What to do in Key West and Cozumel - March 15 - 19 Imagination
My wife and I are Cruising Carnival's Imagination from Miami to Key West and Cozumel on March 15 - 19. I have never been on a cruise before and was wondering if any of you had some suggestions or recomendations of things to do while we are in those two ports.
We were thinking of seeing the ruins of Tulum when we get to Cozumel. The excursion says it takes 7 hours which is pretty close to the entire time we are in port. Is it worth taking up most of the port time?
I've never been to Key West either and don't know what all we can do there. It looks like the weather has been a little cooler than what we'd like in both places so I'm not so sure how warm the water will be for snorkeling or diving. What do you all think?
In Key West, it's a great walk about town. You can also rent an electric car, though sometimes parking them can be an issue. The conch train is a wonderful way to see the island, and let someone else do the driving..A short cab ride to Southernmost Point,gets you as close to Cuba as a cruiser can be, other than passing it by on the ship
Check out Mel Fishers Museum...all the booty from sunken galleons is on view. Go see Hemmingway's home and his 5 toed cats
Make sure to try conch fritters and keylime pie..Go to Fastbuck Freddys, a wonderful department store, with great clothes and home goods, shoes etc....
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Do a pub crawl. Hog's Breath Saloon, Margaritaville and Sloppy Joe's are a good start, or you can pay for a guided tour- The Duval Crawl
Last time there we noticed the Tall Ship Harbor cruises,( Schooners) wish we'd seen it before we ran out of time.
I would definitely take the Conch Train tour, you get a narrated tour and it gives you a good insight into the History of the island, you get to see quite a lot in an hour or so. They stop at the Southernmost point for photos.
E4NASH ... no one answered you about Tulum so I will. It is very much worth going to see, it's impressive, I loved it and have always wanted to go back.
The down side is that you can not get to it from "Cozumel" because it is on the mainland. You must take the ferry to the mainland, and then about a 1 1/2 hour bus ride to Tulum. If you are not on "Carnival's" tour and you are late getting back they will not hold the ship for you. The tour to Tulum is a long tour, I don't think Carnival offers it any more because of this. If you use a private tour operator, they may promise to get you back on time, but if something goes wrong ... your are stuck
There are plenty of things to do in Cozumel, the dolphin swim is really a great thing to do, check out Chankanaub (sp??) park there are so many things ot do there alone, snorkle, eat, drink, dolphin swim and lots more.
Have a great cruise!
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I agree with TC, the tour to the ruins is long and tiring. We took the excursion to Altun Ha in Belize and were so sorry we did. The bus ride was tedious, over horrible roads with huge potholes...the restrooms were flooded at the site, the hordes of bugs started biting as soon as we exited the bus (thank goodness I had brought insect repellent), we were not allowed to climb or sit on any of the ruins, it started to rain and the ground turned into a mud slide...I couldn't wait to get back to the ship and had to face that horrible hour long bus ride back. Hated it!!!
As far as Key West is concerned, it's a really cool place with tons of stuff to do. I live in Florida and the water temperature in the Gulf right now is 56 degrees so plan accordingly if you want to snorkel or swim. I'm sure the water temperature in Cozumel is a lot warmer. Cool stuff to do in Key West in addition to the Conch Tour: visit Ernest Hemingway's house, the Pirate Museum, the Shipwreck Museum which has a 60' lookout tower, Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum, Harry Truman's Little White House, Key West Aquarium. There are lots of restaurants and bars sprinkled all over (not just on Duval Street). If you like Key Lime pie, take a walk to the Blond Giraffe on Front Street, yummy. Dante's on Caroline Street has some great fish tacos and pitchers of beer and a huge pool in the middle of the restaurant for patron's use. All of the above mentioned are within walking distance of the dock.
Cozumel has some good shopping and nice beaches...we have been to Paradise Beach, Chankanaab Park and Playa Mia.