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Finding a hotel that is both family and pet-friendly is no easy task!  But we stumbled upon the perfect hotel on our recent trip to Salt Lake City, Utah – The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.  Located in downtown Salt Lake, the Monaco is walking distance from many of the top tourist sites.  It was love at first sight.  

The hotel not only allows dogs, it welcomes them!  The first thing that you find in the entry is a water bowl and this sign.  Our golden retriever, Oso was delighted by the dog-loving valet and the bowl of fresh water.  We’d just driven from Moab, and he was dog tired!

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Our teen was drawn to the bright lobby full of comfy sofas and board games.  They even have bikes you can borrow to explore the town.  

The Kimpton offers coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the morning and a hosted wine reception from 5 to 6 pm.  

The rooms are spacious with fun decor!   We stayed in a Deluxe Guestroom with Two Doubles.  We were just traveling with our teen so the room fit the 3 of us perfectly and Oso had plenty of room to stretch out.  We even had a great view of the city!  

The room included all the small touches that make a hotel stand out: large flat screen TV, bath amenities by Atelier Bloem, complimentary overnight shoe shine, and soft robes.  They even include a yoga mat in each room.  

The Monaco made sure to take care of our dog.  The room included bowls for water and food, a door hanger to remind housekeeping that a pet was in the room and no pet fees!  They even have a Director of Pet Relations, who can help with recommendations of pet-friendly restaurants and parks.  

The food at the Kimpton was excellent.  The hotel is home to a New American bistro called Bambara.  It is in a beautiful room with arched windows and a contemporary design.  The space was once a bank and the bank’s vault is now an intimate bar.   We loved the food!  It was so good that we ended eating dinner at the restaurant both nights that we were in Salt Lake.  

We loved our time at the Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City.  It was a fun place to stay and the staff was so friendly and helpful.  We can’t wait to return!

Looking for something fun to do with your dog on your visit to Salt Lake City?  Be sure to check out Antelope Island State Park on the scenic Great Salt Lake.  It’s an amazing place to spend the day!  

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Looking for a fantastic resort in Taos, New Mexico?  El Monte Sagrado is the perfect place!  The resort is only 3 blocks from Taos Plaza, but feels so private and peaceful.  From the moment we arrived, we felt relaxed and everything was taken care of.

El Monte Sagrado in Taos New Mexico

The staff at El Monte Sagrado welcomed us and invited us to sit down in the reception area while they checked us into our room.  We were offered a drink and they answered any questions we had about the property.  They were ready to help with any activity or plan we wanted to make.

El Monte Sagrado in Taos New Mexico

Our suite was perfect and spacious: a quiet 2 bedroom suite with a large living room/dining room area and a private back patio.  We were there in between the winter and summer seasons, so it was rather quiet.  It was one of their international suites, designed in a Japanese style.  El Monte Sagrado is dog friendly, and our golden retriever Oso was very welcome there.

The indoor pool was fantastic, one of our family’s favorites on our travels.  There were two connected pools, salt water warmed to a comfortable 80 degrees F or so, with a hot tub (at about 104 F) next to them.  Inside the same terrarium, there is a virtual rain forest of tropical plants and a koi pond, which was fun to walk through, especially when it’s freezing outside!

El Monte Sagrado in Taos New Mexico

The on-site restaurant is fantastic and easily the best meal we had in Taos, and maybe the best in New Mexico!  Absolutely delicious food, modern with a Southwestern twist, served impeccably and quickly.  Dinner was great, and breakfast was also top notch.  We loved their Benedicts: both the Salmon Benedict and the regular Eggs Benedict were phenomenal.

The hotel concierge was fantastic.  She was very knowledgeable about Taos and helped us plan a day trip up to Red River Ski Area. We enjoyed some inner tubing down the hill there, which they run from 4:30-6pm every day during ski season.  There are 2 major ski areas with an hour drive of El Monte Sagrado.  Taos of course also has many art galleries, restaurants and music venues to enjoy.

