Cozumel Beach Break Excursion Reviews
Paradise beach was Great $15. transportation for four, $3. per person admission and use of chair and umbrella and pool. Need to spend $10. per person on food and beverage. Very enjoyable.
It was a 5 hr trip, out of that we spend an hr on other boat to get there and additional 1.5 hr time was taken away by the excursion people to talk and talk and talk. Yeah time was3 hr but 15 min before 3 hr we had to be pack and wait in certain place. Beach time was to short of the money.
Cool beach and pool areas. Very laid back and relaxing. The food wasn't too good but the service was great. I did enjoy the open bar. Some of the water activities are free. I do think they need to get new life jacket. I tried 3 before finding one that closed properly. Overall, it was worth it.
By the way, leaving the ship on a booked excursion was more hacked than tendering. Very chaotic and confusing. Way too much going on at once. I hope Disney can figure this out.
Nachi Cocom Beach Club best $55.00 you will spend they only let 100 people in so book fast you will love it food drink and a great beach
Our group of 5 (ages 43, 42, 17, 16, 13) booked the Playa Mia Beach Getaway through Princess. The group of participants met at the end of the cruise ship pier and were shuttled via a newer/clean bus. The employees were very friendly and polite. Mario was our driver on the way to Playa Mia and did a great job. They had plenty of nice white lounge chairs overlooking the pool or the Gulf of Mexico. Attendants asked if we needed any drinks. They offer hair braiding (for a fee), pictures with iguana (for a fee) and photos with parrots (for a fee). They had a large covered area to eat from the buffet. Our group played it safe and stuck to a plate of rice for lunch. (We typically don't eat meat in foreign countries as a personal choice.) A variety of gift shops are onsite. The have large inflatable in the water for the kids to climb and jump on. Snorkeling excursions are available from Play Mia. We found the employees to be very accommodating. They truly want to show their guests a nice time. Tip: Remember to bring your own beach towel!
Didn't have anything pre-booked. Went out to the taxis and took a cab to Paradise Beach. Read about it previously and how there would be a $3 per person admission. Forgot that they also charge a $10 minimum on food/drinks per adult. Didn't mind the admission charge because there were clean bathrooms, shower rinse, nice swimming pool, plenty of beach chairs even in shady area. Ocean was only a few steps from the chairs and sand available for kids to play with either in the sun or the shade. Only down fall was the $10 min on food/drink. Drinks were pricey and food was okay. The marinated beef was very tasty but skimpy on the nachos. Calamari was no good. Quesadilla were okay--get the beef version. Taxis very all waiting for return back to the ships. Mini-vans were $32 one way for 6-10 people (i think).
Took taxi to Chen Rio - got prices from $200 at port we paid $60 on street for 5 to Chen Rio. Beach is way to rocky for swimming, very disappointing. Food at the one place to eat way too expensive we only had chips, guac and pico - all tasty, but we felt with $10 drinks and $4 beers it was a rip off. Driver came 30 minutes late to pick us up so we did not had time for the shopping we did want to do near the ship. Someone from another ship said go to Mr. Sanchos - so sad we did not do that.
We just wanted to hang out on a beach for a few hours, so we took a taxi from the port to Paradise Beach ($15). The admission fee, which entitles you to a lounger and beach umbrella, is $3 per person and you are requested to purchase $10 in food and drink (although they don't strictly enforce that.) If you want to use the water toys and kayaks, there is an extra $12 per person charge. The chairs on the beach are pretty packed together, but most folks were using the water toys so we didn't feel crowded. We swam a little and walked a little on the beach (which has coarse sand) and read a lot under the beach umbrellas. The pool looked nice, but we were here for the beach. It was a nice, relatively inexpensive way to spend 4 hours in Cozumel.
This was the best part of the cruise, NOT BEING ON THE SHIP!
Passion Island in Cozumel was a relaxing beach day and we had it to ourselves for a couple of hours after the folks from other ships left. The food was nothing to write home about, although the grilled chicken wasn't bad and the guacamole was awesome. The mixed drinks stunk on the island but the Mexican Lager was cold and refreshing.
