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Floridagram 02-11-2013 10:28 AM

Does anyone know which ruins are better?
Costa Maya or Cozumel? My grandchildren are studying their culture right now and are excited to actually see them at the end of April.

clten 02-11-2013 10:36 AM

Highly recommend the ones in Costa Maya. The Tulum (from Cozumel have to do a ferry and long bus ride) ones come in second because of the travel involved. In my opinion, the ones on the island of Cozumel can be skipped entirely (they were "beautify-ing" the ruins when we were there several years ago. When we asked our guide what it meant, he reluctantly explained that they dig up random stones -- and it was day laborers digging, not professionals trying to find pieces of old ruins and piece them together --and build things that might have existed in the times the Mayan ruins were built.)

wiigirl 02-11-2013 10:43 AM

x2 for the Costa Maya :thumbsup2

Justacruiser 02-11-2013 10:44 AM

second the ruins of Costa Maya.

wendyoconnor 02-11-2013 01:02 PM

I vote the Costa Maya ruins. We've been to both the ones at Costa Maya and the ruins on Cozumel. The ruins on Cozumel are very different from what you think of as Mayan ruins, there are no big temple structures on Cozumel. The ruins on Costa Maya have the temples.

Yokelridesagain 02-11-2013 08:29 PM

By Cozumel, I presume you mean the Tulum ruins that are on the mainland but accessible by tour from Cozumel. (The San Gervasio ruins on Cozumel proper are not worth your time.)

The one "pro" in favor of Tulum is that the ruins are more picturesque, being located on seaside cliffs. That being said, here are all the reasons why you should see the ruins close to Costa Maya (Chacchoben) instead.

1. There is nothing--at all--to do in Costa Maya. Unless you like buying kitschy knickknacks, this is the port where you need to 'do something'.

2. It takes a lot longer to get to Tulum from Cozumel than it does to get to the ruins from Costa Maya. Sitting around waiting for a bus...then a ferry...then riding on another bus...and then doing it all again is a dreary way to spend your very limited port time.

3. You can climb on many of the Chacchoben ruins, but really can't do that at Tulum.

4. The Tulum site is very exposed to the elements, and it is frequently quite hot.

Floridagram 02-11-2013 09:12 PM

Thanks to you all for the confirmation. That is what my daughter chose, she is going and taking her older kids, I get to keep the 2 year old on the ship. I think I got the best part because I am not the least bit interested. Her girls are though since they are studying Mayan culture right now. I just wanted to be sure they were doing the best and it sounds like they are!

dunnhorn 02-12-2013 11:46 AM

Costa Maya!
We did the Fantasy last year with kids age 8 and 10. They loved the Costa Maya ruins - we found it to be VERY educational. The tour guide was wonderful - if you go in the summer, be aware, however that it is their rainy season so consider this. It poured on us (still fun though)

Cozumel just seemed so much more fun and lively and so many more things to do, so I wouldn't spend the cozumel time doing ruins. We did the Fury Catamaran sail and it was awesome! Best excursion from the trip - the kids snorkeled and they took us to a private beach, and we had a dance party on the way back. The kids still talk about that excursion as well.

dunnhorn 02-12-2013 11:50 AM

Costa Maya Tequila Shop!
1. There is nothing--at all--to do in Costa Maya. Unless you like buying kitschy knickknacks, this is the port where you need to 'do something'.


There is a pool there, but personally I don't want to get of a ship just to swim in a pool? You are right about the kitschy souvenirs - However, when we were there they did have a demonstration of Mayan dance/music that I found fascinating.

The other thing I HIGHLY recommend is the flavored Tequila! There is a small tequila store (that gives out free samples - just sayin) and we picked up a bottle of Vanilla Tequila, Mango Tequila and Pomegranate Tequila - needless to say, these things have been quite the hit and discussion piece after getting home and sharing photos and stories with our neighbors. HIGHLY recommend looking for that small Tequila shop and trying some yourself! :)

GoHabsGo 02-12-2013 12:15 PM

both are pretty run down - doesn't look like anyone has put any money into them in 5-600 years! :rotfl2:

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