We had been to Cozumel before but had docked in a different area. The area we docked in was great with a lot of shopping. Tons of jewelry stores there as well. Lots of tourist shops with trinkets. The usual things plus many Mexican made items. They will work with prices as well. If you wanted the Diamonds international and ships recommended stores you had to take a taxi ride for about 5-6 miles. Jimmy Buffets and Hard Rock Cafe was also about 3 miles away. We were there with 4 other sihps and the crowds weren't as bad as I anticipated. We didn't do an excursion here because we did one the last time we were there. The area had police and was safe. Lots of taxis were on hand to take people out of the shopping area by the port. Also a rental car agency was there. I am a very cautious traveler so I don't venture out much on my own. Also it was very clean were the shopping areas were.
We had been warned about Jamaica being crime ridden but I was pleasantly surprised when we docked. There were plenty of shops there including a craft market. The usual Diamonds international, etc were there as well. It was also policed heavily and they did not allow outsiders of the cruise into the market area. I again felt very safe but did not go outside the port area. They have a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville there as well. We enjoyed a drink there and got great service. They will dicker on prices in the craft market as well.
Beautiful island! Our excursion was a bust because the water was rough and the government there made everyone get out of the water. Our excursion advertised the fastest boat to the stingrays and they were right. If they had not went that fast we wouldn't even made it into the water. Only 3 people out of about 20 made it into the water before we had to get out. There was also a police presence in the town as well. I felt very safe there. We had to tender into the port. They were pretty quick and large. Sometimes you had to wait until they filled the boats but it didn't take more than 15 minutes usually. Tender boat operators were polite and seemed very capable. The beaches there are all public and there is no shortage. The resorts also allow people to use their pools. There was a Jimmy Buffets there and Hard Rock Cafe. By the way we did get a full refund from the excursion company and it was there before we got home!
This was the private Island of the cruise ship. It was great! Plenty to do and they fix a great lunch on the island. I liked this island not only for the beach but because they have tons of local artisans they let sell their wares. There is also a tram that runs around the island. The shade canopies and chairs are free. The guy that set it up did it just for a tip. I felt very safe there. The water was clean and clear and a little chilly but felt good once the temp went up for the day. There is plenty of seating to eat and plenty of beach chairs. RC gives you beach towels you need to check out so you don't have to pack your own. There was also a security presence near the trial with the artisans. It is a little bit of a walk from the pier to the beach but they do have wheelchairs to help with that if you need it.