El Monte Sagrado in Taos New Mexico

It was hard to leave El Monte Sagrado, and we just wanted to stay a little longer and absorb the peace and serenity of the place.  Every detail was looked after and it was such a quiet time of year that it felt very private.  It’s perfect for a family but also for a romantic getaway or a ski vacation.  But we had to get along to Cortez, Colorado and see Mesa Verde National Park, which we’ll be covering in an upcoming post, so stay tuned…

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Santa Barbara must be one of the most beautiful cities in the United States.  We love the Spanish revival architecture, beaches lined with palm trees, amazing cuisine, and of course the laid-back California vibe.  We lived in Santa Barbara in the 1990s and we still have family there, so we get to return regularly.  It’s always exciting to visit and so very hard to leave.

We spent a week there this winter, which is out of the peak tourist season in summer, but the weather was very moderate.  There were no crowds and getting into restaurants was easy.

We stayed at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, which is a wonderful family (and pet) friendly hotel.  Located across the street from the beach and within walking distance from the pier, it’s in a perfect spot.  The resort has some great restaurants and relaxing pools!

Running through the middle of Santa Barbara, State Street is the ‘main drag’ of Santa Barbara and is lined with shops, restaurants, night clubs and movie theaters.  We spent a good part of our trip there, and it’s fun to wander around on State with the crowds.

Sterns Wharf lies at the end of State Street.  It is one of the only wharves on the entire West Coast of the US that you can drive on and park your car.  The boys loved it!

View of #santabarbara from Sterns Wharf. The sky was so beautiful that day! #sternswharfsantabarbara #flashbackfriday

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It has a great aquarium (see our post on Sea Center Fun in Santa Barbara for more info), restaurants, gift shops, ice cream counters, and an adorable candy store.  You can even book a sunset cruise! We took a ride on the “Lil’ Toot”, which is a narrated boat ride around the harbor.  The boys loved the ride and we saw several adorable harbor seals.  One way tickets are $5 per adult and $1 per child.  

 My favorite thing about the wharf is the amazing view of Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Another of our favorite things to do in Santa Barbara is to stroll along the beach on Sundays between 10 and sunset to see the wonderful creations at the weekly Art and Crafts show.  

Established in 1965, the show features original works of art made by local artists.  You can find the show on E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara in front of Skater’s Point.  

Ideas for Kids and Teens 

  • Grab your skateboard and have some fun at Skater’s Point.   Helmets are required.  
  • Leadbetter Beach is the perfect place to learn to surf or paddle board.  They also have volleyball nets, and surfboard rentals are available.
  • Bike along Santa Barbara’s beautiful waterfront.  You can rent bikes at Wheel Fun Bike Rentals at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort.  

For the younger ones

Chase Palm Park is a great place to play out some energy.  It’s located across E. Cabrillo Blvd from the beach and art show.   This park features a shipwreck playground and a beautiful antique carousel.  A ride on the carousel costs $2.50.

The Sea Center is great for kids of all ages.  Learn more in our recent post: Sea Center Fun in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara has something for everyone.  If we missed one of your favorite spots, share it with us in the comments!

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Nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is a gem of a hotel.  Built in 1865, the Grand Resort operated as a hotel for 122 years, but had fallen into disrepair in the 1980s.  In 1998 it was purchased out of bankruptcy and completely remodeled by 2002 as a 4 star destination hotel and spa.  We spent 4 glorious days at the Mountain View Grand Resort and our only disappointment was that we were unable to stay longer.  It’s a very special place.  

 

 The Resort is situated on a rise in the middle of a valley near the town of Whitefield, NH, with unobstructed views of the White Mountains, including Mt. Washington.  The grounds are gorgeous!

 The resort offers plush, spacious rooms, with modern appointments and excellent room service.  Our family of 5 comfortably fit in the Vista Studio Two-Queen Room and we had a beautiful view of the resort.

Mountain View Grand Resort

 

The Spa is a top-tier spa offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hydrotherapy and makeup services.  Rich and I indulged in massages and pedicures while the boys were watching a movie in the resort’s theater.  The theater was our boys’ favorite thing about the resort.   You can pick out a movie from their extensive library, and they will play it for you at a time of your choosing.  They’ll also deliver popcorn for you and your guests, which was also popular with our group.  The staff was amazing with our boys and had them feeling very pampered.  

