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Beach Club Breakdown - Includes Prices (September 2013)

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On 1/22/2019 at 11:40 PM, LuckyLori said:

I went to Blue Kay’s Facebook page and messaged them.  They told me $35 per person for 3 hour free bar and a couple options for free lunch.  That includes pads for the chairs.  The 3 hours starts when you get there.  They also offer snorkeling from a boat that cost $25 per person and takes about 90 minutes, that is offered every 2 hours starting at 9:00.  But you can snorkel from the beach.  She said a taxi to Blue Kay will cost $10 max and take about 5 minutes.  They don’t have lockers but will hold you stuff at the counter while we snorkel.

 

We are planning on going there.  If we don’t party to late after the Super Bowl our plan is to go snorkeling at 9:00 and staying until 2:30!!

 

There are a few videos on you tube if you want to check them out!!

 

Just so you know, a cab from the port is only $3 there and $2 back.

 

They must have gotten rid of the lockers. They use to have them.

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On 1/24/2019 at 1:48 PM, mitsugirly said:

 

Just so you know, a cab from the port is only $3 there and $2 back.

 

They must have gotten rid of the lockers. They use to have them.

 

Taxis are charging “per taxi” now - $8 for up to 4 people 

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2 hours ago, c-leg5 said:

 

Taxis are charging “per taxi” now - $8 for up to 4 people 

 

Really? When did that change? What about the shuttle? Is it still the same price?

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On 12/12/2013 at 10:03 PM, mitsugirly said:

 

We went to Almaplena, even further down and it was HEAVEN. It's the beautiful water you think about when you are in the Caribbean. Simply perfect.

 

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It is a 20 minute drive one way instead of the 5 minute drive to the Malecon. People who cruise with Carnival usually won't consider this place since they don't have as much time in Costa Maya as others.

What time of the year did you go to the resort?

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On 2/6/2019 at 2:46 PM, iluvtocruise70 said:

What time of the year did you go to the resort?

We were there in December.

 

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I tried email Blue Kay several times at different addresses, information and reservations.  They never replied.  I finally resorted to contacting them through Facebook.  The prices have jumped from January to now, March.  The 3 hour all inclusive is now $45, in January it was $35. The pay as you go entry is $12 a person which pays for 2 drinks.  Looks like this is more inconsistency in their pricing or a serious jump in pricing.  Maybe I just got a hold of someone on a bad day.  Looks like Almaplena will be the better deal, all day for $59, including transportation.

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Hi All,

Discovering this goldmine of info thanks to a fellow Cruise Critic member. However some of this info dates a bit so I'm not sure what's current.

We'll be spending a day in Costa Maya and I'm looking for a nice Beach Club, more on the ideally with a pool (but not a must) and preferably not All Inclusive (but I don't mind if it's a high end one). Thanks for any recommendations!

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I am a get a pina colada and walk into the water neck deep while drinking it kind of person.  When it is gone, walk out and put the glass on a beach chair.  Then walk back out neck deep again.  Just relax and watch people for a while.  Lay back and float while staring at the sky letting the gentle waves move me around.  Head back to shore and get another pina colada.  Get back in the water and drink it.

 

I will do that for hours on end.  My kind of fun.

 

However, if there is something like the grass described in this thread touching my feet, I will freak out!

 

My wife will lay on a beach chair most if the day drinking frozen drinks.

 

Which beach has the least grass? 

 

How deep is the water?

 

Any recommendations for what I would find the most relaxing?

 

Of course a couple shrimp tacos would make it all better!

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On 12/12/2013 at 6:26 PM, mitsugirly said:

 

This is a picture I took from the web that's right in front of Tropicante:

 

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This was a picture from Nohoch right down from it (same beach of course) that I took the day we were there. As you can see, my hubby is WAY out there and it's still not deep and he's standing on the seagrass.

 

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This is what's was under the water:

 

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This is the darker areas:

 

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It kinda went in humps all over. You would be able to stand on those areas and then it would drop off in a little "pool" like area here and there. But you could walk out for quite a distance.

 

Just beware, some of the drops offs have surprises waiting in that area hiding.

 

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I'm not in ANY way trying to tell you not to go here. I just want you to know what's there and what the water is like. If you're expecting crystal blue clear water, like you usually do in the Caribbean, it's just not really the same and there is a lot of seagrass.

Hi! So I have read most of your reviews over the years and I think that you and your family have similar tastes in snorkeling and beach days as we do. In your honest opinion which place in Costa Maya did  you enjoyed the most? Thanks so much! 

P.S my favorite review of yours  was the one where your oldest daughter tried buying a pet monkey! Great reading 😀😀

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On 9/17/2019 at 5:14 PM, Trinam2 said:

Hi! So I have read most of your reviews over the years and I think that you and your family have similar tastes in snorkeling and beach days as we do. In your honest opinion which place in Costa Maya did  you enjoyed the most? Thanks so much! 

P.S my favorite review of yours  was the one where your oldest daughter tried buying a pet monkey! Great reading 😀😀

 

 

Well, we just recently went to CM last month and we ended up going to the waterpark they have there (I know not the true authentic type of thing to do) but it's become a fav of ours. We had so much fun that day.

 

But, as far as beaches go, my favorite has always been Blue Kay. The beach is just beautiful, the water is awesome and I like that it's not deep in the area all the way out to the snorkeling. It's the only place I have found that had ok snorkeling with plenty to explore. Even though it's on the Malecon, it's so different than the other beach club places from the beach itself to the water. Now I will say this...it has been changing since the first time I was there. No one knew about the place and it was so awesome the first time I was there. The second time, it started getting more popular and they started charging a small amount (which included several drinks and rental of the chairs I believe) and they had the first full row in the main area full of chairs that are reserved for (I believe) the beach club next door which has possibly an excursion for cruisers??? that come there. It's still a beautiful place and plenty of space to spread out and the small fee doesn't compare to other places and at least you get something in return.

 

Haha on the favorite review of Kendra trying to buy a monkey. LOL  She did end up buying one a few months later (but drove to Texas to buy it) and "Myla" is now 2 years old. She's so loving and smart too! She's my "grandmonkey" (instead of granddaughter). She goes everywhere with Kendra, including 4 wheeling and camping. :)

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