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Last night, I learned I really liked sipping tequila! Especially when it's the good stuff and is served by my new friend Lucas, our very attentive waiter extraordinaire. He's been awesome. With his tutelage and a drinking companion in fellow ESDC diver Jack Titterness, I found the tequila to be excellent. I'd only ever done shots before, in an …
Mexico diving, day 3! Another excellent dinner was had by all in finishing up our second day of diving. Everyone was quite excited about our trip out to El Bajo today. El Bajo is known for schooling hammerhead sharks in the dozens if not more than that. They like to go deep, but apparently the dive guides sort of herd them and they gracefully swim …
Today was awesome. It started like all others in that we started the day with another great breakfast. I've tried to play it safe each diving day by getting something I knew wouldn't likely pose a problem (and how simple can it get in having French toast every day??). Today, it was quesadillas. It was really good, and with no harmful side effects. …
Last full day of my Mexican vacation and last day that you, faithful reader, have to put up with my constant talk of great diving, cerveza, cerveza, cerveza, and now even tequila! If you've followed along this far, I thank you for tuning in. I hope you've enjoyed my recap of the Emerald Sea Dive Club's spring 2009 trip to La Paz, Mexico. Many of us …
Last night was a bit festive, to say the least! Everyone can feel the trip winding down and although tired at the end of our days of diving, happy hour gatherings appear to occur earlier and with much more alcohol and awesome nachos & pico de gallo consumed! I like to think I make pretty good pico de gallo, but theirs is terrific. The tomatoes …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Hotel Cantamar La Paz
A great adventure
kind people, lovely place, great diving, exellent for getaway.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.