 Dining options are excellent, including a casual farm-to-table restaurant, an elegant wine cellar restaurant, drinks and snacks on the veranda or classic summer favorites at the poolside Club House.  You can also order food for in-room dining.  We loved the food and the service was amazing.  It’s the kind of place where the staff remembers your name and your favorite drink.  

 In the afternoon, the resort offers refreshments and wine tastings.  They also have an impressive wine cellar that you can tour.  On one night our stay they offered a local beer tasting in the Harvest Tavern.  Our oldest enjoyed a locally made soda while Rich and I enjoyed the beer.

 The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has a working farm that you can take tours of every morning, as well as a children’s program and a plethora of outdoor activities to sign up for, including hiking, biking, tennis, golf, swimming and more.  They also offer Axe Throwing daily, where you get to hurl large heavy axes at blocks of wood, and compete against your fellow hotel guests.  (Rich lost, but he got a couple solid hits!) The boys loved the giant chess board, the pool and fire pit with nightly s’mores.  The hotel also features a game room with games like ping pong and foosball, a gym and a business center.

 During the winter, they offer dogsledding, rig rides, snowmobiling, snowshoes, snow tubes and cross country skies.  They are close to Cannon Mountain for downhill skiing, Santa’s Village for holiday fun and several quaint New Hampshire towns for dining and shopping.  Our boys our begging to return in the winter to experience the cold weather fun!  

We had a great time at Grand Mountain during our summer road trip.  The people were warm and friendly, the food was delicious, and it was a peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting.  We definitely hope to return sometime soon.

Mountain View Grand Resort

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Sometimes you find a really special resort.  One that exceeds your expectations and makes you wish you didn’t have to go home.  We found that at the Peace Lodge, just north of San José, Costa Rica.

The Peace Lodge is about a 90 minute drive north of San José, which makes it a great place to begin or end your tour of Costa Rica.  Located in the mountains between two national parks: the Poás Volcano National Park and the Braulio Carillo National Park, the Peace Lodge has both cloud forest and rain forest vegetation, due to its elevation at 5000 feet.  The site is simply stunning.   All access to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens was included in our stay.

The resort

The resort is part of the overall area of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park (click to read our separate post on the park).  La Paz is a place of intense natural beauty, with 5 waterfalls connected by pleasant walking trails.

The resort features 2 pools: the outdoor pool is scenic with a waterfall and a jacuzzi.  There is also a warm indoor pool, which our boys loved of course.  Above the waterfall pool there is a fishing pool called Trout Lake.  It’s a spring fed lake filled with rainbow trout.   Fly fishing rods are available, as well as spin cast rods.  If you can catch a fish, then the chef at the Big Trout Bar will prepare it for you.

Our room

Our room was amazing!   We were in an 800 square foot Deluxe Guest Room with Two Full Size Beds.  The beds were luxurious with quality mattresses and soft sheets.  Our room featured a large stone fireplace and a seating area with a sofa.  Everything you could think of was included in the room, including a refrigerator, Surround Sound Home Theater System with CD/DVD Player and a TV with some English channels.

The bathroom was spectacular!  It was a huge indoor garden with a skylight filled with tropical plants.  It featured a jaw-droppingly deep soaking tub in front of a 7 foot high waterfall.

The bathroom also included a traditional shower and an open garden shower near the waterfall.

The Peace Lodge stocked the bathroom with cozy robes and plenty of soft towels.  The toilet and bidet were in a separate room.

The balcony was equally amazing!  The view was beautiful.  There was a Jacuzzi tub for long soaks under the stars, a hammock with a hummingbird feeder nearby that drew in the wide variety of beautiful birds.  The patio table was the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful room service.

 

The food

There are four restaurants on the property: 2 bars and a café with coffee and pastries.  Our boys loved eating at the Big Trout Bar which serves salads, sandwiches, and wraps.  This restaurant and bar are located next to the Trout Lake and waterfall pool.  The boys loved swimming while waiting for their food.  We also really enjoyed eating dinner at Vista Poás Restaurant.  The food was delicious with attentive service and a lovely atmosphere.

But our favorite place to eat was right on our beautiful balcony!  We loved the room service!

The Peace Lodge has a sister property in Costa Rica called The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal.  It’s at the top of our resort bucket list!  Have you been?

For more information on the Nature Park, read our post about La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park.

