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scrapperjill
10-03-2005, 02:27 AM
Out of those three places in Cozumel which would you pick and why. Or if you'd do something else what, where and why?

We are heading that way in a few short weeks :cool1: and still haven't decided what to do when we get to Cozumel. I know most of our group wants to do some open market shopping (If there is such a thing there), snorkeling, swimming and beach lounging. So any input and ideas would be wonderful.

Thanks :teeth:

fourfoxesinpa
10-03-2005, 08:37 AM
Just got back on 10/1 from the Western and we spent some time at Paradise Beach and would highly recommend it. We have a 6 yr. old and 9 yr. old and they loved the kayak and snorkeling. There are life vests if the kids want to enjoy the large inflatable iceberg and trampolines. The food was excellent, portions were large and very reasonably priced. Tom, the Manager, was very pleasant to our group and kept checking with us to make sure we enjoyed our stay. We had a very nice time, even with the rainstorm that passed through.

KKB
10-03-2005, 09:14 AM
I never went to the other two...
but I am ready to go back to Paradise Beach! Exactly what you think a Caribbean beach should be like!
Happy Cruising!
Kristin

jgalecpa
10-03-2005, 09:31 AM
I would actually combine Chankanaab with Mr. Sanchos.

Some friends of ours did the park, and loved it. Their pictures were so cool.

However, we did Mr Sanchos and it was great. Good food, good beach, good prices and good shopping.

But we passed the park on the way, so I would do the park early and grab a cab right to Mr. S's.

Jim

kellyb2000
10-03-2005, 11:01 AM
We did the Park but I was disappointed in it not because of anything the park did but because it wasn't what my family wanted in particular. We were with 11 other family members and with all of us wanting to do somewhat different things (snorkling and beach mainly) the cabbie suggested we go to the park because it had both. Well the "beach" at the park is actually a salt water lagoon which kind of worked out o.k. because we had small children so they couldn't really run off, but the fact that we had to pay $12/person to get in just to go and sit at the "beach" was so not worth it. I wish we would have gone to Paradise Beach like we had planned even though I have never been there!

webray
10-03-2005, 01:56 PM
Mr. Sancho's has some "open air shopping" as you call it. Great booths.

The beach is wonderful, the food is outstanding. No charge to get in.

Very relaxing, hubby said he could spend days there..lol, and that means a lot since he prefers his computer games in his down time..lol. :rotfl2:

TooPure4u
10-03-2005, 02:44 PM
hi...went to paradise beach and then taxi'd to chankanaab for my dolphin excursion. there is a pool right behind the restaurant in paradise beach. got my hair braided in paradise beach for 20$. was such a pretty beach. The iceburg is extremely hard to to climb said my son who is very lean and quite strong. he only made it up 2-3 times. other than that...we didnt do much...didnt have much time before my excusion with the dolphins. :)

4 Cogs
10-03-2005, 02:44 PM
Does Mr. Sancho's have fun things for the kids like Paradise? We have two boys. They will be 11 & 14 at the time of sailing.

Thanks for all the great info :)

:earsboy: :earsgirl: pirate: pirate:

Mortlives
10-03-2005, 03:11 PM
How's the snorkeling off Mr Sanchos? I was thinking of going to Chankanaab again, but this might be nice for a change. Also, someone said you have to pay for chairs at Mr Sanchos? If that is true, how much are they?

scrapperjill
10-03-2005, 07:57 PM
Thanks everyone for the great responces...Looking forward to hearing more..We're still having a hard time deciding...So we need more input.

I know Mr Sanchos has a water trampoline...and I think they have canoes also.

Anyone know which place has food and beverages included in the admission cost? I thought I read that a while back.

I also read some place that the cost for chairs and use of the water toys/equiptment was about $6pp. I think that was for Mr Sanchos... :rolleyes:

Mmketeer
10-04-2005, 04:11 PM
Hi,

For those that have been to Paradise Beach.....does it cost money to get in to this beach club and how much did it cost you for the taxi ride? I'll be visiting Cozmel with a family of seven with one 11 year old and were wondering about this place. I am glad to hear so many people are happy with this place. One more thing....I take it it's clean and Tom sounds friendly. Is the beach shelly or soft? Thanks!

Mmketeer....sailing RCCL-Grandeur 12/17/05 & DCL-Wonder 2/2/06

scrapperjill
10-04-2005, 04:41 PM
I'd also like to hear more about Paridise beach...After doing some research on the net last night...I don't think Paradise Beach club charges a fee to get in...but may charge a small fee like $5-6pp to use the water toys and lounge chairs.

