When we arrived at the port of Cozumel, the first thing we did was ask where the taxis were. Make sure you negotiate the rate before leaving--we paid $20.00 for 3 of us. (tip not included) It was about a 20 minute ride to Playa Palancar--a beach club- not resort. When we got there, we went straight for a table/umbrella. A waiter "Filemon" came out and basically explained we were able to use the chaise longues, tables, etc., for free, but they would like us to order food/drinks, etc. We did and were pleased with the chicken quesadillas, nachos and virgin drinks and waters. (All reasonably priced) We spent only a few hours here, but the beauty and quiet were great! My husband got a wonderful 30 min.massage for $30 while listening to the waves-- the masseuse also gave "sample" massages on the beach and she was great!
Don't forget your water shoes. Getting in and out of the water, we encountered broken shells and rocks. We snorkeled (brought our own) and stayed within the ball/rope area and were able to see schools of different fish we've never seen before and 3 large 12" diam. Starfish and 1 smaller one. Amazing! Also, they have outdoor shower sprayers and dressing rooms. They also had a couple little outdoor kiosks for souvenirs and a dive shop we never inquired about. We loved the fact it was not crowded or noisy. This place is definitely not luxurious, but it was comfortable and a great place to bring kids--no loud music blaring, no big drinking parties--very family friendly and reasonably priced. Enjoy!
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