We went to Chankanaab Park in Cozumel. Again, we did this on our own instead of going through Carnival. We got a little lost trying to find the way to where the cabs were, but everybody was friendly and pointed the way. We stopped at the little shops and bought the girls some maracas which they immediately broke. :-)
At Chankanaab, the children’s play ground area was closed (covered in red tape), but they have a little beach area right next to it where we hung out. Drinks were way overpriced. Again, beautiful weather and it was very warm. I think a can of soda was like $2.50? Bring your own drinks. I let the girls go barefoot on the beach here, but they couldn’t get in the water because there were rocks that I didn’t want them to get hurt on. Chankanaab has a little restaurant right in the front next to the Sea Lion show and dolphin swim. We ordered hamburgers and such which were priced about what you would expect. I noticed that for a price ($20.00 or so?) that they give you unlimited drinks. Prices for food were about average for a park (think Sea World). Maybe about $7.00 for hamburger and fries. Right at that restaurant you can see the dolphin swims. The sea lion show was cute. The speaker speaks in Spanish and English which makes it a little hard to follow. At the end, you can actually walk up onto the stage area and take a picture with the sea lion.
Progreso. We got off in Progreso and went to the pier. The AutoProgreso tour people are right there with signs. I knew (again, thanks to CC) that we wanted to go to the Yucatan Reef Hotel and that it was cheaper to go directly through AutoProgreso. So, we went and signed up (paid cash directly) and she gave us a bracelet. It was $45.00 pp for my husband and I, the girls were free (compared to $75.00 pp through Carnival). We went to downtown to wait on the bus. Where the bus lets you off is where you need to catch the bus for whatever tour you do through AutoProgreso. Well, we went around and bought some souvenirs and decided to get out of the busy people traffic and smoke. So, we took the girls inside a little building and used our cell phone to call home. Unfortunately, we missed the bus going to the hotel. I was so upset, but it was completely our fault. I think we misunderstood the representative and thought that it was supposed to leave at 10:30 but it left at 10:15. Well, I'm all ready to pay for a cab or find another way to get to the hotel, but the Autoprogreso people began using their cell phones and making calls. Long story short, they got one of the buses that transported to the port and back to take our family all the way to the hotel! I was extremely impressed that they did that and made sure to tip everyone involved.
The hotel was beautiful. We went immediately to the children's area to get the girls dressed in their bathing suits. It was not crowded and I believe they were the only children there. We had the entire children's pool area to ourselves. We went to eat (it was included and a buffet) and the food was good. They even had little hamburgers for the girls. There was an open bar as well. We then went out to the ocean and let the girls play in the sand.
I'm from TN and have never been to a beach, ocean, nada. I wasn't expecting so many shells on the beach. I refused to let the girls walk around barefoot because I was afraid they would step on something. I walked around with no shoes on and I was fine. The water was cool, but the weather was perfect. Around 80 or so degrees and beautiful blue sky.
The bus takes you directly back to the port from the Hotel.