I believe in order to really enjoy any trip you go on you have to find a place that's right for you. The Iberostar Cozumel, in my opinion, is geared to a specific type of vacation goer. This was our second trip to Iberostar Cozumel, we being my wife and I, and we absolutely love this place. Let me start by informing you of what this resort is "NOT". This resort is not the over luxurious, your every whim at your fingertips kind of resort. It does not boast 5 star, world famous cuisine fit for kings and queens. The rooms are not set in a way that would make Big Donny Trummp green with envy. In fact the beds are rock hard and you do get the occasional Gecko lizard on the wall in your room. Doesn't bother us any but I see where some might freak. The beach is not one where they will be filming the next Revlon commercial. With a love struck couple running head long into the water and diving in to prove that their mascara won't run. Other negative posts about this resort do a pretty good job of highlighting these facts. Now, I will give my opinion of what I feel this resort "IS". This resort is aimed at the average joe. People that want to get away from people. When you stay here, you don't feel like you’re in a resort at all. You feel like Gilligan. Stranded on your own little piece of paradise island. The walk ways and bungalows are set amongst a thick, lush, "jungle" type environment. There is so much wildlife around you, you just can't believe it. Flamingos, Iguana's, Birds, Peacocks and frogs are just some of what you will see here every day. We had an iguana, we named him Pedro, outside our door waiting for his morning banana for the first three days of our stay. I have never had a staff member so much as look cross at me. Every single one, including the grounds keepers pool cleaners, has been nothing but courteous, professional and friendly. The rooms, I must admit, are kind of subpar. They are tiny. They are musty and you have very few extras in them. But people, did you travel thousands of miles to sit in your room and admire its beauty or did you come here to enjoy everything outside the room? I sleep, shower, change and occasionally enjoy the adult pleasures of marital bliss in a room and that's it. What else do you need? The onsite dive center is the best I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. The Dressel Dive employee's were all exceptional. I would like to give a special thank you and shout to Chey, our dive instructor. If you want to go scuba diving, ask for Chey. He is a 120lb, black, British guy with blonde mini-dread locks and his full name is Chey White. Comedy and friendliness are built in with this guy. He is also one of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. On land he will put you at ease with his humor and quick wit. On the water and under it, he will put you at ease with his professionalism, knowledge of the sport and his genuine concern for your safety and the fact you’re enjoying the dive you’re taking with him. If you want your dive filmed, ask for Sandy. She is a little French firecracker with a high spirit and warm personality. She is also extremely talented with a camera and truly knows how to get the best shots possible. The food, well the food is pretty good. Again, not something you will see on top ten menu's around the world but very good. The main restaurant by the lobby does breakfast and dinner and the other buffet is by the pool. That one does lunch. I thought both had excellent choices of menu and good quality taste. There are three other restaurants that you need reservations for. Book them early. The Steak house, the Star Rock, and the Mexican restaurant. We ate at all three the first time we went but not this time. All were good but we just found other things to do this trip. The beach, yeah it's pretty rocky in the water. The sand on the beach itself is pristine. Once you go into the water the first 10 to 15 feet in is a lot of corral and rocks. Bring aqua shoes people. Not a big deal. Past the first 15 feet or so the rest is a beautiful sand bottom and excellent snorkeling. Tons of fish and a pretty cool Barracuda to look at. The beach does have sand fleas. Once the sun starts to set you have to use bug spray. I got mauled pretty good, while my wife never got a bite. The resort does what it can but there is only so much they can do. The back side of the island is something that no one seems to mention, yet to us is the best part of the whole trip. I strongly recommend that you rent a jeep from the hotel and drive to the back side of the island. Remote, beautiful and relaxing is all I can say. Visit Coconuts as well. Best fajita's we ever had. Careful though. It is a place where the ladies tops sometimes seem to fall off for the cameras. (All voluntarily) They have multiple photo albums to prove it. Great place though. It sits on the edge of a cliff with a panoramic view of the ocean and the food is excellent. All in all, we love this place. We have been to Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta and Jamaica and without a doubt this is the best of the three. You just have to know that the Iberostar Cozumel is not about lavishness and luxury. It's about a quality stay at an affordable price. It's about submerging the guest in a tropical, isolated environment. Temper your expectations away from the glitz of the Hilton and you will fall in love with this place as we have. We just got back November 8 and already are booking our next trip there.
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