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Our boys have stayed in a lot of hotels, but their favorite is Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort.  We spent a fantastic week there that left our boys dying to return.   The resort sits on a beautiful stretch of coast between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.  The sand is white and the water is warm and clear.   DREPA_PANORAMIC-VIEW_1_3_SM (1) This was our first all-inclusive hotel experience and we really enjoyed it. Included in the price:

  • Limitless à-la-carte dining, including 24 hour room service
  • All drinks, including alcoholic beverages
  • Mini bar in room
  • Many activities at the pool and beach, including snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and introductory scuba-diving lessons in the pool
  • Shows and parties
  • Kids club
  • Kids activities, including climbing wall, water trampoline, and mini golf
  • Wi-fi all over the resort

The hotel is really beautiful and leaves a wonderful first impression.  The staff was warm and welcoming.  The check in process was easy.  There are no wristbands at this property and everything is done by name and room number.

Tip: Many resorts in Mexico hope to sell you a timeshare or membership in their VIP program and Dreams is no exception.  After check in they will pass you to an employee who will give you a quick tour of the property.  This is a sales pitch and you are welcome to decline the tour.  Just make sure they give you a map so you know where to go.  I forgot to ask, so I returned to the front desk to get one and was subjected to a second sales pitch.

We arrived at the resort early, so our room wasn’t ready, but we were able to enjoy the resort immediately. Naturally, we made our way to the family pool.  It’s a nice pool with an in-pool bar and a large hot tub.  There are plenty of chairs and a no saving rule so it is easy to find a spot.  Large baskets around the pool contain beach towels, so you can grab a few without waiting in a towel line.  There is a lovely adults-only pool that we didn’t spend time at.  We did see a fun concert over this pool one night with some wonderful acrobats.  But in the daytime, I was told that it is a tropical oasis away from the sounds of laughing children and the occasional dance contest.

Tip: using the resort while waiting for a room.  There is no armband at Dreams, so when you go to a restaurant you just give them your room number.  If you don’t have a room yet just show them your receipt from check in.  You will only need to do this at the restaurant.  You can enjoy all the resort has to offer until your room is ready.

The beach is beautiful with a large cove that’s perfect for swimming and snorkeling (included in your stay).  Tons of beach chairs and palapas are available and it was easy to find a quiet spot.  The resort has a water climbing wall and water trampoline in the cove for kids only.  Our boys spent hours climbing and jumping.  Our only misgiving about the resort is the lifeguards.  They have lifeguards that whistle when too many kids are on the water features or when adults try to climb on.  But they don’t police rough play.  I noticed older kids playing king of the hill and throwing other people’s kids over the edge.  Takes away some of the relaxation when you are constantly worried about other people’s kids.

The food at Dreams was very good.  I loved that you can eat anywhere and that reservations were not necessary, with the exception of Portofino,  the fine dining Italian restaurant.

Restaurants

El Patio Mexican Cuisine – This was my favorite restaurant.  The Chile Relleno was fantastic and so was the service. Oceana Seafood Grill – Adults only.  They do have one family night per week. Portofino Italian Cuisine – This is the most upscale restaurant at the resort and has a dress code. Seaside Grill – My oldest loved this restaurant.  It’s by the pool and ping-pong table so the kids could play until lunch or dinner were served. World Cafe International Buffet – Breakfast is served here daily and they are open for lunch and dinner.  The breakfast was really good but I found the dinner to be disappointing.  To be fair, I am not a buffet person. Barefoot Grill – A child’s dream!  Pizza, burgers, and hot dogs served by the pool all day long.  They have some picnic tables but you can grab whatever you like and take it to the beach or pool. Coco Cafe Coffee and Deli snacks – sometimes you just need a coffee Gohan Sushi Lounge – pretty place to relax and have a light meal

Tip:  All the restaurants will serve the kids something from the kids menu at the Grill if you ask them.  One of my sons was in a chicken nugget phase so this was very helpful!

The Bars

The resort has 5 bars serving beer, wine, and spirits.  Kids are welcome at the pool bar and beach bar.  The bartenders make amazing non-alcoholic drinks for kids.  My boys recommend the Pink Panther or the Superman.  We started to worry when one of our youngest spent an entire day sitting at the pool bar at a water stool ordering Pink Panthers.  

