Cozumel Private Resort Day Pass Excursion Reviews
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.
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.