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markbach's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Grand Cayman
Carnival Liberty cruise in November 2012
Member Name: markbach
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: markbach's Carnival Liberty Review
Cozumel
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The main goal of our day in Cozumel was to find some reliable wifi to skype/call family and friends to pass along the news of our engagement, so the plan was to find a McDonalds or Starbucks and camp out there.

Getting off the ship was easy, and once you walk through the Carnival pier area, it was an $11 USD cab ride (for 4 people) to downtown. Downtown is kind of run down and a lot of shops are closed/empty, so it was a challenge finding somewhere that was open and had free wifi. McDonalds is gone and Starbucks had a sign posted saying their internet wasn't working. We tried Carlos and Charlies, which worked reasonably well until they opened up at 10am and started blaring music. We eventually ended up at one of the restaurants on the strip overlooking the beach, and had a few beers and some chips while we used their internet. After that, we were tired of being harrassed every 5 feet by vendors and store owners, so we just caught a cab ($7 for 2) back to the ship. On the way back to the boat, you go through a large duty free mall. I stopped for a second to look at prices on some liquor and I suddenly had one of the clerks following me around the entire store until I left.

Overall, Cozumel is a lot more run down than it used to be. There's not much high-end shopping left, and the rest is all the same ponchos and sombreros and tequila as you can find anywhere else in Mexico. Next time I'd skip downtown and book an excursion or go to the beach instead.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Belize is a total dump... even the tourist zone where you get off the tender is a craphole. We turned right around and went back to the boat after 20 minutes. Definitely book an excursion here or don't bother getting off the boat.
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Roatan
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We didn't book an excursion here either and just decided to hit the Mahogany Beach for the day. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the ship to the shopping area, and then a nice 8-10 minute walk from there to the beach. Don't waste money on the chair lift... walking's just as fast and we saw the chairs stop running at least 3 times during the day.

The beach is gorgeous, you can just grab any of the white chairs for free and lay out or go in the water. We had hoped to rent some snorkel masks, but the water was really cloudy from storms that had come through the night before, so we decided to just swim instead. Unfortunately, it started pouring while we were there and didn't let up for a while, so we sought cover. There is wifi down at the beach area; it requires a login/password which was posted in the dining area by the picnic / ping pong tables.

I'd definitely love to come back here when it's not raining and we can spend more than a few minutes in the water.

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Grand Cayman
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It was very windy and the waters were rough, so we had to tender near Spotts Bay instead of Georgetown as planned. From there, it's a $5 USD/person shared cab ride to Georgetown and $7 USD/person shared cab ride to 7-mile Beach. We had originally planned to go to Calico Jacks on the advice of some folks on this site, but we just hopped in a cab to 7-Mile, figuring we'd go where ever it took us. It ended up dropping off right in front of Calico Jack's, which was perfect. We got there early enough that we were able to secure a picnic table on the beach. They used to have rows of chairs for rental. but hurricane Sandy had washed away most of their beach, so there wasn't any room. They do have showers, changing rooms, and bathrooms available for use, and some chair/umbrella rentals a little further up the beach. They also have free wifi, which was nice for sending Thanksgiving greetings to friends and family. We got a bucket of local beers ($20 CI) and some conch fritters ($8 CI) and just chilled out and got in the water a little bit. The undertoe was pretty bad, so we didn't want to go too far out, but it was still nice.

After we were done with the beach, we hopped in a shared cab from there to Georgetown ($5 USD/person) to look around. There's a lot of higher-end shopping and the usual duty free liquor and goods, but nothing we were interested in, so we went back to the ship.

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