June 2006, Barcelo Maya Beach, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

This was another trip to the Puerto Aventuras area on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  We clearly like the area with its beautiful beaches and proximity to Mayan Ruins.
 This time the trip was arranged as an extended family trip with my sister's and brother's families and our mother.  This worked out surprising well since a resort of this size allowed a wide range of activities while keeping us together to share meals and a couple side trips.  There are really four Barcelo resorts combined together at this one location so there were a variety of pools, recreational facilities, entertainment venues and beach conditions.  This was another Apple trip that went very smoothly although my brother's family had some complications.  This Trip Adviser link provides info and reviews on the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort.  A number of us visited the Mayan ruins at Tulum which were very impressive perched on a rocky ridge overlooking a pretty beach.  We traveled to the town of Tulum and the ruins there on a bus that along with the entry fee at the ruins was very reasonable.  We also visited the touristy shopping area in Playa del Carmen.

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At The Resort

Side Trip to the Tulum Mayan Ruins

Snorkeling at the Resort

A Few More Photos

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