Beaches in Cozumel and Costa Maya as Shore Excursions

Would appreciate any suggestions for beaches to visit while in port for the day at Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. We are not interested in any of the planned Shore Excursions offered by the cruise lines for these destinations, they just seem to be a bit expensive. Would like to just go to a nearby beach and spend the day. I'm thinking some hotels offer day packages...can anyone recommend any? I'm thinking there were some taxis available at the dock last time we visited, but would love to feel safe in doing this option. We are cruising in late July, so plenty of time to consider our options. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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There is a beach just where the water taxi drops you off in Cozumel. So, if you don't feel safe in a taxi, that's an option.

When we were there a couple of years ago, there was no beach right at the port that our Carnival ship used, so we joined some other cruise guests and took a taxi to a fantastic beach - Paradise Beach. You could pay for a pass that included all of the water sports or just to use the beach, pool and facilities. We chose that option, paid $3 for entry I think it was, and agreed to purchase some food. The taxi was very cheap, and safe, and the beach was only about a 10-15 min ride away.

at the end of the day, there were many taxis waiting to take guests back to the ship. Paradise Beach has a website with lots of photos. We are really looking forward to going back next March.

El Cozumelena Beach Resort, is an option for your consideration. We stayed there once on a day pass and the wife says she would definitely do it again. From a 2-year old memory, took a $10 taxi to the resort. Resort staff VERY friendly and helpful. Day pass ($55ish then, I see $65 currently) included unlimited food, drinks, and use of Hotel facilities EXCEPT rooms. I tipped a dollar for each round of two drinks and the wait staff loved us. Never had a glass empty for long.

Not much of a beach, but pool was nice. Main reason for selecting this Hotel was jet skis we could rent for an additional fee. (Read - VERY happy and pleasantly surprise wife. She 'drove').

Time to leave, there were taxis right outside the hotel. Ten minutes and $10 later we were back pier side. Not the fanciest hotel/resort, but the day pass option is a nice option. Nice staff.

We had found one via for the cruise we had to cancel. We were going to the El Cid All Inclusive Day Pass. Here is why we decided on it: - Both Mr. Sancho's and El Cid are $49.95 - El Cid charged us $49.95 deposit the rest could be paid on arrival in USD - Taxi's to Mr. Sancho's $17 for 2 people each way, that is about $80 for Taxi - El Cid is 2 blocks from cruise terminal so no taxi - El Cid - Snorkel gear is included - Mr. Sancho's requires deposit and $15 fee. -American and Mexican foods are included in the buffet at El Cid's El Cid appears to be less crowded We booked El Cid for our November cruise. We are looking at an excursion for Progresso. brian

Paradise beach looks amazing... Thank you for sharing. We are definitely doing that.

We love Paradise Beach and will be going back next spring. There's no need for water shoes - the beach area and pool are great.

I did Mr Sancho in Cozumel on June 2, 2017. I booked directly with them. The all inclusive cost was $55 with only a $5 deposit and you could cancel up to 24 hrs before arrival. It was a 10 minute taxi ride. You were seated on beach loungers or tables with umbrella. We decided on the table which was just a few feet from the beach, pool and buffet. It had 2 pools and swim up bar. Not only did they have a nice buffet, but they also have waiter service and regular menu with burgers, seafood & more. Also local venders and locker & towel rentals. I highly recommend them.

Through the website, the water looks amazing!! So inviting. I like that its close to the port and the price is great. We are a family of 5 so that's a big help and something for everyone.

You can take a taxi from just outside the port area for only a few dollars, and when you are ready to come back to the ship there will be several taxis waiting at Paradise Beach. We only paid the min amount so didn't use the beach toys, but we did buy lunch. The nachos were a huge portion, and really good. Happy

I've done to book excursions. Most of the time, the excursions are cheaper than book with the ship. Also, if you are looking for a beach day, you can try Playa Uvas. We spent time there 2 years ago. Nice little beach club and not far from the port. Enjoy!!


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