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Old 03-25-2003, 12:24 PM
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Ross suggested (in a reply to another post) that a good way to see the 'real Cozumel' is to rent a car for the day and drive to some more obscure eastern beaches. Sounds like fun!

My question is: Should language issues be a concern? My boyfriend and I think this sounds like a fun adventure and definitely a good way to see more of Cozumel, but between us we have a (VERY) limited Spanish vocabulary and we're worried about getting lost/needing directions/etc. Do you think we'd be better off sticking to taxis?
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Ross suggested (in a reply to another post) that a good way to see the 'real Cozumel' is to rent a car for the day and drive to some more obscure eastern beaches. Sounds like fun!

My question is: Should language issues be a concern? My boyfriend and I think this sounds like a fun adventure and definitely a good way to see more of Cozumel, but between us we have a (VERY) limited Spanish vocabulary and we're worried about getting lost/needing directions/etc. Do you think we'd be better off sticking to taxis?
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When we went to Cozumel in 2000, we rented a jeep right at the dock and drove around the island our self. Acutally the island is not that big, you can start out heading one direction and continue going and end up back where you started. Most of the people in the less touristy areas speak some English. We found some great deals shopping because we went off the beaten path. I believe at that time we were able to rent the jeep for around 100.00 for the day, another couple went with us and split costs. We had a great time. The first time we went to Couzumel a couple of years before that we just stayed in town and shopped..so we really enjoyed the site seeing on our own.
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My wife and I have done this twice. Spanish is not a problem at all. The island basically has one main road that circles the island. There are many beaches to stop at to swim and eat. The opposite side of the island has some amazing beaches with very calm water and amazing seafood at great prices. Playa Chen Rio is our favorite because the beach is protected by a rock formation so the water is very calm and just AMAZING. Yes with capital letters. The restaurant has wonderful seafood and ice cold beer. My advice, eat, eat, eat. Renting a car is very easy. All the rental companies are at the port...maybe you can bargin a bit. Shopping is very good. Go to Los Cinco Soles. Its on the main street in Cozumel. Right along the water. Cozumel is very safe for people who worry about that stuff. There is also an awesome place to eat near the downtown area called La Choza.
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Gosh, I think everyone else has done a great job of answering your questions and there's not much I can add -- well maybe a few pointers:

If you rent a car, consider renting one in advance of your arrival, for example through Hertz, Avis, etc. You can often find good deals on the internet and reserve your car in advance. That way if there is any problem, you can deal with someone back in the states in your own language.

Do check your vehicle carefully, both outside and inside and be sure that the rental agent notes all dents and scratches.

Do make sure the the price they quote you includes insurance and the the final cost you will pay is noted on your receipt.

Keep an eye on the guys at the gas station, and make sure that the dispenser is on "0" before you allow them to start pumping.

Acquaint yourself with the layout of Cozumel ahead of time and the fact that avenues are through streets and streets are not and are often one-ways.

Don't drink to excess and then drive.

If you follow these simple suggestions, you will have an amazing and carefree experience.

Enjoy!

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OK, so we leave in less than two weeks...and we're planning to "do Cozumel on our own" and go probably to Nachicochum...yet while talking to a friend yesterday, he cautioned about eating anywhere "local" because of Montezuma's Revenge! Ross, you wouldn't recommend these places unless the food / bar area was safe & wonderful...and have any of the rest of you had an issue with eating on Cozumel? I am not an alarmist, but worth the question? Thanks for settling my tummy. txtraveler
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As someone who has travelled all over Mexico and now lives here full-time, I can tell you that it is possible to get sick from eating at a mom and pop joint, or one of our more well-known restaurants. Having said that,I wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about getting sick, because it's not likely to happen.

I received some great advice many years ago when I visited the Yucatan as a tourist, about the three most important things you can do to avoid getting sick:
1) wash your hands
2) wash your hands
3) wash your hands

As a day visitor to the island you will be touching all sorts of things from door handles to trinkets someone is selling on the street. Then you open your bottle of water or sit down to eat some chips and salsa, and start transferring the bacteria and germs on your hands directly into your mouth.

Wash your hands at every opportunity, but particularly before you eat or drink anything, just as most Mexicans do.

In addition, local people only drink purified water and use purified ice themselves, so you don't have to worry about getting "bad" water or ice.

Enjoy!

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I've traveled to 42 countries and I rarely get sick. I have gotten sick in a few places because of eating things that my system is not used to. So I never worry about getting sick in any specific country. I've learned that the people who worry so much about this topic usually get sick while people like my wife and myself eat everything but use common sense never get sick. Common sense being if the place looks dirty or your stomach doesn't react well to spicy or greasy things...dont eat it. And too much booze will make you sick. As far as water is concerned, I live in New Jersey and I always drink bottled water so I follow this when I travel.
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Thanks for easing my stomach. Your "wash your hands" advice is no different than what I do everyday where I live! We're going for it!
Thanks again...and if you see a Texas gal washing her hands with a smile on her face....right before eating great local food!...that will be me!
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I have read over these posts and just wanted to forwarn you about Montezuma's revenge. While it's always possible you will not be affected by it, don't count on drinking from fountains, drinking beverages that have ice in them, etc.. I have been to both Cozumel and Cancun and got sick both places. When I say sick, I mean SICK! Of course, I love Mexico so it hasn't kept me from going back. In fact, I'm going back to Cozumel next month.. But this time I'll take my own water!!



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