My review on our very recent trip to the Mayan Riviera, The Catalonia Yucatan and the area of Puerto Aventuras…
We stayed at the Catalonia Yucatan, and the resort is FABULOUS! The people, staff, ambiance and atmosphere are excellent! Regardless if you tipped or not, you were greeted with a smile and courteous service. The booze is high quality brand names and the drinks keep coming!! They even made me a Cesar to which I enjoyed. The beach is very clean. There is a wonderful lagoon, where you can do tons of snorkeling daily, we went 3x a day and saw sting rays, squid, plenty of colorful fish and a BIG barracuda (maybe 3 feet long?) but it was just hanging out and didn't bother us.. So many underground coral reefs and drop offs leading to a beautiful world underneath.. it is quite shallow and you can walk out or wade out for a long ways.
They have FREE catamaran trips that take you out into the water for 30 mins.. FREE use of snorkel equipment and life jackets.. and FREE kayaks for an hour at a time.. which was nice, as we have never kayaked on the ocean before.. The food was plentiful, fresh and tasty daily at the buffets and the all day grill, plus we had a reservation at the Japanese restaurant (MIKADO) which was tasty!! The Italian restaurant had terrific Italian courses with a very romantic atmosphere and the steak house had a great selection of steaks that were YUMMY!! and they even play country music for you to boogie to!! Nightly we went to La Creperie and have the best crepes and milkshakes I have ever tasted with fresh whipped cream on top!! Nice view of the ocean while you eat between 5-11pm.
Tons of entertainment, from daily aerobics, dancing, nightly shows, in house movie theatre, live bands, 5 bars to chose from.. internet ($5 for 30 mins) shops on site..
We also went to the local marina for some tasty food and 'HAPPY HOUR' time.. Massimo's was fantastic!! He and Carlos are wonderful hosts! We had lobster tails.. YUMM!! With a great view of the dolphins interacting with people. The locals in this area of Puerto Aventuras are very warm and friendly. You can hang out here and enjoy their BIG beach or have a drink, dance sing.. whatever you chose! They also have dolphin excursions where you can swim and play with some dolphins for an hour. I found this to be so much fun and learning all about them in this manner and having some personal time with 3 of them was exhilarating. Great for the young and old! http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/mayan_riviera/riviera-maya-location-overview.asp
We met a nice American - Dietmar who owns the Grande fishing boat 'Poverty Sucks'.. who is a treat to talk to, as he knows so much about the islands, people, fishing, etc. If you want to go out fishing in style, take him up on his offer, his boat is magnificent and does stand out in the marina. http://www.povertysucksfishing.com/about.html
We also went on a tour to a cenote (underwater freshwater cave) which was great!! Jo and Laura were fantastic guides and informative.. they also took us to snorkeling to see some turtles where we swam with them, but did not touch them and observed them in their natural environment in the ocean. Great Gals! they took great pics for us and gave us a cd at the end for $30 (which was worth it)
We took a catamaran trip to Tulum - which although the trip itself was a neat concept, as we sailed for 2.5 hours to our destination, the group was too large 60 people.. and most of them started drinking on board at 9am (with encouragement from the crew) to which we then ended up with ill people who wanted to throw up by noon.. and on our snorkel trip in the ocean, which was not fun, as the waves were too rough, too big and you could barely see anything, we almost lost two people who swam towards the nearest beach. We all had life jackets on - which is a great idea, but booze and snorkeling in a rough tide, do not mix.. so that wasn't impressive.. The trip was $107pp and basically was a booze cruise - to which we didn't expect.. The ONLY good thing that happened was that we actually saw the ruins if Tulum, which are beautiful, but we could have taken a cab there and saved the money and the hassle of the morning involved. All in the entire catamaran trip to Tulum is over priced, under value, a little unsafe and very disorganized. Spend your money elsewhere.
Also, I liked our rep from Nollitours, but do not like Nollitours as a company as we had nothing but issues with them, as did others. They used Can Jet which was a terrible sky service. They were delayed twice for our departure to Mexico.. they had no coffee or tea service working there or back.. they talk too much on the speakers which disrupts your sleep, movies, etc.. The plane is outdated and the seats are uncomfortable and crammed with little leg room. We were suppose to leave at 10pm the night of our departure back to Toronto, and instead they bumped everyone up to 10am in the morning, to which we lost a whole day of Mexico. We ended up at the airport and guess what - the plane was delayed again! Having to wake up at 4am only to be delayed another 30 mins was getting on everyone's nerves. The attendants were nice and did try their best.. and to be honest, it was just a small hump, considering the fact that the rest of trip was glorious. Cool at night, so bring some sweaters and jeans.. and lots of sunscreen as the sun is strong and a bit deceiving, as it doesn't feel as hot as it is..
The hotel and area of Puerto Aventuras was safe and a great experience for us.. the airline, due to delays and the loss of a day was disappointing.. but a small glitch in the grand scheme of things.
GO THERE AND ENJOY!! You will love it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, on the private estate of Puerto Aventuras. Located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast, this resort is directly on the beach and offers a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing break. This mystical area boasts many Mayan archaeological ruins that include Chichen Itza, Tulum and Tikal as well as the natural attractions of Xel-Ha, Cozumel and Xcaret. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras