Posted January 21st, 2008, 11:49 AM
Thanks for sharing the pictures. The pool looks nice and kid friendly!
What time is this excursion? Could you leave when ready or did you have to wait until a certain time? Did you feel that you got your money's worth?? This will be about $200 for my family of 4! Lunch was included, what about drinks?
I think that's all the questions I have. THANKS in advance!
We were on the first boat from the dock out to the resort. I think it left at 10:00 AM or so. There was at least on more boat after that. I think the first return boat was about 1:00 PM with hourly boats up until 3:00 or 4:00 PM or so.
Is it worth it? Tough question. That's really subjective. At other ports I'd say probably not, but in Guatemala, there's not much you can just walk or easily cab to. I'm sure you know all that from reading this board. We thought it was worth it for the 2 of us. There MIGHT be a version of this tour without the lunch, so read the documentation carefully or you will be charged for the lunch at the resort. I'm not sure about this, but do check carefully.
I can't really answer the "worth it" question for you, so here are my list of facts:
Drinks are not included. They seemed cheaper than ship drinks, but tips are not included in the price.
The pool is huge. There are deeper areas where the adults tended to hang out. There is also a swim-up bar.
There is a huge shallow area with the shipwreck and a big wading pool. All of the pools are connected, except the area where the water slides end. They have big two-storey water slides. We didn't do them, but even some adults we talked to said they were fun.
The lunch had a salad, corn on the cob, and some other veggies. The meats were sausage in onions and peppers, chicken, and steak. We didn't get seconds, but I think it was all you can eat.
The think most people who don't like this tour were upset that the beach is not clear blue water and white sugar sand. It is much more like the water I was used to on the East Coast beaches of the US. It is not "filthy" like some people said. It's just the way the bay is, and the staff were constantly grooming the beach and cleaning up.
It might vary from week to week, but it was not at all crowded when we were there.
It was breezy and cool at the beach bot hot around the pool. There are covered areas around the pool to get out of the sun.
There are two outdoor pens, one with turtles and one with two iguanas.
The kayaking and other amenities did not seem to be available... just the beach and pool.
There were some vendors outside the pool area. They were really trying to sell, but were not intimidating or rude. It was mostly similar to the items at the warehouse.
I hope this helps.