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Resort Highlights

  • Located in the heart of the Mexican Riviera
  • Turtles, nurse sharks, endemic toadfish, star fish and reef fish
  • All-inclusive 5-star beach front resort 
  • One of the largest pools in the area (3,280ft)
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi with waterfall
  • 8 restaurants and 6 bars
  • Palm-thatched gazebos and Balinese daybeds
  • Golf course, spa, nightclub and casino

Resort Description

Iberostar Paraíso Beach is a 5* all-inclusive family resort on Yucatan Peninsula’s coastline.

The world’s second largest barrier reef is accessible from the resort’s white sand beach. The reefs offer the chance to spot turtles, star fish, dolphins, nurse sharks, endemic toadfish and hundreds of fish and coral species. Look out for whale sharks between May and September.

The resort is positioned on Playa Paraiso between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. The grounds are comprised of tropical flora and palm trees, with traditional wooden carvings and local artwork decorating the hotel interior. The hotel is set on the beachfront overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Feast on international and local delicacies in open air or climate controlled environments. Choose from 6 speciality restaurants, 2 buffet restaurants and 6 beach front and pool side bars.

Enjoy one of the largest pools in the area - 3,280 feet in length! Palm-thatched gazebos and Balinese style day beds are dotted around the pool. Don’t miss the outside Jacuzzi with waterfall. A complimentary shuttle is available to escort you around the property’s facilities which include an on-site golf course, spa, nightclub and casino.

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Explore diving around the Iberostar Paraíso Beach

Best dive sites in Yucatán Peninsula

Punta Cancun – This is a popular spot with divers and provides access to several dive sites and some healthy coral reefs. Located at the eastern end of Cancun's hotel zone, the reefs contain colorful coral formations and you can hang out with a diverse array of marine life, including barracuda, rays and sharks. Punta Nizuc – This site is famous for its snorkeling and diving thanks to an offshore reef rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 metres/30 feet and great visibility make this a spectacular spot where divers meet lobster, groupers, rays, sergeant majors and a host of other marine life. At Punta Nizuc art meets coral reef conservation and divers can visit a statue of a young girl lying in a coral garden. She’s part of an underwater museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, that’s well worth exploring. Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum – South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a bustling town with a European vibe. Akumal and Tulum, both south of Playa, are seaside villages that offer a glimpse into the Yucatan of yesterday. Generally, the dive sites here are shallow with excellent visibility and boat rides are as short as five minutes. You’re likely to see turtles, barracuda, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Pared Verde – Sloping rivers of sand divide sections of the wall which is well populated with coral, sponges and myriad macro invertebrates. Depths to 40 metres/130 feet are possible and the current can be a consideration. Larger pelagic species are frequently seen here, given the reef’s location in the middle of a sandy plain. Cenotes – If you want to try something truly special, dive a cenote. These deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapsed and filled with water. The Yucatan’s elaborate cenotes have intricate cave systems and underground tunnels that draw divers from around the globe. Many cenotes boast pristine turquoise waters and a beautiful array of stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years.

Snorkeling in Yucatán Peninsula

Non-divers will find plenty of reasons to enter the water in the Yucatan Peninsula. From shore, you’ll be able to access the region’s best reefs and even dip your head in a cenote. If you happen to be in the area from June to September, make sure to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres in order to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest some.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!

One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the Bull Sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Easy access to 20+ open water dive sites
  • Cenote diving without special qualifications
  • Whale Shark and Bull Shark excursions
  • Great visibility and year-round warm waters
  • Spacious facilities, training pool, shop, filling station
  • Trips to neighbouring island of Cozumel
  • Dive team with decades of local experience
  • Free Nitrox

Description

Dressel Divers Paraiso offers diverse diving activities around the Yucatan Peninsula. 

The dive center is set on the beach front, a short distance from 20+ open water dive sites and jungle cenotes. The local marine environment is home to hundreds of coral and fish species, plus starfish, dolphins, turtles and endemic toadfish. Whale shark excursions run between May and September and bull sharks are sighted during the winter months. 

Facilities include spacious classrooms, rental gear, storage facilities, an accessory store, filling station, training pool and selection of fish ID books. The shaded dive boats come with full safety equipment and are moored on the beach outside the dive center.

Dressel Divers Paraiso has been in operation for decades and boasts a wealth of local knowledge. Instructors provide PADI training from beginner to pro-level, including specialties such as cavern, drift, deep and underwater photographer. 

Nitrox is offered at no additional cost. Dive trips to Cozumel run regularly based on demand. 
 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties
  • Technical Diving Courses

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox (Free)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool / Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • Having landed in Cancun International Airport, you will be met by a member of staff who will welcome you to the region.
  • You will be assted with your bags and shown to your chauffeur driven, air conditioned transportation.
  • From the airport, its a 30 minute drive along the coastline to the resort.

Departure

  • Once you have checked out at reception, a staff member will be available to help you with your bags and escort you to your transfer.
  • The journey back to the airport will take around 30 minutes.

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