Costa Maya: Some people complained that they did not like this port. We thought it was great! We rented a modified golf cart for four people and we went bar-hopping at almost every bar/restaurant in the little town and on the beach. The carts were cheap and fun to drive. Ensure that you negotiate because the vendors will get as much out of you as they can. Just say “no thanks” and they will be back to give you the price most of the time.
Cozumel: Great port! We rented jeeps and went to almost every beach bar 40 minutes away and back. We had such a great time that we were pressed for time and did not get to stop at the Jose Cuervo store to taste and get souvenirs, but we will be back soon!! We did get to do a little shopping right at the port but also be aware that they will try to get as much money out of you as they can. Just walk away and this seems to work most of the time. When it time to head back to the ship, they will give you your price to make the money.
Great experience for first time or repeat traveler.
Since we did not fly out until the next day, we did the Big Bus tour and it was great! They will store your bags for you so that you can enjoy the tours without worrying about your luggage. This is good for late flights as well and they pick you up at the cruise ship terminal and will also drop you off at the airport for one price. Stop in Little Havana and enjoy a Cuban meal at one of the many restaurants and the ice crème which is great!!
Ocho Rios was pretty good because we had a drive (CJ) that took us off the main path to see other landmarks to include Bob Marley’s grave site and a different perspective of the island itself. The shopping was the same throughout, but watch out for the stores that don’t have prices on the merchandise. It’s amazing that you have thousands of items, but always have to find the store owner to get a price. The prices are much cheaper on ship for alcohol vice buying it in the town as well. You have people selling almost everything, but we were never approached to buy any illegal drugs as mentioned in other reviews.