Dress code

When we went to Dreams we were traveling around Central America for 9 months and had very few bags.  Our wardrobe consisted mostly of shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and flip-flops.  It never occurred to us that there would be a dress code!  Most of the resort restaurants require shoes, shorts and shirts with a sleeve for men and a cover up for women.  Portofino Italian Cuisine has a dress code which  is strictly enforced, including the kids. For men: long pants, collared shirts and dress shoes. For women: blouses, skirts, slacks or dresses, with dress shoes.

Kids

The Explorer’s kids club is found behind the family pool to the left of the Ocean Grill.  It’s open from 9am until 10pm for ages 3 to 12. The staff is American Red Cross Certified and supervise all activities including cooking classes, beach movies, arts and crafts and fun contests.  They have nighttime activities so you can enjoy an adult dinner and show too.

Tip: The kids club fills up really fast, so sign up as soon as you arrive at the kids club.  The climbing wall, beach soccer and bungee jump are technically part of the kids club so fill out a form for your older kids even if they are not attending the club.  My boys missed the bungee because it filled up before I could sign the waiver.

The Rooms

We stayed in a Deluxe Dolphin View room with 2 double beds.  The beds were very comfortable and the view of the lagoon was nice.  The room had a nice furnished balcony, flat screen TV, robes, a safe and stocked mini bar.  The bathroom was roomy and very clean.  The staff kept the rooms in great condition and were there if we ever needed a thing.  The resort also offers family rooms that sleep, 2 adults, and 4 children.  Cribs and roll away beds are available. So why did our boys love Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa so much? First and foremost, they loved the food and drinks.  It’s not often that a kid can order a fun drink or grab a pizza without parental involvement or money.  They also loved that there was always so much to do and that the staff was so warm and friendly.  Our boys’ new goal in life is now to try every Dreams property!

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We tend to stay in vacation rentals on our travels.  Hotels are expensive and many hotels will not allow a family of 5 to share one room.  Vacation rentals through VRBO or HomeAway are a great alternative.  They fit our family and our budget.  The only thing they don’t have is that relaxing resort feeling.  Sometimes, I just want to lay in a hammock on a white sand beach and sip Piña Coladas, while my kids zip down water slides.  So I was overjoyed when I discovered the secret of The Resort Day Pass.

Many resorts, especially in the Mexican Riviera, sell a pass to use the resort for the day, just like a nightly guest.  The passes aren’t cheap, but they include so many amenities that we have never regretted paying for one.

These all-inclusive hotels allow use of the entire property for the day including pools, beach chairs, snorkel equipment, kayaks, kids’ clubs and shows.  They also include all food and drinks that are part of their all-inclusive plans.  If you arrive early, you can have breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner.  For adults, day passes at all-inclusive hotels range from $50 to $100 USD per person, and from $15 to 30 USD per child. When you add up everything that you ate, drank and experienced, it is a fair price.

Tips on Day Passes:

  • Day pass prices and availability are always changing so try to call the resort first.  You typically buy the pass at the front desk after you arrive.
  • Remember to ask for the child rate if you have children (usually 12 and under, but sometimes under 18) and ask how to check your child into the kids’ club.  Some kids’ clubs require morning sign ups.
  • Ask if you need dinner reservations as soon as you check in.  Many restaurants get booked up early.  
  • Before you go check out the resort website for dress codes.  Some resorts require collared shirts and long pants in their better dining rooms.
  • Ask about changing rooms.  Some resorts will have a room for you to shower and change before dinner.
  • At many resorts, the official beginning and ending times are not set in stone.  We have found that they would let us stay longer than the stated hours. Or get in before stated hours to eat breakfast.
  • Ask how to identify yourself in restaurants or when checking out equipment,  Some resorts will give you wristbands but others require you to carry a paper.

Our favorite day passes in the Mexican Riviera:

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is a beautiful resort.  The grounds are amazing with multiple pools and a large white sand beach.  Our boys loved the giant chess board, the beach bars with swings for bar stools and Euro-bungee on the beach.  The adults were able to relax by the pool while the wonderful staff entertained our boys.  The food was excellent, as was the service.  Before dinner, the resort staff allowed us to use a room to shower and change.

