Doc Vikingo's 'Things
to do on Cozumel'
(when not diving or eating or laying on the beach):
You may wish to print this list to take along with you on your trip. Last updated February 2008.
1. First order of business is to purchase a Can-Do Map of Coz (http://www.cancunmap.com/cozumel_map.html)
2. Take the ferry over to the mainland and tour Xcaret, Tulum, Chitzen Itza & other famous Mayan cities like Coba (the latter is especially recommended). Your travel agent or Coz hotel can arrange these, or you can do them on your own. Plan on a whole day, although Coba & Chitzen are even better with an overnight.
Also over on that side is the Crococun Zoological Park Crococun Zoological Park (http://www.travelers.com.mx/inter-crococun.html) . I haven't done it, but it's been highly recommended to me by several people. It's just a bit north of Puerto Morelos, which is north of Playa del Carmen where to Coz passenger ferries dock. I'd guess it's about 20-30 min north on the highway to Cancun, on the right.
Or, just take the ferry over to Playa del Carmen, walk around & have lunch at one of the many nice eatries. Ferries leave regularly from early AM to late PM, take about 1/2 hour.
3. If you've got about $150 burning a hole in your pocket, play golf at the new Cozumel Country Club (http://www.cozumelcountryclub.com.mx/) up north (shop around for hotel package deals).
4. Or spend much, much less for Golfito (corner of 1st St. South & 15th Avenue; look for the water tower) where you can walkie-talkie for cold beer or sangria delivered to your hole.
5. Anticlimatic for most divers, non-divers may enjoy the Atlantis Submarine Tour Atlantis Submarine Tour (http://www.atlantisadventures.com/destinations.php?site=3).
6. There's some rather good deep sea fishing off Coz. Try Albatros (http://www.albatroscharters.com/). If you'd rather fish the lagoons or flats, contact me & I'll hook you up with a private guide.
7. Go parasailing. Several places do this, such as Paradise or San Francisco beaches, or thru some hotels.
8. Visit the Corpus Christi Church back in the "neighborhood." It's an interesting religious edifice (20th Ave. S) with a small park across the street & some good places to eat nearby.
9. See the wilds with a Wild Tours (http://www.gocozumel.com/wild-tours-atv/) dune buggy jungle expedition. I don't like these contraptions violating the east side, but you'll see parts of Coz you won't get to otherwise. Can also hook you up with kyaking, bone fishing, hiking & other activities.
10. Horseback riding places that I know of include Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club, Los Laureles, Palmitas, San Miguel & Rancho Buenavista Ranches, all south of town. Likely there are others. Hotel can arrange.
11. IMHO, an often missed gem is the Museo de las Isla de Cozumel at Melgar between Calles 4 & 6N. Cool reef diaorama, very informative tours if the curator is around, and a terrace restaurant with nice water view & good breakfast.
12. For those who go for this type of activity, check out the even less visted Museum of Indigenous Instruments (http://www.islacozumel.net/services/pax).
13. Beto has reopened his go cart track further south of the old location.
Heading south as you approach Puerta Maya it's on the left (52-987-2-18-76).
14. Cozumel Archaeological Park (Parque Arqueologico; ( (987) 20914) is about 10 min east of town on Cross Island Road (Av 65 S), near San Gervasio. See the ruins, both natural & reproductions, in the area. Conitnue on around to the east side and see the Castillo Real & Tumba El Caracol ruins.
15. 15. I'm not into captive dolphins, but if you are down at Chankanaab Park is Dolphin Discovery (http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/cozumel/). Also a small botanical garden & sea lions.
16. In the "winter" months go kite boarding with REAL Kiteboarding (http://www.realkiteboarding.com/index.cfm?page=newsitem&id=601)
17. If you are interested in diving caverns/caves on Coz proper, I can orient you to the locations & natures of several sites, but easiest is to go through Yucatech Expeditions (http://www.yucatech.net/). They can also hook you up with mainland cenote/cave diving, as can most Coz ops.
18. Haven't done this one, there's a small, uninhabited island in the far north called Isla de la Pasion. Supposedly has nice beach, but probably mobbed by cruisers. Need boat to get there. You hotel can arrange or call 011-52-987-2-09-72.
18. Pay a visit (and make a donation) to the Buceo Medico Mexicano facility. Can be informative & you'll have a good chance to see it operating. BMM is at Calle 5 Sur, #21-B, right next to the DAN Products shop.
20. Treat yourself to a massage. There are a number of places to go, but highly recommended is Sally Hurwitch ("Cozumel Sally") at Barefoot in Cozumel (http://www.barefootincozumel.com/). I also hear good things about Laura DiTuri, located at Acqua Spa ([link=http://www.scubadiving.com/forum/http://www.acquaspa.com.mx/]http://www.acquaspa.com.mx/[/link]). There are nice spas at the Occidental Grand (http://www.grandcozumel.com/) and El Presidente (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/icon/hd/czmha).
21. Squash can be had on Juarez & 75th Ave, left just before the PEMEX station. Nice, new facility (869-1878, 872-7445/044-987-800-7043).
22. Public tennis, basketball courts, soccer field & a running track are at 11th St. & 40th Ave.
23. Can never go wrong movies, and 6-screen Cinepolis (http://www.cinepolis.com.mx/cartelera/aspx/carteleras.aspx?ciudad=53&horario=0) is right behind Chedraui shopping center.
24. If you like disco/rock/raggae Las Boyas (Calle 3, between Avenida 15 & Ave 20), Neptuno's (Melgar & Calle 11Sur) & Chicho's (upstairs on Ave 10 between Calles 7 & Calle 9) have some action. I think these addresses are correct & I assume that they all still open. I know most of them are.
25. For Cuba cigars, it's the Havana Club (http://www.cozumeltravel.com/Restaurants/Havana%20Club/Havana_Club/HavanaClub.htm).
26. Go bowling at Caribbean Bol (firstname.lastname@example.org). Located behind the Municipal Building aka the "Palacio" by Chedraui. 10 computerized lanes. Facilities for food, soft drinks, gear storage. Times: Mon thru Thu 9AM-12AM; Fri & Sat 9AM-1AM; closed Sun.
27. On Sun evening turn out for the promenade at the San Miguel plaza (El Zocalo). Some schlock art & hucksters, but also real families enjoying themselves & ninos as cute as bottons. Various local treats, like churros.
28. If you're into tequila, check out Casa Antigua Tequila Museum over the other side of the island.
If you run out of things to do, I'm at email@example.com.
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