Posted 11 February 2010 - 04:49 PM
Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:42 PM
Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:27 PM
There is absolutely nothing wrong with relaxing and just hanging out. I wouldn't feel like I had to pack every minute with something to do. Frankly in the past, that is what most people came down here for...to dive or snorkel and just decompress from their lives in the "real" world. The island is so beautiful that it is just wonderful to find a nice place to hang out and enjoy it in a passive way. I hate that feeling of going on vacation and feeling like I need a rest once it is over.
Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:27 PM
A godd spot for a swim is Chen Rio but the best party time is Coconuts.
On the West side I recommend the Money Bar for a relaxing afternoon - also for good food - and snorkeling nearby is good.
Right in town there is no accessable "beach" but you can go North to the hotel zone and you might get to acess one of their man made beaches if you know how to do it. I've heard that $50 pesos to the right guy will get you access. Try the Coral Princess for one.
If you are willing to spend the $$$$$ I do recommend one of the Snorkel Boats that will take you out to the reefs. A great experience.
Wherever you go, be sure to tip the local staff generously when you are provided good service. The people of Cozumel are experiencing tough times right now and it will be very much appreciated.
Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:37 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:31 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:33 PM
Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:31 PM
Punta Sur is a phenomenal snorkel, but for strong swimmers. It's a long way out and a long walk back. Fantastic sea fan garden, and while you usually see one or two ocean trigger fish other places, here you see schools of them and they're BIG. Huge starfish and sponges.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:33 PM
Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:54 PM
beach to yourself. Snorkel early before any crowds beat you to the reef.(don't drink as much tequila the night before like my wife and I did the first time we went there).Stay till
2:00 or 3:00 then work your way up the East side beach clubs starting at Rastas which is right outside of PS entrance finishing at Mezcalitos or Senior Iguanas. (Coconuts about halfway
up is our favorite). Then you cut back across to San Miguel on the transversal road. Finish your trip before dark and bring a designated driver.
Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:17 AM
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:48 PM
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 11:08 AM
Thanks in advance
Grumpy (Not Really)
Fort Worth Texas
Posted 21 May 2010 - 07:07 PM
From what I know....Passion Island is a mainly a cruise ship excursion. I have heard that it is indeed beautiful, but there are many beaches just as beautiful - AND FREE - on the eastern side of the island. Hire a taxi driver to take you there. You can negotiate a tour & price with one of the many cabbies that will be waiting when you exit the pier area and they will take you wherever you want to go. Just be sure to tell him exactly where YOU want to go because they are paid commissions to bring tourists to certain restaurants, etc. If you don't specify or ask for a suggestion on a destination you'll most likely end up at one of these. Tell him you want to go to the 'wild side' and as you drive on the shoreline road, just have him pull over and stop when you see something that looks good to you. It could be an especially beautiful stretch of sand or a beach bar/restaurant, but it's completely up to you. No crowds and/or high prices in a captive. controlled environment. Your cabbie will just sit and wait on you. If you want, you can choose to invite him to join you in your activities or just have him play the role of the patient driver. Just be sure to take good sunscreen, and at least a quart bottle of water each for a couple of hours minimum. Watch the undertow too - the currents can be deadly on that side of the island. A good rule of thumb is to have the driver tell you when you drive past St. Martin Beach. There is a flag that's visible from the road that will tell you the danger level of the current that day. If it is red - don't get in much past your hips!
As far as the Tex-Mex cuisine goes...I'm from San Antonio and have never gotten any food on Cozumel that is the same type of "Mexican food" as we have here in Texas. For certain - not the chili covered enchiladas, tacos with sour cream, jalapenos, etc. There may be a place on the island that serves food like that, but I've never seen or eaten in one. With that being said - the food is delicious there in a different way - but definitely not Tex-Mex style.
There are lots of t-shirt shops downtown. Whatever pier your ship docks at will most likely have whatever you need. If you search, you can find specials for '4 for $20.00US' all day long. Lots of variety and quality. You can spend less or more, depending on your budget. There would probably be a little better pricing at the shops downtown, but if you don't want to mess with doing that, just pay the little bit extra for the convenience and get them at the cruise pier shops.
Have fun - you'll love it! And don't be afraid to get off away from the cruise ship excursions. They always try to scare you to not venture out on your own, but that's just a crock. Don't fall for it. Cozumel is extremely safe and friendly.
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