Playa del Carmen - Gateway to Mexico's Riviera Maya

Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel

Featuring Yucatek Divers and Casa de Gopala Hotel

Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel Most divers are familiar with Cozumel's huge coral formations, precipitous drop-offs, great diving. But mention the mainland of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and people associate it usually with one spot - Cancun, the place for baking in the sun and partying. The reality of course is that the Yucatan offers an immense variety of pleasures and adventures both above and below the sea. There are quaint Mexican villages lost in time, traditional markets with shoppers still in native dress, awe-inspiring Mayan historic sites spanning centuries of advanced culture, a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna, and unique diving ranging from freshwater Cenotes to endless offshore spur and groove reef formation swarming with fishes, and dotted with wrecks dating back to the "conquest" of the new world.

This coastal region south of Cancun has come to be known as the Riviera Maya. Slated by the shrewd Mexican tourism authority for 15,000 guests rooms, the area is host to everything from charming boutique hotels to monstrous (in my opinion at least) multi-thousand room vacation complexes. While good diving facilities are easily accessible along the coast, this region caters to a much broader range of tourism options than most dive-dedicated destinations. As such, the Riviera Maya is a great vacation option for families, and those couples where one is a diver while the other rolls their eyes at the thought of "another dive vacation."

Once a sleepy fishing village, Playa Del Carmen has become a gateway to this Riviera Maya experience. Overlooking a beautiful while sand beach, this vibrant and rapidly growing town is a 45-minute car ride south of the Cancun airport or a quick ferry ride over from the island of Cozumel. Totally unique in its own right, the atmosphere, flavor and overall vibe of "Playa," is much different from that of Cancun or Cozumel. Many people first visit Playa as day-trippers from these big-sister cities. Those who appreciate Playa del Carmen's laid-back charm and exceptional tourism values are pleasantly surprised and often come back to explore more of the Riviera Maya.


  Yucatek Divers & Hotel Casa de Gopala  
Spring & Fall Cenote Specials
Valid for travel May 1 - June 30   -and-   September 1 - October 31, 2015
Please contact Island Dreams for availability and pricing

4-night Cenote Special -- from $457 per person
  • 4 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Two days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
7-night Cenote Special -- from $807 per person
  • 7 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Two days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • Three days of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include 19% tourism tax.
Airfare to Cancun is additional. No meals are included.
Cenote entrance fees are additional, payable by the diver in Mexico. Rental gear is not included, but is easily arranged at additional cost.
Packages are subject to availability and subject to change. Please contact Island Dreams for details.


  Yucatek Divers & Hotel Casa de Gopala  
Summer Whale Shark Specials
Valid for travel June 1 - August 31, 2015
Please contact Island Dreams for availability and pricing

4-night Whale Shark Special -- from $612 per person
  • 4 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • One day of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
  • One full day excursion to snorkel with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres
7-night Whale Shark Special -- from $912 per person
  • 7 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Three days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
  • One full day excursion to snorkel with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include 19% tourism tax.
Airfare to Cancun is additional. No meals are included.
Rental gear is not included, but is easily arranged at additional cost.
Packages are subject to availability and subject to change. Please contact Island Dreams for details.


Casa de Gopala Hotel -- Comfort and Value in Playa del Carmen

Step from the city street, pass through a large wooden portal, enter into your own private jungle, and immediately sense that special feeling and atmosphere that only time can bestow. If you are looking to experience some of the "Old Playa del Carmen," while enjoying the excitement and vitality of the "New Playa," then you certainly should consider Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala. As one of Playa's pioneer hotels, Casa de Gopala has long been a favorite destination of travelers from around the world seeking clean, comfortable, and reasonably priced accommodations. Many guests are repeat visitors that first visited years ago, well before Playa evolved into the popular tourist resort of today. Situated in a secured walled garden of lush tropical plants, and decorated with regional handcrafted pottery, the three story hotel features 15 spacious rooms and a master suite.

Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel


Outstanding Features: Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala
  • Convenient secure location in the heart of "Old Playa"
  • Bright, spacious rooms overlooking a beautiful garden
  • Multi-lingual, friendly staff ready to offer assistance
  • Yucatek Divers shop on site
  • Large pool hosting the areas premier dive training facility
  • Specializing in scuba diving packages for groups and individuals

  • Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel With a delightful architectural style that blends together tropical hard woods, colorful Mexican tile, brick and stone, the hotel is a jewel from the "Old Playa". The owners, Jean-Yves Moret from Switzerland and Larry from the United States, look forward to welcoming you and to making your stay a memorable experience. Scuba divers will be glad to learn that Jolanda also owns and operates Yucatek Divers which adjoins the hotel. Yucatek Divers is the Riviera Maya's premier dive center and training facility.

    The 15 rooms are bright, airy, and unusually spacious, designed with 10-foot high ceilings and large arched windows and doors. Each room has a private bath, security box, refrigerator, fans, and two double beds. Rooms with A/C and cable television are also available. A terrace area outside each room facing the garden is furnished with table and chairs and is the perfect place to relax. The master suite is ideal for small families or groups. Amenities include a separate fully equipped kitchen, dining area with table, large bathroom, king and single sized beds, sitting area with a sofa that converts to a double bed, cable TV and A/C.

    The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Playa, only a short two-block stroll, (approximately 100 meters) to the white sandy beach and blue Caribbean water. The bus station, post office, park, library, Red Cross, and banks, are all within two blocks of the hotel. Internet café, laundry service, hair stylist, convenience shop, and several local eateries are located only a few steps from the hotel entrance. Just one block away is Quinta Avenida or the Pedestrian Walkway. This is the main tourist artery of Playa where a myriad of specialty shops and boutiques, and dozens of excellent bars and restaurants offering every type of cuisine imaginable, may be enjoyed.


    Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
    Winter 2015: January 7 - April 30, 2015
    Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Non-diver/Vacationer
    3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 428 $ 294 $ 134
    4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 597 $ 419 $ 179
    5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 766 $ 543 $ 223
    6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $ 936 $ 668 $ 268
    7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $1105 $ 792 $ 312
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
    Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


    Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
    Spring 2015: Valid May 1 - June 30, 2015
    Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Non-diver/Vacationer
    3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 374 $ 267 $ 107
    4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 526 $ 383 $ 143
    5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 677 $ 499 $ 179
    6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $ 828 $ 614 $ 214
    7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $ 980 $ 730 $ 250
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
    Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


    Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
    Summer 2015: Valid July 1 - September 15, 2015
    Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Non-diver/Vacationer
    3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 410 $ 285 $ 125
    4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 573 $ 407 $ 167
    5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 737 $ 528 $ 208
    6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $ 900 $ 650 $ 250
    7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $1063 $ 772 $ 292
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
    Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


    Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
    Fall 2015: Valid September 16 - December 20, 2015
    Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Non-diver/Vacationer
    3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 392 $ 276 $ 116
    4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 549 $ 395 $ 155
    5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 707 $ 513 $ 193
    6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $ 864 $ 632 $ 232
    7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $1021 $ 751 $ 271
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
    Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


    Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
    Christmas/New Year: Dec. 21, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2015

    Christmas Lights
    Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Scuba Diver
    Double Occupancy
    Non-diver/Vacationer
    3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 540 $ 350 $ 190
    4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 747 $ 493 $ 253
    5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 953 $ 637 $ 317
    6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $1160 $ 780 $ 380
    7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $1367 $ 923 $ 443
    Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
    Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


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