We spent the day at Nachi Cocom and had a great time - very laid back beach day under a palapa being waited on hand and foot - what's not to like?
Nachi Cocom Beach Club. Beautiful beach and the staff were great. Lunch was very good as were the drinks. They have a ton of activities at an extra charge that were fun. We rented a stand up paddle board, Id suggest trying before too many drinks.
We partook in the Deluxe Playa Mia excursion, which included round-trip transportation plus about four hours beach time. Playa Mia has an "international" buffet which featured minimal variety but decent food. Our deluxe wristbands entitled us to an open bar which was great. When we first arrived, the beach was PACKED. Five other ships were in Cozumel that day and Epic was last to let people off. It was really hard to find a good spot with lounge chairs, the ocean was pretty full of people, and when we waited in line for a pedal boat we noticed that the staff was constantly running out of life jackets, turning them over as soon as they were returned with little attention to what size people should get what size jacket. Fortunately the experience improved exponentially with the departures of other ships' guests until finally we could sit in the row of chairs closest to the ocean.
We visited Playa Mia Grand Beach & Water Park. The beach was beautiful and clean. The staff was very friendly! The drinks were unlimited and our beach waiter was there with a refill as soon as our cup was empty! However, the drinks were definitely watered down. There are plenty of lounge chairs (except at the kids pool). Overall, everything was well maintained. There is an inflatable water play area off shore. Wear water shoes as there is a lot of seaweed and rocks getting out there. The pools and water park were nice too but not heated. We took our daughters parasailing. $65 dollars per person and $15 per rider. We'll worth it! There was a lunch provided that was ok. Nothing spectacular to report. We a fun day but I don't think we would go back. I prefer a sandy bottom beach and this place didn't offer this. My little ones love playing on the beach but it was just too rocky to really enjoy.
We spent our day in Cozumel on the Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. If you have a family with smaller (and maybe bigger) kids, you can't beat this. Pools, splash pad, water slides, and plenty of beach front made for our kids not wanting to leave. The included drinks and buffet made Mom and Dad's worries vanish! It was a little pricey and I'm sure you can save some money making arrangements outside the cruise line. We had a blast and thought it was money well spent.
The port of Cozumel was the last stop of the cruise. We preregistered for the Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. A treat as we came to port was that the Allure of the Seas was already docked at port and we docked right beside it. The view of these two large ships side by side from the end of the dock was great.
At the end of the dock were greeters with signs ready to take us to various excursions. Our group boarded an air-conditioned coach for a short 15 - 20 minute ride to Playa Mia. Upon arrival we were led to a beautiful beach lined with beach chairs. The workers were ready to wait on your every need. We asked for an umbrella and they set it up. They took our drink orders and it was time to relax. The waters were clear , but the once into the water 10-15 feet the sand turned to rocks and seaweed.
Included in this package was use of the floating “wipe-out” maze, paddle-boats, kayaks, and single sail catamarans, and volleyball. This area also has two swimming pools, a water slide, clean restrooms, showers, etc. All the drinks (cocktail or soft), and a great buffet meal with great local variety is also included.
The excursion went from 10:30 am till 4:00 pm. I would recommend this excursion to anyone!
We really enjoyed our time at Mr. Sancho's Beach Resort. We chose the all inclusive drink and food option. We took a cab out to the beach club from the terminal and then were escorted to the inclusive side of the resort. We sat at a table in the shade, and were given menus. The beach was right in front of us and it was very beautiful. We ordered coconut shrimp and it was delicious. The beer was cold and good. It was a perfect time at the beach.
We spent the day at Nachi Cocom. It was idyllic. Food was delicious, drinks were unlimited, bartenders were great and we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. Some in our group booked a snorkel trip through them, and others rented paddle boards. If I find myself in Cozumel again, I'll make a beeline back to Nachi.
