Cozumel tied for my favorite stop. It was sunny and a beautiful mid-80 that day
Instead of a Carnival excursion, we decided just to get off the boat and find somewhere to do. For all you first time (or no time) cruisers, for each stop the cruise ship makes, the cruise line offers a bunch of different excursions you can book through them. They're pretty expensive but guaranteed.
This time around, we decided to chance it. We just wanted to find a beach and chill so we figured that wouldn't be too hard, and we were right!
Obed took us to an incredible little resort, called Club Cozumel Caribe. If you ever get to Cozumel, go here. Seriously. It was paradise!
|Obed, our van driver/tour guide|
Included in our $25 per person was snorkel gear, so that was pretty much our first stop. You walked down the beach a little ways (maybe 100 yards?) to the window to get the gear, then jumped right in off the pier by the window. The current was a little strong, but it took you right back down the beach to where the chairs were. Pretty convenient, actually!
|The guys found a whole bunch of awesome conch shells while snorkeling|
|The view from our chairs. Stunning.|
|The view from behind our seats. There was a building with a restaurant, bar, gift shop and an outdoor chlorine pool to rinse off in as well as outdoor showers.|
|All the seating area. We opted to sit in the sun so we were closer to the water|
|The pool area|
This particular part of Mexico is famous for their tequila. The resort had a little mini garden and we got to do a little tour.
|The Blue Agave plants grow for 8-10 years, then produce the pineapple you see next to them. They cook them, juice them, then ferment the juice. Ta-da! Tequila!|
|We also got to do a genuine tequila tasting. Believe it or not, good tequila isn't supposed to burn like the tequila we have in America. This stuff actually has a good taste and doesn't burn at all! Still strong, but not burn.|
Really though, it was paradise. Beautiful water, perfect temperatures, great company. And, it was cheap! A snorkel/beach excursion through carnival was three to four times more expensive.
|Our boat (left) at the pier. It was nice not to have a take a ferry to get to shore|