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Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Hotel category

4 Star

Rooms

819

Wellness/Spa

YES

Internet

FREE

5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

NO

Resort Highlights

  • Cool off in one of 9 pools, including one right next to the beach
  • Unlock exclusive adult-only areas with Select Club membership
  • Make use of the poolside waiter service and all-inclusive snacks and drinks
  • Indulge in a massage or a hot Temazcal steam
  • Dive with bull sharks and have your photo taken underwater

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 25% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 75% (balance) is due 44 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 21 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is an all-inclusive hotel in Mexico’s stunning Mayan Riviera, for snorkelers and divers of all ages.

Whether you’re traveling as a family, with friends or as a couple, this incredible all-inclusive complex has something for everyone. Junior PADI travellers will have hours of fun on the waterslides and sleeping in treehouse-like bunk beds, while those seeking a more tranquil break can unlock exclusive adults-only areas for Select Club members.

A steady stream of golf buggies ferry you around the private, master-planned community. which includes an 18-hole golf course, a bird sanctuary, pristine cycling paths, and ancient Mayan ruins. The on site 5* PADI dive center specialises in cenote diving and offers the rare chance to see manatees. For post-dive aches, try a hot Temazcal Ceremony – an ancient ritual to heal mind and body.

Explore diving around the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

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

  • Specialists in underwater photography courses
  • 3 locations on the beach, 4 boats, a team of 30+ people with over 18 years' experience
  • Mystic cenote dives offered
  • Professional and multilingual guides
  • Rare chance to see manatees
  • Free log book and t-shirt with OWD course

Description

Scuba Libre started its adventure in 1998 by opening its first dive shop in Playa del Carmen. Thanks to the success of the first dive center, in 2000 they opened a second location within the premises of Sandos Caracol Eco Resort enabling them to expand their offerings to include fishing trips and water sports. Most recently in 2012, they expanded to a third base at the Sandos Playacar Resort. All located on the beach in the 3 dive shops they offer diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking and much more.

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver

Diving gear

  • Din/Int Adapters

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Book Swap/Library
  • Cooking Classes
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Jet Skiing

Food & drink

  • Self-Catering
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Halal Food
  • Gluten Free Food
  • Kosher Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Sauna
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Great for families

  • Teens Club
  • Kids Pool
  • Board Games
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Playground
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Football
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kite Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival 

  • Take a 55 minute taxi ride from Cancun International Airport
  • Check In is 3pm

Departure

  • Check Out is 12pm
  • Take a 55 minute taxi to Cancun International Airport

 

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