We wanted to see the Dizibanche and Kinichou ruins that was about a 4 hr drive round trip. Because it was just the two of us who booked the trip that day our guide asked if if would be OK to take a private car instead of large van. This worked out fine but I would of liked to of had seat belts. Maria our guide was so knowledgeable and had actually worked at the ruin site during some excavating. We were the only ones at the ruins for 95% of the time and got to see and hear the monkeys before the tour bus group scared them away. We arrived before the tour group and left after them and still had time to make several stops along the way.
Because it was just the 4 of us (we had a driver Carlito) it was like visiting friends and them showing you their home town and culture. We stopped to feed a roadside monkey, bought tamales from a local and ate fruit from trees and sampled some Sapulte fruit from the chicklet tree. We also took a few minutes out of the way to see the Lagoon of Seven Colors and take pictures from a fort.
We felt very safe at all times and really got to see and experience the real Mexico and its people. We did a lot of walking and climbing around the ruins so bring good shoes but it is sooo worth it..
We got off the ship without a plan but with bathing suits and Moons tour book in hand. We passed the Taxi line and rented a car for 60$ Took a right on the main drag and drove several miles up to the tip and went to Palancar Beach. Again this was a little known resort and we pretty much had it to ourselves. We had excellent margaritas, quesadillas, guac and chips. We could of rented Kayaks, snorkeled or got a massage but chose to take a nice walk on the beach we had to ourselves and swim a bit. Cannot tell you how romantic it was to be alone on a beach in Mexico;-}
Wished we could of stayed longer but still wanted to see more so stayed on the same road and went to the other side to see the beaches with the sharp coral cliffs and crashing waves. It was beautiful. Went downtown and shopped just a bit but ran out of time.
Cozumel was very safe and other than the part we discovered.....very touristy....