Cozumel Private Resort Day Pass Excursion Reviews
"Deluxe" Occidental Allegro resort was mid category at best. Nice (crowded) beach. Bad food. Indifferent service. Bar ran out of glasses then made awful drinks. Good idea to do this as Cozumel is sinkhole loaded with fine jewelry stores, but would recommend upgrade to nicer resort . Teens liked this variance on other trip activities.
We booked the Playa Mia Deluxe Beach Break through the cruise line and had a great time! Cozumel itself is more touristy than we would like, so going to the beach made for a great day! We were welcomed on the buses and once we got to the resort. Unlimited drinks were included with this tour and the waiters started coming around as soon as we got there. Drinks were good and cold. We conquered the inflatable obstacle course (harder than it looks but so fun) and just as a warning that swim is longer than it looks! The pools were really clean and the water slides were a lot of fun. I wish the beach massages had been a bit cheaper, as we had already spent a decent amount of cash on the excursion. The lunch buffet had the best nachos I've ever tasted in my life. The food was fresh. Yes, there was American food on the buffet but as the mom of a very picky child I do appreciate that being an option. The shops at the resort were very reasonably priced and the shop owners were nice. Would definitely return the next time we are in Cozumel!
In Cozumel we opted for a beach day. We ended up spending the day at Playa Mia. They have quite a few things in addition to the beach, fun for all! The food was decent, nothing to write home about in my opinion. They had a lot of chairs, sun and shade, wi-fi.
Playa Mia is a beautiful and clean facility. Our family enjoyed our time there. There is so much for everyone to do. The day we were there it was a little breezy and the temp was in the high 70's so getting in the water was chilly. The water in the kids pools was cold and made it so my kids did not want to go in them. The water slide water also was cold and they did not have much push to get you down very fast. In fact my younger kids would stop mid way through the slide so they mostly played on the beach looking for shells. We did enjoy the free kayaks, and paddle boats and the lunch buffet was really good! I am sure they do not ever heat their pools so this place would be better when the weather is really warm. That way a nice cool pool would be refreshing instead of being too cold to get in! I would recommend this place for the warmer months. Still it was very nice and had lots of options for things to do!
Great food, drinks and service!
Passion Island - we took a boat over, but this was our 3rd time to go here. If you are physically able, take the Twister boat over - it's a blast! Beautiful little island with buffet lunch & drinks. There are restrooms with a changing area as well. There is shopping if you are so inclined. Loungers, shade, tables, water trampoline, kayaking, hammocks on beach & in water are all included. We didn't have kids with us, but there are kids' areas available. I just didn't pay much attention to them since I wasn't using them. Temporary tattoos, massages & water trikes available for additional charge. Staff is great & very attentive.
Pleasant and relaxing beach day-food and service was good! Felt it was a little pricey because the beach was not usable for the children due to steep drop off, but enjoyed the relaxation by the nice pool.
We arranged ahead of time (for a nominal fee) day passes to Secrets Azul all-inclusive resort. This is a $15-20 taxi ride from the downtown cruise pier. The resort was very relaxing and we had our choice of beach or pool as well as several restaurants in which to have lunch.
On several other trips to Cozumel we've done the Nachicocom Beach Club and that is still a favorite choice but it was nice to experience this relatively new Secrets resort.
Got the romantic package, massages we're awesome... Food was great and drinks were spectacular not to mention the scenery:)
My family and I selected The Sunscape Sabor Cozumel resort for a day pass while stopping in Cozumel on Thanksgiving day. We had 5 so took a larger cab and it was $22 there and $20 back. Check in was friendly and easy enough. The resort was pretty small and boasted a lot of water (non motorized) activities is the reason we selected it. Unfortunately the weather was windy and the water choppy so they had no activities going on. The beach was nice where you could walk a long direction in front of other resorts with a pier next door you could walk out on. They had chairs and umbrellas on the beach you could get with no extra charge. The open bar was easy to get a drink from but I think I was just getting full from the cheap mixer and ice in a blender. I never did taste any alcohol or feel any of the alcohol after drinking several. And they weren't very tasty - like I said a cheap mixer and ice. The snack bar at the pool had decent onion rings and great nachos and the highlight of the place was them preparing Paella right there at the pool over a grill. We opted for a later lunch and snacked here. We walked down to the buffet a bit later for lunch and once they ran out of an item they did not replace anything. The food was really really bad. I would have cried to be stuck there at this resort for days and having to face that food. Staff friendly, beach nice but that's about all you can expect here. It was one of the cheaper day options at $50 for adults and $25 for kids. I wouldn't return here.
Great for relaxing and enjoying a beach day. Unlimited Margarita's, need I say more?
We decided to try a fairly new beach club, Papitos, after reading about it on CC and Trip Advisor. It is on the very tip of the island inside the Punta Sur Eco Park. It was fantastic. Really beautiful, and not nearly the crowds that you encounter at popular beach clubs like Mr. Sanchos that are closer to the port. It took about 35 minutes by cab to get there (about 20-25 minutes to Punta Sur and then another 10-15 inside to get there). The cab rate is $50 each way for 4 people (it is $30 to Punta Sur and another $20 all the way to Papitos). You can reserve the all-inclusive for Papitos online, which was $49 for adults and $39 for kids and it includes the admission required to enter Punta Sur ($12 per adult, $8 per child). We got the AI and a representative from Papitos was waiting for us at the entrance to Punta Sur to pay the admission and give us wristbands. Good thing because our cab driver was not familiar with how to get to Papitos. Cabs do not drive by Papitos as it is very secluded, so if you go it is important to negotiate a round trip with your cab driver and agree on a time to be picked up. We agreed on $100 round trip and we paid our driver when she returned to pick us up. Surprisingly she did not insist on a deposit in advance (but she probably figured we could easily just hop in another cab back even if we wanted to). Our driver was really nice. We asked her to take us to the famous Punta Sur lighthouse on the way back (you pass by it) where you can climb the stairs to the top for a great view of the “wild side” of the island and the entire eco park. We also stopped at the crocodile viewing area (also on the way), but did not see any crocs – apparently it is more common to see them there in the morning. All of that is part of Punta Sur, along with some other sights and a few ruins, so allow time for that and negotiate with your cab driver or tip well!
Once we arrived we got 4 ocean front loungers and two umbrellas. The service was a bit slow but very friendly and the food was delicious. Drinks were standard and all included. There was a clean bathroom and with a changing area. The AI admission included use of a kayak and snorkel equipment. There was a beach volleyball area, too, and a trampoline (nobody was using that because it was so hot). There is a reef right off shore on that part of the island so if you are willing to swim out a short distance (about 10-15 minutes of swimming) you could see a lot of fish.
Papitos was a great experience and I would absolutely go back. It was way more relaxing and beautiful than Mr. Sanchos or the other more crowded beach locations in Cozumel. I cannot compare it to Nachi Cocum because I have not been there, but I highly recommend Papitos. There is no pool or other water sports besides snorkeling and kayaking, though, so if you want to hang out in a pool or do things like parasailing it might not be the best choice for you. The AI is not required but when you factor in the Punta Sur admission and equipment it is not a bad deal.