We stayed @ El Coz 4/23-4/30. This was a "getaway" for my husband & I, with our 2 & 3 year olds at home w/grandparents. I would not hesitate to bring the kids next year (we are planning on it.) We had a great room (new section)on 7th floor: ocean view, balcony, pool view (I think all rooms are). It was always well cleaned, with enough bottled water. We tipped maid ~ 3$ per day. We never had a theft problem (I left my wallet behind on dive trips). However - there are plenty of ATM's on the island and if you leave $400 cash lying around anywhere, it is pretty irresponsible. We were in Cozumel to dive, so we really were not @ the hotel 24/7, but enjoyed the other guests & staff when there. The volleyball games are a must! Antonio at the Dive Shop was wonderful, finding us a shared charter for fishing. (Great boat & Captain!) We had 4 sailfish on, one doubleheader, one in the boat. The charters later on that week did even better. The pools are great, as is the snorkeling out front by the piers. People who complain about the beach (which was very good for Cozumel) need a geography lesson - the good beaches are always on the ocean side. (Well worth a car rental! Amazing!)) I thought the food was very good - however, I eat what is native when I travel. Great meat dishes w/beans & salsa fresca & fresh juice & fruit for breakfast, grilled chicken & guacalmole for lunch, dinner is varied every night. Sure there were birds (because people feed them) & some (actually very few) flies in the outdoor covered buffet, but if you can't expect that, perhaps you best stay indoors & away from Mexico. At the end, I had a cheeseburger & fries from the bar = pretty good. Americans may have a hard time trying to get their fill of carbs, grease & fat, which may be why the food is so degraded in these reviews!!! We thought the bar staff was cordial, especially after tips. Remember - this is Mexico. The local people average $3 US per day, (according to our divemaster, who is American living on Cozumel). This is a very poor island (US standards) and they need the tip income & unfortunately, the cruise ship income, to afford to eat. If you are a Rude American in Mexico, you will be treated exactly like a Rude American in Mexico. If you are gracious, they will reward you with their smiles & helpfulness. We have always stayed @ the Royal Islander in Cancun, and we will never be back to Cancun. For the price, this was a fantastic vacation and a chance to really get to know this amazing island.
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