Driver, Ernesto, was great!! Tour guide, Paula, so amazing. Extrememly knowledgeable and really funny :). The horseback riding was so fun!! The guides were very solicitous and made sure everyone was doing OK.
Costa Maya wasn't really what I expected from when I initially booked the cruise. I was happy that on the information channel for the ship that the shopping consultant was very descriptive and helped you know what to expect. It was more of a small fishing village with a small shopping area at the exit from the port. Prices for merchandise were good and you were able to do some haggling; however, prices a Senor Frogs were outrageous!! $7.50 for a Coke!!! Somewhat understandable when you factor in how undeveloped the area is, have to get as much money out of tourists that they can in the short time.
Water was UNBELIEVABLE!! It looked like a postcard. We really only spent about 2 hours off the ship. Lots of people on the street barking out to get people into their stores. Kind of a turn off after a while because it starts to become a verbal assault. Would definitely go again, but would do an excursion for sure to go snorkeling or scuba diving.
Fantastic!! Would highly recommend. Driver, Palacio, got us through to the preserve without incident. Tour Guide, Teddy, was great! Really had a lot of knowledge and good jokes. The Gumbalimba Preserve itself is beatiful and the monkeys were adorable. Kids absolutely LOVED IT and so did we!!