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vicki ~ yng 12-30-2008 06:02 PM

9 days and counting!
Just curious we have been to cozumel twice and both times taken in the shopping,
Any suggestions on a good restaurant?
Attraction that would pull us away from the shopping?
some adventure the men would enjoy?

Larry in Miami 12-30-2008 06:14 PM

I have eaten at Poncho's Backyard a few times. It's all the way at the end of the shops. Pretty good food and friendly staff.

LisaP 12-30-2008 06:16 PM

It's been several years, but I second Larry's recommendation. The restaurant is in the back of Los Cinco Soles. The food, drink, and atmosphere were wonderful. Enjoy!

Dwayne 12-30-2008 06:18 PM

I really like Pancho's Backyard restaurant. There are two locations, one downtown and one at Carnival's pier shopping area. I didn't go downtown last time, I was shopped out from the previous two visits. Chankanaab Park is a great attraction. Do the men like snorkeling? There are several beaches that have parasailing etc. Best wishes for a great cruise!


Frase 12-30-2008 10:20 PM


Any suggestions on a good restaurant?
I heard great things about Pancho's Backyard within Los Cinco Soles gift shop in downtown Cozumel (San Miguel).

Also I heard great things about the restaurant called La Choza. Here is there website:


Attraction that would pull us away from the shopping?
Discover Mexico: a museum of artwork and outdoor miniature models of famous Mexican cities and landmarks through-out the countries history. My group stopped by this place on our shorex. Here is the website:

Also, Hacienda Antigua- Tequila History Tour. A mock-up of a Tequila farm and distillery. Guided tours and talks about the history and facts about Tequila. Free samples of Cava Antigua brand Tequila offered; as well as for sale. Here is their websites:
Yes, my group also stoped at this place. I don't drink alcohol, so I took the word of my group when they said it was excellent Tequila. My shorex. guide said this Cava Antigua brand is considered the best Tequila and is not sold in the US.

some adventure the men would enjoy?
Maybe check-out that "4x4 Jeep Safari" shorexcursion (or similar words). I heard allot about it, but never booked it.

Of course, Cozumel is renowned for its diving and snorkeling. The men might enjoy doing that. I heard Chankanaab Park is one of the best spots for snorkeling and diving in Cozumel.

So, I hope that was some help. Have a good time on your cruise.

mmars 12-30-2008 11:48 PM

I've been on 16 cruises and half of them have probably been to Cozomel. LOL I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Jeep Safari tour. You drive the jeep and can be as rough or calm as you like. They take you to snorkel or hang out by a pool for an hour or so then go all the way around the island. They take you to a mayan ruins area, then on around the island for a FREE Mexican buffet. A real Mexican Buffet. It was wonderful. We ate under huts on the beach, played volleyball or just took in the sights of the water. It was beautiful. Then you continue on around the island to the Fameous "Pee Pee Station". I thought this was going to be a huge attraction as most people who have been to Cozomel have been there. It's a souvineir shop, good prices. They then take you back into town and give you free drink in Senor Frogs, alcoholic or not. It was worth every dime and a got us out of the same old think in Cozomel. Have fun.

drlivingston 12-31-2008 06:06 AM

Pancho's Backyard is a definite... mmmm.. fish tacos and some of the freshest salsa ingredients you will ever find. They have their own reverse osmosis water system in house so that you can enjoy ice in your cocktail or just water without worrying about Montezuma creeping up on you. I always rent a car in Cozumel because, to me, the back side of the island is far more beautiful than the tourist areas.
Google their name... go to their website... select coupon link... print coupon for a free Awesome Margarita!

spoheat 12-31-2008 06:53 AM

We were told that the jeeps in Cozumel could not go "off road" right now because they are still regrowing vegetation following Hurricane Wilma. We did the jeep tour through Adventuras Naturales (We actually booked through but that was the local vender) and my husband thinks it is the best thing we ever did. We toured the whole island, the oldest town on the island (a little shopping and history) snorkeling, a couple stops on rocky coastline for pictures (gorgeous--also surf blow holes which were interesting)a cantina (best chips and guac I have ever had) which was open air on the beach, a beach and a restaurant for late lunch (firegrilled chicken, homemade tortillas and fixings). It was about a 5-6 hour thing and was fabulous. Something for everyone, and I think you pretty much see the whole island. My daughter doesnt snorkel and she sat that out and was fine. We don't drink and still had a lot of fun at the cantina. The group was small, us 4 and another couple from Englund--it was fun just visiting with them about their homeland. Look into it. It was worth every $$.

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