Rent a bike or scooter and explore the island. It's quite small and you can see it all in a day. Stop many places along the road and snorkel in the sea. Find small beaches where you can be all alone or see the ruins.
Driving is quite easy outside of the city centre. There is one main road running from the city, down the westcoast to Punta Sur and then up the eastcoast. North of Punta Morena the road turns inland and cuts straight through the island, leading you back to the city again. The whole roundtrip is about 70 km. In one day you can see most of the island, but with a few days you can stop more places and spend more time at each place.
Located at the far northern end of the island where no paved road goes is the Punta Molas lighthouse. To get to it you need to hike (or take a 4WD) in from where the East Coast (Costera Este) highway ends. Along the way you will come to the ruins of a Mayan temple (but unlike the ones in the parks, this one has not been restored) called Castillo Real (royal castle). Take your snorkel gear for a refreshing dip at the nice beach near the ruins.
it is hard finding a place on the island were it's off the beaten path just because there are so many tourist there, the day we were there 5 or, 6 cruise ships showed up the same day so there was about 2000 or more extra people. So if you run into that, and you want to get out of the crowds. I would recommend renting a scooter for the day and traveling around and seeing the rest of the island. There and so many little beach restaurants and bars that pop up in the middle of no where. That is if you have enough guts to drive on the streets in the town.
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5 South Ave. 313
between 3 and 5 South St.
Open Monday through Saturday
from 9:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 20:00
Ph. and fax. (987) 250-68
No, this guy isn't your massage therapist. He was actually the horse back riding guide who insisted on giving me a shoulder rub after the ride. However I would recomend Cozumel Massage, an in-room massage for about $50 an hour. email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Rent yourself a 'sporty' little VW Thing and cruise around the island. Its only like 7 miles across at the narrowest point. Check out the ruins, little villages, beaches, etc. I actually got this one for free (as well as a couple of cheap blankets and a bottle of tequilla) by sitting through some time share spiel for about an hour.
This is a nice getaway. On the east side of the Island. Coral rocks. I suggest wearing good coral shoes. You want the type that keeps out the sand. Not those cheap Wal/K/mart types.