We are going on our first cruise in October 2010, on Carnival Fantasy. One of the stops is Cozumel. We'll probably do excursions at the other destinations, but I'd like to save a bit of money and explore on our own. Has anyone does this?
I understand that there is a lot of shopping downtown, which is just at the other end of the dock. Are there beaches nearby where you can go to just relax and soak up the sun? If we decide to take a taxi to one of the parks, do the taxi drivers take US currency or will we need pesos? How safe is it to explore on one's own?