Club Hotel Cantamar
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A great adventure
kind people, lovely place, great diving, exellent for getaway.
Very relaxing time at Club Cantamar
We had a very short amount of time to get away for a quick vacation and fortunately found Club Cantamar. We were very glad to have stayed there and not in La Paz because we think La Paz hotels would have been too noisy.
Although Club Cantamar is opposite the main ferry terminal the rooms face away, so we heard minimal noise. We live directly on a busy road at home so didn't really notice any noise.
The staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The only thing that bothered me was the smoke from a neighboring room wafting into ours but we came up with a fix for that (can't do much about "your neighbors" on vacation after all).
The rooms were basic at Club Cantamar but quite sufficient for the time we spent in ours. We snorkeled one day (got stung by jellyfish!) and just "hung out" the other days puttering by the poolside and going into La Paz for dinners/lunches if we didn't eat at Club Cantamar.
If you want to get away from it all, we'd recommend this hotel/resort. If you're divers (which we're not) you'll really enjoy it!
Wonderful Long Weekend
Returned last week from an extended long weekend at Club Cantamar. The diving was fantastic and the staff friendly and helpful. Had small problems with the A/C unit which reception staff remedied by moving us to a new room the same night. Even transferred our luggage while we had dinner!
Restaurant staff all so friendly and I had no problem getting great vegetarian meals which I was concerned might be a problem. Meals on the dive boat pretty good, lots of fruit and snacks available.
Shuttle into town (no charge) every night, leaves at 6:30 returns at 9:30. Perfect to do a bit of exploring and have dinner after a day of diving or fishing.
And remember! Diving/fishing or quiet relaxation is why people come to Cantamar! While the location is somewhat removed from town, you save time getting to dive sites and get to spend more time with people (staff and visitors) who also love the sea.
Best of all, the owner/operators and divemasters actively support conservation and research in the sea of cortez. There is a research institute located on the resort property that conducts aerial surveys to help determine poulations and migratory routes of various species (whales/whalesharks/mantas etc)
We were offered an opportunity to snorkel with whalesharks as one of our dive days coincided with a day that the research institute's ultralight plane would be out in the bay spotting these magnficent gentle creatures.
We were able to snorkel with two baby (3-5metre!) whalesharks who tolerated us tourists crawling over each other trying to get close to them. Fortunately everyone followed the divemasters instructions NOT to touch/ride or harrass the sharks (or any other marine life)
I highly recommend CCantamar to anyone looking for a relaxing, dive-oriented holiday. Great staff and comfortable accomodation in a spectacular natural environment. And the owner-operators are obviously concerned with preserving that environment.
Can't wait to go back!
Seems like a different hotel!
After reading the older reviews, I think I must have stayed at a different hotel. Aside from service and accommodations, which were disappointing, this hotel is next to a LOUD, UGLY ferry port. The atmosphere is simply unpleasant. That being said, we found the rooms to be rather uncomfortable (and we are not horribly picky people). Our shower was broken, but there was no one at the front desk (nor in maintenance) there to attend to this. Apparently, the staff locks up and goes home at 10 p.m., leaving guests to fend for themselves. There were very few other guests, the dive boat operation was friendly and mostly professional...but getting out of the dock in the morning was an exercise in complete disorganization. Their boats are large and comfortable, but because they only had 7 divers, another boat for snorkelers was combined with ours to save on operating costs (understandable, but no fun to be on a boat trying to protect our gear from unwary snorkelers...). Finally, the distance from town is an issue--if the restaurant is not open, there is little else around in terms of food. If you don't like driving down dark, windy baja roads at night, you will find this a major inconvenience.
Sea Sports heaven
We had read articles about this Resort and thought that many were exagerated, but decided to take a few days off and try it for ourselves. The best decision in years ! Cantamar and Baja Diving & Service delivered much more than expected, with daily encounters with whale sharks and real whales, with better-than-average food aboard and in the main restaurant, friendly service and the expertise they showed in regards of weather and animal behaviour was truly amazing.
Thanks to all the crew in Cantamar we had the trip of our life. Thank you guys !
Too far out of town.