I think we have decided to first stop by a snorkel area on the way to Paradise beach...stay there a couple hours then head to Paradise beach for lunch and some beach time....after that our plan is to head back to the city....look for some sort of open-air market...stop by the Hard Rock...and head back to the ship. :rolleyes: At least that's what we came up with last night....who knows how many times will change it. :blush:

Jerseygirl63
10-04-2005, 05:02 PM
Hi! We went to Paradise Beach this August on RCCL Navigator. I think the cab cost $20 for the five of us-my husband paid him so I can't be 100% sure. The beach is free but if you want to use the water toys(water tampolione, ice berg, kayak and stuff) you pay $7 each for a wrist band. The food was great and the water and ice is 100% purified :sunny: . Lot's of umbrella on the beach and plenty of r lounge chairs. The wait staff is very friendly and will serve lunch at your chair or you can go inside the bar area. Ask for Tom, he's the manager. He is happy to hear from folks who find PB through the boards. Have a great trip :banana:

Jerseygirl63
10-04-2005, 05:07 PM
Oh one more thing-the sand is shelly-very fine bits of shell and since the hurricane thisJune or July a lot of rocks have been exposed close to the shoreline. Just look for an opening to walk into the water or wear watershoes. By the way our kids LOVED PB.

EMMOM
10-04-2005, 10:45 PM
:confused3 :confused3 :confused3 My family and I will be traveling with other friends on the western cruise in November. We have heard about another beach in cozumel called nachi cocom which we saw pictures and it was absolutely gorgeous. But the thing that sounds really neat about paradise beach is ice berg in the water my DS11 & DS7 can't wait to do this. So we are really torn as to which one to go to. Has anyone done nachi cocom before? And also does paradise beach have parasailing and wave runners? I would really appreciate any kind of input about both beaches!!!!! Thanx so much for any suggestions :confused3 :confused3

kellyb2000
10-05-2005, 07:19 AM
http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.com/CozumelBeachBreak.htm

I don't know if you've seen this about nachi cocom but it's something we considered when we were planning. All inclusive for $32/adult.

Kim&Chris
10-05-2005, 07:57 AM
Do your research first, because the last I heard was that Nachi was closed after the last hurricane due to damage. I'd suggest posting over on cruisecritic, where alot of the actual owners of the beaches post. Then you'll be able to determine exactly when it's re-opening (if it hasn't done so already) and decide which beach you'd like to visit.

fourfoxesinpa
10-05-2005, 08:15 AM
We were at Paradise Beach last Wednesday. Ah, just one short week ago...

It was $8 to get a wristband to allow you use of the kayaks, iceberg, trampolines and snorkel gear. They ask for a $20 deposit for each snorkel set which is fully refunded when the gear is returned OR you can just give them your credit card which is returned at the end of the day. There are sections where the shells/rocks could be sharp so water shoes would be recommended but since this beach is just next door to Mr. Sanchos, that's probably the same there. There are tables where you can get a massage and a small gift area. It doesn't cost anything to sit at a lounge chair if you decide not to buy the wrist band (which I didn't). I think we paid $13 for the cab (4 of us) and my husband tipped $2. BUT, it was a rainy day and the cabbies could have been anticipating a slow day and could have been happy to take whatever fare they could find?

It was a Great Place!

disneyfan551
10-05-2005, 08:24 AM
Scrapperjill, what made you decide on PB? We are on the 10/22 cruise with you, and had booked Nachi Cocum. Just a few weeks ago they emailed to let us know that they are still closed due to the storms, so we have to rearrange our plans too. We are so torn and don't know what to do. We have 4 families in our group, with 3-4yo's, and 1-5yo. We would love an all-inclusive beach, but also a good beach that isn't too rough, for the little ones.

See you in a few weeks! :wave2:

Jerseygirl63
10-05-2005, 09:33 AM
Tiffany-The water at PB is very calm and I would recommend water shoes for the little ones because of the rocks. Once your in the water(about ankle deep) you are usually clear of rocks . Check out the posting for cozumel on cruisecritic.com. Lot's of info on all the beaches and excursions. Have a great day and if you go to PB say hi to Tom for me :wave:

Holly ::MinnieMo

Skybaby
10-05-2005, 09:55 AM
We did the Dolphin Swim at Chankanaab and had a great time but would not go there to just spend the day. The food was really nasty and the park just did not appeal to us. On another cruise, we went to Paradise Beach - WOW - it is beautiful! Would do it again!

scrapperjill
10-05-2005, 01:34 PM
Scrapperjill, what made you decide on PB? We are on the 10/22 cruise with you, and had booked Nachi Cocum. Just a few weeks ago they emailed to let us know that they are still closed due to the storms, so we have to rearrange our plans too. We are so torn and don't know what to do. We have 4 families in our group, with 3-4yo's, and 1-5yo. We would love an all-inclusive beach, but also a good beach that isn't too rough, for the little ones.

