Things to do in Cozumel Mexico
I went on a cruise to Cozumel Mexico and my friend told me I need to book a tour. If I didn’t I would be disappointed and wouldn’t really get to see the island the way it should be seen. I took her at her word because I wanted things to do in Cozumel Mexico that were unique. I booked a tour guide for my family. I used Tours Plaza and my driver was Marco. I highly suggest asking for Marco. This is the website Tours Plaza. The reason why hiring a tour guide is important is you will be safe and you will actually get to find out about the port that you are visiting.
When you arrive into Cozumel you are immediately sent into a shopping plaza. There are people and deals everywhere. Cozumel depends on tourism as their number one income provider. The island is only populated in on portion and the rest of the island remains untouched. When we went on our tour I realized only the first two streets were modernized and the rest of the town was really living in poverty. The people were warm and friendly and I didn’t feel unsafe at all. I do think if you are traveling going with a local really did afford us the opportunity to see places we would have never seen.
On our tour, we went to taste chocolate. The chocolate was incredible and the factory employees seven people. The Kaokao chocolates was a place I wouldn’t miss. I highly suggest the chocolate made with cactus. They offer a two-hour tour We, however, opted for the tasting because our time was limited and we were traveling with small children. The location is a little off the beaten path and you can visit their site at chocolateskaokao.com. The location is small but chalked full of savory and sweet chocolate that will satisfy even the finicky palate.
We decided to move into the heart of Cozumel for lunch. We were escorted to a restaurant where we were provided with more food than we could have possibly eaten. The grande plate we order would have easily fed 6 adults and it came out to $29 total for everyone. The cost of eating local is very low considering the restaurants located on the two populated streets will be comparable to prices in the United States. I would say the feast we were provided would have easily cost two to three times more than what we paid. I loved the shrimp, grouper, and chicken. The kids loved the soup, beans, and pork. You can say that we were pleased with the suggestion of the guide and would recommend the La Palmas restaurant to anyone that wants authentic food at a very reasonable price.
Things to Do in Cozumel Mexico
This one is one you can’t miss. We were told instead of going to the real Mayan Village ruins we should instead to go to Pueblo Maiz because of the experience. I was weary at first when you pull up to it you aren’t sure what to expect. There is a cost to enter but Marco our tour guide negotiated a rate for us. The Pueblo Del Maiz was by far one of the best places we went on our cruise. The experience was first rate, interactive, and informative. The children could not stop talking about it and I found it to be equally entertaining and informative. I learned about everything from the religion to the daily lives of the Mayan people. I can say that if you do not make this part of your journey you will be missing out. You can read my full Pueblo Del Maiz review.
The last and certainly not least thing to do while in Cozumel is to jump in the ocean. The waters as my children describe them are blue as Powerade. Yes, I know it isn’t poetic but it is truthful. We had our own goggles which is something I highly suggest you own and bring with you. We also had water shoes. That way when you leave the ship you are ready for the ocean. We were able to walk right into the water which was rocky but filled with colorful fish. The children swam for hours swearing they never saw the same fish twice. The warm ocean, friendly people, and culture make all the things to do in Cozumel worth doing.