Thanks for the reply. I guess I should've provided more detail in my first post.
Yes, I'm set on going to Playa Mia. Reason being is the rest of my group are doing Carnival excursions at that beach. I just want to go Playa Mia to hang out with them and hopefully get some sun/dip in the water. I'm hoping to save money by not purchasing one of Carnival's excursions or buying an inclusive package.
My main concern is: will I be turned away at the gate because I didn't purchase any excursion from Carnival or any other vendor? In other words, can I purchase an "entrance fee" at the beach, or does everything have to go through a vendor via excursions? This is my first cruise, so I have no idea how this works. Thanks.