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quick geography lesson. san andres island, former british territory, now cobfirmed colombian territory but to be found, rather unhelpfully, just off the coast of nicaragua. Amusingly, colombia put up a hell of a fight to keep the island, but were disappointed when it was confirmed because they only actually wanted rights to the surrounding water- thought to contain oil- which remained firmly in Nicaraguan hands
i was ...
... easy on a bike as almost entirely flat so pretty easy going and it is only around 23kms in total which is not too hard. Cost: 25,000 pesos for the day (15,000 for a half day). A scooter costs 70,000 and a golf cart 100,000. Johnny Cay: A little island (well sort of) just off the mainland. A good day trip and ´probably the nicest beach of all - although slightly ruined by the loud music some of the bars play all day. You normally stop at another ...
When i was en 11th grade, i went to San Andres for my school trip with all of my classmates during 8 days and 7 nights.
Those days were the most amazing days in my life.
I want to talk about 3 espacial days.
The fist day we arrived at the night and stayed at El dorado Hotel. that they i met Periera's people, they were really firendly and the girls ...
... best. I've never seen a more freshly made one. The men literally chopped coconuts from trees and then split them in half with a knife to serve the drink in. During our golf cart ride, we stopped at some beautiful beaches, a blow hole (where the water crashes into a cave area and sprays water/air through a hole), and a few good snorkeling areas. I'll attach a picture of the blow hole - it was so powerful that it made my hair stand straight up. And for snorkeling, you just rent ...
... the fourth day were for rest and of course in the nights partying.
The fifth day we went to Johnny Cay, in the sixth day we were in a pool day at the hotel and in the night we had a party on board of a cruise, it was awesome.
The seventh day was like the last, in the morning we went downtown to buy the last things, and in the afternoon we were traveling around the island ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Decameron Aquarium San Andres Island
My wife and I stayed at the Royal Decameron Aquarium from Nov 3rd to the 10th 2005. For those of you looking for sunshine do not go in November it is the middle of the rainy season, 80 % of the day is cloudy, but the sun is so strong it will still burn you, and when it rains, it rains, three mornings that week we woke up to find our room flooded. The hotel is rated 4 stars, the rooms in the Torres as there called, or towers, are in a sad state, our room was in Torres 6 and on the 5th day about 60 square feet of the outside ceiling fell off, another thing wrong with the rooms is that the front doors do not fit very good, consequently you hear all the noise outside, also there is a connecting door between rooms and they do not fit very good as well, so you can hear a lot of what goes on in that room. But with what the holiday cost, it will be a long time before repairs can be done. When you compare cost it is a 4 star, but the rooms are 2 star. The Barracuda restaurant has to be rated 5 stars for breakfast, 2 mornings we even got bacon and you can get eggs cooked to order. Lunch and dinner is a 4 star, there is always something to eat no matter what your tastes are. The Braja or seafood restaurant is a 3 and a half star. There is also an Italian restaurant we are not into pasta's but people who went there said it was very good, no matter which restaurant you ate in the food was always hot and there was plenty of it. As for alcohol it was not just local brands you could get international drinks, unfortunately they still serve American Red Dog beer, why? I don't know, the local Columbian beer is Aguila and it is excellent.
My bad review is more based on failed expectations, rather than a truly horrible place.
I am from Waterloo, Ontario Canada. We travel three times per year and this was our first trip to to this Island and this hotel. The Island is beautiful. If you want beautiful sandy beaches and want to snorkel, this is the place to go. If you want night life after nine p.m or want to go where there are alot of single people, this is not the place for you. If you snorkel, I recommed the "Penscina" it's a natural snorkelling spot with hundreds of fish....make sure you take bread with you. DO NOT take money with you or anything you value and leave it on top of the rocks where you climb down the ladder. A group of people were robbed- all of there things were stolen! Don't let this discourage you from going there...just don't leave anything around you don't want taken..it may seem quiet there, but believe me, things go missing. Across the street is the "West View" restaurant. I recommend the fried chicken and fries. They are cooked in coconut oil and absolutely delicious! Now, moving on!!
