I usually travel alone. The up side to solo travel is that I can do everything my way. O.K. call me selfish, but hey, its MY vacation. But don't get me wrong, I'm not antisocial. Meeting new people is one of my vacation goals. However, staying alone at big hotels or resorts leads to the "table for one" syndrome and a little too much "me time". I've found the happy medium is to stay at a Bed and Breakfast. Like any other type of accommodation, B&Bs range from so-so to great. Las Lunas Inn was great. Located a few blocks outside the zona tourista constructed for cruise ship passengers, you can experience the local flavor of San Miguel. There were several inexpensive family-run restaurants within easy walking distance and, if fine dining is your thing, a five minute taxi ride will get you to any restaurant in San Miguel.
The Inn is a hacienda style structure with a central courtyard containing a well-tended garden full of orchids and other lush tropical vegetation. Lots of places to sit down under an umbrella or swing in a hammock. I enjoyed my morning coffee in the garden with Janie (one half of the Innkeeper team of Janie and Oliver) and listened to the parakeets singing. Janie has an aviary full of Australian parakeets which she breeds and sells locally. During lulls in the conversation, I watched the turtles lumbering around the gardn in the cool morning air. Janie has a real knack for bringing nature to Las Lunas.
I stayed in the "Jaguar Moon" room. Up on the second floor of the Inn, it is bright and cheerful and, you guessed it, has a jaguar theme. It has its own terrace and umbrella table, a large bathroom and a little kitchen area equipped with a fridge, skillet, combo toaster oven/coffee maker and a few dishes to prepare simple meals or snacks. The bed was new and very comfortable. I had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. Even tolietries were suplied.
Food? Of course the other half of B&B is breakfast. Eggs, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, fresh local fruit, or perhaps you want to go local with sausage and bean tortillas. The coffee? Fresh brewed, strong and hot.
I was staying at Las Lunas for a another reason. Diving! Cozumel is known for its spectacular reefs. Oliver is an expert diver and technical diving instructor. I spent several days diving one-on-one with Oliver as his Advanced Open Water and Nitrox Diver student. I'm happy to report that I graduated from both courses, although there was serious doubt at times. Even when I was a total klutz in the water, Oliver would keep his patience and after we surfaced would say (kindly, in his deliberate and measured Texas drawl) "Well, we have some work to do". I could not have asked for a better teacher.
I stayed for 10 days and I was very sorry to go. By the time I left, I had two new friends in Cozumel. I'll be back to see my friends Janie and Oliver and stay at Las Lunas Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Lunas Inn is a diver oriented B&B in mid-town Cozumel, Mexico. This friendly Mayan Island is the center of scuba diving and the Mayan culture in Mexico. Budget rooms with ac, comfortable beds, tropical breakfasts and lots of fun. American owned your hosts offer 12 years of experience living in Cozumel. Where to go-what to do, let us help! Close to locals restaurants, shopping,markets and 8 blocks (10 minutes walk) to the beach. See the authentic Mayan world of Cozumel Mexico. ... more less