My little adventures south of the border.

Cozumel – Day One

I’m being a tad lax in posting on the blog. While I enjoy blogging, it can be a bit time-consuming and when you’re trying to have fun on a vacation, it can eat into that time.  So that’s my excuse for being late.  I’ll just do a post on my first day in Cozumel…my first time there.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, so I had an open mind.  It didn’t start out well, however, with an awful ferry ride from Playa del Carmen.  I am used to the UltraMar ferries to Isla Mujeres that are air-conditioned inside, but you have the option of sitting on top in the open air…which I usually did.  This ferry didn’t have that option.  I went on board and found a seat while thinking, “Man, it’s HOT in here!”  I thought that maybe it’s like plane rides in which they don’t turn on the air conditioning until the plane actually starts moving.  I was certainly hoping that was the case, but it wasn’t.  We were packed in there like sardines as it was a full boat, and it was hotter than…well, you know what.  And it didn’t get any better.  I was fanning myself with my printed out Booking.com room confirmations almost the whole time.

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So when we got to Cozumel, it was pouring down rain so everybody waited for it to pass..which it did in about 10 minutes.  I grabbed a taxi to take me to my hotel so that I could dump my suitcase and do some exploring.  I stayed at the Villas El Encanto which I found on-line.  I booked this trip at the last minute so I had to work with what I could find that was available during the busy time of the year.  I lucked out on this one, because it was a charmer.

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Here’s my room…

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I loved the doors that opened out to a little patio.

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The bathroom and shower…

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They had shared kitchens which were fully equipped…

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The grounds were very lush and they had two pools.  And one of the room had its own private pool.

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I would highly recommend this hotel.  The owners and staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and it was a quiet and peaceful location. It’s a little bit of hike to the downtown area, but it’s do-able.  If you hail a cab, it’s about 60 pesos.

El Centro is right on the water, but there’s no beach area.  There is a malecon that runs along the shoreline, and you can walk down to the water, but there are no “toes-in-the-sand” restaurants.

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I walked around town right away, and grabbed some chips and pico de gallo at Palmera’s.  This is as close to the water you’re going to get downtown.

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Here are some pictures around El Centro…

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All the streets are filled with vendors begging you to come in their store.  It seems like they all sell the same things.  I wonder how well they do?

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A few of them had more artistic items, but they were pretty pricey.

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The zocalo was all decorated for the holidays…

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As you can see in the picture above, there are cruise ships here.  At least one was docked at the pier during the time I was here.  The one pictured below is small compared to the ones that were docked further down the island.

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I also took a walk in the neighborhood where my hotel was.  It’s a nice area and very quiet.

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This house for sale is across the street from the hotel.

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If you click on the picture below to enlarge it, you’ll see that those are mallard ducks in the windows.  That’s a first for me.

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Some neighborhood murals…

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And a funny one…ha!

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And some pretty flowers…

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The Bougainvillea are so lush and beautiful in Mexico.

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Family love…

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Here’s my view at breakfast the next morning…

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I had the “Poblano Eggs,” although I don’t know why they were called that since I didn’t see any poblano peppers in it.  I can just about here the comments from everyone when you see this picture of them.  They do look pretty awful.  That’s mole sauce over the eggs.  I always like to try something new, but I think I’ll pass on this one in the future.  I like mole sauce, but not especially on eggs.

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Obligatory toes-in-the-sand picture in Cozumel.

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