Quintana Roo Journals

A Bit of the Yucatan Peninsula

A January 2003 trip to Quintana Roo by _charlotte_

Hotel Roca Mar Photo, Quintana Roo, Mexico More Photos
Quote: In January 2003 we took a quick and economical trek from the Cancun airport to Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Valladolid, Coba, Paamul, Cozumel, and Puerto Morales.

A Bit of the Yucatan Peninsula

Overview

Isla Contoy Photo, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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For the adventurous and frugal may we suggest a small circle route...spend the evening and a day or two on Isla Mujeres. If money is not too tight take an excursion to Isla Contoy for snorkelling, hiking, and a great beach lunch. Once you adjust to the sounds and smells and general ways of Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula, get yourself back to the Cancun bus depot to find your way to Chiquila so you can ferry (not really an island, but you need a boat to get there) over to Isla Holbox. On Isla Holbox you can enjoy nearly unspoiled beauty, and when you've had enough, ferry back to Chiquila to make your way on to Valadolid. While in Valladolid, soak up the colonial architecture, the...Read More

Hotel Roca Mar

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Hotel Roca Mar Photo, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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The Roca Mar has a beautiful and modest Mexican decor. The floor is ceramic tiled, some with wave and some with fish patterns. The east rooms have a delightfully private balcony overlooking the wild east side of Isla Mujeres. The ocean below roars you to sleep-talk about white sound. Ceiling fans and the ocean breeze keep you comfortable without even a thought of air conditioning. The beds are not uncomfortably hard, and there are hammock hooks in the rooms and on the balcony. You can purchase a hammock on the main street two blocks northwest on the cobblestone road.The hotel has warm water, but sometimes it takes a little while to reach the upper rooms and the pressure is low. It onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Hotel Roca Mar
Calle Nicolas Bravo y Zona Maritima
Quintana Roo, Mexico
(998) 877-0101

Coba Club Med

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Hotel | "Coba Club Med, Villa Arqueologica"

Coba Club Med Photo, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Coba Club Med's Villa Arqueologica is beautiful, very tidy, and the ambience is wonderful. The friendly staff welcomes you with a refreshing glass of fruit juice. The air-conditioned rooms are cozy and tastefully decorated. The beds are special and almost enclosed in a compartment off the small main room. The lovely little room feels good and comfortable.There is a very clean, cold, and refreshing pool in the courtyard. It is surrounded by plush vegetation. The restaurant is very pleasant. It is poolside and the meals are great, but they are way too expensive for me. For the cost of 650 pesos in March 2003, there was not a finer place to stay in Coba.A large crocodile hangs around the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Coba Club Med
One block right at the lagoon on the main road
Quintana Roo, Mexico
9-874-2087

Paamul

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Paamul Photo, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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These are beautiful, beach-front cabanas that rented for 600 pesos a night in March 2003. They are more like quartos, though, as they are concrete, not wood. There are more rustic looking cabanas elevated on stilts a row behind the beach front cabanas also. The beachfront rooms are large and have two queen-size beds and a bathroom with hot and cold running water. The rooms would be better with cooking facilities, but I would still stay there again in a minute. A large marble porch with hammock hooks allows you to enjoy the ocean outside your front door. Dining is limited to a good, but not budget, beachfront restaurant. A short walk to the highway is better. From there you can ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Paamul
Km 85 Carretera Cancún-Tulum
Quintana Roo, Mexico 77710
(011 52) 984-8751051