This is usually my least favorite stop because we've already been here so many times. We chose the Passion Island excursion. I was hesitant after some of the reviews online, but every single person in my family LOVED it. The first thing we did was eat. The food was good. We also took advantage of the open bar. My smaller kids stayed with the Nanny on the beach for about 30 minutes so me and my husband could try out the water toys. She did fantastic with them and we tipped her well. They were in a shaded area, got to paint, jump on a trampoline (with safety netting) and play on a little playset. They also got cotton candy and had plenty of kids drinks. The only thing that would make me more comfortable, would be a small wooden picket fence around the 'nanny area'. The crew was fantastic as well. The boatride had a nice breeze, so we weren't too hot.
This was an incredible facility and it kept us busy, yet relaxed, the entire day. It had a $18 all day activity entrance fee and the cab cost $14 each way from the Cruise terminal. The snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boats were some of the best we have seen in COZUMEL. We would highly recommend this beach.
We have been to beaches all over the world, and this is one of the most pristine. Palm trees lined the powdery sand, providing some shade. The water is exquisite...calm, clear and a surreal aqua color.
Just go there, it's a 5 minute cab ride, and spend the $$$ it's well worth it.. cold wet towels when you enter, and a drink. And then breakfast,lunch all inclusive alcohol. The buffet is actual good food, unlike your cruise ships.
After spending more than an hour getting off the ship again, we took the Deluxe Beach break at Playa Mia with open bar. Beach and water park/pool area was great! Servers were always available for not only drinks from the bar but bottled water as well! Buffet was good. Facilities clean and well maintained. Unfortunately, water was filled with seaweed and not pleasant to be in. Used floats for a while to cool down in water. Kids loved the kayaks and the inflatables. Transportation convenient and well organized.
Playa Mia beach break. It was very close to port and even though multiple ships were in port it didn't feel full surprisingly. Even though the ship was offering it as an excursion, we just took a cab and paid 60 per person for unlimited everything including food and liquor. Service was great, people were soooo pleasant. When it was time to leave, cabs were waiting right outside exit. playamiacozumel dot com
This was an ALL INCLUSIVE club and included an awesome menu of items to choose from and a wide selection of drinks. GREAT value for the price of admission. You must take a taxi from the port to the beach club ($16 USD each way)
I highly recommend the coconut shrimp and mango margarita. My wife had the garlic shrimp dish and loved it as well as a whole fried fish which she devoured. We certainly got our moneys worth at Mr. Sancho's Beach Club
Spent the day at Mr. Sancho's beach resort.. About 10 mins from port by Taxi. Booked the all inclusive package. Very reasonably priced, and had the best time!! $20 taxi ride from the port to Mr. Sancho's, and that is including tip.
Took a cab ($32 each way for 6 people) to Playa Mia. $60/person for 2 beach passes, buffet and open bar and $35 each for our 2 kids. They have a nice inflatable jungle jim about 100+ yards out in the ocean which our kids loved. Kids spent very little time at the pool and water slide. We took a quick kayak trip with them which was nice. I would say the beach was average - not much room between the water and rows of beach chairs/lounges and a lot of plant life (?) around which made the water seem darker. The buffet was garbage - with a lot of "kiddie" type food such as hot dogs, mac n cheese, etc. A couple low grade Mexican items. The open bar was decent but was really just draft beer and mixed drinks with low grade booze. We talked with a waiter and he brought us a free shot of tequila which looked like gasoline, we just poured it out. Overall, it is a decent place to spend the afternoon but is just a little over priced for the quality.
In Cozumel, I booked an all-inclusive beach day at Mr. Sancho’s. The cab ride was $16 each way. LOVED IT!!! I must warn you that towels are NOT provided, so don’t forget like we did to bring one from the ship! We ended up having buy them there, which wasn’t cheap. Oh well. And umbrella rentals are not included, so we did rent those. My friends ate coconut shrimp which they really enjoyed, and I had some chicken soft tacos which were pretty good. However, their salsa and Guac.. wasn’t impressed. However, we must have drank 8 or 9 mango daiquiri’s.. OMG, YUMMM!!! And the beach and turquoise water was GORGEOUS!! I am born/raised in Miami, but now live in Texas. So when you live your whole life with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as your backyard, and now just have the murky waters of Galveston, you have a whole new appreciation for gorgeous water and sand! This is NOT a Carnival excursion.. I don’t ever book cruise ship excursions personally. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Sancho’s!
