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How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

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How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

we have friends staying at Paradisus and the same week we are staying at Catalonia Royal. What would be the best way to be able to visit and spend a few hours with them? Can ride and tell/ask the staff at front desk? Will they charge us to be on the grounds? (not planning on eating there) Take a cab and find a public beach access point? Is taking a water taxi an option - that way leaving us right off on the beachfront? Anyone's ideas will be helpful! Thanks.

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1. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

To go to another resort you need a day pass from the front desk (even if you are not eating/ drinking).., you can not just walk in off the beach. You could meet up at a beach bar / restaurant for the day either by land taxi or water taxi....water taxi tend to be more pricey, but a fun boat ride.

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2. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

do you know how much a day pass goes for per person? and any idea how much a 20-25 minute cab ride will cost ? how about the boat taxi cost? I am assuming that the boat taxis do not operate after sunset.... thank you..

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3. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

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Too far to walk, and no resort would allow beach access to the other guest. You would need to first contact the resort to inquire about the day pass to obtain the bracelet needed upon check in. If this isn't allowed, you might take a taxi to meet in town for the day for eat, drink, shopping, etc. HR offers a day pass that both parties might enjoy, or meet at their casino for free. But again, you would have to arrive to their gate, by taxi, and checked in. Security would take you to the desk for check in before allowed even the free common areas.

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4. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

You can negotiate the water taxi, usually between $5 and $10 per person, depending on the distance. The HR is the only sort I know offering a true day pass, they charge $94 but it's from early morning to 11 at night and includes all food and drink, as well as facilities.

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5. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

Since you are staying at Cat Royal I would have your friends take a cab to you. Day passes are likely to be far less money. This way you can all enjoy yourselves with food and drinks. Check with customer service when you arrive or e-mail the resort and explain your situation.

A water taxi is out of the question. Too far. I think a regular taxi will be about $30 each way.

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Barcelo Bavaro beach day pass is $75 p.p 9am to 6 pm AI....depends on resort day pass price and availability,

Water taxi $ is negotiable but would be at minimum $25 for a short journey, more from Palma Real to Cat Royal.

From Paradisus Palma Real to Catalonia would estimate around $30 land taxi

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7. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

Technically you need to buy a day pass to visit another resort, but in reality you can get around that to some extent. You are not going to get in through the main gate; you need to come in from the beach. Paradisus Palma Real has a very wide beach with generally only a guard at each end. It is by far the easiest resort to "visit" and a piece of cake to walk in from the beach. Your issue is going to be to get to the beach. Probably the easiest is to get a cab to the boat dock where the party boat leaves from (just a couple of hundred feet down from NOW). This area also has some condos and restaurants, so not resort property and no problem to get on the beach. You would then walk 1/2 mile on your right, past NOW, past Secrets, PPR is the next property. If your PPL friends were under a palapa and knew roughly when to expect you, there should be no problem sitting on the beach and visiting. Even if a guard asked, as long as you are with PPR guests and not using any facilities of the hotel, you would be fine. Now if you want to wander in and eat/drink etc, that is different and you are really pushing your luck. But you indicated you only wanted to visit.

On the way back, simply have your friends escort you to main entrance and get a cab. Nobody will question you on getting out.

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8. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

Technically what Doug is suggesting is called trespassing and could be very embarrassing if caught.

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9. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

Make it easy -

Meet at a beach bar in the afternoon, enjoy some lunch and drinks with your friends (always nice to get off resort for a bit)

Or book an excursion together... the company can easily arrange the transportation to pick you both up at each resort. Then enjoy the day on whatever excursion you choose.

Edited: 21 April 2014, 17:25
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10. Re: How 2 make it happen?? 2 visit friends @ another resort

We chose Macao Beach for a meet and greet. Beautiful beach, ice cold Presedente and grilled lobster and fish - not to mention terrific fun company - was sad when our ride showed up mid afternoon as we could have sat and talked for ever!

Cab from Cat Royal was $120 return and well worth it.

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