We stayed at this hotel in January, to go on a dive trip. There were only 6 people staying at the resort, including us. The meals were at set times and the resort is so remote there are not other options close by. The food appeared to be frozen entrees that did not reheat well. The pool needs paint and it was freezing cold. The room and grounds were kept nicely, except that outside our room they stored dry docked boats and machinery. We had to walk through that to get to the beach area and the view was obstructed by the clutter. The staff was helpful and friendly and they are trying hard to make this resort a success. We missed the activity of being in town and left after one night. Would not recommend this resort unless diving is your passion.
A Peaceful Piece of Heaven in La Paz
We really enjoyed this place. It's clean and well kept in a lovely setting in Pichilingue Bay near the ferry terminal - quite a drive out from La Paz proper. The rooms are cheery, though not especially large if you have a room with 2 beds. Many have balconies that look out over the harbor boats and bay (ours did) toward Playa Pichilingue. Because of the extra privacy offered by the balcony rooms, they are recommended over the others; rooms without balconies still have a view but look out onto the walkway that is used by the other rooms on that level. One small concern is the shower location - it's not behind a door but part of a small alcove within the room, so privacy might be a concern for non-couples.
There is a small private beach on the property with a few lounge chairs and gazillions of shells - a great, quiet place to soak up some sun. We had breakfast in the little on-site restaurant, situated between the pool and the bay - a wonderful way to wake up. The food and coffee were great.
A car made it possible to come and go easily into La Paz and its charming waterfront (La Perla is a great meal spot) and out to Playa Balandra and Playa Tecolote in the other direction.
The only real problem we experienced was a water heater whose switch had tripped - but the evening man, Baltazar, was on top of the problem immediately with a maintenance man to solve it, which he did - and this was on Christmas Eve. Baltazar is a nice guy with a good sense of humor, and like the rest of the staff, he has a solid command of English and a helpful attitude.
We were surprised when checking out that our bill included a breakfast charge - I had understood breakfast was included - but I paid the additional amount (very reasonable, by the way) anyway when Alex at the front desk explained that I must be mistaken, that breakfast wasn't ever included. Once home, I checked out the Cantamar website, which indeed promised breakfast, so I e-mailed Alex back and requested a refund. I received a note explaining that the new 2005 policy would include breakfast but that their web guy had mistakenly posted this policy a bit too early, without their knowledge. They also sent a check to cover our breakfast expenses.
So if you stay here, as I think you ought to, rest assured that the place is managed in a reputable fashion. There were very few guests there over Christmas; I hope the place prospers so that we can return again soon.
Three thumbs up from my family!
What a gem
We needed a place near the Baja Ferry (and as it was several hours late this was indeed fortunate). You can walk to the club from the ferry so you save on taxi fare; it's a divers' place and so if that's your bag, this is your place. The staff were incredible--they even left a door open because the reception would be closed when we arrived; don't bother booking a car from the USA (our THRIFTY was FOUR hours late and we were itching to do things) they kept phoning THRIFTY for us The rooms are clean, spacious, have fab views and not too many of them. The meals good. But it's the water that truly spellbinds...its green and crystal clear (and I thought I'd seen the best in Tahiti, on the Barrier Reef and in South Africa and Greek Islands) forget the Pacific Ocean side--stick to the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja. La Paz is a 10 minute drive too for a change, great restaurants and some wonderful tourist shopping. Don't even think of Cabo San Lucas. We loved it and the friendly warm staff...this is def a 10/10 from us.
Great Place for Diving
We had a great 5 night stay at Club Cantamar. The room was clean and spacious, and the food was good. The staff is friendly and helpful. This hotel is perfect for serious divers. Because it caters to divers and is located at the Pichlingue marina, it is not very close to town, and there isn't much going on mid-day or for night life. Not a problem for us, but something to know.
It's a special place
We just got back from a long Labor Day Weekend at the Cantamar. Everything went very well. The staff was excellent. Juanita is in charge in the restaurant, and will do backflips to make sure you enjoy your stay.
We did both fishing and scuba. Both were great. Joe the Divemaster was exceptional in making our dives excellent.
It is out of the way, and a bus ride or taxi is needed to go to town.
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