July 2005, Copacabana Beach Resort, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
has been our most memorable beach resort trip. The resort
located in Puerto Aventuras on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
I say was because the Copacabana never really recovered from
Hurricane Emily's visit. The resort looks about the same in
recent on-line photos but it is now named the Catalonia Royal Talum. We had picked
the Copacabana Beach Resort because a number of Trip Adviser reviews highlighted it as
having the best beach on the Yucatan - and for the first few days
(prior to Emily) I did not doubt the reviews as the beach was very nice.
Although this trip had problems it also had some very good high
The first problem we encountered was that only Trent's
suitcase made it straight to the airport in Cancun from Denver.
The other three suitcases visited New York prior to rejoining us
in Mexico a couple of days later. So, after checking in at the
Copacabana we visited the town of Playa del Carmen, which was a little
north of the resort, and bought swim suits, flip flops and such at
store similar to a Walmart. This allowed us to swim the next day
but we were still missing all our supplies, clothes and snorkeling
second problem - which made the first seem
minor in hindsight - was Hurricane Emily. Hurricane Emily was the
second category 5 hurricane to materialize in July of that year.
It had weakened to a category 4 when the eye went right over our
beach resort, but, it was still very damaging. While it appeared
that all of the other resorts in the area evacuated their visitors to
points inland (schools, etc). The Copacabana management chose to
keep us there. Since all of us survived, it was okay by me.
The stories we heard later from other tourists at the airport
spent much of their trips inland in hot steamy high schools sounded
much worse than ours (once we got past the night of the storm).
And it was quite a sleepless night. The photos do not do it justice
because the memory card I switched to during the actual hurricane failed
and I have never been able to retrieve the images.
Here is a little about the Hurricane that I found on line:
tourists had to be evacuated from such famous vacation spots as Cancun, Cozumel,
Playa de Carmen, Tulum. The hardest hit area in this region was the coastal town
of Puerto Aventuras, which is located some 60 miles south of Cancun. This is
where the eye of the storm came ashore on Sunday
afternoon, July 17, 2005. Maximum sustained winds at this point had mercifully
dropped to just 135 mph as the storm encountered some difficulties from dry air intrusion,
slightly more hostile upper level wind conditions, and interaction with the
plateau of the Yucatan. (http://www.hurricaneville.com/emily.php)
Images - Click on them to see larger versions
|Before Hurricane Emily|
And the Pool
Just a Boat and Clouds
Discussions and Planning
|Hurricane Emily - (need to recover failed images)|
Taking Shelter in the Disco
Another in the Disco Shelter
Hurricane Emily Image (NASA)
|After the Hurricane|
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