Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

  • Beautiful - but dangerous
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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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  • Driving in Cozumel

    by grkboiler Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Here are some rules of the road you should know:

    1. Roads that run parallel to the sea are avenues and have the right of way. Roads that run perpendicular to the sea are called streets and you must stop at each block.

    2. When riding a scooter wear a helmet at all times.

    3. Watch your speed.

    4. Be aware of one-way streets.

    5. Topes are speed bumps. They are all over.

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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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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Be Careful when Kayaking!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Fury Beach

    One lesson that Sarah and I learned during this trip is that we are not compatible Kayakers. I am 6'2, which does not bode very well for a small dual person kayak. Needless to say I was uncomfortable the whole time, and I tipped us over!

    All of this happened while we were on our catamaran sail and snorkel adventure :)

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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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    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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    Traffic can be your Nemesis

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 26, 2009

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    The vehicles did not seem totally jammed while we were her-but this is February. Our taxi driver took some diversions and back streets to avoid the backup of traffic jam on the Ave Rafael Melgar (main street), both coming and going. Without not knowing how, a person may get caught up in a long wait

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    Parking Can BE Maddening

    by BruceDunning Written Feb 26, 2009

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    It appears that parking spaces are scarce, if not nonexistent. The main avenue was full and not spots, and secondary street in did not allow parking. Maybe some residential parking can be found some blocks back off the water beach area?

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    Sunday

    by Dabs Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    Closed on Sunday

    We made the same mistake 2 years in a row, traveling to Cozumel on a Sunday. Many of the restaurants are closed and many of the shops are closed or close early in the day. There are no cruise ships in port on Sundays, I'm not sure if that's because Cozumel is all but closed up on Sunday or if Cozumel is all but closed up on Sunday because there are no cruise ships. Mexico is a very Catholic country and Sunday is typically the day off when Mexicans can spend the day with their families.

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    Sunblock! Sunblock! Sunblock!

    by cjg1 Updated May 3, 2012

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    Holy hell the sun was strong when we were in Cozumel as well as it being incredibly hot. Fortunately we had applied sunblock with an SPF of 110 and wore hats. Even with sunblock I was a little pink on the arms. Do yourself a favor and slather on as much sunblock as possible and stay out of the noonday sun.

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  • Be careful renting cars and scooters!! Scam!!!

    by mexdf Written May 14, 2005

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    Myself and my girlfriend just went to Cancun and Cozumel.When you are in Cozumel and if you deside to rent a car.Please rent from a American Company,We rented a Scooter from a Mexican Company,and we returned it they & the protection police forced us to pay false damages of about 30 US and we were lucky,After fighting with the reps from the Mexican company and the Corrupt Police for two hours And being threated with handcuffs and a special tactical squad we payed the 30.00.My status as a retired American Policeman,and as a officer in the Mexican Red Cross ment nothing to these people,....after we left the Police Station,we found a honest Tourist Policeman who we had been asking for the whole time in the first place.He stated that (1) the Protection police were wrong and violated there own regulactions by not calling for a tourist police officer,and that this is a typical scam in Cozumel,especialy with day tripers from Cancun and off the cruise Ships.Why? because you dont have the time to argue.Some mexican car rentals have charged up to $500.00US in damages(false),SO IF YOU MUST RENT A CAR AT LEAST RENT FROM A AMERICAN COMPANY WHERE YOU WILL HAVE SOME RESCOURSE!
    Take Care,
    MEXDF

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    Water

    by CindyLou99 Written Oct 2, 2005

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    In any part of Mexico always be sure to drink bottled water. Also make sure you are the one to crack the seal on the bottle that way you are sure it is a fresh one. My friend was very ill while we were in Mexico and we think its because she received some tainted water in one of the restaurants.

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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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    Agressive Vendors

    by cjg1 Written May 3, 2012

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    Several of the shops we entered were very nice with friendly salespeople who weren't pushy or aggressive. We also experience the agressive/pushy vendor on the streets and in the shops. Nothing turns my wife off more that people standing on the sidewalk trying to get customers into their shop.

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    woah is it hot!

    by stoney13 Written May 9, 2007

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    This is common sense, keep yourself hydrated. It was unbelievably hot down there! My mom ended up having to go lay down due to heat exhaustion. so, drink water, if you start to feel wierd, sit down or jump in the ocean for a cool off.

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