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We are taking our teen son and his friend on the Fantasy in March. We have been to Cozumel before and enjoyed quite beaches but this time I would like to go to a beach that has more activity and fun for the boys to enjoy. An all inclusive would be great if there are any. I know they want to go into town before departure too. Any suggestions?
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Good Morning,
I have the same problem you do. I am traveling with 4 - 16 year old girls in July. I have done research and I am leaning toward Playa Mia with the girls. It looks like it has a ton of things for them to do. Please post if you come up with something different.

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San Francisco beach, Paradise beach, Playa Mia, Mr. Sanchos and Nachicocom are all very good beach clubs with lots of activities to chose from. Good luck!
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San Francisco beach, Paradise beach, Playa Mia, Mr. Sanchos and Nachicocom are all very good beach clubs with lots of activities to chose from. Good luck!
We are going to all get together tonight and I think we are leaning toward Playa Mia. Seems like they have plenty to do and there will be other teens there. Being Spring Break it shouldn't be a problem. Plus I like the all inclusive package where we don't have to keep paying for everything. I'm excited!
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Playa Mia is a good choice. It is a large facility and is in the process of being expanded and upgraded post hurricane.
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Playa Mia is certainly a good choice with plenty of services, facilities and activities to chose from...Good luck and leave your experience on the board!
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We have been to Playa Mia, Playa Uvas and Paradise Beach.
My thoughts:
Playa Mia is more of a College age crowd. This is where the 'party' boats
come and go from. Most take advantage of the "all you can drink" deal!

Playa Uvas is for those who want thing a little more quiet. It has a rocky
shore which is best for shore snorkel. Teak loungers and beds. There is a woman that makes/ sells earrings, necklaces, bowls... that are the color of the sea. BEAUTIFUL and great prices.

Paradise Beach has all the 'toys' that Mia has but less expensive.
Our family (myself, husband, 19, 17, 14, 12) was less than $100 including tips.

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kthill,
Did you go to Playa Mia? What did you think?

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I went to Playa Mia over Thanksgiving 2006. It was a blast! I was 19 y.o. and certainly enjoyed the all-inclusive package with the open bar...maybe a little too much! Ask your taxi driver to get you a discount...could save 5-10 bucks a person just for asking. The water was closed due to high surf though.
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Jhallah, so you can drink there legally at 19? I ask b/c my son will be 19 when we go. Also, we just ASK he taxi driver if he can get us a discount and if he can he will tell us? That is a good tip.

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legally i believe it is 18, though there we're "older looking" 15 or 16 year old with the all-inclusive wrist band. i didnt get the discount myself, but did have the group in back of me get it...heard them saying it as i was putting my wallet and such away. it's worth asking for, but probably worth it without any discount as well. parts of their buildings were under construction, maybe due to the hurricane, but didn't affect my stay.
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We have been to Paradise Beach at least 10 times since it opened (4 times since October alone) and there has never been even a HINT of anything illegal. I know the manager and he would never knowingly allow anything remotely illegal to happen at his resort. He has been the manager there since it opened.

It is the safest place in Cozumel.

We have also been to San Francisco Beach, Playa Mia and Mr. Sanchos and Paradise Beach is BY FAR the best for families and young teens.

If someone wants an ALL INCLUSIVE for around $40 for adults, then I would recommend Playa Mia first and San Francisco Beach second.
If they want an all inclusive with a more quiet romantic atmosphere, then they need to pay a little more $49.00 each and go to Nachi Cocom.
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We are taking our teen son and his friend on the Fantasy in March. We have been to Cozumel before and enjoyed quite beaches but this time I would like to go to a beach that has more activity and fun for the boys to enjoy. An all inclusive would be great if there are any. I know they want to go into town before departure too. Any suggestions?
My recommendation would be Paradise Beach.

It does not charge any entrance fee. Lounge chairs, tables, umbrellas, CLEAN restrooms, changing rooms, showers and even the internet at the bar are all FREE. All they ask is that you eat/drink while you are there.
Tom and his staff do an excellent job and run a first rate operation.