See you in a few weeks! :wave2:

We decided on PB after looking at diffrent sites on the net plus after all the positive replys here. The photos of the beach looks wonderful and very relaxing. At first we were drawn to Chab..park..but after reading more about it..and looking it up on the net..the beach didn't look as nice (I guess they have a nice lagoon area for little ones)..but that was it. I also like the fact that is doesn't cost anything to go...unless you want to get the wristbands for a little fee. CP costs $12 just to get in. There was also another place we were intrested in...but it also cost $12 to get in and the reports I read said that the $12 fee was just to get you in...after that everything cost even more. We are not looking for a WHOLE day experience...so I really don't care to pay the all inclusive price either (although that one is apealing). Oh...another thing we liked about PB is they use filtered water when cooking, with their ice and in drinks.

Anyway like i was saying I wasn't looking for an all day spot..as were going to a snorkel spot first...then wanted some beach play time after. I also think PB offers quite a bit for such a small fee...The iceburg, tranpoline (I didn't know they had both), snorkel gear (although we have our own...not everyone in our group does), lounge chairs and the plexi glass boats.

Hopefuly we'll run into you on 10/22 at the dis meet. :goodvibes
See you soon.

Mortlives
10-05-2005, 01:55 PM
I was toying with the idea of doing one of the beaches, but when I really stopped and thought about it, decided that we'll do Chananaab again.

I know there's an admission fee, but that gets you a wonderful snorkeling experience, the lagoon, and botanical gardens, Mayan ruin replicas and a Mayan village. It's not just the beach, there's also a cultural component that we're looking forward to exploring with DS. To me, the cultural heritage is what the admission is for. We can flake on a beach anywhere, but if we're in Cozumel, there's a different culture to be experienced than if we were in, say, St. Thomas or St. Maarten, and that's one of the reasons we chose the Western itinerary. So, we might as well take advantage of it while we're there.

scrapperjill
10-05-2005, 03:01 PM
I totally agree with Chananaab....it's a National Park..So it has alot of diffrent things to offer than the other beach clubs. And since it's a National park...I totally see why the charge the small fee.

If your looking for cultrual experiences...and authentic Mexican flair...Mr Sancho's is geared that direction also. At least that's my understanding from the web sites.

Or big thing is...Cozumel is suppose to be one of the best snorkeling/diving places in the world...SO we really want to get some good snorkeling in. I know Chananaab has is all...but it's also much more public and more people are aware of it...so you have alot more people on vacation and cruises going to places like that to snorkel...where some of these other places that are not so well known (even though they are just next to it)....leaving the area less crowded. :rolleyes:

goofymama
10-05-2005, 03:19 PM
[QUOTE=fourfoxesinpa]It was $8 to get a wristband to allow you use of the kayaks, iceberg, trampolines and snorkel gear. They ask for a $20 deposit for each snorkel set which is fully refunded when the gear is returned OR you can just give them your credit card which is returned at the end of the day. There are sections where the shells/rocks could be sharp so water shoes would be recommended but since this beach is just next door to Mr. Sanchos, that's probably the same there. There are tables where you can get a massage and a small gift area. It doesn't cost anything to sit at a lounge chair if you decide not to buy the wrist band (which I didn't). I think we paid $13 for the cab (4 of us) and my husband tipped $2. BUT, it was a rainy day and the cabbies could have been anticipating a slow day and could have been happy to take whatever fare they could find?
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Do you recall what the cost of lunch and drinks was? I was just wondering how much more expensive it is if you book through DCL vs. cabbing it over there on your own? Do you need a reservation to go to this beach or you just show up?

scrapperjill
10-05-2005, 08:09 PM
From what I've read...you can just show up at any of the beach clubs. No reservations needed.

I also didn't find a "beach day" excursion with DCL that includes lunch or drinks...so I'm not sure what you'd be compairing. But then again I only looked at the Beach break excursion.... The cost per adult looked like it was $59.....with the quick figuring I did...our family of four can do Paradise beach for the day (taking a taxi down) for under $45....That's a $178.oo savings :earseek: over the DCL excursion price ...I don't think even if food and drinks were included in the DCL excursion...we'd come that close to spending that much anyways. :teeth: