Club Cantamar is diver's dream, inexpensive all-inclusive diving packages with simple, clean accommodations, good food, including made-to-order breakfasts on those mornings when I couldn't quite get out of bed early enough to partake of the buffet, and excellent diving! This is my second visit to Cantomar for diving, the first being in the 'off season' of May when the water is colder. It is very important that divers research their destination and plan accordingly. I was thankful for my 5/7mm wetsuit on the May trip, but perfectly comfortable in November in my microprene wetsuit - given the much warmer water this time of year.
My group of friends and I really appreciated the diving, it was beautiful: Whale sharks, hammerheads, sea turtles, sea lions and more kinds of fish than I can list here. Even on the windy days that I missed when I wasn’t feeling well, I saw the pictures of the dolphins and seahorses my friends were thrilled to see. Antonio, our divemaster, was the star of our week there. My group thought he was an excellent dive master, ran the boat very well, and from my opinion as a Dive Master, even though we all loved him and tried to monopolize his time, he did an outstanding job of attending to all of the divers on the boat, not just our group.
In the restaurant, Juanita, America and Lucas were excellent – just like on my first visit. The food was hearty, fresh and good. Exactly what we needed to keep us fueled for diving.
Luis took great care of us at the bar, although I missed the wider selection of good sipping tequilas that I remember from the first time.
Pedro Aguillar and his family do a good job of listening to their customers and incorporating their feedback. We had some rough spots around communication at the front desk, but we always got what we requested, generally in a timely manner.
I have given my feedback to Pedro on a couple of minor items, hard beds that I didn't notice by the third night, and consistent towel service. Hopefully next time I stay with Cantomar (and there will be a next time for this price and the quality of the diving) those items will be addressed and I can change my rating from Above Average to Excellent!
Another note, the transportation situation is very manageable. We were able to rent a car for a day, which was brought to us, and while we were at the beautiful (all the guidebooks gush about them) beaches a few miles past Cantomar (further from La Paz) we saw public buses making the routes to the beaches. The ride into town is a quick ten or fifteen minutes, and well worth it. I love La Perla, and have sat there with Pacificos and guacamole enjoying the marina view each time I have visited La Paz.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Pichilingue bay, in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Cantamar Hotel provides a nice, quiet stay in a great family atmosphere, with full restaurant service at our VistaChula Café, a freshwater pool and a beautiful sunset beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cantamar Hotel La Paz
- Cantamar Resort La Paz