Cayo (Island) Santa Maria is an excellent location probably one of the best beach I have been to. The north side of the island is all beach it's about 10km long. The hotel Playa is almost new and in mint shape. There must be 1000 happy workers at the hotel from the gardeners to the cooks they all have big smiles. One minor problem we had was our room faced the snack bar and was noisy at night we ask if they could move us and it was no problem they moved us that day across the hall. We went on lots of trips from the hotel. They are not cheap $70 per person for a 8 hr bus trip. It was best to rent a brand new car and free roam around. Took my tablet with off line GPS and had no problem driving the island. The do not rent cars often probably because you only get 200k and it's 50k to get off island. It was only $80 per day extra mileage was low cost. Everywhere we stopped we had no problems people were nice and there was no crime. Food at the hotel was fantastic. The only ugly part was seeing so many out of shape Canadians gorging I think they were the same ones who drank all night at the snack bar. Best tour was the catamaran tour. Dolphin tank was something I would rather never see again it was very strange. All in for what you get at the price it's a deal considering it's flight, food and hotel. Don't be a lazy head and sleep at the pool all day get out and see the country side.
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