I just returned from another terrific week in Cozumel and my 4th stay at Bahia. The hotel is super clean, staffed by friendly people (that often speak English) and in a perfect location for me as I don't do the all-inclusive thing. My package included daily breakfast buffet at Bahia's sister-hotel, Casa Mexicana, and it was great as always and only a two block walk. Yes, Casa is newer and much nicer, but I like Bahia's old Mexico charm. But the hotel's wi-fi rocks and it is directly across Calle 3 Sur from The Thirsty Cougar (a great little corner-bar & grill) and a really nice coffee shop. I have read some complaints about the lack of hot water at Bahia, but one only needs to be just a bit patient. Run the water for 90 seconds and you will have all the HOT water you can use. It's true that on windy nights the room doors and windows can rattle a bit. But I just wedge a sandal or two in and all is well. And while it is true that Cozumel is an exceedingly safe island, security locks on the inside of all room doors would be a welcome upgrade. And while I am at it, some additional hooks in the shower stalls for swimsuits and dive gear would prove very handy. But all that said, IMO Bahia is a great value. There are literally
hundreds of great mom & pop restaurants, food carts, cantinas, and the usual "Hard Rock Cafe" establishments within a safe 15 minute walk of Bahia. If you are a Cozumel rookie, take this to heart: Don't hesitate to experience the local fare. The food on Cozumel is AMAZING. My personal favs are Guido's, Del Sur (fabulous Argentinian) and Los Otates. You can think of the latter as sort of Cozumel's version of White Castle - the more you have had to drink, the better the food is there and it's open until 4 am. And last but not least, if you get to jonesing for a burger while visiting Coz Wednesday thru Saturday (and only after 7 pm) go to the Hamburger House on Ave. 4 just south of Calle 3. It's a big stretch to call it a "house" because it is really only an open shack with a couple of barstools or a plastic table and chairs thrown into the nearby alley. But it is no stretch at all to say that the proprietor serves up one of the best burgers you will EVER experience. And he serves it up about 18 ways. SO GOOD!
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