What sort of things are within half to 3/4 mile walking distance of where Imagination docks in Cozumel?
I'm trying to save money and would rather just walk around right near the ship than go on an actual excursion - I'd rather explore shops, restaurants, internet cafe, museums etc. by the port.
Also, do they have "scooters" I could rent like in Key West? Or, do they have little trolleys or busses that drive around the port area, which you can keep getting on and off? It's difficult for me to walk a lot.
There are plenty of shops/restaurants at the port. If you want to go to the beach cab would be less than $15 and you might be able to share with other passengers. Unless you have a death wish stay away from the scooters in Cozumel.
There is a whole shopping area near the port, that was about a 5 minute walk at most from the ship. And if that walk is too much, there were several pedi-cabs moving people back and forth. There are several shops, as well as a few bars/restaurants in that area. Beyond that area is the parking lot where many taxis are lined up.
KEY WEST--book the old town trolley and get on and get off as much as you like. The beauty of Key West is that there are MANY museums, and sights to see within a short walk from Mallory Square. I can tell you that when you get off the ship and are heading to and in Mallory Square you have the art gallery, Mel Fisher maritime museum, shipwreck historeum, and aquarium. Capt Tony and Sloppy Joes is probbly 2 blocks away, and many other attractions are within a few blocks. Duval Street shopping can be done on the trolley as well as stop #4 lets you off steps away from Fast Buck Freddy and Margaritaville (and Coach leather store). That stop is about as central as you get for sopping on Duval Street. Hemmingway House/Lighthouse is at stop 11, Southernmost marker/house/butterfly house is at stop 10, but don't walk from 10 to 11 (Hemmingway house) unless you know your on the right street, cuz I did get lost and had to ask for help (I was one block over and two down, so close). Finding the trolley stop wasn't easy either since I had no idea where it was....I found it after wandering in each direction and asking where the hell Truman was!!!!
Point is, do the Old Town Trolley and get on and off as much as you can. I suggest going to the website and mapping out where you want to go before you get there. Tickets can be bought online.
COZUMEL--Puerta Maya pier is where you will dock and there is a Three Amigos restaurant/bar right off the pier, another bar, and another restaurant (with a bar, but more restaurant) at the furthest end of the area. There are TONNES of shops--Del Sol, Los Cinco Soles, Ron Jon surf shop, and many, many, more shops in the center to spend your money! As for sights around the center, uhm, I never left, I hung around did my shopping and headed back to the ship-Cozumel is NOT my fave port. Margaritaville and Senor Frogs (on the other side of Punta Langosta mall) is a cab ride away (Margaritaville is around a 2 block walk from Punta Langosta on the seaside of the road). You will find MANY of the same shops in Puerta Maya are the same as Punta Langosta shopping area. There is also a area with some outdoor tables and deck chairs too.
If the ship is going to dock at Punta Langosta then you are right across the street (overhead of ground level) from the shopping area and all the action and shops of Cozumel.....Most Carnival ships at Puerta Maya, but occasionally if three ar in port one will dock at Punta Langosta...
You don't have to leave the port shopping area if you don't want to. I didn't. I would suggest if you are just going to get off the ship and do some shopping at the shops by the pier then get off at least 60-90 minutes after they let people off because it is a cattle call at the gangway to get off!!!!! Always remember to note the time so you can be back on the ship with plenty of time to spare......
I hope you love Key West, I had a great time!!! Try frozen key lime pie on a stick, and if you are on deck and hear roosters crowing, no worries, the chickens run free around the island and are everywhere....
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On our last stop in Cozumel, they had increased the prices ridiculously in the area near the ship. And some were outright ripoffs. If you just want a tiny taste of Mexico, that area is fine. But, if you want to do any real shopping, grab a cab to downtown. It is a lot more fun and, while still touristy, not so extreme as it is by the ship. Do NOT try to rent a scooter, please. I have mobility problems myself and, unless you have a death wish, let the cabbies do the driving. Vehicles are not well maintained and they drive like out of control maniacs. You want some metal around you! An armored tank would be best, but a taxi is more practical.
By the way, downtown, you can hire a horse drawn carriage for a mini-tour. And, there are plenty of cabs to get you back to the ship. "Downtown" is actually an open air plaza. There are tons of shops within a block or so of there.
PLEASE no scooter!!!! Saw a horrible scooter wreck in Cozumel from an upstairs balcony (was eating) and the guy had a bone sticking out plus the bike could not move... I can't imagine what the "insurance" cost plus medical would be...