Our trip to "fake Haiti" was better than expected. It was our first time there, and we went to Adrenaline Beach mainly to relax and explore the water. We sat on the far end of the beach near the rocks (just beyond the zip line overhead). Someone quickly brought over a couple of lounge chairs and a blue clamshell shade (free but with a tip). The water was "slimy" for the first few feet due to the sea grass. Beyond that was a surprisingly nice shallow area with coral and fish. There were brain coral several feet tall about 50-75 feet out directly under the zip line. Only 20-30 feet out were swarms of bait fish so numerous all you could see were the silvery sides as they swam by. Along the rocks were various fish and lots of sea anemones (black and red). I was happy that I had my snorkel gear with me, as I had not planned to snorkel but was glad that I did.
Not much going on here. It is far from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. We ventured beyond the gate into the "real" city and were harassed by people selling things and wanting to "help" us for a tip. We made it through the swarms of people (after paying off one guy to leave us alone) and got to Club Nazz, where we had a couple of Red Stripes and enjoyed the fast wifi. People were nice at Club Nazz, and it was a good respite from the chaos that was going on outside. There was no air conditioning, but we sat near the fan and were comfortable.
Upon coming back to the ship, we stopped at the "shops" within the port gates. They were fake and we did not spend much time there. We saved our shopping for Cozumel.
This was our third or fourth time to Cozumel. It is a fun port. We did what we did the last time, which is head over to the Money Bar and snorkel D'zul Ha. It is a great experience there. They have lockers and bathrooms and you can get a Dos Equis and everyone is friendly. The snorkeling is nice there, too, but the problem is that the current gets very strong when you go out 50-75 feet. It pushes you sideways also the shore, so if you are not careful you can wind up far from the Money Bar and need to walk back. There also was quite a bit of boat traffic in the area. But the snorkeling is excellent close in or further out. The kids can see fish right when they walk into the water. If you bring Fruit Loops to feed to the fish they go into a frenzy, which the kids like. Further out, if you can fight the current, is some nice coral and lots of different fish. They also have free wifi which worked pretty well. So you can snorkel and then have some drinks or food and check your e-mail. A nice way to spend the day, and close to the ship (a $9 taxi ride from the dock).