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Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver
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Private Tour: 5-Hour Cozumel Sightseeing with Private Driver and Tequila Tasting
Ranked #3 of 282 Tours in Cozumel
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Owner description: Get away from the crowds and enjoy the Island in a private taxi tour! During 3, 4, 5 or more hours (the duration of the tour is up to you), visit only the places YOU want to see with one of our licenced and very reliable bilingual drivers. You can choose from our 5 different types of vehicles according to your needs: a car for up to 4 passengers, a van for up to 9 passengers, a van for 10 passengers or a larger van for up to 14 passengers. If you are not familiar with the Island, we can suggest some of the most popular sites to visit. Because it is a private tour, if you like one site better than others, you can stay there as long as you want.
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Prior to cruising to Cozumel, we did alot of research on line regarding excusions. Two things quickly became apparent: 1) booking through the cruise ship will cost you triple than privately booked excursions and 2) booking a private day tour with Eduardo and one of his drivers is undoubtedly the safest and best way to see Cozumel.

Booking - booking could not be easier. You e-mail eduardo and within 24 hours, he emails you a confirmation. You have the choice of including requests for a specific driver (check these reviews for the best) and locations on the island. After booking, we had some additional questions and Eduardo was very responsive.

Getting Off Ship - We were early into port....by an hour. We called Eduardo and let him know and within 10 minutes a driver showed up. It was not the driver we requested (he was off that day) however, it was Pino - another highly rated driver. Although it was busy in port, Pino immediately made us feel safe and comfortable. I have two children under 10, so thats important.

Pino - Request Pino be your driver. He is been driving for many years, loves what he does, is a family man and a life-long resident of the island. By the end of the trip, we were making plans to come back to Cozumel and hanging out with Pino - I am not joking.

1st Stop - We wanted to go to the chocolate factory, Kaokao. We had no idea of the name, we had no reservations for the tour. Pino called the owner and got us in within 15 minutes of us leaving port. The chocolate factory, a family owned business, was on one of the true highlights of the trip.

2nd Stop - Pino then took us on a guided tour of the western side of the island. He drove us through local neighborhoods, the islands only golf course (filled with wildlife), the presidential palace, and the various local monuments. Pino was very knowlegable and enthusiastic and he speaks close to perfect English.

3rd Stop - Mayan Ruins - The adults loved it, the kids not so much. If you're there, you should go, but bring lots of water to drink and under no circumstances should you wear sandals or flip-flops. Wear sneakers or hiking boots.

4th and last stop - Pino took us on a tour of half the eastern side of the island. Most of it is protected land and none of it has electricity. We stopped at a local restaurant right on the water. It was a little windy and the waves were cresting at about 7 or 8 feet. Spectacular views. Food was good. Margaritas were better. We even found a few local turantulas crawling around the steps to the beach. Relaxing and memorable lunch at what is a a family owned taco joint (Cafe Iguana's).

Drop Off - We were sad to go. Pino dropped us off at port with plently of time to spare before we set sail again. Total cost for the whole day $170USD (for all four of us). Please tip the friver as well.

Conclusion - Thank you Pino and Eduardo for making Cozumel a memorable one for me and my family.

8  Thank Jason H
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Alberto was great! He took time and gave the history of his island, he answered questions intelligently, he represented his company and his home well. It was a great dat and believe me we will do it again!!

1  Thank Dmissyj
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We went on a Disney Cruise with my parents. My husband wanted to see the island but had concerns about renting a taxi with my daughter not being in a car seat. I found this on trip advisor and after a few emails back and forth, we decided to book a van for the day being 4 adults and 1 child, they had no problem with us bringing our car seat on the van (they even have them also!) Our driver was George and gave us a description of the island and we talked about what we wanted to do: see the Mayan Ruins and eat a Lobster Lunch. A beautiful day and a beautiful lunch, the lobsters came off the boat right in front of us. It was so nice to have a driver and he answered all of our questions and handled my elderly parents wonderfully (getting off and on the van) We ended up renting the van for about 5 hours total and were very happy with the whole experience. It was much cheaper than any excursions we could of ever picked out and it was what we really wanted to do... Highly Recommended... Thank you George and Tour Plaza....

3  Thank hjoyo
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

2 Adults (44) and 2 kids (10 and 13) rented a taxi for about 7 hours. Our driver was Alberto...ask for him by name...he was great.
Our driver picked us up right on time at our hotel (Iberostar...see my other review) in an air conditioned mini van.
Alberto took a few minutes before driving away to explain where he could take us, some suggestions on things we might not know about, and asked us if there was anything specific we want to see.
We know we wanted to see San Miguel, see some shops, visit San Gervasio ruins and explore the beaches on the east coast.
We travelled north from the Iberostar to San Miguel and Alberto provided us lots of information on the island, local info, etc. In San Miguel we asked to drive around some of the residential neighbourhoods and Alberto was happy to oblige.
Near the cruse ships we stopped in some shops, poked around and carried on.
A nice, and unexpected, part of the day was the time Alberto took to take us to some of the important historic monuments that dot San Miguel and refer to the important spanish and mayan history of the people.
We stopped for a photo-op with some planes by the air force base and then headed East.
San Gervasio ruins were fantastic. Not giant pyramids like Tulum, but really really interesting. Very glad we did it.
The east coast beaches were the highlight of our trip. Desolate, abandoned and beautiful!
We stopped at several beach clubs along the way. Grab a fresh made meal, enjoy a cold Pacifico and relax on an incredible beach.
There is no electricity on the east coast (you may enjoy a view with zero hydro poles!). Food is fresh caught that day.
Last stop was Playa Palancar beach club. Due to high winds our hotel was unfavourable for snorkelling but due to its location, Palancar is calm as glass (see photos). Great snorkelling, great beach club. Buy a drink, or a meal and stay as long as you like.
Once we wrapped it up, we found that Palancar was only a few minutes ($12) from the hotel by taxi so we went back again the next day.
We highly recommend Alberto. A really great guide and a super nice person to spend the day with ! Hola Alberto if you get a chance to read this !!
We booked in advance of our trip on their website and paid a US$62 deposit via paypal. At the end of our tour( we played it by ear as to how long it would go) we paid the balance in US cash.
We learned a lot about Cozumel and its history and economy, and fell in love with the island.

4  Thank David J
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Thanks to our driver, Marco, we had a wonderful day . His English is perfect (he also speaks French) and is a student of the intriguing history of the island. He suggested an itinery based on our interests and off we were to the very interesting historical section of town. Then after doing a couple of the tourist spots, the tequila tasting is fun, we headed to lunch. On Marco's recommendation we ate at a small local cafe which served a delicious "fresh that day" sauteed grouper plate. The afternoon was spent driving the beautiful ocean side of the island with its multicolored waters. It was so relaxing and enjoyable we spent two extra hours. A great day.

2  Thank rowadav
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