Guide to Cozumel Travel
Battling the Mexico stereotype, Cozumel gets
high marks for cleaning up its tourist areas and making this a much nicer
place to visit. If you are cruising to this location, be ready for a
very pleasant surprise. First, the dock is actually a long, narrow
shopping mall with very nice stores selling liquor, jewelry, and other
items. As you exit this area, you step into a fairly new open air
shopping center with 25 or 30 stores. Once again, this is a very nice,
very clean area. In fact, this shopping area would rival anything you would find in
the U.S. Several of the shops are name brand stores (e.g., Ron Jon),
but most of them carry tee shirts, jewelry, and other tourist items. There are
also open air bars that get very crowded when cruise ships are in port (but
see Cruise Tip #1 below). At the
rear of this area is a parking lot where buses board for local tours.
Merchants freely take U.S. dollars, so don't be concerned about exchanging
your money for pesos.
Cruise Tips for Cozumel visitors
How many times can we say
this? Don't drink the water. Period. No matter what you
may hear about a particular restaurant or bar being "safe." Why
chance it? That means no ice, no frozen drinks, no coffee, no free
drinks on tours, nothing. If you must have a frozen margarita, buy
it on the ship and sit on a deck chair and look out over Cozumel.
You will hear all about the
great jewelry bargains in Cozumel, and how you can save so much money by
buying precious stones. Be very careful about this, unless you are
personally able to evaluate or appraise these items.
If you want to venture away
from the dockyard shopping area, book a tour. As an alternative, go
with a group of people. Do not wander into downtown Cozumel by
If you mind the food and
drink issues and your personal safety, this port can be a lot of fun.
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