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Rey del Caribe. A beautiful eco hotel, with great staff, great prices, and beautiful garden pool, walking distance to the main drag of the city of Cancun. Rey del Caribe also has a beach club if you want to beach it, but Cancun’s beaches are not for getting in the water–they always have a ‘danger’ sign out there….  I stay here when arriving late or flying out early.

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I’m reluctant to publicize this wonder place because I don’t want it to get more trammelled than it already is. But, ok, here goes.

Akumal is a beach community that has escaped the disney-fication of other, formerly beautiful places like Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Recycling water and trash, reducing energy use, and, most of all, protecting the endangered species (including turtles) and going after the invaders (e.g., lionfish), Akumal and Half Moon bay have no buildings over 3 floors, only 1 or 2 night clubs, a few restaurants. It’s so safe you don’t have to lock your doors–everyone coming into the area comes through one main gate and everyone knows everyone.

Hotels:

Vista del Mar

My favorite for price, beach front rooms and condos, service (including internet) and accessibility to restaurants and the dive shop. Prices are negotiable. Many are right on the beach. The main drawback is that the ocean right in front of the most of the rooms isn’t the best snorkeling area–better to walk up the beach a bit. The pool is a ways down the beach, between the dive shop and the restaurant, “La Buena Vida.” But who wants a pool?

Hotel Hacienda la Tortuga/La Mirage. These are very nice digs, still genteelly declining (like Vista del Mar, one of the first on Half Moon Bay). They are right in front of the best snorkeling beach, the fanciest and very good restaurant (La Lunita) is on site. There’s a nice pool right there, too. Drawbacks: price, not negotiable, no 3 bedrooms, and internet is often sketchy.

La Sirena. These units are at the far n. end of Half Moon Bay. It’s a rocky entrance to the snorkeling area, but you can get right in. The unit I stayed in didn’t have an open balcony, and the people next door had a puppy that barked all day! The pool and gardens are beautiful.

Many other places are similar, including houses for rent through various web sites (vrbo.com).

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