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Rick's Guide to New Year's in Cozumel

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A January 2005 trip to Cozumel by rickhowe

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa Photo, Cozumel, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Reviews of El Presidente InterContinental Hotel, Chankanaab Park, and Cozumel activities.

Rick's Guide to New Year's in Cozumel

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The Wild Side of the Island Photo,
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We were in Cozumel in late December 2004 and early January 2005. New Year's in Cozumel was amazing. Here are reviews of El Presidente InterContinental Hotel and Chankanaab Park, and three separate articles about activities in Cozumel.For the overall experience, nothing can beat Cozumel and El Presidente. The location is terrific, just a few minutes from the Cozumel town of San Miguel and even closer to Chankanaab (the combination reef/amusement park).We rented a car (at the hotel) right off the bat. We used the car to explore the island, drive to the various small "ruins" (nothing like we saw on the mainland, but interesting nonetheless), spend some time on the "wild side" of the i...Read More

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa

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Hotel | "El Presidente InterContinental"

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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For the overall experience, nothing can beat Cozumel and El Presidente. The location is terrific—just a few minutes from the Cozumel town of San Miguel, and even closer to Chankanaab (the combination reef/amusement park). We rented a car (at the hotel) right off the bat. We used the car to explore the island, drive to the various small "ruins" (nothing like we saw on the mainland, but interesting nonetheless), spend some time on the Wild Side of the island (the East side), and getting to know downtown.Our rooms were adjacent on the far southern end of the property, ground floor opening right out onto the beach. Our rooms were wonderful, especially the family of IGUANAS that lived u...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2006

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa
Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6.5
Cozumel, Mexico 77600
+52 (987) 872-9500

Chankanaab National Marine Park

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Attraction | "Chankanaab Park"

Chankanaab National Marine Park Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Chankanaab Park is a Wonderful Experience. Our kids did the full Royal Dolphin Swim, and loved it. And now they allow parents (or whomever) to stand topside (along the walkway) and take pictures and videos, so you're not locked in to buying their standard video (although it is terrific) and their pictures (which were better than mine). My wife and I spent time with the Sea Lions, and they were a kick. We also wandered around the grounds, took their very limited "Botanical Garden," but had fun looking at the replica "ruins" scattered throughout the property. The kids did some snorkeling right off the beach and proclaimed it average (we also did snorkeling on the reefs, arranged by our hotel, which was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2006

Chankanaab National Marine Park
Costera Sur Highway, Km 9.5
Cozumel, Mexico 77600

San Miguel Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "The Town of San Miguel"

San Miguel Sights & Attractions Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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There are two main docks for the incoming cruise ships, both of them on the south side of town. There is limited tourist shopping outside of each. One of them has a fairly substantial shopping mall ("Punta Langosta") with a decent selection of shops with not-too-high prices, as well as the full gamut of Groupo Anderson's restaurants: Carlos & Charlies, Senor Frogs, and Shrimp Basket. Make sure to hit the Carlos & Charlies clothing store on the ground floor (there's one in the restaurant and another in the mall). Of course, nobody goes to Carlos & Charlies for the food, but it's a fun return to the Frat Party days...Here's the drill on Carlos & Charlies (and Senor Frogs). It's just plain fun!...Read More

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San Miguel Sights & Attractions
Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel, Mexico

San Miguel Shopping

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Attraction | "Shopping in San Miguel"

San Miguel Shopping Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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Here's a hint about tequila: we found the best prices (rather astonishingly), and reasonable selection, at the duty-free shops in the airport when we were leaving! But there are two shops there, one with much better prices, so take your time to shop carefully. You can also find good prices on Cuban cigars at the duty-free shops, and another Los Cinco Soles shop as well, if you have some pesos burning a hole in your pocket.We also had a terrific dinner at Pepes downtown, on the Avenida Rafael Melgar.On the south side of town, at Avenida Rafael Melgar and Calle 15 Sur, you'll find a Wal-Mart-style mega-store with automobile tires next to the Frosted Flakes. But it's a good place to s...Read More

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San Miguel Shopping
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Cozumel, Mexico

The Island of Cozumel

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The Western Side of Cozumel Photo, Cozumel, Mexico
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During our 1-week stay at El Presidente (see review of El Presidente), we explored the island a bit. (See separate short review of Chankanaab.) We rented a jeep on our first day, and drove around the island. The various ruins are nothing spectacular compared to what you'll find on the mainland, but are interesting nonetheless. San Gervase (sp?), on the road that bisects the island, is the best of the bunch.The island road goes along the shore on the south end of the island. The north end is inaccessable by anything other than heavy-duty four-wheel-drive vehicles or ATVs. DON'T try it in a rental jeep.The beaches on the east side (the "wild side") are beautiful, and for the most...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2006