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Respite from Reality

Jun 9, 2006  8 days of vacation in the paradise known as Cozumel
4.5 of 5 stars based on 16 votes

From age 18 to age 50, vacationing in Cozumel

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Castillo del Rey villa

    Beautiful private villa located in the heart of downtown San Miguel. Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath villa with private pool, bi-lingual hosts, and maid service. Purified water delivered daily and cook service available. What a way to spoil yourself! The price, especially in the low season, is very reasonable depending on the number of people in your party. Any questions or wants we had were quickly solved by a quick phone call to our host representative. I had to practically be dragged out of the villa when it was time to come back home. It was everything we dreamed of and more!

  • 2. Fury Cat snorkeling tour

    What a way to enjoy the incredible water and snorkeling opportunities. We were taken to two different areas to snorkel. We saw sea turtles, sand sharks, huge groupers, and many other fabulous underwater dwellers. On board was an open bar consisting of beer and margaritas. After snorkeling, we were taken to a private beach for a late lunch, volleyball, kayaking, swimming, sunning, or lazing in a hammock. The entire excursion lasted about 5 hours or so and only cost $55 a person. I would suggest the afternoon excursion as it is just beautiful coming back in the early evening. It might also help with the number of people since the cruise ship crowd would be more likely to be on the earlier trip. It was well worth it and the crew was a joy!

  • 3. Dzul Ha Beach Club

    This was our first beach club stop and boy were we happy. Though there is not much sandy shore here, the snorkeling is some of the best shore snorkeling to be found. You can rent equipment there for $5 all day. A beach massage can be had as well for about $1 a minute. The drinks and food are wonderful. We had nachos and quacamole to stave off our appetites until dinner. This is also a great place for people new to snorkeling to get the hang of it. Ask for Filo any day except Sunday and tell him the Alexander's from Castillo del Rey say hello!

  • 4. Restaurants

    Wow, there were so many fabulous places to eat on the island we could not get to all of them in one trip. La Morena is back from the water front on 10th and their Mayan chicken is delicious. Johnny Bravo's, also off the beaten path on 15th between Salas and 3, has the best arrancheros around and you can not beat the price or service. Five of us ate with drinks for about $55 US. If you want something a little more high end, go to Pepe's right on the water front. The prime rib there is heavenly. We made a deal at the entrance for free drinks with our meal as a bonus. Viva Mexico (only open during the day) has fabulous beef tacos. They were some of the best I had there. While we ran out of time to go to Casa Denis, I spoke with people on the dining patio who had nothing but raves for the place. Ah, next time!

  • 5. Flea Market

    The Flea Market is located on the water front and for people watchers is a must! The front portion is an open air bar with $1 beer and cheap frozen margaritas. You can look out at the beautiful water and watch all of the tourists go by. The back portion is a shop with mostly reasonable prices. My daughter purchased a chair hammock there cheaper than she found at any other place. There is also a young man posted there doing henna tattoos and he does a fabulous job! Just above the Flea Market is local rental office for the villa we stayed in.

  • 6. Plaza

    Our second night, Sunday, on the island included a trip to the square for the weekly (though we found out later they also do this on other nights) festival. We sat on the patio of one of the restaurants and while we ate, we enjoyed the live music, dancing, and people watching. After dinner, we wandered the square and watched the young people doing the spray paint art work. They are amazing! With spray paint, crumpled newspaper, and some scraping, they create beautiful local pictures. They finish the picture off by quick drying it with an open flame from one of the cans. We couldn't resist and bought 5 for $40. So many things to look at including the woman/shell sculpture in the fountain pond. Try some of the local treats along the way!

  • 7. Post storm

    Yes, of course remnants of what happened on the island last year remain. With such a devasting storm, how could they not. However, the beauty of the island and the water is still intact and they are working almost around the clock to restore buildings and roads. Mother nature will take care of the vegetation. Best of all the people are still intact. After all, they are Cozumel. In my opinion, the storm brought it and Cozumel stood strong and still stands strong. The island is still a beautiful paradise everyone should experience.