Our port was Cozumel, where I booked an all-inclusive beach day at Mr. Sancho’s. The cab ride was $16 each way. LOVED IT!!! I must warn you that towels are NOT provided, so don’t forget like we did to bring one from the ship! We ended up having buy them there, which wasn’t cheap. Oh well. And umbrella rentals are not included, so we did rent those. My friends ate coconut shrimp which they really enjoyed, and I had some chicken soft tacos which were pretty good. However, their salsa and guac.. wasn’t impressed. However, we must have drank 8 or 9 mango daiquiri’s.. OMG, YUMMM!!! And the beach and turquoise water was GORGEOUS!! I am born/raised in Miami, but now live in Texas. So when you live your whole life with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as your backyard, and now just have the murky waters of Galveston, you have a whole new appreciation for gorgeous water and sand! This is NOT a Carnival excursion.. I don’t ever book cruise ship excursions personally. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Sancho’s!
Catamaran to Passion Island. Nice beach day. We got some beautiful pictures of the mangroves away from the busy beach. The water was full of waves, warm and inviting. There were plenty of chairs to lounge around. Lunch and drinks were included and were good. We had the fish, salad and chips with salsa. Again, the sales people were a little aggressive and the prices for the ceramics outrageous. Happily, by this point I had learned to say no thank you and walk away. Back In Cozumel we got some great deals at the liquor store and the family and friends were happy with their goodies.
Online it looks like a wonderful beach park with water slides and playgrounds for children. But the sea is rough and deepens quickly. Everyone has to wear a life jacket to swim out to the water trampoline. You probably need to be at least 12 years old and a strong swimmer to enjoy the in-water amenities. Food and drink service was excellent, though the buffet was a bit "American-friendly" for my taste. Fruit, mashed potatoes, fries, etc. with just a few Mexican offerings.
We were treated like celebrities. Rocky Shores is a beautiful spot. Lounged on the beach and never had an empty glass. The food was super and my wife enjoyed a message under the palms. Rafiki from Tripping Cool was a great host.
Cozumel – we went to the Playa Mia Beach Break. It was great. Chair, umbrella, and drinks included. Waiter came around frequently for drink orders.
We finally left Houston on Tuesday and arrived to Cozumel on Thursday. The day felt rushed and hurried from place to place trying to take it all in. We had booked the “Passion Island Beach Break with Scenic Cruise and Lunch” for this port. We would NOT do this excursion again. We met up with our group at 10:20am at the pier. We were then guided to the boat that would take us to the Island. Leo, our guide, was fantastic! Very funny and attentive. The ride was about 40 minutes long. We then had 3 hours to enjoy the island. We ate a bit, had a few drinks and then just lounged on the beach. The water was cloudy and the wind made the waves a bit rough. The water was NOT warm. I had heard Caribbean waters were warm so this was disappointing. Still, we spent about 10 minutes in the water and then went back to sit. We got bored pretty quickly. We decided to walk around a bit and visited some of the shops. Things were very overpriced! We did not buy anything. We walked over to the other side of the island and spent some time walking around. There were lots of tiny jellyfish. We saw some iguanas too. The other side seemed calmer (waters) but the water did not look safe to be in. It was a nice walk away from the crowd. At about 2:20, Leo started gathering us all up and getting us ready to leave. It really did feel like cattle being herded. LOL I thought it was funny. Wish we would have had more time. Then again, wish we would have gone to Palancar. We arrived back to the pier at about 3:30pm. We had about an hour left so we walked around the little shops and bought a few souvenirs to take home for family. It was time to go! Fast trip!
This was paired with the tour of the Mayan ruins. We drove to a small resort area with a restaurant and some outdoor tables near the beach and the Caribbean. We were only there for about an hour and a half, just long enough to spend some time in the water and have some lunch if we wanted it. We didn't know it but the restaurant won't take credit cards if the bill is less than $25. If the waiter hadn't misunderstood our order we could have used the card. Luckily, we had enough cash with us. The tour description said to bring your bathing suit, that there were changing facilities; however, the only place to change is in a stall in the restroom! If I did this one again, I would wear my bathing suit under my clothes.
