Posted October 5th, 2005, 02:16 PM
Kind of embarrasing now. Hehe
We booked the Dune Buggy tour through Cozumel homes. I picked this company b/c when I called being unsure if ships time and island time would be the same, I was told the guide would bring me back whatever time I was comfortable with. We arrived at their rental office half hour early. We didn't know it was the rental office though so we walked up and down the street 2 or 3 times first. There ended up being 2 other couples on our excursion that were on our ship so I really relaxed about making it back on-board. Omar was our guide and he did a really good job. First we drove through town then down a 2 lane highway to get to the east side of Coz. The ride was great. It had rained that morning so once we were off roading, there were lots of puddles to splash through. They serve water, sodas, and beer all throughout the trip. That was very nice.
I'm going to make the same back recommendation, take something before you go or with you or something. I was still achy from the aqua boats the day before. I finally got smart halfway through the day when my boyfriend pointed out that I was miserable and took Tylenol since that was all I had. Much better after that. Also, the sun came out again and it was sooo hot. I was only hot when the buggies stopped. I recommend the fans that also spray mist.
We made a beach stop and a small ruins stop. Omar gave us some history which was very interesting and then we walked up the road to a canal.
forget bug spray. I believe they were sand mites but they were mean.
Also, I wore flip flop sandals b/c we were doing the beach. If your sandals are sturdy with backstraps, you would probably be ok. Me, I twisted my ankle which swelled up like a balloon. This side of the island is pretty sometimes. Sometimes there was garbage and old shoes all across our path, another reason I would wear closed shoes next time.
We drove our way back to our picnic spot to snorkel while Omar prepared our lunch. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous about this. Local food? Am I going to miss the rest of the cruise b/c I'm sick? Also, I'm extremely picky, what if it's yucky? Well, it was excellent and I even ate the guacamole (sp?). I've only had guac one other time and that was to bribe my daughter and I gagged the whole time. (What a wimp) We did luck out a bit, I think, b/c it started to cloud up again and rain just ever so slightly. Yeah! I wasn't hot anymore.
I didn't get in the water past my knees. There was alot of seaweed and our guide warned there could be baraccudas in the water and keep an eye out for them (WHAT!?!?!?!) My boyfriend went in and said there wasn't much to see. If you want snorkeling in Coz, do the west side.
After our tour was finished, we went back to the pier, stopped in a couple shops, then had a drink at the Happy Pelican's. I ordered Corona, BF ordered margarita. I got 2 Coronas for $4 (2x1?), his margaritas were decent in size but they were $9 a piece. Cheaper on the ship and bigger too. Oh well, should have known since we didn't see drink prices.
We stopped at the duty free shop for a few botlles of...well, anything. (he's not picky, just wanted to build up the bar a bit) We should have just bought everything on the ship b/c it was the same price. Had we wanted it to drink on-board, we could have. We carried a bag with three bottles right past everyone. They x-rayed and not one employee cared. Had I known, I would have found somewhere to get some beer.
This is a very long review, I apologize. I just know the ones that were fairly detailed were the most helpful to me.
I promise to wrap it all in next time.