When riding scooters in San Miguel, 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. Wear a helmet at all times.
3. Watch your speed.
4. Be aware of one-way streets.
When we were in Cozumel in 1998, we heard from some cruise ship passengers that they had been warned about going into the back streets. This is complete balderdash.
Q: What does it mean when your cruise ship advises you of this:
"Shop at the many stores featured in Cozumel’s recommended shopping program."
A: It means they get a kick-back if you shop in the stores they recommend.
There will be guys at the doorways of most stores trying to steer you into the store - their mantra is "So cheap it is almost free". The further away from the docks the cheaper things get. And you will be able to bargain, whereas at the ship recommended stores, the prices are set. The stores closest to the coast and primarily Punta Langosta Pier are the most expensive catering to cruise ship passengers. The "shopping zone" extends back from the waterfront a few blocks and there is little chance of getting lost. It is not dangerous to walk around town.
Shops are generally open from 9 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm. Many shops close for siesta however, most stores near the pier will stay open during siesta hours and most stores are open all day during high season.
Shoppers may choose to pay in cash, either in pesos, US dollars or traveler's checks. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover cards are commonly accepted although the first two are more readily accepted then other credit cards.
NOTE: If you use your credit card write down the date and description of EVERY transaction.