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Old 10-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Western Carribbean Excursion Questions

I tried searching but couldnt find exactly what i needed. we are going on the 2.2.13 western carribbean on the fantasy. It is just 2 adults. we love history, culture, and animals. does anyone have experience with the following.

Grand Cayman - we want to go to Botswains but if we do the DCL tour, do we have to stay the entire time with the tour, or if we are done can we leave? we also wanted to spend some free time in Georgetown and are only in port about 4.5 hours.

Costa Maya- was thinking about the ruins - Chaccoban (sp?) exactly how hot does it get in February?

Cozumel - DCL excursions dont take us where we really want to go. is it safe to go outside DCL here with another company or on our own? we want to see San Miguel city, and Eco Park and Chakanaub park. is that too much for one day - we will be in port 8 hours.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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We booked the Turtle Farm on our own and were transported to/from on the DCL excursion bus. We could have returned on our own by taxi or the GC bus system. It would have been $8 back to the port area. Another cruiser reported that he and his wife returned on their own - hitched a ride with a Turtle Farm employee who was going into town.

Not sure how hot Costa Maya is in February but it was quite hot the first week of October. We went with Native Choice and they supplied us with a number of bottles of water. Our guide, Joel, made sure we were in shady areas whenever possible. The trees do provide a nice canopy; we watched a spider monkey family scamper about!

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Not sure how hot Costa Maya is in February but it was quite hot the first week of October. We went with Native Choice and they supplied us with a number of bottles of water. Our guide, Joel, made sure we were in shady areas whenever possible. The trees do provide a nice canopy; we watched a spider monkey family scamper about!
We are booked w Native Choice in November. How long was the ride to the ruins? Is the path there difficult to negotiate (will be bringing my mom with us)? Was the walk to their office from the dock really long? (Thought I read that the pier at Costa Maya is particularly long). Were there a lot of vendors at the ruins?

And it's exciting that you saw monkeys -- kids will be thrilled if we see them!
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We are booked w Native Choice in November. How long was the ride to the ruins? Is the path there difficult to negotiate (will be bringing my mom with us)? Was the walk to their office from the dock really long? (Thought I read that the pier at Costa Maya is particularly long). Were there a lot of vendors at the ruins?

And it's exciting that you saw monkeys -- kids will be thrilled if we see them!
Native Choice asks you to disembark as soon as possible and your tour will begin as soon as you get to their office - the ride was about 40 minutes and we were the first people to arrive at the ruins. The paths are very level but to get to the second set of temples you do need to go up some stone steps. The walk was probably a quarter of a mile from the ship to their office. There are many people in the port area who kindly kept directing us to the blue Clock Tower - you can't miss it! Native Choice gave us cold bottles of Costco water as soon as we arrived.
There is a snack/shopping area at the ruins site but we chose not to shop. You won't be bothered by the vendors. Overall, it was a great excursion and I highly recommend them.
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We did the Native Choice Ruins tour in September. It was fantastic. It is a good walk to get to their pick up spot. You have to go completely through town and out to the street. Look for the blue tower. It probably took 15 minutes to walk there from the boat. There is a small shop right there while you are waiting to board the vans and maybe a dozen or so vendors at the ruins. There was no extra time to shop at the port stores.

It took about 45 minutes to drive to the ruins. The walk around the ruins is pretty level except one spot where you climb the ruin stairs to the next set of ruins. You could skip that part if you had to.

We saw one monkey but never could get a good picture of it.
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Was there any sort of tram available to take you from the end of the dock? I thought I read something about that somewhere....
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Was there any sort of tram available to take you from the end of the dock? I thought I read something about that somewhere....
Yes, there was a tram but we chose to walk. It may be best for your Mom to take the tram; you will still have to walk through the commercial area of the port and then through the exits to get to the Native Choice office.
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