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Occidental Grand Cozumel

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A July 2003 trip to Cozumel by Cantin2

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Quote: In October 2002 we had an RCI exchange at La Ceiba, which was disappointing. The Occidental Grand Cozumel had just opened and were offering specials, including diving and snorkeling. We took advantage of it for 4 days.

Allegro Cozumel by Occidental All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Occidental Grand Cozumel - 2002"

Allegro Cozumel by Occidental All-Inclusive Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Occidental Grand Cozumel is an all-inclusive resort at the south end of Cozumel on a beautiful beach close to the Palancar Reef. We found this newly opened resort when we were disappointed in an RCI exchange and since this resort were newly opened, they were offering a special with diving and snorkeling included in the price, so we took advantage of it. It was a great experience. Eleven three-story gold-toned concrete villas with 24 beautifully furnished luxury rooms in each. Dark wood, rattan accessories, all with a balcony with 2 chairs and table, marble and stone floors and bathrooms, soaking tub, glassed-in shower, double sinks, stocked mini-fridge, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. A...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2003

Allegro Cozumel by Occidental All-Inclusive
KILOMETRO 16 5
Cozumel, Mexico
52 987 8729770

Occidental Grand Cozumel All-Inclusive

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Hotel | "Occidental Grand Cozumel - summer 2003"

Occidental Grand Cozumel All-Inclusive Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Because last year’s experience was so delightful, we decided to spend two weeks at Occidental Grand Cozumel (read last year’s entry first). As we drove in, we saw that the vegetation had taken hold and was so lush. We were excited. But the greeting when we arrived at the resort desk had changed -- we were not offered champagne and cold washcloths, and the plastic bracelet we must wear has international telephone advertising on it! What happened here?????? My intent is not to discourage you from coming here, but rather to prepare you for small problems that can create stress when arriving after a long trip or with high expectations of a 5-star resort. Making you aware will help yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2003

Occidental Grand Cozumel All-Inclusive
Km 17.5, Carretera Sur
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico 77600
52 987 8729730

Los Olivos

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Restaurant

Los Olivos Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Los Olivos -- this one’s my favorite. It seats 50 people, subtle lighting, A/C, stucco walls with beige and white décor. A Greco-Roman theme with Trojan horses, Grecian urns, and candlelight give the restaurant a very Mediterranean feel. Strolling musicians come in nightly to play for tips. A self-serve salad/antipasto bar is laden with beef carpaccio, prosciutto, melon and shaved Parmegiano Reggiano, artichokes, grilled vegetables, hearts of palm and bread sticks. You are given a choice of three soups and pastas are served in large very delicious portions. My favorite meal is rack of lamb done with herbs and served with a rosemary-wine reduction sauce. Garlic Shrimp (sometimes served as a s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2003

Los Olivos

Cozumel, Mexico

La Posada

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Restaurant

La Posada Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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La Posada is a beautiful, moderate sized, air-conditioned buffet restaurant done in yellow sponge painted walls with touches of stenciling and brick-like arched ceilings. Floors are marble interspaced with stone. It is nicely divided to make it feel less crowded and five separate granite buffet stations helps ease the usual long lines seen at many buffets. Typical American breakfasts of omelets, waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage and fruit and cereals are served along with Mexican specialties of beans, quesadillas, tortillas, sauteed meats, onions, peppers, potatoes and plantains. Europeans will feel at home with a variety of hams, sausages, cheese and freshly baked breads, croissants and sweet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2003

La Posada

Cozumel, Mexico

Dive Palancar

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Attraction

Dive Palancar Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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The crystal clear waters and abundance of reefs and fish of all sizes make Cozumel a diver's paradise. Dive Palancar is situated right on the beach in the south end of the island at Allegro Resort and Grand Cozumel by Occidental. These are sister hotels. This summer, Grand Cozumel was in the process of building a dock -- getting aboard will be much easier than wading in and climbing aboard in hip-deep water. The advantage of this location is that you are no more than 5-10 minutes to any of the reefs. Dozens of dives are scheduled every day from 9am-7pm. Dive masters are geared to service the recreational diver. No more that 6-8 divers per guide. They encourage you to set up your ow...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2003

Dive Palancar
Allegro or Grand Occidental resorts
Cozumel, Mexico 77600

Dive Palancar

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Attraction | "Snorkeling"

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Snorkeling off the beach at Occidental Grand is only fair. There are a few starfish and a couple of schools of fish who make their home there; the turtle and rays were elusive during our few snorkeling periods, so we opted to pay for a four-hour snorkeling cruise with two other couples. At Dive Palancar, we "negotiated" a private glass bottom boat for our trip at $45 per person. We went from 9am to 1pm with our guide Alfredo, nicknamed Parito (or Pirate!). He's been a dive master for 40 years and really knows the reefs. He brought along a cooler of soda, water, and beer for the trip, and a snack of chips. The great advantage of having your own group is that you can decide how long to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2004

Dive Palancar
Allegro or Grand Occidental resorts
Cozumel, Mexico 77600

Shopping With A Non-Shopper

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Attraction

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Since the cruise ships started docking in Cozumel, the shopping has become limited to Mexican crafts, T-shirts, and jewelry. Shops line the avenue along the waterfront, having taken over space five-star restaurants used to occupy. Workers try to lure you in with a gracious welcome or an incentive bargain if you're a cruise ship passenger. Fortunately, on this visit there was no evidence at the main dock downtown of any timeshare salesmen. There is, however, major construction work changing the area along the water into a pedestrian mall. Back to shopping - the shops that appeal to Americans are all along the waterfront, BUT before you start, walk all the way north about 5 blocks. There yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2005

Shopping With A Non-Shopper
Downtown Cozumel
Cozumel, Mexico