Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

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    Local Blood Drive Sponsored by the Grande Mosquito

    by Skigirl Updated Jul 31, 2004

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    Don't be afraid-they are your allies!

    Cozumel is a small island with interesting archeological sites being some of the Mayan ruins. But beware because they are guarded by the most bloodsucking, vicious mosquitos I have ever encountered. Thankfully there is not a threat of Malaria but these mosquitos are obnoxious. Warning-Bring Mosquito repellent from HOME!!!! When we approached the ruins which cost $5.00 a person we were greated not only by the monster mosquitos but by a man stating he was a guide he showed us some xeroxed copies of ancient temples and mayan priests and proceeded to solicit a $75.00 fee for guiding us through the ruins and as a bonus he held up an old dirty plastic container with a milky substance stating that the mosquitos would not bite with the witch brew he had. This was quite a pitch unfortunately one of his cohorts had made a palm frond swatter that he continuously used to keep mosquitos off him. WARNING: Don't use anything from someone's dirty, cracked unlabeled container who know what vile ingredients could be in it! You will be able to explore with a good coating of repellent and use it not only on your skin but on your clothes my arms and legs were coated but when I turned around my party freaked when they saw a colony taking up space on my back attached to my shirt!

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    Dangerous currents on the east coast

    by wadekorzan Written Mar 22, 2004

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    If you're looking for good safe swimming, the west coast is the place to go. Scenically the east coast is beautiful, but in most places it's better to watch from a distance than to get in--currents can be unpredictable and strong.

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    Naked Iguana: Dangerous Surfing

    by tafurojo Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Rocks along the beach at Punta Morena

    This may go for all surf spots in Cozumel but particularly at "Naked Iguana" use extreme caution when renting a surf board and going out into the water to catch some waves. There is a horrible undertoe and getting yourself out into the water is NOT easy. There are rocks for about 40 feet that you can easily get your foot stuck in and get hit with a wave. Becareful surfing in because the rocks are very close to the top of the water.

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    Naked Iguana: Dangerous Surfing

    by tafurojo Written Dec 27, 2003

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    This may go for all surf spots in Cozumel but particularly at "Naked Iguana" use extreme caution when renting a surf board and going out into the water to catch some waves. There is a horrible undertoe and getting yourself out into the water is NOT easy. There are rocks for about 40 feet that you can easily get your foot stuck in and get hit with a wave. Becareful surfing in because the rocks are very close to the top of the water.

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    nitelife or knife life

    by GBishop524 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    you do not want to be caught on the unsecured beaches at night. Many people have woke up in the morning with a head ache and nothing else. The market place is the highest crime area, so when shopping watch all of your belongings, keep bags closed and close. Panhandeling and street soliciting is illegal on the island so not GENERALLY a problem except on the east side of the island and even then minorly.

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    If you rent a car....

    by NitnyLeo Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Don't Let This Happen To You

    Make sure you buy the insurance; your policy from home won't be any good.

    When you get to the gas station, make sure the pump is not starting out at $10. Park with your gas cap away from the pump and quickly guard it to prevent the attendant from pumping until you've had the chance to verify the numbers on the pump.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY...If you rent a Jeep, make sure that the 4-wheel drive is operable before you leave the lot. It took me 2 hours to dig myself out.

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    advised not to rent scooters

    by JMB_FindingNeverland Written Mar 21, 2005
    advise not to rent a scooter

    I have no first hand knowledge whether it is dangerous or not to use a scooter, as a tourist. We rented a car just because we carry a lot of stuffs.

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