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Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

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Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

Huatulco is a beautiful, safe, friendly area. But like many tourist areas, there are those who are anxious to take advantage of unfamiliarity of the area.

That happened to us (& to others we have learned) in Playa Entrega. We were clobbered beyond reasonable on our lunch. Don't really know how the bill totaled what it did, but we walked away from the restaurant Cielito Lindo $75-$80 USD lighter in the wallet. We didn't order anything crazy (nor a lot of anything). Everywhere else we have paid no more than $30 USD for a similar order.

I have heard of others being charged $150 pesos for a sombrilla even tho they ate at the establishment. Others have been told they were being taken to a private island by the taxi driver and they end up at Playa Entrega after paying through the teeth to arrive at this "island".

We won't return ever to Playa Entrega. However, others may have had good experiences and feel differently. Just wanted to pass on our cautionary tale so that others can be forewarned. There are a number of wonderful beaches and it is not necessary to risk La Entrega in my view. Playa Santa Cruz is wonderful - flat, calm, very swimmable with many restaurants and bars to enjoy. Beachside restaurants are almost always more expensive - but $75 US for lunch for 2 is crazy.

On the other hand, the restaurant Terra-Cotta is the bargain and find of the century. Very close to church in Crucecita, this is the restaurant for the Hotel Los Arcos. Wonderful, wonderful menu & food. Lovely restaurant (with AC), very reasonable prices all served by friendly, attentive waiters. Don't fail to get some of their ice cream. !Maravilloso!

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1. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

La Entrega is a wonderful beach. Perhaps you should have read the menu before you ordered? Or questioned the bill if you believed it was too high? Why blame the entire beach when your problem was with one restaurant or waiter?

Also- taking a taxi to a private island? Was it a water taxi?

Sorry, but in all my trips to Huatulco the only person who ever conned or took advantage of me was a "reputable" jewerly vendor who owned several stores in LaCrucecita. And I am partially to blame for letting myself be sucked in........

The taxi drivers I've met in Huatulco have been the most honest, friendly and professional that I have ever encountered anywhere.

I do agree with you 100% regarding Terracotta!

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2. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

Perhaps we should have done all that you suggested.

As I clearly stated, the experience was at one restaurant (which I cited) and my comments were an account of OUR personal experience. Since that time, however, we have heard several similar tales which have included La Entrega. Because of that, I thought it would be useful to comment on our experience as it will remind others to perhaps be more mindful and avoid a similar situation.

I said that perhaps others have had different experiences and may feel differently. Clearly your time spent at La Entrega has been wonderful and I'm happy for you. I hope others too will have nothing but a great time t here.

The taxi drivers are the best in the world. I agree. Honest & professional is very descriptive.

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We visit Entrega and Maguey yearly when we come and love both. However, I do scrutinize my bill at the beach restaurants as you can be charged up for everything you touch, including the tables and chairs that you are using for your meal. . . A service charge of $100 pesos is common so go ahead . . . Scrutinize your bill and question anything that isn't in line with what the menu states. I concede that if I use the umbrellas and lounge chairs I should "rent" them, but trying to charge me for the tables and chairs that I used for lunch was a new low!!! Stand your ground, keep a good sense of humor and let them know they won't be getting any more of your business! I've been tempted to carry my own chairs and umbrella but so far have learned to 'negotiate' ahead of time and one of these days I hope there will be no surprises!!!

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4. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

I respect the OP views and agree.

We were warned by our Bay tour guide to closely check our bill at Maguey, so this has obviously been a problem. If it is intentional or because of inexperience, or a very busy atmosphere is the question, but it can leave a bad feeling, and Huatulco doesn't need bad press.

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I agree too Mary. I wanted to broach this subject as well after our last vacation in December. This is a very real issue in all the Mexican vacation destinations and Huatulco certainly is not innocent in this regard.

We were short changed no less than five times on our recent trip and one was at Entrega. Funny, because after being ripped off there on a previous trip we decided not to go back there. But, some friends wanted to meet there so we went back and had a similar problem with our bill and they were different restaurants .

It gets very tiresome having this happen over and over, from the airport, a jewelery store in Santa Cruz, to beach restaurants, beach clubs and a very popular pizza joint in town. Most folks aren't used to getting shorted on their bill, so this may be new to them. It happens with such frequency that its a stretch to believe these are honest mistakes. For me, I'm getting tired of these situations and frankly getting tired of Mexican vacations. I guess you have to realize as tourists from north of the border we are walking dollar bills and some will try and get a piece of you either honestly or dishonestly. As you read through all the different Mexican forums you find similar threads on this subject, and also you will find them being discredited by folks who feel Mexican holiday destinations have no problems...they do!

I feel Mary brought up a valuable topic that should be talked about.

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6. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

Its always wise to check the prices before your order and check your bill before you pay .........

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Simply put.... BUYER'S BE AWARE even at home I check my bills......We also liked Playa Entrega and had a mid afternoon lunch with a little extra on our bill......I can't remember the name of the restaurant but it was the one with the only XX green umbrellas whom "Jorge" ensured us he had really cold XX beers for us so we were in......Well they didn't have any XX beers....not the end of the world but don't lie.......

Anyways we had a couple beers each and some shrimp tacos.....when the bill came as the menu said but Jorge had added 10% of the bill for "his services".....we asked him politely what the was and that was his response......so not sure if he just added it for a tip suggestion or if it was really part of the bill.....at this time there was a translation issue???? So if he hadn't added that to the bill he would have recieved more than 10% but since he did that was his tip.

Another point for not getting short changed is when travelling to some more remote areas always have smaller peso bills as they won't have change. So exchange at the hotel for smaller bills or we found Oxxo always had change for bigger bills.

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8. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

Sorry to hear of your disappointing experience. We went to Entrega and were "escorted" to a restaurant. We were told we could safely leave our belongings at the table while we went snorkeling. We ordered 2 beer but my husband asked how much they were when the owner brought them to our table. We had a snorkel/swim and then ordered a second beer (we weren't hungry for lunch). We were only charged for the beer we had consumed - no charge for the table. We left our server with a nice tip.

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9. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

I am also glad this was brought up. Of course we all check our bills and prices...but to have it happen many times over a 2 week period (Speedo, this happened to us too!!) is not good.

I love Huatulco and it's people...but sadly money matters. We were 3 times charged more than the menu price (no tip there!!) and twice over charged (hmmm, maybe the same popular pizza place??)--ie, things we did not order or receive. One too many times we were called rich (you are rich, you can afford it...!!!) and we certainly are NOT. That made us feel very uncomfortalbe indeed.

We know this is not the norm, but after 6 holidays to Huatulco we noticed a significant increase this year.

Enjoy your holiday but watch for this type of activity. We still love this place!!

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10. Re: Don't be taken advantage of - Ripoff Alerts

Unfortunately this is not a problem unique to Mexican vacation destinations.I always look over my bills, its suprising how often you find "mistakes".We're probably a little more vulnerable on vacation because of language barrier and adult beverage consumption.