Each Cozumel morning, we would go to the top deck and see which of our friends would be in town that particular day. In few minutes, the ships would empty out into the terminal. Cozumel has a nice wide dock that allows easy access on and off (unlike tendering which is a royal pain in the rump for the crew). Typically, we’d arrive in Cozumel by 8 am. After brekkie on the Lido deck, it was usually off to the beach for a few games of volleyball. In Cozumel, vendors serve Corona & Dos Equis right on the beach for a dollar a piece. We’d usually grab a bite to eat from one of the beach-side cantinas. After lunch we’d usually go to an internet cafe. Onboard, there is no access to affordable internet. As you may know, phone call and e-mail charges are ridiculously expensive from the ship. Internet cafes in Cozumel are always flooded with crew members. It’s the cheapest way to call and stay in touch with friends and family.
Once we finished our contacts, the next stop was what we consider one of the world’s great watering holes: The Blue Señor Frog’s atop Carlos N’ Charlies. Individually these lively bars can be found throughout Mexico and are often the highlight of any trip to the Mexican Riviera.
In addition to its festive cantinas, Cozumel is a great place to catch some sun. Water sports are abundunt. We would try to find a place that offered unlimited snorkelling, kayaking, kite surfing & windsurfing for about $20. The diving is a great value for the price – the aquatic life offers a lot to see. My favorite was the giant sea turtles. Cozumel also has miniature golf, go-cart & scooter rentals. There is also a public basketball court which I would frequent regularly. That was great opportunity to play against crew members from all over the world.
Cozumel is an island thirty miles long by 10 miles wide. It is 36 miles south of Cancun and sits directly across from the beautiful beaches of Playa Del Carmen. Translated, Cozumel is Mayan for “Island of the Swallows”. Most of the population lives in the small town of San Miguel on the western shore. There are about 72,000 year-round inhabitants. The weather always seemed to be around 80 degrees in the winter and it rarely rained. In addition to tourism, the main source of revenue is charter fishing & diving. Technically the currency is the Peso, but everyone takes U.S. dollars. As a tourist town, it is significantly more pricey here than it is further inland. The locals all know basic English, but they may pretend not to when it is convenient for them (like after you’ve paid the taxi driver and they seem to have trouble finding the correct change). For the most part, people were very friendly. By plane, Cozumel is only a few hours from B.W.I, but Cass and I definitely recommend visiting this port via Cruise Ship. You really only need one day to see this town anyway. Adios mi Amigos!
– Los Rox