Cozumel.. I will be back.

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Coral Princess Hotel and Resort

Flag of Mexico  , Quintana Roo,
Friday, January 7, 2011


As life has had its way with me,  college was always a challenge to finish.   After working hard to finally finish my degree,  my girlfriend at the time (now wife)  decided to reward me with a trip to Cozumel.

Cozumel is a great little island to get away to and is a relatively inexpensive trip.   There are all-inclusive options,  which would be more expensive but we went simple and just found a hotel for a good price and ate at the different local restaurants and Cozumel is just a fairy ride away from  Playa Del Carmen if you want to do some additional shopping off of the island itself.

Cozumel is renowned for its SCUBA diving and snorkeling which I did not do on this trip but I can say that the water by the hotel we stayed in was crystal clear and full of life and I imagine that SCUBA diving or snorkeling would be amazing.   Every day you could walk down to the "pier"  right next to the pool and see plenty of tropical fish and sea life.


We stayed at the Coral Princess Hotel which was clean and nice and the staff was friendly.  Immediately after arriving we asked for an upgrade on our room and they were happy to give us one at no charge. (never hurts to ask). Our room was not large but just right for a vacationing couple and faced the water so we had a beautiful view in the mornings and evenings when we were in the room. 

The Hotel was a little over a mile from Downtown Cozumel and a very easy walk.  We often opted out of a cab when we went downtown to shop or dine. 

What really made Cozumel shine for us was not the downtown area or shopping but getting out and exploring what the island had to offer. 

One of the best days spent on the island was when we rented a jeep and explored the island.  Cozumel is not a large island so you can do this all within a day and it is worth it.  Some of the highlights were a Bob Marley bar right on the beach,  an old lighthouse which offers an amazing view of the island, an alligator farm and a sea turtle sanctuary,  not to mention miles of beautiful scenery.


There are not many excursions in cozumel other than local ruins but one trip we did make was to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. Its a long day trip and costs a couple hundred bucks but well worth it.   You ride by bus and along the way they make stops at a very large Cenote ( a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing groundwater)  and a very old catholic church. (this was still neat even if your not the religious type).

Chichen Itza is one of those amazing places that cant be described in words.  All I can say is put this on your list of places to visit before you get too old.   Im not going to write a long history of the Ruins, just going to post some pics to get you interested.  The history is very interesting though,  I recommend reading about it.

If you are looking for a great getaway for two on a budget,  this is a great option.  Plenty to do and see and very relaxing.
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