Here's a Cozumel excursion with EVERYTHING: sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling and sampling local Mexican cuisine.
After meeting your tour guide, you will be matched up in groups of four and assigned a manual drive vehicle (Jeep Wrangler or Jeep Patriot - four guests per Jeep) and set out following the lead vehicle. As you drive by Cozumel Town, you will get an insight into the local life.
Your Cozumel tour will continue with a drive around the island on a scenic, paved road full of breathtaking views. Your professional guide will give you interesting information during the different stops, when guests can trade off driving if they choose.
You will access the Punta Sur State Refuge via a long, sandy road, which welcomes you to this unique ecological reserve. You will visit El Caracol, a small ancient Mayan ruin, once used as a weather alarm. You will also see the Columbia Lagoon, a magnificent and incredible ecosystem that feeds and provides balance to the reef formations. Watch for saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment, and visit an observation tower that overlooks the lagoon.
You will then head to the beach to enjoy the year-round crystal-clear waters. Follow the lead vehicle along sand paths to reach Punta Sur Bay, where you will have the option to swim or snorkel. The snorkeling is along the protected and shallow reef, 100 yards off the beach. It is full of colorful tropical fish and incredible sea life. Guests not up to the swim to the reef can walk, swim or just relax on the beach. Don't worry about your belongings, beach lockers are available for $5 US.
After your beach stop, it's back to the Jeeps and a 10-minute drive to visit the Navigation Museum inside the Punta Celarain lighthouse.
You will start the drive back towards town, but your Cozumel Jeep and Beach tour is NOT OVER. You will make a quick stop at an exclusive beach resort to enjoy a delicious late-afternoon Mexican lunch of chicken, beef or fish fajitas! Sodas, beer and mixed drinks are available for purchase. Guests wishing to remain longer may do so and will be responsible for their own transportation back to the pier. Taxi from downtown to the meeting point is approximately $3 US per person.
Reviewer: Susie Jordan
Our family had a wonderful experience with this excursion. Felipe was our tour guide and he was wonderful. We made it back to our ship with no problem. The price was much better than booking with the cruise line. I would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Kim Goetsch
We had a small group jeep and beach adventure. We stopped at Punta Sur where we climbed the lighthouse, visited the marsh area where we saw alligators, had snorkel and beach time on a private area and were served a delicious lunch of fajitas. We stopped at the local tequila factory where we had samples. We had a lot of fun on this excursion.
Reviewer: Joel Comiskey
This excursion was excellent. We had Reuben as our guide and he was perfect. It was just my wife and I on the tour and so Reuben was able to focus his attention towards us. He was conscious of time and great at keeping us ahead of the crowd (other excursion groups). He took us out snorkeling along the reef for about an hour and saw beautiful fish. I would recommend this tour as it was both active and relaxing. If you get Reuben as your guide then that is a plus.
What a wonderful trip we had! So much to see and so many things to do in such a short time. Unbelievable! Many thanks to our guide Felipe and his assistant Carlos - they took such a good care of everybody!
Reviewer: Bari Geeslin
This is an excellent way to see Punta Sur. The jeep ride from the port covered lots of scenic ground. Felipe was a great host. The photographer was helpful and professional. Our jeep could have used a little updating. Tequila Tour was interesting but a bit rustic. Tequila tour guide was informative and humorous. Highlight of Tour is time at Punta Sur- beach, snorkeling, lunch.