are going to be upset at all the poverty they're going to see, so we're making plans to run some supplies down there, too. Although if there is anything closer to PDC that could use help, I'd love to know.
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Re Car Rental: We have decided to rent a car..how much was the insurance???
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Thanks for the replies

Regarding just hanging out at the resort and eating there - if that's something you want to do - the Mayan Palace is a great place to do it although it still has an empty feeling due to the lack of bookings. The food at the resort was pretty spendy with a hamburger or sandwich costing $7-8. I found going to Playa for lunch, etc. much more enjoyeable although we did by the pool a couple of times.

Regarding the Mayan Palace clientele and bathing suits...lol - I found most people to be either from Canada or the US and mostly from New York. Not many Europeans that I ran into. Bathing suits - that's the funniest thing I've heard yet and certainly not true at all. In fact - I was impressed with the laid back, non-stuffy feeling at the resort. Wear what you want and don't worry about it! It certainly wasn't a fashion show by any means!

Regarding rental car insurance - we decided not to buy it from Avis because if you book it with your Platinum Visa or Mastercard - you are covered fully with no deductible. However if anything were to happen - you would have to pay the damage costs up front and then be reimbursed by your credit card company. I believe the cost per day to get the insurance through Avis was $15 but like I said - we opted not to get it.

Let me know if you have additional questions.

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Thank you for your information about the car rental. We have tossed it back and forth and decided that we were not going to rent now. I am just hoping that there is enough to do around the resort. The food sounds really pricy. What about stuff that you can buy in the supermarket? We are staying an a hotel room and I don't believe that there is any cooking facilities...maybe a coffee maker??? You said the resort had an empty feeling...it is really that large and very few people? How about the evening entertainment there? I heard there was a shuttle to senior frogs once a week and one to another place...is that correct? How about buying cervas at the supermarket there? Is it way more expensive? What would you suggest we pack for food? We plan on picking up something to drink at the duty free store. How about water sport there? The beach is not good for swimming but what about kayaking? How much do the water sports cost? Did you carry money around with you or did you charge your drinks at the pool to your room? So many questions.....thanks again
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sorry one other thing...i was told there was no atm at the resort. Do you suggest we bring canadian travellers cheques or get some pesos here?
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hello! I was curious as to how the "happy hour" at the Mayan Palace works? Since the resort is not all inclusive, do you have to carry cash? Or do they put it on your room? This is just something I had concern about, because I didn't want to worry about carrying my purse with me while we are done enjoying the pool and bars. Let me know what you think! Thanks!
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Regarding ATM/Travelers Cheques/Pesos, etc. You're right, there is no ATM at the resort and finding one in Playa that worked was another adventure alltogether. I would recommend bringing a few Canadian Travelers Cheques which should be easily cashed at the resort. Otherwise just draw your money out of an ATM elsewhere.

Regarding cash while in the resort. No - it is not needed whatsoever at any bar, store, restaurant. It can all be charged to your room. The only cash I needed in the resort was for tips to the housekeepers/bellboys and if you want to do laundry - I believe one wash was around 60 pesos ($6 USD).

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Thanks for the great post, I've been looking for exactly this. We're going down in Feb.2005 so should see the Mayan Palace in a much different stage of completion. I do wonder what has happened with the beach since the artificial reef has been started, anyone know? Thanks again for all the info
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Kuartos

(Kuartos) - Do you have the link to that website?
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Old 07-20-2004   #14 (permalink)
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Birdman, I visited the Mayan Palace April 25 - May 2 this year. The beach still has big rocks, but some people have reported that if you are wearing water shoes, you can walk past the big rocks and can still snorkel. Even though I was wearing water shoes, I didn't want to take a chance. You can walk 15 minutes south to a swimmable beach.
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Buses

Is it hard to get on buses from the Mayan Palace? I am going there in November.
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