Km. 236.7, No. 1, 77761 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico +52 984 871 3333

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Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa All Inclusive is our boys favorite resort for day passes. The resort offers tons of activities for the kids including water trampolines, amazing pools, ping-pong, giant chess boards, mini golf, kayaks and snorkeling.  The food is good and the beaches are beautiful.

The bartenders have a list of fun drinks for kids like Superman, Ironman and the Pink Panther,  Our boys loved the stand that serves up hot dogs, pizza and ice cream all afternoon.  They never wanted to leave!
Km 269.5 Mz 18 Lote 05, Solidaridad, 77750 Puerto Aventuras, Q.R., Mexico +52 984 875 3000

Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort

We really liked the Day Passes at Omni Puerto Aventuras Beach Resort.  They are not an all-inclusive.  We paid $20 per person, which gave us a $15 food credit that you could use at the restaurants or beach bar.  We were able to use the pool chairs, beach palapas and towels.

Omni is a quiet resort with little sand but fantastic calm water for the little ones.  The food was not cheap but was delicious.  This is a great choice if you are looking for somewhere quiet and don’t want to stay all day.

Km. 269.5, Puntacelus y Marina, Puerto Aventuras, Solidaridad, 77733 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico +52 984 875 1950

Allegro Cozumel

Allegro Cozumel is a great all-inclusive property on Cozumel.  The beach is fantastic with clear calm water.  They have a few nice pools and a great water park with slides and soakers for younger kids.  They offer a breakfast and lunch buffet and good drinks.

Km 16.5 Carretera Sur San Francisco Palancar, Cozumel 77600, Mexico

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

The Hard Rock brand has two amazing all-inclusive resorts to choose from: Cancun, on the beach in the hotel zone, and Riviera Maya, just south of Playa del Carmen.  Both offer excellent à-la-carte dining and unlimited beverages, fantastic pools and beautiful beaches.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya has tennis courts, a Yoga Temple and Body Rock Fitness center. You can rent a bicycle, and they also have a diving school. Right off the beach, you can snorkel or kayak, and there is the Little Big Club kid’s club.

Day Passes are $91 U.S. for Adults and $44 U.S. for children (ages 4 to 17)

Bacalar Lagoon is a long turquoise lake about 15 miles from the state capital of Chetumal.  The lake is fed by freshwater underground rivers and is known for its beautiful clear water.  The Maya referred to Bacalar Lagoon as The Lake of Seven Colors, and it is still called that by the locals. The town of Bacalar is quiet and less touristy than its counterparts on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s about 3 hours from Playa del Carmen and is easily accessible by taking an ADO bus.

We decided to visit Bacalar on our journey from Belize to Playa del Carmen.  We chose to stay at an adorable secluded resort just outside of town: Bacalar Lagoon Resort.

This remote resort is a hidden gem. So peaceful and relaxing! The resort is made up of 7 cute casitas facing the lagoon separated by lush lawns and bougainvillea-lined pathways.

Our casita had 2 bedrooms and slept 5. Our room was cute and clean with comfortable beds and a large modern bathroom.  Not all the casitas have air conditioning, so I highly recommend asking for one when you make your reservation. Also, the WiFi is a little spotty, so I would not count on it working all the time.

The hotel has lined the lagoon shore with sun chairs and palapas with hammocks. There are a bunch of kayaks that you can help yourself to and or you can swim in the warm and clear water. For kids, the resort has a slide and a platform in the lagoon they can play on. There is a game room with ping-pong, Volleyball, badminton and kites. My boys didn’t want to leave.

The resort is very casual and relaxed. The food in the restaurant is delicious and well priced. There was no menu but we enjoyed what they served and they were willing to make something special for the kids to eat.

But the thing that really makes this place special is the owner: Roberto, a kind and interesting man. He built the resort on his own, just because he loved the area.  He is always there for anything you need, and is great to have a drink with at the end of the day. This is a truly special place and we can’t wait to return.

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Bacalar Lagoon Resort
Camino Costero Lote 21, Pedro A. Santos
Bacalar, Q. Roo, México
Tel. (52) 1983 1322 896
Int. 045 983 1322 896
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