Puerto Aventuras Travel Guide

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Puerto Aventuras Things to Do

  • Coba & Tulum

    You can do either place as a half day excursion or both in one day. We did Coba first in the morning. Coba is only suitable for those with reasonable mobility as a long walk through the Forrest and around the ancient Mayan ruins takes it out of you. It's also very humid and hot despite for the best part being in the shade from the trees. You get a...

  • Trip to Maya site, Chichen Itza 26 Dec...

    We rented a Jeep for the day which we negotiated with the Avis agent at Sunscape hotel for a price of $77 for the day, so with gas at around $50.00 for the tank, the total cost for the four of us came to around $200 including $30 tolls each way and $4.50 per person entry fee to the site, which is a lot less than the tours, which not only start at...


    Bike hire at the Catalonia hotel was free. It was years since I had been on a bike. However, it was as they say, “Like riding a bike” and it did not take me long to get back into the saddle. We rode down to Puerto Aventuras where there was a bike park. Had a look at the dolphins then rode back.


    We swam with dolphins at Puerto Aventuras. This was a fantastic experience. The dolphins are quite fragile and have to be touched gently. They feel so soft. It lasted about an hour and a half with a video being shown before we went into the water.


    I spent a couple of lazy afternoons at my hotel sitting by the pool painting pots. The pots, in the shape of animals and plates were about £10 each unpainted. Little pots of paint were provided and the person that run the stall was very good at painting. After I had painted my parrot, I left it overnight. The next day it had been touched up by the...

  • Quiet beach away from the tourists!

    So its called Xpu-Ha (pronounced Ishpu-Ha) you will find it 5 mins South of Puerto Aventuras and 15 minutes North of Xel-Ha snorkel park on the costal side of the road.You'll find a turning just after Akumal beach resort (if your heading heading South) its signposted with a small wooden sign which reads Xpu-Ha then camp site etc. At the end of the...

  • Gardens

    The gardens of the hotel complex are beautiful and well kept......always clean and tidy.They were fantastic for some shade and walking when you tired of the pool or beach or bar!!!

  • Lagoons

    The Aventura Spa Palace isnt exactly set on a beach, instead they have lagoon areas, which are brilliant for snorkelling, swimming and generally chilling out.Yes, they are man made, but the sand is white and the waters are clear and fairly shallow.People would snorkel, swim and kayak.

  • Pool Areas

    The hotel is kind of split into two, the north lobby and the south lobby areas. Both have restaurants, bars and pool areas.The pool areas are clean, with plenty of sunbeds, swim up bars and snack areas.

  • Swimming with Dolphins

    This truly was one of the most memorable experiences of my whole life.You can partake in this any many places in Mexico - including Xel Ha the eco - logical park.We decided that we would prefer in a more natural environment, and so swam in the harbour at Puerto AventurasThere are a variety of different options that you can do, from just stroking...

  • Snorkelling

    We enjoyed this within the grounds of our hotel, The Aventura Spa Palace has lagoons with man made beaches - which is far better than it actually sounds!After initially nearly choking ourselves with the snorkelling equipment, we enjoyed snorkelling in the lagoons - we saw loads of amazing fish - some big, some small, in a variety of bright...

  • Spa Treatments

    Well staying in a "Spa" Resort, you just had to take advantage of some of the treatments on offer! They had a huge long list of all the different treatments that they did, this was not included in the all inclusive cost, so you did have to pay extra for it - but how relaxing!They ranged from Marine Scrubs, Back Massage, Manicure etc etc....If you...


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Puerto Aventuras Restaurants


    The main restaurant at the Hotel Catalonia had a theme every evening. One night it was International night and there was food from many countries including Britain, France, Canada and America. On international night, they had flags from around the world hanging from the ceiling. Another theme was Halloween. The restaurant was totally decked out...


    In the evening between 7.30 - 11.00, the Bamboleo became a grill. We had dinner here one night. It was delicious. I had T-bone steak with jacket potato and vegetables. The steak was cooked perfect and the vegetables came on a little pot pig keeping them warm.The service was quick and efficient whilst in the background you could see the chefs...


