Chankanaab is our family's top choice for spending a day in Cozumel. It is a short cab ride from town. You can print out a discount coupon online, if you pay in cash. Otherwise, you pay full price with VISA. The sea lion show is included in the price, as are the deck chairs, swimming pool, life jackets, palapas, gardens, and crocodile rescue view. The small lagoon is an excellent place for walking among the fish. On the day we were there, several larger fish had swam in, over the low barrier. The water is much calmer in the smaller lagoon. Some of the tide pools had a wide variety of sea life. Snorklers who are leary of the ladders and rocks can enter the ocean from the lagoon's low barrier.
Vendors are very calm in the park. We were only approached twice by the spa staff and twice by the bar staff. It was a wonderful break!
When you arrive, the park has guides. Felipe is the one you want! Hand him your camera, ask for his garden tour, and let him snap all of your pictures. Bring him a $20 for his trouble. These will be, without a doubt, the best pictures of your trip. At the end of the tour, he will take you to the beach, or to the sea lion show. He knows where to seat you, so that you are in the shade AND the first ones onto the stage for the mandatory sea lion kiss photos. They have erected shade and added seats throughout the garden, to make the tours more pleasant for visitors. DO NOT wander the gardens alone. Some of the younger gardening staff will demand tips for very small courtesies. Go with a group or with a guide.
The park spa is very economical. If you are wanting a couple's massage or another spa service that is too expensive on the ship. Or back home, check the prices at the park spa. $20 a person for a 30 minute massage.
The food is very expensive and not worth the money. Crows are a problem, also, around the restaurant tables. Plan to bring your own water and protein bars. Eat a big breakfast on the ship. Avoid eating at the park, unless you purchase the all inclusive package that includes lunch.
Taxis are at the park everyday it is open. For a family of 5, it cost $17 one way.
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