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  1. While recently traveling met a lovely gentleman whose wife is from Jamaica. We are doing a land trip and wanted to go to the Blue Hole. His advice was to go to the cruise port and hire a driver and agree in advance on a price of $100 for the day and driver will stay with you for the day. We are going in November so will let you know how that goes.
  2. Hi Canada - our friends had called a few days ahead to confirm if they had availability. With any of these day pass resorts, just depends on their occupancy rate. Most won't offer them if they are at 80% or higher. Some resorts will only confirm that day. So was nice to be able to confirm ahead of time. We were there in mid March, so I was concerned we would run into spring break but wasn't an issue. Maybe if your traveling during a holiday week... Easter, Christmas, New Years, or if spring break gets really busy. But this resort is a bit higher budget than spring breakers would normally choose, and not a big spring break destination (like Cancun is). Highly recommend, I did a LOT of research.. mostly checking out pools. This one has everything from a beach, to one of the best pools, and a swim up bar! Only advice is to go as early as you can get off the ship and snag one of the lounge chairs overlooking the ocean.. just up from the beach so the vendors can't approach unless you wish to shop. These chairs were snagged early.. .tons of chairs around the pool. Beware the sun is fierce in Mx and you can burn REALLY quickly even when it doesn't feel that hot. Sunscreen and some shade is your friend. Your pool waiter will position additional lounge chairs all you have to do is ask. Also I recommend tipping a bit up front, always helps service if the pool is busy. So first time I get a drink, or an umbrella, I slip a $5 (also my approach at all inclusives that tips are normally included).... ENJOY!
  3. We wound up going to the Marriott, what an incredible value. Paid 680 pesos (about $35 depending on exchange rate) for a day pass and received a 580 peso (about $30) credit towards food/drinks at the pool. We went early and got lounge chairs on the front row facing the beach, with the pool to our right, and bar/restaurant and bathrooms behind us. We ordered two drinks (STRONG did not need more LOL) each and we both ordered lunch, and a couple of cokes, and came out to about the 580 peso credit. So basically we paid $5 each for the day pass, and spent about $60 for two. Great value, we spent about $70 for two people. Beautiful resort, great pool, great service. Highly recommend! So glad we didn't spend the $118 for two at the Hilton, nor $150 for two at Secrets.
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