Looking for things to do on our own in Progreso and Cozumel

Leaving April 30 and looking for advise on things to do and see in Progreso and Cozumel on our own.

Tags: Caribbean - Western

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We went to Cozumel via Carnival Imagination back in July of 2012. A bucket list item for me was to visit the Mayan Ruins. We got off the ship as early as we could and immediately bought a ticket for the ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Regarding the Ferry, if you get sea sick easily then make sure to get a seat up top in the fresh air. We sat inside the main cabin and there were children and adults getting sick all around us. From there we met with our tour guide and loaded onto a bus for the trip to Tulum. It was AMAZING! The tour guide led us to the entrance of the ruins and let us go free. We took pictures for a couple hours while exploring the ruins, then we walked down the trail to the beach below the ruins and swam in the ocean for another hour.

I highly recommend going to Tulum!

If you are beach people go to Paradise Island. You will not regret it. The water is amazing, the beach is fantastic and the service is top notch! Just beware of the vendors, they are very aggressive!

Is that in Cozumel? How do you get to it? Does it cost anything?

Paradise Island is in Cozumel. We went there as a paid excursion through Carnival. I believe it cost us $59 each but it was all inclusive for 5 hours

Sorry, my apologies it was called Passion Island, but it certainly was Paradise!

We really haven't visited much of Mexico other than ports on the west coast and haven't been impressed, however, we had never been on the Yucatan Peninsula before and now find it worth doing. It looks like the island of Cozumel is one's best bet for weather, low crime, cleanliness and visitor amenities if one wants to visit for a week or so.

If I hadn't been enjoying the voyage up to that point, which we had, the Coba excursion would have made the entire trip worth while. We took an eight hour day trip out to the Mayan ruins at Coba on the mainland. From the island of Cozumel we had to take a 50 minute ferry boat shuttle over to the mainland to begin the four hour round trip coach trip inland to Coba. The day before that I also had the opportunity to do Mayan ruins at Chacchoben when we were in port at Costa Maya. Coba was the best though, I got to climb to the top of Nohoch Mul which is the highest (138 ft.) pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is also the only one you can climb to the top of. That is about to change they say, our guide said that any day he expects to see it roped off. Coba is a very interesting and well kept up Mayan historic site inside a lush jungle area. It has three lagoons. It once held 50,000 Mayan's and it was the center of Mayan commercial activity for centuries.

In Progreso I just kicked back on the beach

In Progreso, we did the Sacred Cenotes Snorkeling tour though Carnival. This link pretty well sums up a very unique and insightful tour .

I could write the EXACT same as below, including sit outside on Ferry. A couple additions:

It's worth it to take the Tram back and forth to the Ruins for a couple extra bucks. If you walk and it rained at all its super muddy, and takes away time from the ruins.

I did the RCL full day Tulum tour with lunch and beach break. That was awesome decent buffet lunch right next to Tulum beach and got about 60 - 90 minutes lounging on beach. Wish I had a week just do be on Tulum beach and relax.

In Cozumel...

We enjoyed going to the Tulum ruins. This involves getting yourselves to the water taxi pier then over to Playa del Carmen, then getting a taxi to the ruins (about 40 min ride)... then reversing it to get back to the ship. Don't cut it too close. The water taxi schedule should be how you plan the day because you have to build in for the possibility that it will run late or slow. Don't cut it too close for getting back to the ship or you may end up getting left on the pier.
The last time we stopped we tried a "resort for a day" which was within walking distance of the pier. We will not be doing that again. It was not restful, relaxing, or resort-like. Granted, this was Mexico - yeah, we get that - but the process and facilities were just not as nice as they were advertised to be. Lesson learned.

We also enjoyed the dolphin encounter center which is not far from the pier. Not sure if that gets overrun with cruise passenger bookings so best to check into that and book in advance.


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