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Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Hello,

We are looking at Staying at the Barcelo Karmina Palace this winter. Where could we find the best snorkelling spots near the area? (We don't mind taking a taxi to get there.)

Also, how close is this resort to shopping, browsing and sightseeing?

Thank you

Dreams :)

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1. Re: Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Hi there! The Karmina is really well located; if you're walkers, you can easily walk to a local mall, and lots of little shops and restaurants.

There's pretty good snorkeling in the cove at the Karmina's beach, as well as next door.

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2. Re: Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Great Thank you!

Dreams

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3. Re: Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Club de Yates is probably the best beach snorkel/dive site we have in the area. It's close to the entrance to the Las Hadas hotel, just down another side road.

If you're up for a good swim you can do the San Luciano shipwreck off of La Boquita beach from shore. It's about a 10-15 minute swim each way. I would suggest doing that one earlier in the morning (9-10 am) as there will be less boat traffic from the beach and the water is typically calmer in the morning.

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4. Re: Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Thank you everyone for the info. Is Barcelo Karmina essentially in or close to the city of Manzanillo? Whats to see and do there? Any must go to resteraunts?

Also, I realize there is a small beach at Barcelo Karmino? Is it decent for swimming with plenty of lounge chairs? Also is it a no no to swim on the long walking beach just on the outside of the resort?

What about enterntaiment at night? Nice live music to listen too? What about private little peaceful places to sit aroung and have a drink?

Walking paths along the grounds?

Sorry for bombarding you all with questions!

Patti.

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5. Re: Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Hi Patti! If you choose the Karmina, you'll have an absolutely lovely time!

We're totally eager to answer all your questions; that's what we're here for, but sometimes, when posters ask lots of general questions, fewer people chime in with answers, because it's hard to answer ten or fifteen questions without writing an essay (which I always tend to do anyway :) ). As well, those of us who participate on the forum a lot can find it a little overwhelming to try to answer the same block of questions over and over.

Some new visitors to the Manzanillo forum find it really helpful to go through all the old posts to get some of the basic info on the hotel, and then narrow down their questions to a few at a time; more folks will chime in on posts with two or three questions, than posts with ten or twenty. If you look right above the top of the box that has your original question, you'll see a very small search box in the middle of the page; if you put in the word Karmina, you'll get a long list of posts containing tons of the info you're looking for.

Here's a start!

The Karmina is located in a suburb of Manzanillo; there's lots to see and do in the area, lots of shops and restaurants.

The beach at the Karmina is in a cove; it's small and sheltered, and is nice for playing in, and even snorkeling in, but not for boogieboarding or any other water sports. There are lots of lounge chairs. There's also a massive pool complex, if the cove isn't enough.

As you stand at the pool area and look out to the cove, there are two beaches next door to the Karmina - one on the right, which is sheltered and pretty and has fairly clear water with no wave action, and one on the left which sounds like it would like to eat you alive. The beach to the left is great for walking along, but I wouldn't swim anywhere in the first half kilometre of that beach.

I didn't catch any of the entertainment, so can't say for sure if it was great, though we heard good things about it.

Do a bit of searching, and break your questions up a little, and lots of folks will be pleased to answer every last one of 'em!

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