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Old March 10th, 2005, 10:28 PM
Annie Dudley
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Default Grand Caymen & Cozumel excursions

We are traveling on Carnival Conquest next week and I am wondering about shore excursions. We want to snorkel and have a "beach day". What are experiences with going out on your own?

I'm looking into Paradise Beach in Cozumel and it seems like it's a waste of money to use Carnival. Any thoughts?

Also, in Grand Caymen we thought about seven mile beach but should we book through the ship or go on our own?

It would be great to snorkel and do a beach thing at the same spot, anyone done this?

Any info you have would be great. Thanks

Annie
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Old March 11th, 2005, 12:11 AM
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If you want snorkeling in Cozumel, Paradise Beach would not be your best bet. It has a sandy entrance into the water, so not many fish. We spent a great day in Chankanaab, in Cozumel. There is great snorkeling (rentals available or bring you own), nature trail with replica Mayan ruins, small mini-golf, restaurant/bar - they will serve you on the beach, if you are hanging out close to the restaurant, small shopping area. The grounds are beautiful and the bathrooms are clean. There is a long, sandy beach area with chairs and palapas. The entrance to the water is rocky; you enter/exit through rock stairs. It is a $10 taxi ride from the pier (taxi prices are posted and are per taxi, confirm before getting into a cab), and entrance to the park is $12 per person; well worth it if you want to spend the day there. If you "google" Chankanaab, you should be able to find more information and picture.

Grand Cayman........if you want to snorkel, again, 7-mile beach would not be the place. Eden Rock, to the right of the tender pier - walking distance, is a great place. The dive shop rents equipment if you need it, but snorkeling is free. There are lockers there. You could always snorkle first, then head over to 7-mile beach to hang out. Another option for snorkeling would be one of the stingray/snorkel tours, either through the ship or booked on your own.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 08:42 AM
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totally agree with Cali on this one.
Channunkaab Park for a really nice beach with really good snorkeling on Cozumel.- No need for ships excursion, grab a cab its like $10 for 4 people, then i think the admission fee to the park is around $12 per person.
On Grand Caymen - Eden's Rock or Devil's Grotto are great places to just snorkel - no beach - just snorkeling - its a short walk from the tender pier. If you want to spend some time at the beach, then just grab a cab to 7-mile beach. This is a public beach so there is no entry fee, you can rent lounges, umbrella's etc, and you can get drinks and food on the beach. You can also purchase a day pass from many of the hotels if you want use of their facilities.
If you want a great fun experience then do a snorkel and swim with the Sting Rays, so many local independant tour operators to choose from, no need to book a ships tour.
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Doing Captain Marvins stingray city and snorkel trip in Grand Cayman. Read many good reviews about this trip.

Still trying to decide on off-shore snorkeling in Cozumel.

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Old March 12th, 2005, 05:31 PM
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When are you cruising?

We leave on 3/20 on the Conquest.

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Old March 12th, 2005, 05:46 PM
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Nina,

We do too. I guess we'll see you onboard :o)

Annie
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Old March 13th, 2005, 07:49 PM
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Are you traveling with any kids?

We have 2 sons, 17 years and 13 years.

First time to cruise for all of us.

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Old March 14th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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Nina,

We have 2 sons 15 and almost 13. Also, the little princess who just turned 7 :o)

Annie
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Old March 14th, 2005, 12:46 PM
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Nina - look into booking a ships tour out to the Palencaar Reef in Cozumel, this place is amazing and beautiful.
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Old March 14th, 2005, 10:49 PM
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I'm trying to... Do you what dive shops to contact? I'm working with one now that is trying to fit us in with their schedule. But am open to any suggestions. I've e-mailed 5 different dive shops. One problem I'm encountering is the travel time to their boat with us not arriving in Cozumel until 10:30. One dive shop had a great trip, but it costs $20 in a taxi (one-way) to get there, and they are located at a resort which charges $50/day for non-guests to use their facilities. That didn't include the cost of the snorkeling trip.

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Old March 15th, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Try http://www.cozumelmycozumel.com/Page...gfromShore.htm,

http://www.cozumelmycozumel.com/Pages/Beaches.htm and especially

http://www.cozumelinsider.com/beaches/

for wonderful information... we were quite disappointed in Chakanaab after

going out on a Palancar snorkle boat trip...(while we were in Cozumel for

several days...) and we were quite disappointed in the Eagle Ray diving trip

last year on our cruise to Cozumel...

however, if you are only going to be there a few hours, I think there are several

beaches that sound GREAT and that is what we plan to do on our next cruise...

We didn't make it to Grand Cayman because of the hurricane ..hope to next time.
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