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  1. Check out the BagBnB app. Will be using them in NOLA on Jan 5 to hold our luggage. There is a location right in the southwest corner of the French Quarter that will hold luggage. Spend the day roaming the area, then grab a cab/uber from the location back to the airport.
  2. Money Bar has great snorkeling off of their pier and a small beach area. Great food and drinks. They may draw a small crowd, but it's our favorite place to hang out for a few hours when in Cozumel. Playa Palancar has a great beach but no snorkeling unless you jump in one of the little runners that take folks out to the reef. Not sure of the cost. Food was great there last year. Be careful here - you don't want to pay for the Maya Palancar VIP right next to Playa Palancar. Entry to Playa Palancar is free.
  3. I believe there is a small shack at Honeymoon that has some rentals and snacks. Not sure what the current situation is to get to Honeymoon from Caneel. We always hike from the National Parks building in Cruz Bay to Salomon Beach and then swim around the point if we want to go to Honeymoon. Salomon is/was our favorite spot on the island. Always took my hammock to hang between the palms. Sadly, Irma/Maria took them, along with most of the sand. I think the beach has recovered, but the palms... We haven't been back since 2016, but are planning on spending at least a month on island in 2021.
  4. Don't lock yourself into Trunk Bay if you have 12 hours and are going over to STJ. Our personal favorite along the north shore is Hawksnest, which is actually closer to Cruz Bay than Trunk. If you are a swimmer, swim east (left) around the point and you will be on Oppenheimer/Gibney beach - one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on the island. Photo is Hawksnest.
  5. Walk around in Cozumel. Much to see in town. Beach on GC. We always go to Royal Palms.
  6. I'd choose Money Bar. Great drinks. Great food. Great snorkeling. If you are in the town area looking for good drinks, go to Thirsty Cougar.
  7. Cruised NYE out of NOLA... Platinum but FTTF is similar. We arrived at 10:45am for an 11:30 assigned time. We were in the Platinum waiting lounge by 10:50am and on the ship by 11:15am (they said that was one of the earliest clearances for boarding in a while). FTTF and suite holders loaded just after us. We always get the kids FTTF when they cruise with us. Find that sweet spot in timing where you can get right in with that little PRIORITY symbol on your boarding pass, but not have to wait forever in the upper lobbies waiting to board the ship. 10:45am or so has always worked well for us. Weather can throw a complete kink into this tho, so be prepared...
  8. They want to stay close to the port? I'd suggest a fun hotel in or near the Quarter and a taxi/Uber/Lyft to the port. If $$$ is not an issue, we like Hotel Monteleone on Royal in the Quarter. We have also stayed at the Marriott and JW Marriott on Canal, and at the Courtyard just across Canal St. from the Quarter on St. Charles. There are also a few boutique hotels throughout the Quarter we've used. We got the Marriott on Priceline for $87.00 a night this last December for our NYE cruise. Food: We always have a meal at GW Finns when in NOLA. Reservations needed. Pelican Club is great. We always visit Coops and Cafe Maspero for more laid back meals. If they like BBQ, The Joint out in the Marigny (an easy 2 mile walk or bike ride from Jackson Square) is the best BBQ I've ever had. Blue Oak BBQ is also really good - an easy streetcar ride from the Quarter.
  9. We rode in on bikes. Parked them. Went right in. They didn't ask if we were cruisers or not.
  10. We also did Buccanos during the day one day while down. Great snorkel, but the current was strong so we did it as a drift rather than just swimming where we liked. They have one of the nicer set ups we visited last summer. Food and drinks were good.
  11. Figure out what time sunset is and then make reservations for 30 or 45 minutes before that. Wife and I ate at Buccanos at sunset twice on our last trip down. Both meals were amazing.
  12. In Cozumel, sand = bad snorkeling, rocks = great snorkeling, so you have to choose. If you want beach, my favorite is Playa Palancar. Free to get in. Food and drinks are great. If you want to snorkel from the shore, my favorite is either Money Bar or Buccanos. Both are free to get in and both have great food and drinks.
  13. shaneandpamela

    Beach Club ?

    If you want beach , grab a cab out to Playa Palancar. Prettiest beach we found in two weeks at Cozumel last summer. Free to enter. Pay for what you eat and drink. Food and drinks were really good. If you want snorkeling, grab a cab and go to Money Bar. Pay for what you eat and drink. Snorkeling off the pier is fantastic - good enough that the snorkel tours stop there. Drinks are strong. Food is great. Money Bar is our go-to spot in Cozy now for a laid back day. Neither place will be crowded. Neither place has a pool, but... really? A pool in Cozy? Cabs back to town or the ships are easy.
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