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on April 7, 2009
Hotel had all the amenities of a good subdued, friendly, quiter, airy hotel: good rooms, good restaurant with adequate but limited menu, adequate pool with pool side bar, good staff, small sandy beach with small swimming area across from hotel accessed by an overpass across the street. Hotel has onsite dive shop,Del Mar, on own pier across street accessed by the overpass from the restaurant directly to the pier/beach area. Dive shop had superior boats with lots of room. Hotel is located 60 pesos trip South from downtown but nearer dive sites making for shorter boat trip to dive sites rated as some of best in world with excellent drift, current, dives. Hotel did not provide shuttle service to thier full beach area located short trip further South near full resort hotels. We met people, both divers and non-divers, who make this hotel their yearly get away location and found it easy to strike up conversation with divers and non-divers at the large grass hut restaurant/bar. One of trip highlights was half day trip around the island in hotel provided rental car,full insurance cost about $US 30 per day. Caution. Be very careful of swiming, not recommend except in one or two very protect small coves, on other side of island. Currents are very strong on this side. On the hotel side, West, currents are less but care must be taken and protective sites are only ones that are safe. Car is delivered/collected directly to the hotel from downtown office. Dive shop arranged for day trip, with lunch, to mainland via foot ferry to explore several cenotes, cavern dives, in absolutely crystal clear water- an adventure for any open water diver. Dive master had extensived experience over 20 years of exploring the cenotes and cave system.
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