February In Cozumel
Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:32 PM
My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary in February 2011. On February 19th or ship will dock in Cozumel and we will be two out of thousands of people scrambling into the town and scurrying over the Island like thousands of aunts.
From the moment my wife and I booked our Cruise we wanted to break from the pack and have an experience unlike those offered by the cruise ship. We do not consider ourselves good little Lemmings.
We are in our 40's, and I am almost into my 50's. I want to spend a meaningful day with my darling wife, and I want the people and the place to allow us to fall in love with them.
When it is time for us to decide what we want to do on our next vacation I want so much for us to have loved the Island so much that we bring our children to experience what it is we found.
I hear people ask "what would you do if you only had one day"? We only have one 10th Anniversary and we decided to come to Cozumel.
The Question really is, if you had one day in February to spend on the Island, what would you do?
Posted 25 August 2010 - 08:31 AM
Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:22 AM
Chankannab National Park is another lovely way to while away an entire day in a very mellow beautiful way. That's just off the top of my head. You would need to be more specific about what you enjoy doing most before we can truly help you tailor your day on the island.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:12 AM
My perfect day -- I would scurry off the ship and start with breakfast at El Museo. Its a lovely view from the open air, upstairs restaruant and the waiters are all charming. Be sure to chat them up. After breakfast you could meet up with Rosy for a private snorkeling tour (far away from the cruise ship crowd). Ask her to pack a picnic and take you to a quiet beach for a romantic anniversary lunch. Or you could book Capt. Dan for a few hours of sailing with lunch and a good bottle of wine. Or you could do the wonderful farmer's market shopping tour and cooking class for the afternoon with Josefina -- eating what you cook for lunch. Before dinner, have drinks on the open patio at Rolandi's for a nice sunset view and then do a bit of selective main street shopping at Cinco Sol, Silver Emporium or Mi Casa. Don't pass up the chance to buy her something pretty from the jewelry department. For dinner book a table in the garden at Kinta. Be sure to tell Kris that its your anniversary dinner. Another great choice for dinner would be La CoCay. Wonderful food in a beautiful atmospher. Again, tell Cathy that its your anniversary. Ask to have the strolling musicians in for a serenade. After dinner, stroll the main square to watch the locals with their children (especially if its Sunday night) - there might even be a band for dancing. Finally, have a night cap on the deck of your ship, looking back at the lights of the city over the water.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:25 AM
Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:34 AM
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 01:53 PM
Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:28 PM
These are such wonderful suggestions!
Some of them I want to ask my darling wife about, and some I want to keep as a surprise!
I snorkel in my pool but most of the "Snorkel Packages" say you cannot if you have Asthma.
I have Asthma and COPD. I would love to snorkel and see the beauty of the Reef.
We live in Homosassa Florida, this is the nature coast. We love the "Wild Side" so long as wild means nature!
My wife will have a drink or two but none for me. I used to be really good at drinking.
I did think about sailing but my wife had commented that we are on a cruise, she did not want to be on another boat! lol.
I would love to enjoy a wonderful breakfast and would not miss the ship breakfast if I was on the Island and heading for a wonderful meal!
Our ship docks at 8:00am and leaves at 7:00pm. Breakfast and lunch are in our plans, for sure. Shopping some small out of the way shops is also a must.
We have to bring back something for an 18 year old, a 16 year old and an 9 year old. Any suggestions on this? (18 & 16 are girls, and 9 is a boy)
I read a post on here about renting a car and I bookmarked the page. I think a convertible VW Bug would be amazing!
I was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and my wife on Long Island (Not a typical New Yorker or I would not bring her to the Island! lol)
I love the idea of watching the people play with their children. My wife's mother is Spanish and her and her family came from the Dominican. My wife may very well be able to interact with many of the people in their native language. I hope that is a plus.
The beach is a must for wading and photography. Is it warm enough to swim or snorkel in February? I haven't been a "Northerner in over 21 years!
I really hope you all know that I appreciate the suggestions.
Not only are you spending your moments sharing with me, but many others I hope.
Again, Thank You, I'll keep reading if you'll keep posting!
Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:18 PM
As for gifts, how about hammocks all around? They also have hammock chairs, and I think they are locally made. They pack them up nice and tight for airport. There are some cool long-sleeved hooded woven poncho/sweater pullover things, I own a couple and love them. They are sold everywhere.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:51 PM
You said little fake ruins. My wife and I were originally thinking of making a run for Coba on the main land but decided we may end up stranded. Not bad for us, not so good for the kids at home.
We do wish to see some Mayan Ruins during our travels.
Thus far I am sure of Renting a car, Breakfast at El Museo. A Trip to the beach to either, Swim, Snorkel, Wade and sun. (Weather permitting) Shopping (Not my priority, but my wife's wishes come first) Lunch while shopping (Silver Emporium? Is it for locals or a tourist draw?) and time permitting, a quick trip to some ruins returning to the ship by 6:00 for a 7:00pm departure. That sounds like a full day beginning at 8:00am +/- and ending with the ship pulling away at 7:00pm.
Posted 26 August 2010 - 07:08 PM
Posted 27 August 2010 - 01:48 PM
Yes, there are small ruins on Cozumel, but they really aren't impressive (sorry guys).
As for shopping, with your limited time and a wide range of needs, I think Los Cinco Sole is the best bet. While it is on main street and will be filled with cruise ship shoppers, it has a wide range of items and they are of high quality -- silver jewelry, Talavera ware, tee shirts, toys, paper mache, onyx ware, tequilla bar, clothing, wonderful pewter ware, even furniture. They don't play the bargaining games that other shops do and you can trust the quality.
I think the two girls would probably love any of the jewelry and the 9 year old boy might like one of the wonderful paper mache marianettes. We have brought our grandchildren all one of the hammock chair swings from Cozumel and they adore them.
Now for a beach.....hmmmmmm. So many of them will be over run with the cruise ship crowd and most don't really have great snorkeling from shore if you wanted to give it a try. Any suggestions from the locals? You can certainly walk the beaches on the "wild side" and the surf is pretty, but you really can't swim and there are no ammenities. I'm not a doctor, but I think if you snorkel in your pool, then you could give it a try from one of the shore spots. That way you are close to land in case you get winded or tired. We do this from our condo -- the Coral Princess -- which has a wonderful reef right out front. Its like snorkeling in your swimming pool only with really cool coral and fish. We used to like D'zul Ha a lot, but the coral got damaged in the hurricane a few years back and is only slowly making a come back -- and its now called The Money Bar and is marketed to the cruise ships.
If you have to be back to the ship by 7pm, you won't have time for a romantic dinner or stay late enough to find the locals strolling around the square. That is really the sad part about stopping for a day from a cruise ship, you just don't have enough time to interact with the locals and fall in love with the island. You have to spend a little more time there.
And YES, the water is warm enough to swim in February. That's why I spend the whole month there. Who would stay in Minnesota??? LOL
What date exactly will you stop on Cozumel. If it very late in the month, you might catch some of the pre-Carnival activities. Carnival is the first week of March in 2011, but sometimes there are parades or dance competitioins in advance.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 04:25 PM
I beg to differ about San Gervasio ruins. We really enjoyed them and indeed did find them impressive. If you are expecting the Halls of Montezuma,they are not. But for a one day trip, first time on the island, it's pretty cool.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 06:10 PM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:42 PM
GET OFF THE SHIP! Cancel the cruise and spend that money staying on this beautiful island. Get a hotel; eat in the restaurants; enjoy the water at the beach or snorkeling; enjoy the music and life on the plaza Sunday night; take a tour of the wild side; rent a car and just drive around the town; shop; talk with the people who live here. Anything but the ship! OK, that's his rant
We just celebrated our 10th anniversary on the island with a vow renewal and party. Everything was perfect despite all of the missteps along the way. Get to know Cozumel and its residents. You'll be back time and time again.
Living the Dream in Cozumel
Posted 31 August 2010 - 05:06 PM
Posted 01 September 2010 - 05:17 PM
Now, for the good part...when you get back to the ship after a wonderful day in Cozumel, a sweet 10th anniversary sparkler (not talking about the fireworks, those will come later) waiting in the safe, and a chilled bottle of champagne would sure make my toes curl!!!!
Now, that is a day to remember!
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 09:17 PM
Living the Dream in Cozumel
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