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Old 03-04-2003, 05:44 AM
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On our upcoming cruise, we will be in Cozumel from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. I've done some research, and now need to narrow down choices and make a decision. Of the following options, which would you do, and why, and give me some price vs value comparisons, too, please?
1. Dolphin Encounter or one of the Dolphin choices
2. Chankanaab National Park
3. One of the beach clubs, like Mr. Santos or Nachi Cochum
4. Jeep Tour or Dune Buggy Tour; if you choose this, which company have you used, and what can you tell me about them? Found those options on other travel websites, and the cruise offers shore excursions as well.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer....will want to finalize our plans in the next week or so! Our first time to Cozumel, but I'll bet it won't be our last!? right?
You can tell I've researched options...but would value your opinion...so little time...so much to do!
Thanks again for responding!
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On our upcoming cruise, we will be in Cozumel from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. I've done some research, and now need to narrow down choices and make a decision. Of the following options, which would you do, and why, and give me some price vs value comparisons, too, please?
1. Dolphin Encounter or one of the Dolphin choices
2. Chankanaab National Park
3. One of the beach clubs, like Mr. Santos or Nachi Cochum
4. Jeep Tour or Dune Buggy Tour; if you choose this, which company have you used, and what can you tell me about them? Found those options on other travel websites, and the cruise offers shore excursions as well.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer....will want to finalize our plans in the next week or so! Our first time to Cozumel, but I'll bet it won't be our last!? right?
You can tell I've researched options...but would value your opinion...so little time...so much to do!
Thanks again for responding!
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Old 03-04-2003, 09:04 PM
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I've been to Cozumel a number of times and love it. The last few times I've been there I've gone to the National Park (Chankanaub or however you spell it). It's great. They have a nice beach and fairly good snorkeling. Its not the best snorkeling I've seen but I think it is the best on Cozumel. The park is nice for walking around and there are shows going on throughout the day. It is a fairly quick ride from the ship on a taxi so you can do it on your own. Would never do the "Beach Break" package they sell on the ships to Playa Sol. Too crowded and not much for snorkeling. Though if you like to drink or do water sports (kayaking, boats, etc.) this might be appealing. Did the dune tour once. Bought it from a guy on the pier (I never buy excursions on the ship as you get better deals once you get there). It was nice to see the island but you get covered with dust and mud so wear old clothes. We stopped for quite a while to see the Mayan ruins which were nice but bring some Off. The misquitos were relentless. As far as the dolphin encounter is concerned it is okay. I've never done it on Cozumel though my sister did. You get into a pool and get to pet the dolphins. I went on a swim with them in Nassau a few years ago and that was incredible. Yet, that was a dolphin swim vs. a dolphin encounter. Hope this helps. Be sure to leave time to shop downtown. It's a great place to do some bargain shopping. Also be sure to stop into Carlos n' Charlies. Its totally insane but great fun to people watch.
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Old 03-05-2003, 09:20 AM
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Thanks for your opinion on the Cozumel activities....great things to consider as we move to decision. Any other thoughts out there?
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Old 03-07-2003, 09:16 AM
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I disagree that Chankanaab is probably the best snorkeling we have here -- it is not. Is it one of the few that cruise ships sell -- yes.

I do agree, however, that you always get a better deal when you buy your tours direct. However, I wouldn't necessarily recommend going through the guy standing on the street corner.

There are a number of Cozumel sites that feature all kinds of tours and activities here on the island. One of my favorites is www.cozumelinsider.com. Sherri Davis has always done right by us and our visitors and really has a lot of interesting options. In addition, there's a ton of great information about the island, it's history, celebrations, etc.

Another activity our visitors seem to enjoy is a sailing trip with Cozumel Sailing (cozumelsailing.com). Karen and Dan Libbert really do a great job and there are a number of different trips which include snorkeling, swimming, fishing, etc. They generally travel up north away from all of the boat traffic and it's really a peaceful, relaxing way to spend a day here in Cozumel.

Enjoy!

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The first time we went to Cozumel, the ship was ported where you could disembark right downtown, (that was before the new docks) and we just hung around town, shopped etc...

The second time we went, we rented a jeep, there were 4 of us and we split the cost, and we rode around the entire island and did our own thing. We had plenty of time and found some great shopping deals on the backside of the island. We had enough time to take our purchases back to the ship and then go into town to shop and sample the local cusine... I believe the cost for the jeep for the day was around $90.00 for the day. We loved doing this because we werent limited on time and were free to stop, site see or shop and move at our own leisure. The ship we were on, docked from 9:00am until around 10:00 pm, so there was plenty of time.

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Thanks to Ross and Carol for these ideas! Ross, I'll look at that site...Cozumel has so many things to choose from, and I'm sure we'll go back, because ONE day won't satisfy! Through my research, I'd already decided that we could "do on our own" instead of through the cruiseline...and sites like the one you mentioned really allow me to feel confident in that.
I appreciate your opinions!
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We just got off the Carnival Holiday and I am so ****ed off I cannot see straight. My complaints with Carnival are endless - but I won't go into them here, as my primary reason for writing this is to warn 'Texas traveller' of the GAUNTLET the cruise ship SOBs THROW you directly into when you get off the boat. Let me put it like this: If you are a mental midget who wants to be ripped off, agravated and hassled incessantly, called names in Spanish behind your back -get horrible food -be treated like dirt by bad waiters who do not HABLA INGLES, and have a generally miserable time, then spend your day in Cozumel in the
'el tourista' district that the boat dumps you directly into like carrion thrown into the desert for the circling vultures. If you are dumb enough to spend time there - be prepared to hear "we dont have the free (fill in the blank-earrings, tequila,etc.) that the boat said you'd get if you came in here - COME BACK TOMORROW! I think our OTHER STORE still has some!"... The "tours' are not much better - NOTHING about the place is geared towards QUALITY - it is geared toward separating palefaced fat gringos from their money.
The TULUM tour spent as much time at the JEWELRY STORE as it did the MAYAN RUINS! Cozumel has become a combination of the WORST things about a place like Panama City Florida and the WORST things about Mexico City all rolled into one.
Don't waste your time on a crummy cruise to this border town with golden arches. Dont waste your time going on SHORT SHORT excursions into HELL. Fly down and go see the real deals likeChichen Itza and the barrier reef on your own!
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Ross, looks like you should jump in here. Relax, txtrav., it's not THAT bad! Obviously Bill's expectations were not met. I found Tulum crowded, and yes, they did spend more time than I would have liked at shops, but I still learned some neat things and enjoyed seeing the ruins nonetheless. Despite the fact that I don't particularly enjoy the more aggressive sales style common to Mexico and much of the Caribbean, I was not totally uncomfortable in Cozumel and found several shops to browse through without being constantly accosted. With your attitude, txtrav., I think you will find something to enjoy in Cozumel and all the ports you will visit. Karen
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Old 03-08-2003, 05:48 AM
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I think this guy has some legitimate gripes. It bothers me a lot when I see all of these "comisionistas" hanging around waiting to snag folks getting off of the cruise ships. I feel the same about the time share guys who present themselves as airport employees and grab people as soon as put their foot on Mexican soil. Unfortunately Cozumel has grown so quickly and there are so many people who want their piece of the pie, that it is a bit out of control in some areas. I will also add that I felt the same way when we went on a cruise several years ago and stopped in Caymen.

There is much more to Cozumel and the bottom line is that many cruise ship passengers will never see that part of it. This is really one of the reasons I post on this board as well as on cruise critic. There are so many wonderful things to see here and want others to enjoy Cozumel the way the I and many others do.
 
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