We just returned from a short 5 days at Barcelo. We were supposed to stay at the caribe, but were upgraded to Tropical. We actually would have preferred to have stayed at the Caribe. We spent most of our time in that area. Caribe's pools was uncrowded, Capt. Morgans was a fun spot for snacks and lunch, the beach was better and the tennis courts were close by. As far as I can tell the only plus to the Tropical was more choices for a la carte restaurants and being close to the activity/ water park pools.
The resort is HUGE and beautifully landscaped. They sprayed every day for mosquitos and we never saw one bug. The tennis courts were well kept and well organized; water, equipment, towels, etc. The beaches and pools were well kept and beautiful. The buffets were well done with something for every taste. We went to two restaurants, the seafood one was delicious, the Santa Fe steak house was a bit hokey (cowboy theme) and the steaks pretty much inedible. (my only complaint of the whole trip) The staff was AWESOME! There was a lot of interaction with them. We left small gifts daily for the maid. (One entry level employee told us that she works 6 days a week, 8 hours a day for $55 a week.)
We took a trip to the Mayan ruins of Coba. We picked up the local bus outside of the
resort. at Coba we hired a guide for the 4 of us. ($25 for 1 hour) We climbed up the largest temple which proved to be quite easy. Luckily the day was cloudy so the heat wasn't bad.
We didn't rent bicycles, but would highly recommend that option to anyone who goes.
We decided to take a taxi back to Tulum which cost $30 and then picked up the collectivo to the hotel.
Another little trip was to the El Eden cenote ($6) which is across the street from the resort. It was a short walk. You can swim/ snorkel in the cenote. The water wasn't a cold as I expected. Not many fish to see, but an interesting environment.
All in all we loved the resort and would recommend it to others. We went in mid Jan. so didn't have any problems standing in lines for anything or fighting for pool chairs. We easily booked any sitting at any restaurant. Good value for the money!
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