We are going on the NCL majesty in march 2005 and was reading about the ports we will visit, key west, grand caymen and cozumel. I have been to these ports before and a group of first timers are going with me on this cruise I want to take them to place that is the most fun. We will have children ages 11 through 16 years.. My question is about cozumel we have always gone to chankanaab park and loved it but I have been reading about paradise beach in cozumel with rock climbing wall or iceburg in the water and not sure what else they have. Is this close to the port or is it close to park? Has anyone been to paradise beach and what did you think of it? At the park we enjoyed swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling and was just wondering about paradise beach.
Here is a post from April that held a lot of detail about Paradise Beach ... hope it helps.
Date: 04-19-04 20:48
hello. i just was on the carnival inspiration 4/11-4/18...BEAUTIFUL>...but a quick suggestion on beaches
go to PARADISE BEACH>...when getting off the ship any cab driver will take u there...we payed 4 dollars a person (cheap). paradise beach is FREE to enter....when other beaches in cozumel are about 10-15 dollar admission.....ALL beach chairs and umbrellas are also free. the other beach we went to in grand cayman and costa moya had beach chairs and umbrellas only available for 10-15 dollars PER chair!! riddiculous. PARADISE BEACH also had free snorkeling (pay 10 dollars and when returning the snorkel gear get your 10 dollars back) wich is AWESOME>.when most places charge about 20. ALSO free kayaking...take the kayak anywhere (HUGE RADIUS) and there was about 10 kayaks. another AMAZING thing in PARADISE BEACH is they have a water trampoline set up about 50 feet back into the water , about 5 1/2 feet deep water) for FREE for anyone. (again- most places renting a water trampoline is about 100 for an hour) also the beach right next door (wich does cost money) lets u walk right on to it (30 second walk) and lets u use their excursions (for a price)
PARASAILING is 55.
JET SKIING for 1 hour is 55.
they also have a booth set up for henna tatoos (last 2-3 weeks) and WONDERFUL hair brading and massages......this beach is a must!!!!!!!
ALSO: restaurant: Do NOT drink mexican water!! but also at the paradise beach is a restaurant (decent prices) the waiter comes down gives the menu to u, and places ur order, and comes back down form the restaurant to tell u when its ready. u sit up on a loft to eat and it is an extremely beautiful view. WONDERFUL!
KEEP IN MIND: i am thinking this beach is only free of charge for pretty much everything due to the fact that it is extremely new and they want to get tourists over to it. once the beach is known the prices will rise, this is only what i think so if u are cruising to cozumel i suggest doing excursiions at other places and resting and beaching in cozumel, so if u are cruising within the next 6 months GO HERE, its BEAUTIFUL as well!!
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FYI----Admission and chairs are still free at Paradise, but if you want to use the water toys you must buy a $5 wristband for the day (some activities will also have a refundable deposit--snorkel equipment, kayak). I've heard food is good, but expensive ($9 burger). They have a website with a menu you can look at.
Although you can snorkel at Paradise, it is a sandy entrance and so it won't be as good as Chankanaab's rocky entrance. If snorkeling is important, I've heard Paradise isn't the place for you.
I have only been to Chankanaab with my family (loved it!) and am considering Paradise Beach, just to try something new. But, the "free" beach is starting to sound kind of expensive (not the $5 wristbands.....that, of course, is a great price), but the food/drinks. I'm still thinking about it.