Cozumel Dune Buggy Excursion Reviews
Tour stated no minimum age for buggy. However this was not the case. We were given a Jeep with a car seat which was nice. This and the drive were the best part of the tour.
First stop was the snorkel stop. The club was a "private" club with other guests from ships and not. We did not snorkel because of our toddler and was hoping to enjoy the beach. There was most much beach to enjoy and we saw some trash on the beach. The entry was small with many snorklers and a kayak tour entering into he water. Not very relaxing at all and not the hour of beach time we were expecting. Also my husband was offered drugs while walking around with our 2 year old. He was offered harder drugs and this was from someone who was at a booth from one of the vendors SET UP IN THE CLUB. The guy then followed my husband around to try and sell stuff. Also showed my husband a pipe and told him it changes color when you smoke out of it, and offered him weed and another harder substance.
We were very happy to leave this stop, and enjoyed the longer drive to the second stop. The drive was great. WE got to the second stop with lunch. The food was o.k. Not great. the waves were too high for swimming and there was a red flag out. WE just took photos by the beach and enjoyed the scenery. not many people at this beach. One of the shops had the nicest ladies ever.
This is were the tour went from a possible 3 start to a 1 star. The family in front of us were warning the tour guide that their buggy did not work well. About 2 minutes after we left, their buggy died. The guide promised he would look out for us, and not leave us behind. We stayed with this family, thinking that the driver would be back. NOPE. WE sat there for 10 minutes, and finally we told them we were going to drive ahead and look for the group, thinking they were not far behind. We drove for 15 minutes before we caught the driver. He told us to wait with the rest of the group. We waited for another 20 minutes before the family came in his buggy. It was hot, we were on the side of the road waiting until our tour guide came up finally. WE got back to the ship, with just enough time to get on the ship. No shopping or exploring and we were supposed to be back with 2 hours to spare. SO frustrating. Would not ever recommend this tour.
We did a private buggy tour so we would not have to wait for a large group or have to see things we didn't want to see. It also gives you one on one time with more locals and they are able to show you things you wouldn't see on a tour. We went to the top of the lighthouse, looked for crocodiles, snorkelled and swam, ate a delicious lunch of homemade fajitas and took pictures with Pedro the iguana. My husband loved driving the buggy and I enjoyed sitting in the back with the guide, learning so much about Cozumel and its people.
Did the dune buggy/snorkel tour. Make sure you know how to dive a standard shift car if you want to do this. The tour guides Maria and Mauricio were great. they explained what we would be doing, where we were going and how long we would have at each stop. The dune buggies themselves were not well maintained. Our buggy caught fire less tan 10 minutes after we started. They gave us another and this one had no seatbelts in the rear seats. Third time lucky and that one worked well. We saw at least two other buggies break down in this tour. We snorkeled at a resort with a restaurant, bar etc. Snorkeling was OK but not the best. We went on to a beach on the Caribbean side of Cozumel that was absolutely beautiful and had a great Mexican buffet lunch there. Then drove back to the port. One thing that was a little disappointing was that we were not allowed to drive the dune buggies on the beach. The tour was fun but the poor condition of the vehicles stopped it from being great.
The name was jungle buggy and snorkel and it was fantastic. We walked to the start and the guides were very nice, informative and knowledgeable. We rode through town and when the pavement ended the off road began. WOW it was so much fun. After riding off road we stopped by a small resort to learn how to make Pico De gio (spelling) and could swim in the pool if we desired. After another so short ride we went to Plaza Azul for snorkeling. The fish and sea life was beautiful as was the water. Would highly recommend taking this tour.
Beautiful Destination! We did the Beach Buggy snorkeling excursion and I highly recommend it. Guides were Nacho and Ramon. They were great. You drive a good while on the road before going into a beautiful ecological park. Then you spend 2 hours on the beach where they give you a cheap buffet and free soda/bottled water. We could have skipped the snorkeling and just spent all the time starting at the amazing water. Snorkeling was fun though. Dont expect a finding nemo reef but there were some nice fish to look at. Note that the buggys are pretty unreliable. Ours was ok but some other people had problems. If you go with this excursion just keep in mind you may end up riding in a car at some point. Its still worth it. This island is nice enough where you could also just do your own thing. Its safe and there are lots of good bars and beach spots. Just do some research.
Shore excursion was great
Great fun on original dune buggies. Loud, muddy off road ride. Good authentic Mexican food. Beach was clean with clear water sandy bottom, good for swimming.
We also did an excursion in Colon of the Panama canal. We felt safe on all tours. Notable security provided by ship personnel at the docks in Colon.