One of the most popular cruise ports in the Western Caribbean is Cozumel, Mexico. I’ve been lucky enough to visit several times on cruises, but in October, I took my first actual excursion.
I was fortunate to be invited onboard the Caribbean Princess for a fabulous vacation, and one of our scheduled ports was Cozumel. Because I booked in late, I wasn’t able to purchase my excursions online in advance, but if you have the opportunity, book this way! It assures you that you’ll be able to get the exact excursion you want – something that you will appreciate, because many of these tours book up and sell out quickly.
Once I made my way on board, I went straight to the excursions desk to figure out what I was going to do. My first choice was to take these fun little cars around town and the beach, but apparently, everyone else thought it sounded like fun, too…it was sold out. However, my second choice turned out to be AMAZING! Riding ATVs through the Mexican jungle, a great lunch on the beach, and a little in port shopping was one of the highlights of my cruise.
On the day we arrived in port, we met the rest of the folks who were taking excursions, and made our way to our tour leader. After a quick signing of release forms, we boarded our very cushy bus and headed inland to the jungle. It was a quick ride, and we paired up with my new blogger friend Emilie from Baby Lovin’ Mama along the way. Our guide was a fun local, full of helpful info, who showed us a short how-to video before hooking us up with do-rags and helmets. Five minutes later we were perched on big red ATVs and gearing up for muddy rides!
I had never driven an ATV, but it was easy! Hand brakes and gas, no changing of gears. And even though we went through some really muddy paths (at one point, a virtual pond due to the morning rain) I powered through and managed to keep up. Honestly, it was one of the best feelings I’ve had in ages, being outdoors and free and just soaking it all in with friends. Now I’m in the market for my own ATV!
After our excursion in the forest, we reboarded the bus (now in the rain) and went to lunch on a nearby beach. Drinks and flavorful tacos were followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub, giggling and storytelling. Such a great way to spend the afternoon.
Once back in port, we opted to stick around and shop, of which there is plenty. Whether you choose to take a quick taxi to downtown (about $10) or stay in the port area, you’ll find no shortage of things to buy. Take your time, don’t be afraid to negotiate, and remember to have fun! It’s vacation, after all!
What is the best excursion you’ve ever taken? Mexico or otherwise? I’m always looking for my next adventure, and I trust you all…so help me out!
If you’ve never been, you should look into booking a cruise. They are great way to see so many different places, and do so many new things. Princess Cruises is a great value and has a wonderful trip in store for you. From amazing dining to stellar onboard (and off ship) activities, you’ll be very well taken care of!
Here’s a few links to help you out with your planning:
– Chocolate Journeys – http://www.princess.com/learn/onboard/food_dining/chocolate-journeys/
– Caribbean cruise info: http://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/caribbean-cruises/
– Info for people new to cruising: http://www.princess.com/come-back-new/new-to-cruising/
– Onboard experience in the Caribbean: http://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/caribbean-cruises/onboard/
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Princess Cruises (thank you, Princess!), but all thoughts and opinions are my own.