This was our 4th time visiting the Money Bar, all we were looking for was a place to sit and read, some snorkeling and a bite to eat. You can use the lounge chairs and snorkel for free at the Dzul-Ha reef if you have your own equipment. Many of the boat tours come and anchor here for snorkeling so we swam out and snorkeled where they were, the boats always throw food out for the fish so we were able to see quite a lot of fish.
The Money Bar is just north of Chankanaab National Park where you do have to pay to go in, I thought the Money Bar was a great place to stop to see some fish and we could easily swim out to where the boats were dropping people in the water, with or without fins. We had our own snorkels and masks but you can rent fins and snorkel gear for $15. Last time I was able to rent just fins for $5 but this time it was all or nothing and I didn't want to pay $15 for fins. On my 3rd time there, I swam out to a spot south of the Money Bar which has a large concrete structure and lots of fish and an eel, ask for the best spot at the bar and they should be able to point you to it. I found it by following one of the boats that was leading passengers there.
After we were done snorkeling, we had a drink and a plate of nachos which was enough food to tide us over until getting back to the non stop food orgy on the cruise ship. It was $8 each way from the cruise docks (for 1-4 people), the taxi prices are a flat rate and posted at the docks. From the ferry docks it was $9 each way.
This was the excursion that my grandmother picked for this port. I think she wanted me to see what the reef looked like without the hassle of trying to learn to snorkel. My first time snorkeling was great. The second time, not so much.
In any case we took a taxi from the dock out to the submarine (they have these submarine tours in most ports), and then took a boat to the submarine. I even saw a shark. We went down to 100 feet. The water was very blue down there
I don't know what my grandmother paid but the website says
Adults: $99.00 USD Internet Price: $89.00 USD
Child: $59.00 USD (up to 12 yrs old-must be 36” tall and 4 yrs old)
Paradise Beach is extremely clean and the staff is amazing! There are lots of water activities as well as land. They have many blow up slides, climbing things, and trampolines. They also have snorkeling, para-sailing, lots of bars, a large pool, kayaks, and longboards. This is really a PARADISE beach! The drinks are normal price for a tourist location. There is not a entrance fee but you do have to buy the fun pass for $12 if you want to play in the water and the lounge chairs are $2. There is also 3 stores to buy souvenirs at. Paradise beach is about 5 miles from the docks and is about a $20 cab ride, give or take.
About a 5-minute taxi ride from the Carnival cruise ship dock, this was one of the best excursions ever! Fly High has six towers with various lengths and pitch of cable, so some of the zips were short and fast, others were long and slower (still fast!). We all had a GREAT time - the guides were friendly, helpful, and professional. We were able to do the course twice (took about an hour and a half for our 10-person group). The views were beautiful - flying over trees and you could see the beach and our cruise ship while zipping! We paid $90 for the excursion, which also included transportation and a visit to the El Cid resort. Kind of expensive, but you might be able to get a better deal by not booking through the cruise line. Totally worth it - it was a ton of FUN!
Cozumel is loaded with plenty of shopping options for every budget and taste. Jewelry, pottery, watches, liquor, clothing, souvenirs and home goods stores are littered all over the downtown shopping area. Some real bargains can be found if you know your prices and how to haggle.
If you are staying on Cozumel, you can probably do your snorkeling from the beach but we were just there on a daytrip so we joined a boat tour to take us out to several different spots along the coast of Cozumel. The number and variety of fish that you see here is awesome!
When you get off the ferry from PDC, you will run the gauntlet of boat operators who are looking to take people out on snorkeling trips. Prices are always negotiable, especially if they are ready to go out and only need a couple more people. I think we paid roughly $27US per person (300 pesos) to go out, the price started out around $40US per person.
The boats are small, with a cover from the sun and hold 8-10 people. They have snorkel equipment for you to use (mask, fins, snorkel), provide liquid refreshment (water, Coke, beer) and all stop at the same places. The tour is approx. 1 1/2-2 hours The boats have glass bottoms so if there is a non snorkeler in your group they can still see some fish.
