The water entrance is rocky, and the wooden beach loungers desperately need cushions. Now that I have the minuses out of the way, let me tell you why I keep going back to Playa Palancar. On a day with 7 or more cruise ships in port, Palancar wasn't crowded. By the middle of the day many of the chairs were taken, but there were still 10 or more available. It didn't "feel" crowded at all.
The food was great, try the Mayan fish platter. They had gringo food on the menu if any of your party need burger and fries to survive.
Dalila Divers is onsite offering snorkel and/or dive trips every 60 yo 90 minutes. We dove on the Palancar reef after a 5 minute boat ride. There were a lot of other boats out there that needed a 20 to 40 minute ride just to get to the spot right off the beach here. Our dive master did a great job of helping my inexperienced diving daughter navigate her first ocean dive. The reef is incredible, in 20 to 35 feet of water we saw turtles, giant grouper, lobsters, eagle rays, tons of colorful fish and coral.
Don't let the low-tech website fool you, this is a great spot.
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