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Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

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Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

Thinking about going in March 2014 to this hotel. Have been to Manzanillo before but not to this hotel. Have travelled extensively in Mexico and stayed at a wide variety of resorts.

Wanted asnwers to the following questions:

Can you snorkel in the lagoons at the resort?

What does the SPA all inclusive package include?

What floor and room numbers have the best views?

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1. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

The Grand Isla Navidad Resort is a good choice. It is located about 30 minutes north of the Manzanillo airport. It shares a lagoon with the town of Barra de Navidad. The resort is at the very end of a peninsula and is directly across the lagoon from Barra. A good outfielder could throw a rock across the entrance to the lagoon between the resort and Barra. There are very frequent boat shuttles between the resort and Barra.

The local snorkel trips are usually to Tenacatita Bay about 15 miles north of Barra. It is easy to access. Take a shuttle boat across the lagoon to Barra, walk about 100 meters to the town square, take a taxi 15 miles north to La Manzanilla, and book a snorkel, lagoon birding/crocodile tour, or whale watching tour with either Dave Collins or Ever (El Cato Beachfront Restaurant). Get a return taxi to Barra from any of the several always parked at the La Manzanilla town square.

When you are in La Manzanilla plan your day so you can dine and watch the sunset, enjoy the sculptures, fresh pasta and Chilean wines at Figaro's beachfront restaurant.

The town immediately north & adjacent to Barra is called Melaque. It has a very pleasant evening promenade starting about 8:00 pm. The locals and gringos stroll to the town square, converse, have a taco from one of the many taco stands who have "hotwired" their cart into an adjacent lamp pole. It lasts until 10:00 - 10;30 pm. very pleasant, and you can meet the local gringos. Taxis are parked nearby for return to Barra.

If you do a "search" for the resort you will find TA postings/reports from vacationers who have stayed there.

jt

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2. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

Thanks for the additional info.

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3. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

We are spending 2 wks at the Grand Bay in Nov this year. Its our 1st time in this area so we appreciate the tips! Really looking forward to it, new adventures are always fun!

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4. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

dejsm5,

Enjoy your trip in November. It is a terrific time, the vegetation is still green/lush from the summer rains, the humidity "breaks" late October and the sunshine and temperature are very comfortable. We have booked our first flights in mid-November and are being joined (over the 4 week duration) by a total of 12 friends and family. I usually visit the area 3-4 times/year.

Don't make yourself a "prisoner" of the resort. The good people of Jalisco are very friendly.

If you decide to explore and want to rent a vehicle -- don't hesitate. The local drivers are patient -- no "macho" stuff or road rage. Vehicle road speeds are controlled via "speed bumps" (topes).

The posted price of car rentals do not include the significant taxes and insurance. The minimal insurance is public liability -- about $14/day. Additional insurance -- collision, etc is extra. Credit card insurance coverage for the minimal public liability insurance is not valid.

I was exploring the road and beachfront leading up to the Grand Bay when I had my first experience with a couple of cowboys herding their Mexican long-horned cattle down the road to a new pasture. Having 40-50 longhorns on a narrow roadway, walking by my stopped vehicle was a "thrill" but, I was also glad I had purchased the additional insurance coverage.

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5. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

If you are flying into the Manzanillo airport you will be landing in the Mexican state of Colima--Manzanillo is in Colima. The town of Cihautlan (see-what-lan) on Hwy 200 is about halfway from the airport to Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort. There, you drive over the Marabasco River. The river forms the state boundary between Colima to the south and the state of Jalisco, to the north.

This area of Jalisco, from Barra de Navidad, north to just south of Puerto Vallarta (Yelapa) is called the Costa Alegre (Happy Coast). Many hidden and uninhabited beaches.

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6. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

On a trip where we stayed in Barra de Navidad in a condo, we took a water taxi over to the Grand Bay and toured the grounds and marina and had lunch at the golf course one day- it looked to be a gorgeous hotel, fairly quiet and upscale, not really a family hotel at all though.

The one downside was it lacks a nice beach- but you can head over to Barra for a beach day or two, or do a day trip to La Manzanilla. There are lots of restaurants and funky bars and shops and other things to do in Barra, too.

it didn't look like there would be much to see snorkeling in the lagoon there, but we didn't do it.

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7. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

For a combination of snorkeling and an easily accessible pretty little beach-- go to the "hamlet" of Cuastacomates.

Directions:

From Barra de Navidad take the road inland about 1 mile to the intersection of Hwy 200 (Coastal Hwy). Bear left (north), Drive about 1 1/2 miles across the top of Melaque. At the north end of Melaque Hwy 200 makes a 90 degree turn right. Don't turn. Drive straight ahead up over a hill and down into the town of Cuastacomates (2 miles).

Cuastacomates is on a sweet little bay. There is a small older resort--now called La Quinta on the south side of the bay, four or five beach front palapas restaurants, and a couple of B&Bs. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, snorkel--(south side of bay), swim, and enjoy fresh seafood.

If you are at all hesitant to explore beyond an all-inclusive resort--Cuastacomates is the place to set your concerns aside and "get your feet wet". A lack of Spanish speaking capability is of no concern.

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8. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

thanks for the tips.

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9. Re: Wyndham Grand Isla Navidad Resort

thanks for the confirmation. My impression as well based on-line research.

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