    The snack bar at the hotel Catalonia was very good. It opened throughout the day then from 11pm - 2am. They served burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken and a range of Mexican food The cauliflower cheese was delicious


    La Creperie in the hotel Catalonia was fantastic. It had crepes with many fillings, ice cream, soda’s, latte’s and other hot drinks. The service was exceptional and the staff friendly My favourite was crepes with chocolate, banana and nuts, with lots of cream.

  • Swim Up Bars

    The Swim up bars in the pool areas were excellent! Roll off of the sunbed and swim up for a couple of coctails!Yes, I was a lazy cow.....I was on honeymoon !! LolThere were also snack areas outside where you could grab a sandwich or a burger during the day if you didd'nt want to go inside to the more formal restaurants.

  • Outside Area

    The outside area of the "El Greco" restaurant was my favourite, you could sit in the cool air, and listen to the sea..........Bliss!


Puerto Aventuras Nightlife

  • Best night out ever

    Coco Bongos is the most amazing night out ever. I stayed at the catalonia Riviera Maya resort and it cost about £90-100 for 2 of us to get VIP tickets to go to Coco Bongos and we recommend the VIP as the non VIP tickets save you about £15 each but you'll be crambed in the downstairs and be paying for drinks and queing etc. With VIP you get picked...


    The entertainment team at the Hotel Catalonia were very talented. They entertained us everyday, in the morning was water aerobics, which was, keep fit with a bit of comedy, throughout the afternoon there were beach sports and in the evening was a stage production in the theatre. The theatre productions included an international show, comedy show...

  • Mariachi Band

    The resident Mexican Mariachi Band would be in the restaurants, bars and hotel grounds almost every night!At first it was quite embarassing, but you got used to them, they were enjoying theirselves and so you had to !


Puerto Aventuras Local Customs


    Mariachis are traditional musicians. Mariachi music originated in the state of Jalisco during the 19th century, when the Mariachis played music at weddings. the word Mariachi originated from the French word marriage. Mariachis are still engaged for Mexican weddings.

  • Language

    Ok, so the principal language in Mexico is Spanish, however it is called Mexican Spanish as some of the words and the dialect is slightly different than Spanish.Dont fret if you dont speak the language, their English is very good, but they do appreciate it if you try a little.I bought this Rough Guide to Mexican Spanish, it came in really useful.

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Puerto Aventuras Warnings and Dangers

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    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    Whilst we were here during the month of September, the weather could change at any second! To be honest, the conditions didd'nt bother me, because the rain and coolness that it bought with it just helped clear the air.

    You can see the black clouds working their way across to you! When it rained it was'nt cold either so after a couple of days we were sick of running in! And so just stayed in the pool!

    Those rain clouds coming along again!
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Puerto Aventuras What to Pack

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    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring swimwear, a huge beach towel and some t-shirts or something to cover up when it gets too warm

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy almost anything here at the resort

    Miscellaneous: I bought this Top Ten guidebook to Cancun and surrounding areas, it was quite a good guidebook.

    Top 10 Guide to Cancun and the Yucatan

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    We saw lots of Lizards whilst we were in Mexico. Some of them were quite large. The large ones would sun themselves on the grass as you walked past. There were also lots of tiny ones but they would dart away when you got near them. We also saw a Coati, which is a raccoon like animal, but it ran away before I could take a photo, and an agouti, a...

  • Local Wildlife!

    Ok so there are a lot of sweet cats here, but no they are not the local wildlife!In the rocky areas along the beach and in the gardens you will see loads of Iguanas, Lizards, gecko looking things! So cool!

  • If its your honeymoon.......

    Make sure that when you book you let them know, they make a huge effort which usually I would be embarrassed by! But as it was my honeymoon I wanted to feel special!You will wear a bracelet as its an all inclusive resort, but they are different colours...1 colour for North Americans, another for Europeans, another for everyone else, and another for...


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