Cozumel – As mentioned earlier we’ve spent time on the beautiful beaches of Cozumel and we’ve enjoyed driving the island. This visit we opted for the Isla Pasion power cat excursion for something different. We were disappointed in the beach after seeing the hundreds of 4 and 5 star reviews. It was just a typical beach with the sea grass and nothing special at all, many of the beaches along the west coast of Cozumel are much nicer. We grabbed a table and spent all of our time there. The drinks were ok and the buffet was just ok as well. They had a hard time keeping up with the number of people they were serving. The staff from the boat was great and the ride there and back very nice. I would not recommend this to someone looking for a very nice beach experience as there are much nicer beaches on Cozumel or along PDC.
Belize – We were the only ship in port and we tendered in and walked out of the secured area to the San Pedro Express water taxi and took that to Caye Caulker. We thoroughly enjoyed our day there, especially at the Lazy Lizard. Gorgeous water views in the Split and the beer was cheap and the food very good. Just a great spot to lime for a few hours, also some nice wood carvings at a few shops. Spent a little time in Belize City and returned to the ship on the last tender. We enjoyed Goff’s Caye our previous visit, beautiful little spit with good snorkeling. Sorry to hear so many people say they do not leave the ship here or only go into the secure area of the port, they are missing some of the most beautiful areas they will ever see.
We were diverted to Coxen Hole rather than Mahogany Bay due to high winds. This was inconvenient to passengers who were planning to stay right at the Carnival beach at Mahogany, but was a benefit to us because we planned to head for the west end anyway. We had pre-arranged a private driver to cart us around for the day, and the driver was waiting for us at Coxen Hole just as nothing had changed. We used the same operator as on our first visit, Dixon Tours. Our driver was Carmel and she was amazing. We decided to drive to West End and do some shopping there before everyone else got there. Great spot to buy Lencan pottery, although I was disappointed the cigar bar was closed. We then made arrangements to water taxi to West Bay with Frank, $3pp one way. Nice way to see the beautiful water and coast, and this day as gorgeous. We enjoyed a lunch at the Thirsty Turtle at Bananarama then spent time enjoying the gorgeous water. Didn’t want to get out but the time came and we drove back to port via the north and east side for sightseeing. Gorgeous island and we want to return for a longer visit.
We were only in port from 7AM – 2PM and we knew we wouldn’t be off the ship before 8AM. So we had pre-booked with Steve at the Tropicante and that was a great spot to relax. The water there is crystal clear and virtually free of sea grass that day. The staff is excellent and the drinks were very good. We didn’t have a chance to eat because we left early and the staff was bust seating newcomers. If we visit again with more time in port we will rent a golf cart and head for Maya Luna or another quieter spot 20 – 30 minutes south of Mahahual. This trip we just didn’t have enough time to enjoy that. But we’d highly recommend Tropicante for a spot along the beach where you can meet new friends and enjoy the water and have great service.