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Old 08-30-2012   #16 (permalink)
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Are you talkin' at the resort beach or in town? Most beach clubs in town have lockers.

Cell phones in SAFE in the room. Who the heck needs it, especially at the resort.

Been going to Playa/Cozumel/Riviera Maya for over 20 years. Never had anything stolen from my beach chair. Don't think most people check into an AI to "steal" others peoples stuff. Most AI's have security that will run off vendors or non-resort guests if they get anywhere too close to the loungers, etc. in a heartbeat. Staff is almost always searched before they can leave the premise, so what good to lose your job over a cell phone. Jobs at resorts highly sought after and hard to come by.

Now that said, we usually take a couple bucks like 5 for tipping on the beach. Cheap camera, only 4 or 5 cigarettes in an old cig box, so if they get wet the whole pack isn't ruined. (They don't sell my brand down there, and I am picky about what I smoke.) Can't seem to go to a pool bar without some kid diving off a stool or whatever and soaks my cigs. BTW kids don't belong at pool bars IMO.

And remember, if somebody lifts the $5 bucks, yes it would piss me off, but if you can't spare $5 bucks, you probably don't belong in Playa. But it is an AI you are staying at so if you are uncomfortable about bringing money, just don't tip. You can always go around your last day and tip them. We always tip during the week, like $1 per round, but if someone really stands out, our last days we give them an extra special tip. We can only hope they get to keep this for themselves, as most resorts "share" tips.

Have a great time!
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Old 08-30-2012   #17 (permalink)
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I second the recommendation for the Map Chicks maps - they're great!

We've been to the Royal twice and it's perfect for someone who wants an AI but also wants to venture off the resort - it's (one of) the best AI resort in the area, and it's only one of two that are IN town. Good choice! For books, magazine, sunscreen, etc, there is a beach butler (though he walks mostly around the pool) who has a cart full of those things that people left behind. We left any magazines and sunscreen we brought down on the cart on the last day. And if you like Mexican pottery, check out the little shop at the corner of calle 14 and 1st av. (near the beach, a block or two away from the Royal). I think it's called Detalles or something like that.
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Old 08-30-2012   #18 (permalink)
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I second the recommendation for the Map Chicks maps - they're great!

We've been to the Royal twice and it's perfect for someone who wants an AI but also wants to venture off the resort - it's (one of) the best AI resort in the area, and it's only one of two that are IN town. Good choice! For books, magazine, sunscreen, etc, there is a beach butler (though he walks mostly around the pool) who has a cart full of those things that people left behind. We left any magazines and sunscreen we brought down on the cart on the last day. And if you like Mexican pottery, check out the little shop at the corner of calle 14 and 1st av. (near the beach, a block or two away from the Royal). I think it's called Detalles or something like that.
The shop has changed names......It's now named "Alicia's"
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Old 08-30-2012   #19 (permalink)
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When we go to the beach, we both bring our phones, and cash. I also bring diabetic supplies, and we bring our Nooks. Nothing has ever been stolen. We don't leave them out in the open, but we don't hide them when we use them. My wife has a little safe that locks to a beach chair, that we have used in other locations, but I don't think she has ever brought it to Playa. We use our phones to take pictures, check in on Facebook to tease friends, stay in contact with other friends on vacation with us.

Don't let this scare you, but I have heard more people having things stolen from their safe than at the beach.
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Old 08-30-2012   #20 (permalink)
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things are stolen at the beach all the time

don't make it easy for people to grab your stuff
i have helped numerous people who have been robbed on the beach
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