Public Beaches North Side Of Island
Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:27 PM
Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:47 AM
Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:11 PM
The shore line is very rocky and nearly impossible to enter the ocean.
Playa Azul lost most of its sand from hurricane Wilma.
There is area of public access near the road on the way to Azul and I see people enjoying it.
However I am on vacation for a couple of week and enjoy the good food and cold drinks at beach clubs Azul and buccaneers. There's shade friendly waiters that I can practice speaking Spanish too.
Enjoy your three months.
Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:09 PM
PA is my go-to beach. Always a little sad though, as it is next to the ruins of Sol Cabanas, a hotel I was very fond of in years past.
Steve has shown in his summer trip reports that if you buy refreshments at the next door Playa Azul Hotel beach bar you can use their facilities as well... they have a pool.
The beach going toward CC Estates is a big hang out for the kite boarders - breathtaking to watch them. Not sure if there are any facilities for the public there, i.e. loungers and umbrellas. But it is a "free" beach. Anywhere you use the facilities will require at least a purchase of food and/or drink.
I drink to forget, but I eat to remember.... so it all balances out
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:47 PM
Bucannos just south of Playa Azul have insisted on charging you at the gate $100 pesos per person to use the facilities...You get a slip to present for a credit at the restaurant or bar. I hope they have posted this so clients are not confused? Nice bathrooms and food is pretty good. They have a nice pool and the beach is great for snorkeling...Watch the currents at both spots!!
Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:30 PM
Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:35 AM
Azul is charging the $50 peso fee on Sunday's during the salsa band (lots of fun).
Buccanos is nice and also charges $100 pesos.
All charges are credited to your tab.
Click on this link for a pdf copy of our beach bar reviews.
If you are there for three months, you might find the fees will get waived if you ask nicely.
Nah Ha 602
Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:45 PM
Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:48 PM
We live up in the North and yes, you can get onto the beach through the Country Club Estates and it is a "free" beach, although you have to bring your own gear - no sun loungers or shades. The beach is beautiful soft white sand but since we have been here (3 months now) the sea has always been murky. It is caused by the mangroves and the concrete pier at El Cozumeleno that blocks the natural current. Since we have been here Mike's Beach Club has NOT been open. And as mentioned watching the kite boarders is awesome, especially when the wind really picks up!
We often just walk down to El Coz to hang out on their beach and snorkel. We have our own Tommy Bahama beach chairs & shade and we take these and camp out on El Coz's beach and the staff have never said anything to us yet. We are aware, of course, that all beach in Mexico is "Federal" for a distance of 20 metres which means that the hotels do NOT own the beach, only the beach chairs, so technically they cannot prevent you from accessing the beach. Now obviously as El Coz is All-Inclusive it means we cannot just purchase drinks & snacks there, so more often now we go as far down as Hotel B or Coral Princess - both of which welcome you (with no cover charge) to use their facilities. Coral Princess has a super Happy Hour 5-6, and the newly refurbished Hotel B is a very tranquil and contemporary place to chill in the sun - lovely double bed loungers, a jacuzzi right out on the rocks, nice little bistro bar. Both Coral Princess & Hotel B have no sandy beach but a sandy lounging area, and provide access into the sea for excellent snorkeling.
We have tried Playa Azul but IMO it is not the best beach spot in the North - often very crowded, beach chairs packed together in military lines, expensive beer ($48 pesos!!!) Just slightly further north of Playa Azul (past the derelict palapa you can see) is a quaint little sandy bay which is great for getting in and out of the sea - it is a fav spot for locals at the weekends. We love it though as we like kicking back our heels and soaking up the Mexican vibe surrounded by local families enjoying themselves.
Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:13 AM
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