The guides throw out some food for the fish so at times you are surrounded by all kinds of interesting fish which is pretty cool. A photographer will come around and take your picture, for $10US you can buy it at the end (although if you wait around long enough, the price on that is negotiable as well, I just didn't want it).
We found on a subsequent trip that at least one of the stops at Dzul Ha was close enough to shore to snorkel to from the Money Bar.
The Windward Coast on the east side of the island is beautiful but the waves make it so that it's dangerous to swim and the snorkeling there is non existent. There's not a lot of development along this side of the island, the hotels and resorts are all on the west side. You'll occasionally see a restaurant along the coast but really the thing to do on this side is just stop and take in the natural beauty.
If you come in by ferry from Playa del Carmen or come in by cruise ship, you will dock in San Miguel, Cozumel's only town. On Sunday, San Miguel is a little sleepy, on days when the cruise ships dock you will find all of the shop and restaurant owners trying to lure people in.
If you are in a cruiseship, they offer this as part of their excursion. You have to sign up when you buy your tickets but you can also sign up and buy the tickets at the cruiseship.
Chunchacab Reef is a rock formation in the sea in Cozumel, Mexico.
There is an entrance fee going to the Chunchacab Reef.
We saw the entrance of the Chunchacab Reef ticketing office near the beach but we headed to Punta Sur as we didn't have enough time. Since we have children, we can only go to a certain place where we can do everything together. My youngest daughter is only 8 years old and she does not know how to dive yet.
We went snorkelling and swimming in La Playa Hermosa instead and had seen the Faro Ceralain Lighthouse, El Caracol (Mayan Vestiges), crocodile farm, turtle nesting area, iguanas, bird nesting area and I had seen the shortest coconut tree laden with coconuts!
A long stretch of the beach in Punta Sur, Cozumel, Mexico is managed by the Faro Ceralain Ecopark which is protected because of their environmental programs like protecting the nesting place of the turtles (Tortugas), nesting place for the black birds and protecting the corals.
In order to avail the amenities of the beaches there, you have to pay an entrance fee. However, there are beaches here that are free and that is at the Playa Punta Chiqueros.
It is close to a lot of bars and restaurants but don't have a lot of amenities.
These are huge signage of Punta Sur. Punta Sur is a name of a place in Cozumel, Mexico and it is Spanish name for South Point. This is located at the tip of Cozumel where the Faro Ceralain lighthouse is.
It is a very beautiful place where there is long stretches of white sand and beautiful beaches which are great for swimming, snorkelling and boating.
Some plants have been planted like lilies. You can actually sit on the letters. When you come here, make sure to park on designated areas so as not to destroy the plants.
There is a watchtower made of bamboo stilts with palm tree leaves as its roof at the beach. I wanted to go and climbed it but the guy at the hut did not allow me. It looked really nice to just sit down on top to see the whole horizon. (Had I bought something in his store, he would have probably allowed me to go there but the food he was selling were so expensive. Besides the fresh coconuts, I only saw chips and sodas.
There are boats for rent at the entrance of the Faro Ceralain Ecopark. The tour guides can bring you to an area where there is a lot of sealife to see. Some are also guided tours in a small boat.
At the La Playa Hermosa, you can also swim close to the floating board and dive there. My daughter had to swim all the way to the floating board and started diving there.
There are several varieties of coconuts here. The coconuts are sold at local stores at the beach (not a lot though). There is one coconut tree close to the "Hut Tower" and close to the designated parking areas, there was this small coconut (We call it 'macapuno") laden with coconuts! I could touch all the coconuts in the coconut tree!
Before the you hit the entrance of the Faro Ceralain Ecopark, there are many beaches that you don't have to pay. The only problem here is that there are no public restrooms or shower rooms. You have to actually hook up with a hotel/restaurant nearby so you can change.
At the Faro Ceralain Ecopark, the entrance fee is not that expensive and you are also supporting the environmental projects of the park. The park fees also goes to paying the park staff.