Planning to do one of the Cozumel beach clubs but having trouble telling the difference between them. We will be there in early September. Most of them seem to be about the same price with lunch and open bar included. We are not looking for a big party or child friendly atmosphere. Just want a place to sit in a beach chair, have a few drinks and relax. We might do some snorkeling but have never done it before. I noticed that one of the clubs advertised reserved beach chairs. Is that a big deal? I don't want to go somewhere so crowded I can't even get a chair.
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When there are more than 3-4 ships in port, most of the beach clubs and parks are crowded, then another option would be the other side of the island at some local beach restaurants such as Mezcalitos, playa Bonita, etc, however there is no snorkeling due to no reefs and there can be some strong undercurrent, swimming should be done responsible and with supervision. If you come to Cozumel on a slow day...here a list of the most recommended beach clubs: San Francisco, Paradise Beach, playa Mia, Mr Sanchos' Nachi Cocom' playa Uvas.....good luck!
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I have been to Paradise Beach and Mr. Sancho's. I loved them both. When we were there, we paid for each drink, so I don't know whether or not they had a plan that was all-inclusive. At Paradise Beach, there is no charge to use the facilities, unless you wish to use the water toys. The cost for that is minimal, though.
If you get to either beach fairly early, you should not have a problem getting a chair and umbrella. To see how many ships will be in port with you, check out CruiseCal dot com.
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We have been to Paradise Beach....water was filthy when we were there, would never go back. Chankanaab Park was nice but water access is a little tricky because the shoreline is all rocky and you have to walk down slippery steps made out of stone to get into the water but the snorkeling was good. Also went to Playa Mia, they have a swimming pool on premises and serve a buffet lunch plus you can order food a la carte. The beach and water were very nice but they have those awful plastic lounge chairs that are tough to get out of.
Thanks so much for the replies and the good info. Really appreciate the web address because my biggest concern is how many other cruise ships will be in port at the same time. That will definitely impact the crowd level. We're sailing on the Ecstasy on Sept. 8th. Already looking at the Conquest for next summer!
I know this post is a little late. I made reservations for our Glory Cruise in November to Cozumel at Nachi Cocom. There web site says they only allow 100 guests per day. We don't like large crowds either.