As part of the catamaran tour/snorkel (highly recommended), we went to a private beach area owned by Fury and had about an hour to spend there -- there were bathrooms, food/drinks, lounge chairs, big inflatable slides in the water, rubber floating mats, kayaks, paddle boards, and horseback riding (for a fee). My daughter loves horses, so we went riding. A little sad -- the horses didn't look all that healthy or taken care of, and it was hot, no food or water for them in sight. Took a ride through the jungle, through standing water on a rocky path which was really tough on them, and kind of gross. There were ducks in this really dumpy enclosure back in the woods - also sad. But eveyrthing else about the beach was really nice -- except for the $11 hamburgers. We laughed and walked away. Thankfully, it was over around lunchtime so we went back to the ship for lunch.
Although they did not speak about it during their presentation of the excursions offered, we opted for Passion Island Beach Break. It was a wonderful choice. Both of us being in our late 50's, we can honestly this excursion is worth every penny as there is something for everyone: young couples, active teenagers, families with youngsters and people like us looking for a relaxing place to enjoy the beach. Althoug the island is small ( not wide at all and only ½ mile long), you can be far enough from any crowd that would gather to play of party. The food and all the alcohol drinks (plenty of it) were included. The beach was very wide with palapas, beach chairs, hammocks, sun beds...
A few boutiques owned all by the same business people... souvenirs and jewelleries.
The food was like a mexican BBQ: chicken, fish, rice, wonderful salsa and guacamole with tortillas. But with your plate on the table under the big palapa, and your feet in the sand.... looking at the color of the aqua ocean, what more can you ask for!
No snorkeling... just beach break. We left Cozumel at 11 AM which was good as other ship left just a few minutes after our arrival, leaving all the installations to us.
The catamaran that took us there was big and fast and took us only 30 minutes from the pier to get there.
Some people who saw our photos after they were themselves in Playa Del Carmen could not believe how beautiful our beach was.
Go in all confidence, you will not be disappointed. And a High Five to Alex, our guide who saw to our every needs once on the island too. Him and his team are doing a superb job!
After the snorkeling, the Tour took us to a private area of the beach where there were plenty of chairs and some fun water toys to play with and not too crowded.
after walking about in town we took a taxi to Carlos and Charlies Beach bar. It was a short ride and only 15.00. Well worth it. Very quiet, lots of chairs with or without umbrellas, plenty to do or not do. No badgering us to do the floating water park, but nice it was there if my 16 year olds wanted to do it. Jet skis, banana boat rides, parasailing, all if you wanted. But nice NO one bothered us to do it. There was sand volleyball if we wanted also.
We went to Playa Mia beach break (with lunch). The beach is quiet. Didn't feel crowded at all (although there were 6 ships at port that day). Clean. Lunch is nice. Pools are excellent (there are two slides too).
Nachi Cocom. It's a beach resort that limits the number of guests to 100 per day, situated about 10 miles south of the port. Once we arrive we are greeted by a pleasant lady who provides all with Sombreros for a photo opportunity. Once done we check in and immediately find beds by the poolside. We have paid $55 each for this break and it includes all food, drink (incl. alcohol) and beach facilities such as kayaking, snorkelling.
The temperature is rising steadily but the pool is a welcome respite from the heat. There is a swim up bar so you don't even have to get out of the pool to order a drink. The staff are very attentive and there is always someone walking by asking if we need anything.
We order lunch at the resort. We have Nachos and Guacamole (which is excellent and is freshly made). The fajitas we have to follow are equally good. All washed down by ice cold beers.
Playa Mia delivered precisely what it advertised. Sure it was touristy, but the expansive beach, fun pools and kiddie play areas, full buffet and open bar, it was just right. The facilities were nice, staff helpful and friendly. My only complaint was the shuttle took us back to the ship at 1:45pm, even though the ship stayed at the port until 6pm. Would have loved to have spent a few more hours at the playa!
