Our last port of call on a recent cruise was in Cozumel, Mexico. I was really thankful that the weather turned out to be beautiful as we did not have a paid excursion to go on and were simply going to walk around the local area.
Cozumel is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island and is approximately 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. Since we were on foot, we were only going to see a small piece of the island.
Once we disembarked the ship, we walked to a plaza-type area that had many shops.
We were looking for wifi on land as the ship’s internet service is quite costly. And, look what we found. Yes — even Cozumel has a Starbucks.
After sitting down for a few minutes and catching up on our emails and messages, we “hit the road” to see what the area had to offer. Cozumel is quite colorful which brightens a heart easily.
The streets where we walked were quite narrow.
Here’s a local plaza that we walked past. Not much going on here though.
There are a lot of local shops right off the pier and the prices of items vary greatly from one to the next. It really does pay to negotiate a price here. I had wanted to purchase a small Mexican sombrero and the first shop I went to wanted $5 U.S. I kept going and purchased it from another shop for $3.00. Negotiate, negotiate!
There were quite a few “men” dressed up as if they were statues and some of them were pretty good at posing quite still.
I saw a sign for a synagogue but was not able to locate where it was. Perhaps it was a lot further than where we walked.
I enjoyed looking at the various shades of blue in the water — beautiful!
Just walking and walking … that’s what we did.
The people are friendly although when you pass a shop they “encourage” you (quite insistently) to go in and browse.
After walking for awhile, we decided to stop and have some real Mexican food at a restaurant called Alberto’s Bar and Grille. The waiter stood outside the restaurant encouraging people to come in and eat and that worked for us.
Our food was quite good. I’m not sure why that surprised me. Perhaps because the restaurant was so close to the ship — I guess it shouldn’t have mattered.
After lunch we walked around a little more and saw people taking rides on horse drawn carriages.
It was definitely a beautiful day to walk around and enjoy the Mexico sunshine.
This was our last port of call on our cruise on the Norwegian ship called The Star. Tomorrow would be a “sea” day — no ports, just sailing across the Gulf of Mexico.
Other posts from our cruise to Mexico and Honduras are below.