We are staying on the island for 11 days and Buccanos was another beach I had on my bucket list of beaches to go to.
Our neighbors have been there a lot of times and they rave about it's their favorite beach to go to when in Cozumel. They said the snorkeling was good. I made them prove it to me by showing me some of their video's they took while snorkeling there. Now they haven't been to a lot of the places we have been to and don't snorkel quite as much as we do so...I wasn't holding my breath...and for a good reason. They showed me the video and I knew right then, it wasn't going to be the greatest. But, Baccanos was on my bucket list and had been on the radar for awhile now, so we were going whether the snorkeling was good or not.
I also knew that they had parasailing there (for a cheap/good price, which said $60/pp on their website) and I knew that Sakari had such a great time doing parasailing in St Thomas for the first time that I wanted to surprise her with a day of parasailing and this would be the place!
Also, this place is in the opposite direction of the other beach clubs we had been in so many times in the past. I had never been up this way (other than by boat to Passion Island) and it was beautiful. It was a short drive there, well let's be honest, any place you go in Cozumel is a short drive because the island is so small.
There's a sign out front where you turn off at and then you have to go through a guard to get into that area. There was (I believe) 2 houses on the street, well houses are an understatement, more like a mansion, and a run down looking hotel, and then Buccanos.
The cost to get into Buccanos that day was $10 per person. (Website says $20) Now I know over the years there has been a lot of discussion about this $10 cover charge being used toward food and drink purchase. Some on the cruise boards have said it does apply to it and you get your money back by using it that way and others say they don't allow it. Then there was a switch to "if you live on the island" then you could use it toward food and drinks. When you look at their website, it specifically says "Many times the tourists asked for the payment of the 20 dollars applied in the consumption (it is not reimbursable in consumption)" So we knew this going in. However, they gave us $10 vouchers and told us it was good for food and also gave us 3 wrist bands and told us we could come back for free any time after Wednesday to Saturday of the upcoming week. SCORE!
Entrance fee includes use of a nice big pool, wifi, showers, and chairs and umbrellas.
As we entered, they took our temperate and we washed our hands, you know the drill, then I wanted to ask them about parasailing, but I was trying to make it a surprise for Sakari. After paying our entrance fee I started to walk away saying "Let's find us a place to sit"..."Oh, wait a minute, I wanted to ask him something, you guys go ahead". I proceeded to tell the guy of my surprise plans for parasailing and told him it was Sakari's birthday next week. He said he would arrange it with their parasailing people and get back to me.
Entering the lobby of this place was absolutely gorgeous. There was marble and stone and everything was open. Everything was beauitful with chairs and tables everywhere, couches, plush greenery, art and pictures, sculptures, wood beemed ceiling with plenty of ceiling fans and lights that actually looked like huge light bulbs. The grounds were huge and it looked like a real expensive hotel. They had waterfalls that opened up to the ceiling and hallways going everywhere. One place it led to was the hotel next door. I imagine that it used to be a very nice plush hotel with the way these grounds were decorated and still kept up. I wasn't sure if it was something that Buccanos owned or the hotel once owned Buccanos (more on this later in the review). Even the bathroom was super nice with a couch and big old piggys on the sinks. Who doesn't like big pigs right? There were statues everywhere as well. I just loved the way it looked!
It was time to find a seat. There were plenty of seats to chose from, either along the side under the plush palm trees and palapa's or around the pool.
We decided to go along the side under the palm trees.
We were immediately greeted by our server and ordered a round of pop for everyone. Woo hoo, we are getting caffeine wasted from the get-go. That's what you call living it up I tell ya!
Pop there will cost you $2.50 each and I sat down with my refreshing ice cold Coca Light while Sakari talked her padre into doing what he's always done in the past WHEN SHE WAS STILL LITTLE...and that is her put on her mermaid tail and him carry her to the pool and/or ocean and dump her in. I glared at the both of them and was shocked when he said he would do it for old times sake even though it was going to be rough on his old body these days (he said)
Mermaid Morph had started and he actually picked her up with only a few grunts and off they went to the pool. Yea, let's see you do that after we've been here all week and you have that Mexican food dad bod!
Of course the crowd went wild when they knew they had encountered a real mermaid in Mexico. The kids were so amazed and the adults took pictures as they always do.
Buccanos looked like the "happening" place to be. I think we encountered more people here than we did at the Playa Uvas the other day so if that tells you anything........
This would be our view for the day and of course I had to post this beautiful picture of the soft sand and crystal clear Caribbean water to those back home.
Once Sakari was done swimming, we decided to go check out the ocean area. They had a huge sign that I have seen many post pictures under it and I wanted to get a picture now while there was no one over there in the way.