If your boys are interested, there is an OPTIONAL $9 wristband that allows folks to use all the non-motorized toys. They have an iceberg, 2 water trampolines, kayaks, snorkeling, individual floats and 2 huge flat floats that 3 or more folks can get on. We love it because our 2 boys have get the wristbands and hubby and I don't have to. We just stay in the shade. For the activities like snorkeling there is a deposit for the equipment and you get it back IN FULL when you return the equipment.

They have lockers you can rent. They even have 2 coconut trees that you can climb!

Taxi fare to most of the beach resorts is $12 -15 one way for 4 people. Don't worry about getting a taxi back. There are more taxi's than sand. Tom even has a covered area for the taxi drivers to relax and watch TV in the afternoon while they wait for fares back to the ship.

Both food and drinks (and ice) are all safe. They use purified water.
Hubby and I and the 2 boys (16 and 19) were there last Tuesday (for the umpteenth time) and our bill was $ 47.00 and I left a $10.00 tip. That was for a chicken chimichanga (sp?) , a plate of cheese nachos, 2 beers, 1 water and 3 margaritas.

We were there from 9AM until around 2PM. There were lots of folks there, because it is so popular but it was not "crowded" feeling.

We are not big drinkers so $160.00 for the 4 of us at an all inclusive is just not worth it to us. Hubby had 2 beers. I had 2 margaritas. Oldest son (19) had a margarita (drinking age in Mexico is 18) and youngest son (16) had a bottle of water.

We have been taking the boys there since it opened and they love it.
Our youngest son is a special needs child and they have always provided him with a safe, fun area to play. This is the only place he will actually get in the water with his life preserver on. In fact, the last three times (December, March and last week) he swam out to the water trampoline and Dad helped him up. He played on it for 30 minutes. This time he jumped off the side of it by himself!! We were also there last October, but he just played in the sand and waves.

We love the free internet because it gives us a change to touch base with home while we are there.

Also Paradise Beach has all the independent vendors you need. Jet skis run around $55 for 1/2 hour. Parasailing is $55 for 15 minutes and they also do tandoms for $110. There are banana boats, massages right on the beach, hairbraiding, henna tattoos (be careful ~ some people have reactions to those) etc.

Mr. Sanchos is the other free beach resort. However, they do not have as many water toys as Paradise Beach does. They do have safe food and drinks. They lost about 50 ft of their beach after Wilma but still have a couple rows of chairs.

Playa Mia is the spot I recommend for young 20's who are into partying.
The Fiesta Party Barge lands there around noon. These are folks who have been drinking all morning before they get there and it is more of a "Party Place".

Don't get me wrong, Paradise Beach is fun too! But the Fiesta Party Barge brings the women flashing their tops to Playa Mia . And IMHO not an atmosphere for families. Now this does not happen 24/7 there. It is mainly when that Fiesta Party Barge arrives. And of course, how wild the group depends on who is on board that particular day.

Carlos N Charlies is another beach resort that I have read is also free.
We have not been to that one because it just opened. You can see it from Paradise Beach and they don't have the water toys that PB does. In fact, folks have been posting on other boards that they went to C n C and then walked to Paradise Beach and got the $9 wristband.

We love Cozumel. We have been going there over 20 years back when Carlos N Charlies was all there was and it was downtown in the two story walk up that looked like a hole in the wall. Several years ago they moved to their new location at the end of Punta Langosta pier.

In April they added a Margaritaville. It is 3 blocks south of Punta. We stopped in there last Tuesday on the way back to the ship just to check it out and it is very nice. Looks like it was lots of fun without getting to "over the top".

We are headed back in December.

If you have any other specific questions, please email me at musicalcruiser@hotmail.com and if I don't know the answer...I know who to ask.

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legally i believe it is 18, though there we're "older looking" 15 or 16 year old with the all-inclusive wrist band. i didnt get the discount myself, but did have the group in back of me get it...heard them saying it as i was putting my wallet and such away. it's worth asking for, but probably worth it without any discount as well. parts of their buildings were under construction, maybe due to the hurricane, but didn't affect my stay.
You are correct. The drinking age in Mexico is 18. Some cruise lines however require it to stay 21 if you are on one of their ship excursions.
So be sure to check before you book it if you are under 21 and want to drink.
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