Went to Playa Mia for the day. Overall great experience even if it was a bit pricey. You'll get your money's worth if you take advantage of as many drinks as possible. It was a little chilly and windy the day we were there which meant no kayaks. Also, the pools are not heated.
Nachi Cocom was a nice place. Had a really good 30 min massage by "Dorita". Go see her if you book a day at Nachi Cocom. She's worth the $. There may have been a total of 50 people there by the time we left. We had use of the beach, pool, chairs and umbrellas, unlimited drinks and a nice lunch for the price we paid. Some services are not included and there is an extra cost. We did have to keep telling the vendor for excursions "no" we weren't interested in buying anything. I think it was because it was slow and maybe he was bored.
This was a relaxing excursion. The boat ride to get there takes time but it's a nice ride. I thought the boat was going to be different but I was glad it was big because the water gets rough. The island is very pretty. The staff was very nice. We enjoyed the lunch and there were many kinds of drinks you could order. The staff does mention too many times about the tips and who and who doesn't get what. Very confusing. I didn't know who to tip.
Cozumel Beach Club at Playa Mia was excellent. Really nice beach, alcoholic drinks included, and lunch was served buffet style in a huge open building. (Good for rain coverage when it suddenly showers). Tour operator was well organized and no delay in getting to the beach. This place was great and even if you don't book the ship's excursion is worthy of doing on you own if you are looking for a nice beach and lunch spot.
We went with the All Inclusive visit to Mr. Sanchos. It was exactly as advertised, exactly as I'd hoped, and our family loved it! Can't wait to go back!
The food in the restaurant was very good and the prices were reasonable. There was not a very good "beach". It was a very shallow and very rocky lagoon. Nice stop but not spectacular.
We were treated like royalty from the first minute to the last! Private beach, beach house, Chef, Bartender, and Waiters!! Gourmet lunch, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, snorkel equipment, kayaks, beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, beds, hammocks,... All amenities included!! I need a thesaurus to come up with enough superlatives for this excursion!! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone without hesitation!!!
In Cozumel, we decided to take a cab to Paradise Beach and just hang out at the beach and get massages. Soon, our cab driver had convinced us that Play Mia was THE best beach to go to because we could pay one price and get all you can eat and drink and free use of all the water sports stuff. We went there, spent $60 each and ended up just laying on the beach. We did get massages $45/30 min) and we ate and drank a lot just to get our money's worth (LOL), but it wasn't worth $60/per person in my opinion. The only reason to go there is that it is clean, private and they have a great water park (which we did not use). We just spent our time in the water. My son thought this was the best beach of all the ports, but we didn't go to the beach in the Caymans. Lots of vendors selling more crap here but, if you love silver, that's the place to get it. I thought the silver was priced for tourists and not very cheap.
I have been to Cozumel two times prior to this, and I believe this is the most fun we've had. After walking through the shopping area to the taxi stand, you have to be careful of other vendors trying to change your excursion plans. However, I was able to stick to my guns.
The Mr. Sancho's excursion was worth every penny! Unlimited food and drinks, swimming pool with a swim up bar and my husband even went wave running! We didn't want to leave when it was time. It was one of our best experiences in a port.
The ports of call were good. We have been to these ports on a different cruise, so we somewhat knew what to expect. We had a lot of fun in Cozumel at a resort called Nachi Cocom (you can Google the place if you would like to book. It is not offered through Carnival). It was an all inclusive resort, which has nice snorkeling, beach side umbrellas and chase lounges, hammocks, and a pool with a swim up bar. The resort includes food and drinks. All adult beverages are included in the price (it was a happy cab ride back to the ship)! We didn't leave the ship in Belize (this is a tender port, and we have been there before), and did some shopping and relaxing at Senor Frogs in Roatan and Costa Maya.
We went to Mr. Sanchos and it was awesome. It is a $14 cab ride each way. The beach was clean, the bathrooms, the restraunt, the tables, chairs etc it was great. The food was good from the menu. The food from the little buffet was bland in my opinion.
Relaxing and was great to have everything included.
Horrible beach. Seemed like a cheap public beach. Water was brownish like sometimes can be on Lake Michigan... We liked Labadee much, much better...