Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Punta Venado Beach Club

AT LAST! The Cancun weather we know and love is back and we spent the weekend beaching it up. Saturday we took advantage of the new beaches in the hotel zone, but Sunday we did our famous "let's drive and see what we can see" road trip. We hit the highway and just kept our eyes open for a public access beach that we hadn't visited before. When we were just south of Playa del Carmen we spotted the sign for "Punta Venado", advertising ATV tours and horseback riding, with teeny tiny letters indicating there was a beach club. We headed down the dirt road to investigate what was happening in "Deer Point".

We drove about 2 kms until we saw some horsies and a little hut. We asked about the horses but at $60 USD a pop, we chose not to do the tour. The guide told us that the beach club was another kilometer down the road and it was free to enter as long as we were eating and drinking. Bargain, we like free! The road was surrounded by jungle, just gorgeously green and smelling oh so fresh. When we got our first view of the sea through the palms and ferns, it was spectacular! We pulled up to the beach club, grabbed ourselves a table under a palapa and gazed around at the pretty much untouched spot. We were a little bit south of Playa, a little bit north of Puerto Aventuras, with NO resorts to be seen. We could see Cozumel on the horizon and not much else. The beach was clean (until we took a long walk and got off the main property, then we stumbled on piles of garbage that had obviously come from boats, what a shame). It's not a great swimming beach, it's a "reefy" beach, coral and rocks and shells. Ok for walking or snorkeling though and absolutely gorgeous to look at! They had a little kids' play area set up, bouncy castle, climbing toys and trampolines, Max took advantage of that for a little while. We had a great lunch, the beach club was kind of "chic" considering how remote it was, the menu was not just ceviche and tacos but the prices were reasonable for what we got. My salad with arugula, avocado, asparagus and shrimp was delish!

Hubby went for a snorkel, I went for long beach walks, we took a little trek through the jungle until the mozzies got to be too much, we napped on the beach, soaked up some sun, followed a crab around for a while and got up close and personal with hundreds of snails lining the rocks to the north and south of the beach. An absolutely perfectly lovely day. I won't go on and on about it (hmm, maybe I already have), I'll let these pics do the talking for me.

These snails were crawling all over, slimy beauties!

Hubby going for a snorkel

Our little friend "Crabby"

It was a gorgeous day for a sail

Max checking out Crabby's progress

Yes, I gasped when I saw this view

Jungle shot

Even dead things can be beautiful in their own way

Crabby doing his Panama Jack commercial

Plain old prettiness

The very clean, very well maintained beach club

Heading south of the beach club, NOTHING to see here folks

Natural beauty

We'll definitely go back again, maybe give the horses a ride, get a massage on the beach and relax, relax, relax, it's the perfect spot for it.


8 comments:

JJ said...

Great pics, Canucka ~ looks like a fabulous day. Great for recharging!

Steve Cotton said...

I prefer the feel of your sand and the color of your sea to those we have on this coast, but I still like it here.

KfromMichigan said...

Thanks for my birthday present! I love the deserted beaches!

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer said...

Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

Sara said...

Love the pic of Max and the crab. No cute little crabs like that in Chile. I did see a penguin once. That was cool.

CancunCanuck said...

Ugh, I have been a bad, bad blogger, sorry for the delay in responding, I am embarrassed it has taken me so long. :S

JJ- Perfect day for recharging, you'll have to check it out next time you are down! (BTW, I finally met Mindy, I didn't know you guys were friends from Portland, how cool! She's LOVELY!)

Steve- I've been to the west coast once but as you say, the colours and the sand here are much different, I'm still in awe of the Caribbean every time I see it. :) Hope you are well amigo, I've been out of the blogging loop!

KfromMIchigan- Always think of you with beach pictures, glad you liked! Hope your birthday was terrific.

Slip and Fall- Thanks for the lovely comment, glad you enjoyed!

Sara- Oh man, I would love to see a penguin!!! How cool is that? I saw some U-G-L-Y crabs this past weekend, little buggers were playing hide n seek though, don't think I got a decent photo of them. :)

Islagringo said...

I love your willingness to explore these out of the way places and let us know about them. My list of places to visit is growing!

yoomark said...

Hi,very nice picture