This was our first time in Mexico & I can't believe I was lucky enough to stumble across Puerto Aventuras on the internet. If you are looking to experience Mexican culture or nightlife, this probably isn't the spot for you. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing trip, then look no furhter. We brought our 3 year old daughter with us and stayed for 2 wonderful, relaxing weeks at the beginning of April.
Cancun Airport ~ I just have to say that the forums on this website are an awesome resource for information - we were well prepared for the Cancun Airport Guantlet, and especially trying to find our "pre-booked" transportation. Within an hour of landing, we were on our way to Puerto Aventuras. We used Cancun Valet & they also offer a grocery service to the Cancun hotel zone. We ordered groceries through them, which were delivered to our vehicle and made the trip to Puerto Aventuras with us.
Condo ~ We rented our condo through Caldwell Banker (mostly because it was a name we recognized), ground floor, right between the beach and the pool. The condo could use a fresh coat of paint and other maintenance issues, but otherwise it was a condo on the beach. We would maybe try out another rental company next time, as some of their ground floor units were nicer and they have cheaper rent. However, after staying in a condo, we will never stay in a hotel again. Especially travelling with kids.
Beach ~ The beach was amazing. The condos have roped off areas with palapas and chairs that are only for their guests. We could go out at 10:00am in the morning and still get a chair in the shade. The beach was never crowed and we were even there the week before Easter.
Marina & Restaurants ~ Our daughter loved the dolphins. The thing about the set up, is that you could go to almost any restaurant & watch the dolphins frollick. We ate most of our breakfasts & lunches at the condo and went out for supper. The prices were comparable to going out for supper in Canada (maybe even a little more expensive), but the trade off is having the convenience of walking from your condo. We ate at most of the restaurants and because we had our 3 year old with us, we also visited every bathroom. Here's a rundown:
Cafe Ole - great food, excellent service and the most unbelievable key lime pie I have ever had in my life. She could market the pie and make a killiing. One of our favourites.
Italian Bakery - We ordered pizza out one night & it was very good.
Cafe, Cafe - interenet cafe & used books, unbelievable brownies & milkshakes
The Pub - food was okay, cheapest meals
Tiramisu - Excellent food, excellent service (Abraham remembered our daughter's name everytime we went), we ate there twice for supper and twice for breakfast. One of our favourites.
Dos Chilies - we had the chicken fajitas (we aren't very brave eaters), service was very good
Ricahrd's - The food was really good, but we had heard from one of the ex-pats that live there that he doesn't let his staff keep their tips, so after we heard that we didn't go back.
Gringo Dave's - good food, fire dancers were unbelievable, BUT, after seeing the bathroom, I will never, ever go back. Disgusting!!! I'm a firm believer that a restaurants kitchen is reflective of it's bathroom.
Mediteraneo - quiet, but very good food.
Next time we go, I think we'll take a trip into Playa Del Carmen to buy groceries and try to eat more meals at the condo.
Services - Puerto Aventuras has several pharmacies & I was able to get some Claritan when my allergies flared up. The ATM machine worked everytime we went. There were several money exchanges, shop around because they always had different rates posted.
Sightseeing - I'm actually embarrassed to say that we only did one thing the whole time we were there. We went to Excaret - our 3 year old daughter had a blast, but word of caution...If you are going to rent a stroller, rent it as soon as you get there, then do your sightseeing of the various animals, etc, then do the underground river in the afternoon. We did the underground river in the morning & by that time all the strollers were gone. The night show was the best part of the day.
We had booked a trip to Tulum another day, but we had to cancel as our daughter had gotten an injury and didn't want to put her through that.
Next time we go, we'll go for two weeks minimum again and we will try to do more sightseeing, but I actually don't regret missing out on anything. We spent most of our days on the beach, in the pool or having afternoon naps. It was the most relaxing, non-stressful vacation we have been on in a long time. Even with the lack of sightseeing that we did, we did not feel bored for one minute.
- Also Known As:
- Chac Hal Al Condominiums Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Chac Hal Al Condominiums Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras