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My advice find two other and make a foursome or moresome then get a taxi and go to Chichen Itza. It is a fabulous place, I doubt, if you haven’t been to Mexico you will have seen its like before. Look it up on the web, it is a long ride but the road is very good and it’s really worth it. …. Neil.
Cozumel - culture aside - don't forget to go to Carlos n' Charlies and have a yard of Margherita and a dance.....great place! You probably won't remember leaving..... or have a great lunch first in Pancho's Back Yard - a wondeful restaurant.
Very easy to DIY in each port as they are so small - Try google and 'cruise ports call boards' - the first result will give you all the info under the Mexico section.
We opted for Xcaret Eco Park. Google it for details. It was an amazing place - even better when we slipped away from the guide and did our own thing.
Remember that Cozumel is an island off the coast and you have to take the ferry to get to the mainland if that's where you wish to go. So be careful that you don't miss the last boat back!
Last December, my husband and brother (46&49) booked through Costa, but I am sure available to book online, a cookery course at Playa Mia, whilst we girlies went shopping in Coz. The boys had a riot! Particularly in trying to keep up with the Tequila swilling chef!! They cooked some lovely dishes which they brought recipe cards home for, ate their efforts and could then use all the water/sport amenities. Although they couldn't actually see the sea lol. It was $90 with Costa but as I said you can book direct and take a taxi. It is a free bar and other packages can be booked for anyone not wanting to cook.
I see that Mr & Mrs Downs have suggested Chichen Itza. If you want to see ruins, see the best. Tulum is nearer but on a much smaller scale. I went to Tulum with the usual coach party. Once there and away from the fractured English of the guide (same in all countries) I found that there was an incredibly beautiful little beach, not mentioned in the ship's guide at all. I wish you good luck if you are trying to get a private taxi. Not one taxi on any Caribbean island quoted a fair price to me. One in Barbados introduced by the man organising the mini-buses, quoted $100 from the port to the town chemists and back again!! For many tours in Cozumel, remember that it is an island and you will need the ferry to Playa del Carmen. For coach passengers it is approx one mile through the pedestrian zone to the coach park and effectively you haven't started your trip.
How about going under the sea to a depth of 3omtrs (100ft) in a submarine? you may have to book on line before you travel .the name of the company is 'atlantis',look it up.my wife and myself were there last december.what an experiance !!!!!
My huband and I did the Atlantis submarine in Cozumel last December(Ocean Village). Wonderful. Looking forward to doing it again next time we go there. Also did Chichen Itza from mainland Mexico.
It depends on your interests. We booked to go swimming with dolphins and were taken to a beautiful nature reserve called Chankanaab. After swimming with the dolphins we asked to stay on and a taxi was paid for us in advance to take us back to the ship when we were ready. It is a lovely quiet place to walk around, full of different plant species and iguana's of different colours and sizes. There is a beautiful beach and places to eat and get a drink. I think you could do all this on your own by just getting a taxi when you get off the ship. I wouldn't go back to the mainland as Cozumel is worth seeing for it's own beauty. We visited Chichen Itza whilst in Mexico and it is a long trip. I don't know how you could do it from Cozumel. Tulum is nearer if you fancy seeing Maya ruins on the mainland. I suggest you check places out on a web site.
Thanks for the advice. We've just looked this nature reserve up on the net and were impressed enough to reserve a swim with the dolphins as part of a do-it-yourself day there, as we love to snorkel. Looking forward to seeing the iguanas too. We agree with your comment about seeing Cozumel instead of a long trip to the mainland. Much appreciation for your help!