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Old 03-04-2021, 03:48 PM   #1
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We're headed down to a swim up room at El Dorado Royale in April based on the recommendations from many of you on here. I've read multiple threads on here but the things to do seem a little overwhelming for a first time resort goer like myself. Are there any must do's, must brings, or tour recommendations? We're having a hard time deciding between a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres, Xel-Ha or similar, spending time in Playa, or just staying put at the resort. Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2021, 03:55 PM   #2
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Absolutely must go to the pyramids.....not sure it matters which one.
We went to Chichén Itzá and it was well worth the trip
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Old 03-04-2021, 03:58 PM   #3
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Whenever e went, I was tired and want to relax. We would find a good spot on the beach, under a nice umbrella/shade. Tip The waiter real good up front and then he will make sure you never go without anything you need. We usually stayed 3-4 days. left the beach for dinner and sometimes lunch. Sometimes he would get lunch for us. We got to the beach while they were still working to put out chairs in the am.

I am not much of a go and do traveler. When I need to relax, I relax.

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Old 03-04-2021, 04:02 PM   #4
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Don't you have to have a negative covid test to come back? Thought that went into place in January.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:06 PM   #5
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Charter a fishing boat out of Akumal.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:10 PM   #6
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Whenever e went, I was tired and want to relax. We would find a good spot on the beach, under a nice umbrella/shade. Tip The waiter real good up front and then he will make sure you never go without anything you need. We usually stayed 3-4 days. left the beach for dinner and sometimes lunch. Sometimes he would get lunch for us. We got to the beach while they were still working to put out chairs in the am.

I am not much of a go and do traveler. When I need to relax, I relax.

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You and I sir are on the same page!!! Love going to all inclusive in Mexico and doing nothing.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:18 PM   #7
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Don't you have to have a negative covid test to come back? Thought that went into place in January.

Yes. A negative test is required to re-enter the U.S. I believe the resort will cover your stay if you are positive until you test negative.


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Old 03-04-2021, 04:36 PM   #8
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I'm new around here, but figured I would jump in as I just got back from Cancun last thursday. Yes, you do need a negative test to re-enter the US (or a doctors note saying it isn't needed if you've already tested positive and recovered within the past 90 days).

But, word on the street is no one is testing positive. If they did it would put that resort in a bad spot and their guests might either cancel or cut their trip short.

If you have any other questions let me know. But it's definitely not something to deter you from taking the trip.
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:41 PM   #9
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We are staying 4 nights and are definitely not ones to shy away from a few drinks. Any ideas on how much cash to bring for tips?
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Old 03-04-2021, 04:42 PM   #10
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Don Chingon charters he can set up inshore or offshore fishing. He also does other excursions like the ruins trips to isla and more.
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:17 PM   #11
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Do the cooking show dinner thing there, order the wine pairing Fuentes culinary theatre

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Go to the circ show (it’s right down the road) Get there early and have drinks at the bar.

Don’t do the timeshare presentation (not worth your time)

Spend time in the pool and relax. Don’t over book Yourself then it won’t be a vacation
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:19 PM   #12
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I tip pretty heavy anyway but for 4 nights I’d probably bring 200 for tips.
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:28 PM   #13
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I tip pretty heavy anyway but for 4 nights I’d probably bring 200 for tips.

Is that $200 per person or for us as a couple?


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Old 03-04-2021, 05:44 PM   #14
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Is that $200 per person or for us as a couple?


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For the both of you
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:51 PM   #15
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Do the Xel ha or whatever it is called. Do the night time one.

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Old 03-05-2021, 03:07 PM   #16
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Eat, drink, relax. For future reference Playa is much better than Cancun.

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Old 03-05-2021, 03:28 PM   #17
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Eat, drink, relax. For future reference Playa is much better than Cancun.

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Old 03-05-2021, 03:41 PM   #18
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I'd just hang out with Ted Cruz down there, he'll make sure somebody brings the drinks!
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Old 03-05-2021, 05:35 PM   #19
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Coco bongo if it’s open is always a good time, xel-ha and xcaret a both fun and offer different things to do, Tulum is another place to go worth the trip, Mercado 28 is a neat little adventure food and drinks and shopping, isla mujeres is fun just make sure to get a golf cart and last but not least stay a full day in the resort and enjoy your stay beach, pool and drinks
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Old 03-05-2021, 05:48 PM   #20
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I hear you can find a hole in the border fence and come in without a COVID test. PM if you are looking to go diving. I have a buddy with a nice DIVE operation out of Cancun.
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:15 PM   #21
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Thanks for the responses. Leaning towards either going to isla for the day for xel-ha. From what little I’ve seen the mint beer shots are a must


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Old 03-05-2021, 07:20 PM   #22
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Absolutely must go to the pyramids.....not sure it matters which one.
We went to Chichén Itzá and it was well worth the trip

Agreed....Chichen Itza was a great trip for us....We spent a lot of time on the beach and the pool otherwise...
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:29 PM   #23
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Bring your own cup, most places only serve you in 8oz cups. 30oz tumblers are a must

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