We stayed Oct 25 thru 28th, pleasantly surprised ... the staff and food were first-rate even in the off-season. The place is very attractive and spotless.
High point: The food service!! Wait staff were all friendly, efficient, and were happy to meet special requests. The all-inclusive menu had great variety. The entrees were artfully prepared, very tasty, and seemed very nutritious.
Low point: The sales "presentation", which all guests are asked to sit through (you can decline). The salesman, Sasha, lost my respect near the end, when he asked for a $6700 cash outlay and dissed my ability to analyze our travel costs. We just felt used. Avoid the pitch!!
Babieca Dive Center: Manager Juan Carlos was very helpful and knowledgeable, and the equipment was first-rate. However, the instructor (Luiz, I think) was a bit impatient with me as a beginner. Hey, as a scuba newbie, there's a lot to process, and the first under-water trials are scary. So, we walked to a nearby shop and found a great instructor and good gear at a lower cost. Ultimately our diving was outstanding!
The tap water tasted fine, we never had any tummy discomfort. Neighborhood seemed safe at night. Although El Cid is a couple miles from downtown, we rented a scooter & helmets next door at $25/day plus insurance ... great fun, and we got around safely.
All considered, this was a great place to stay and unwind. Would definitely stay again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel's easygoing island rhythms. Explore the island's enchanting beaches, lush mangrove forests and brilliantly colored reefs with amazing sea life. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway or a tropical setting to reconnect with family and friends, our intimate and friendly resort offers the ideal setting for snorkeling, diving or simply lazing by the pool. Your vacation is sure to be relaxing and authentic experience at El Cid La Ceiba. • Babieca Dive Shop on site with PADI certified dive masters. • Spectacular diving, snorkeling and unmatched ocean views. • European and All-Inclusive Plans • Fly High Adventures, eco-park featuring 6 zip line platforms and six rugged trails • Two swimming pools: a free-form pool with kids' area and a tide pool with cascading waterfalls, rock formations, and lush gardens • Ocean View and Ocean Front Accommodations. • All Inclusive and European Meal Plans • International cuisine in our Oceanfront Restaurants • Nearby shopping at Plaza & downtown area. • Three miles from Chakanaab Park • Only Six miles from Cozumel International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel