Looking for reasonable excursions in Costa Maya and Cozumel

Hi there, I am looking for a few suggestions on excursions for Costa Maya and Cozumel.  I don't want to spend $500 as I am on a budget, but my 13 year old son and I would like to do a snorkeling or sailboat thing, and also see some Myan Ruins.  All the excursions seem to be counting him as an adult which seems insane to me as most of them include Alcohol, which he obviously won't be drinking.  There are so many different ruins listed, and so many different things to do I would love some help!  Which ruins do I visit?  How far away are they?  Can I just do it on my own?  Help!  Please and thank you!

Tags: Cozumel Caribbean - Western Excursions Costa Maya Ruins

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In Cozumel, we feel safe exploring on our own.  It's not that big of a place so we don't worry about missing the ship as long as we are watching the time.  If you want to go to Tulum, though, it's best to book through the ship since that tour requires a ferry ride and is sometimes late in returning.

We didn't explore past the port area at Costa May, so I can't help there.

We really enjoyed our tour to Tulum. The bus ride is long, but the tour guide was so interesting with her stories of the Mayan culture and history, so we didn’t mind at all. I also suggest booking the excursion through the your cruiesline and not privately.

From Cozumel or Costa May, the closest ruins are Coba and Tulum.  The mother of all ruins is in Chichen Itza.  We've been to Mexico several times and have wanted to visit Chichen Itza as it is the most well know, but it is a full day excursion to Chichen Itza.  If you go there, you will need to know to plan for at least 8 hours and you may not have that kind of time unless you book through the ship.  Coba is a little further but still nice.  Tulum is closer to Cozumel than it is to Costa Maya.  We've been there and it is beautiful!  It is right on a high cliff with a stunning view of the ocean.  One of the most gorgeous scenes I've ever seen.  If you go to Tulum, I'd like to offer advice.  First take sunscreen and water with you.  You must walk from the general ticket area/shopping center down a road to the ruins.  It is is about a 15-20 minute walk.  However, once you are at the ruins, there is VERY little shade and no water or bathrooms.  Second, if you need to use the bathrooms, do it before you head out because that will be your last chance.  Third, when we went you were not allowed to climb up or touch any of the ruins--this was about 4 years go.  However, I've since read that you can climb up on certain ruins.  Finally, take a swimsuit because you can go swimming.  There is a stairway that leads from the top where where ruins are to the beach.  It is a great way to cool off because if you go in the summer (we were then in July) it will be incredibly hot!  Have fun and enjoy!  

Thank you all!  It sounds like there is a small ruin ON Cozumel, San Gervasio, so I am leaning towards doing that on our own and then spending the rest of the day at the beach.  And doing a snorkel type thing in Costa Maya.  Next trip, we will plan to have a destination near Tulum because it looks just gorgeous!  Thank you everyone for the advice!

If your a beach lover, go to Passion Island in Cozumel!  You wont regret it!

We booked that excursion a couple of years ago, but the waves were so rough all the water based excursions were cancelled.  Still on our bucket list :)

We loved Paradise Beach. It was a short taxi ride from the port, and we only paid a few dollars ($3 I think, each) to have a day pass. It included beach chair, umbrella on the beach and also use of the pool area. We also agreed to buy some food and beverages which were reasonably priced. An all inclusive pass would have given us use of the inflatables etc. 

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