I am going on a cruise next week and am looking for things to do in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Roatan Island. We are going on an excursion in Belize and so are looking for things to do on these other islands which do not involve a tour and a lot of money. Beaches, shopping, ruins, local culture, cemetaries ... any thing interesting. Does any one have any ideas?
Be sure to snorkel with the Sting Rays in Grand Cayman, something NOT to miss. You can either go with a ship tour or find someone on the pier to take you. Just remember, its a tender port, so allow plenty of time to return to the ship.
There is also 7 mile beach, any cab driver can take you to a hotel that welcomes cruise passengers...They rent jet ski's all over the place.
In Cozumel, a great beach, Chanakanaab, good snorkeling and a huge lovely beach. They also offer the dolphin swim there. Its a short cab ride from the pier.
I agree about Chakanaaub in Cozumel but we really love Paradise Beach. A short taxi ride will get you there for about $5 each and taxis are always waiting to take you back. There are lots of beach chairs and umbrellas, a restuarant/bar/shopping area with clean restrooms and showers. The waiters take your order right at your beach chair as well.
In the water fun includes a rock climbing station, trampolines, kayaks, and floats. There is even a bungie jumping area and tree climb. No fee to enter unless you use the toys. They do like for you to order a little food or drink though. There is also access to the internet at the bar area.
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2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
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Well, in Cozumel you can rent a car and go down to the Tulum ruins far cheaper than you can in a tour. The entrance fee is around $5 a person, twice that if you want to take in a video camera. I don't know if you have considered this, but you can check to see if a catamaran sailing is available at one of the ports. Not a bad way to spend a day or evening. The cost is reasonable if booked through a third party. Google "(name of location here) shore excursions" and some things will come up, though you should check shoretrips.com, as they have some unusual options in there.