This is what you should know:
Before you go:
Bring some 2 dollar bills. They love them and believe they are good luck. Book ONLY your ONE way transportation to hotel.
(Airport to Hotel Transfer)
Don't book "shared" transfers from airport to the hotel through your travel agency. There are much less expensive and very efficient options available on the web. Try USA Transfers to the hotel but do not book a round trip. Simply get a cab for the return trip 20-25 usd. Collectively we (2pp) paid 40 usd and saved so much time and money. So many persons stated they opted with the agency transfer package deal (50-100 usd pp) and it took them forever to get to the hotel due to the multiple stops at other hotels. Our driver stopped by our request at a gas station to pick up a 6 pack and was at the hotel in 20-25 minutes. The return trip is cheaper due to the airport restriction on who can do business from the airport.
(Renting a Car/Jeep using Taxi)
Safe, good roads and reputable national chains at your disposal. Parking is free at the EDR. We elected not to rent the jeep we had intended to use throughout our stay when we realized they offer free shuttle transportaion to PDC. If ya just want to get lost in Mexico, rent a jeep but there really is no need unless you go to Cozumel to explore the island... or Isla Mujeres (golf cart rental) of which I strongly reccomend!!!!
1) Check in on a Mon-Thur. Room options are much better.
2) Ask for an upgrade on-premise versus doing it on-line... cheaper!
3) If you stay in the non-casita section, the beds are good but could be a slight better.
4) Reservations at the many restaurants are meaningless. Just show up. They won't refuse you. :)
Where to go:
(Playa Del Carmen)
Definately have to go dowtown and do some shopping. SHOP AROUND! Please don't see an item for the first time and think that due to your excellent negaotiations skill you got them down by 40%. Walk around the corner and the price you just paid will be the starting price elsewhere. Trust me I know! :)
At the far north end of 5th Avenue it becomes a bit more sparse. That's actually good for prices. There is a hotel/restaruant named "Los Tulipos". They have a Cenote' in the restaurant/bar area. Have a seat next to the cenote and have a great strawberry marg.
Great day trip! Take the ferry RT for 24 usd pp. Don't get trapped in the towns center. Rent a jeep for 50-65 usd and travel around the island. You won't regret it! The absolute best part of our trip! There is only one road that will take you around the island. It is absolutely amazing. Waves crashing against the coral/limestone cliffs. Breathing hole where the water explodes up and out. the water is beautiful. There is little to no development on the south/eastern coast of Cozumel. What is ther is a guy selling cold coconuts that he chops with a machete and hands to you. When you are done he extracts the coconut and give you a lime and chili powder... amazing. There is a restaraunt called Senor Iguanas. One of only a few but certainly worth the wait! they have a seafood platter that will feed a family of 10 for 18 usd. Looked amazing!
Back to the hotel: The hotel was booked to capacity but you couldn't tell by the looks of it! All of the food varieties were great. Beach was beautiful and plentiful seating. The pools were great. It was nice to see normal people. It was no hardbody show... there were a few but mostly normal folks who go to work everyday. Made us feel comfortable not being 21 anymore! :)
I have so little to be negative about. I been to many 5 star resorts and this one measures up. The non-casita rooms are more than what anyone needs in a Riviera Maya. Not the Ritz Carlton/Four Seasons Honeymoon room but more than adequate for anyone... anyone! The only improvement I would reccommend would be to either have more wait staff around the pool bar or hand out larger drinks! :) This is a great place. Have a wondeful time!
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- El dorado casitas royale, one of conde nast traveler readers’ top 100 hotels in the world and a AAA four diamond resort, is the pinnacle of romantic seaside luxury.Nestled along the beach in a separate, secluded area within El Dorado Royale on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is an adults only resort designed for romance. A superb array of amenities and services makes this an unrivaled destination for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries. ... more less
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