On my cruise with Royal Caribbean, we ventured to Cozumel – a small, tourist-friendly island just off the coast of Mexico’s mainland. Cozumel’s main industry is tourism and you can rest assured you will get a friendly reception from the natives. Right off the boat docks is a large shopping area where a variety of goods can be purchased and you have the option to dine at many authentic Mexican restaurants right on the water.
While in Cozumel, some coworkers and I decided to go on an excursion to some Mayan ruins that are right on the island of Cozumel. It was a three-hour long excursion that we booked through the cruise line for just $35 – and it was the best money I spent the whole trip. Our tour guide Gabriel was extremely knowledgeable and I learned a great deal of Mayan and Mexican culture in just a short amount of time. Here’s a link to some information on the Mayan ruins we visited!
Another great way to see the island is via scooter (or moped). Typically, you can find a moped for $50 for a 24-hour rental. However, this is Mexico. Mexico has a wonderful way of negotiating with tourists. I know my parents negotiated with them and got them down to $25 for them.

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