We got approached by a person at the shopping village off the pier (not sure which on) trying to sell us an EVERYTHING INCLUDED day pass to El Cid resorts which is right next to the pier. Being the skeptics we are we passed and made out way to Paradise Beach.
Boy were we disappointed. There was nothing really wrong with it but it, we just were not real happy there. After about 30 mins we decided to cut our losses and took a ride back to the pier where we found the woman who approached us.
Apparently they would waive the $35per person (our 6 year old son was free) if we sat thru a timeshare presentation. We declined and paid the$70.
Wow, was it worth it.
The place is literally 1 block from the pier. It has a pool, hottub with swim up bar, a gorgeous open air restaurant with GREAT food. All you can drink is included (and they did not skimp on the booze). They also have this wonderful man made tidal pool (even with fish and starfish) where our Son played for hours. They also have some pretty decent snorkeling off the beach. There is a plane wreck about 150 yards out. LOTS of fish too. Hammocks, umbrellas, towels, snorkel gear etc.. are ALL included. We did tip our bartender and waiter at the restaurant of course.
This place made Paradise Beach look like a hole in the wall. I was worried about the water quality so close to the pier but it was crystal clear. And we could see the ship as we relaxed in the hammocks or while eating lunch.
We LOVED this place. After we got back on the boat everyone we told was jealous. If I was was going back anytime soon I'd keep it a secret, but I figured I'd share the joy.
They WILL try to get you to sit thru the hour presentation (if you want it free go for it I guess) but just stand your ground and say no and for $35 per person you get WAY more than $35 worth of entertainment.