We just got back from the Decameron Aquarium...in total we were 2 couples..everyone knew us as Shaggy, Mrs. Shaggy, Pedro and Madaline. The fun crew are great people...they keep the place going. The resort itself is beautiful. The grounds are always kept clean, the food was great...the hotel staff and bartenders couldn't be nicer they treated us like Queens and Kings while we were there. The activity manager his name is Pedro and he will do anything to make your stay a great one. The bartenders Lucila, Jose, and 5-5...they are all wonderful people. The only recomendation I have is watch out for the theives...yes we got stopped on our gulf cart, the guy came out of the side of the road pretending to be fixing his bike with another guy and he came staight for us with a GUN...he pointed it straight at my husband and pulled his necklace and took our cooler bag too...let me tell you we've been in worse places (VENEZUELA...Caracas) and nothing like this never happend...i guess there is always a first time....anyways the locals are great people the thieves are from the mainland Columbia...the island itself is very small....it takes you 2 hours on a gulf cart to go around the entire island and they go real slow too....just don't go to the otherside of the island and be very careful in town too...well if you have any questions you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stayed at the Aquarium Jan 31 to Feb 14/05. We will not repeat what the previous member stated however will add. Johanna also worked the pool bar and became a sister to us before we came home. The staff was excellent in all ways. The resort was always kept clean. The rooms were never without clean towels or paper. We visited the other Decameron resorts and thought that the Aquarium was for us. The other resorts, however did offer a change in menu as the other facilities were available to us as guests. We will definately go back. We enjoyed the island as a whole and visited schools and hired a guide on three separate occasions to take us to site see. You can email us directly at email@example.com if you wish anymore info.
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Stayed at the Decameron Aqarium for two weeks from Feb 7 to 21. The rooms are small but depending on the room you get, the view is wonderful. Send an email to the resort and ask for an oceanview room, preferrably on the second floor. The bad side: there walls are very thin and if you get noisy neighbours, they might as well be right in your room. There are a lot of young kids from Columbia that come over. In our case, we knew when they got in at 5:00 am and got up again at 7:30 am (I have to give them credit for their stamina). They were very loud to the point that you could hear the entire conversations, even if you could not understand them.
Just returned from the Aquarium; my boyfriend and I stayed Jan. 3 - Jan. 10 2005. Overall it was a good experience. We had never been to San Andres Island before and we were not sure what to expect. We are happy we stayed at the Aquarium and would stay there again if we ever decided to return (but we won't be returning any time soon as we have so much more of the world to see). The entire concept of the Aquarium is unique as the buildings are actually in the water - that was different. There are pros and cons to vacationing at the Aquarium and in San Andres. Here they are...in my opinion. Although our room was somewhat small, we had the most amazing view of the Caribbean Sea. We stayed in tower 6 on the 3 floor. It was right next to the pool area so if you like to sleep late, this is not the area of the resort for you. They would start the music around 10am. The food was hit and miss most days. There were 8 hot trays to choose from at the buffet and something fresh (turkey, roast beef...) that was being sliced fresh in front of you as well as a salad bar. There are three à la carte restaurants, Italian, Bar B Q and Seafood. Fish is always a safe bet - red snaper was the best. Meats like chicken and beef are tough so don't expect much. You must make your supper reservations in the morning for the same night everyday and 24 hrs. in advance to eat at any other resort. Reserve early if you want an à la carte reservation. The snack bar wasn't that great. They mostly served hamburgers and boiled hot dogs and from time to time fried potato slices, deep fried fruit bread and pizza (but it wasn't very good). Since we had access to all 5 Decameron resorts we visited them during our stay. You can basically use the other resorts' facilities (pools, discos, bars and restaurants). What's nice about the Maryland, Isleno and Aquarium is that they are all within walking distance to the Isleno beach (the #1 beach on San Andres). If you want long beach chairs, you have to rent them. The Maryland has a small beach that did not look too clean and the Aquarium has a tiny beach that wasn't at all that impressive either. However, there is a natural swimming pool (i.e. a sectioned off area of the sea enclosed by decks) that you can swim in. These three resorts are also very close to the commercial area so if you want to do some shopping or rent a moto, you do not have to worry about transport. The Marazul and the San Luis are a 10 and 20 minute cab ride to the city respectively. So if you don't mind taking cabs or taking the free shuttle (that doesn't always run when you need it to) then staying at one of those hotels is ok. We liked the disco at the Marazul and the food but they have a man made beach which to us defeats the purpose of going to the Caribbean. The San Luis is very much a party place for the young 18-25ish crowd and it's a non stop party. Go with a group of friends if you are going to stay there.
Stayed at the Aquarium from Dec 6-Dec 13, 2004. So you have an idea of who is writing the review, I am 28 and the friend I went with is 27. Between the two of us, we have been to about 15 all inclusives.
Very Unique, Highly Recommended
Completely surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, tropical breezes, snorkling right at your doorstep, wonderful food (and we have been to 6 all-inclusives), friendly people, quick sign-in. We havn't been able to stop talking about it since we came home. We would definately recommend the Decameron Aquarium and it is only 5 minutes walking distance from town. Happy to answer any questions. Lynn
I stay there in december of 2001. The Hotel is well located, near the downtown. It work with all-included service. The beach is very quiet, without waves, ideal for practicing water sport. There is a school of diving and wind surf. There are excellent restaurants and the hotel permit the posibility of dinner in another decameron hotel. There are 4 hotels in the island. I recomend this.