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Old 12-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Any "Can't Miss" locations in Cozumel, Grand Cayman or Costa Maya?

We've never been to any of those ports and don't know what we should make sure to see. We do have an excursion in Costa Maya to the Mayan Ruins, so our afternoon is booked.

Things to keep in mind with suggestions - we are traveling with our 2 small kids, we don't drink and we don't gamble.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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We did the three stop tour with Captain Marvin's that went snorkeling and to Stingray City. We really enjoyed this and would recommend them to anyone going. The staff was incredible!


In Cozumel we took a cab and went to Paradise Beach. It was very nice and the kids had a great time. The facilities were so clean and the staff was friendly. They had kayaking, trampolines, inflatables in the water, snorkeling, and very nice pool.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Stingray City in Grand Cayman is a must!
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Any recommendations for beaches in Cozumel,preferably closer to port?

I want to head into town to eat, but figure we should also go to a beach because we aren't in Cayman and Costa Maya. Basically just looking for somewhere for small kids to play in the sand and the waters edge.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Any recommendations for beaches in Cozumel,preferably closer to port?

I want to head into town to eat, but figure we should also go to a beach because we aren't in Cayman and Costa Maya. Basically just looking for somewhere for small kids to play in the sand and the waters edge.
I've heard nothing but great things about Paradise Beach in Cozumel. $15 taxi..Free to get in. $2 beach chair rental. $12 for water equipment rentals $10 request in spend on food and drinks...and best of off free wifi.

We will be parking our butts there for the day!
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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Another vote for Paradise Beach.
The pool is really nice, and you might be happy to have a pool if the ocean is not as warm as you would like (as was the case when we visited in Jan. 2012).
Really clean facilities, too.
Much more of a mellow family environment and less hard partying (at least on the day we were there).
Would go back without hesitation.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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Another vote for paradise beach was there in Feb 2012 it was awesome.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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We've never been to any of those ports and don't know what we should make sure to see. We do have an excursion in Costa Maya to the Mayan Ruins, so our afternoon is booked.

Things to keep in mind with suggestions - we are traveling with our 2 small kids, we don't drink and we don't gamble.
No casinos on any of these islands.

About the Ruins tour. If you are taking your small children I would recommend you consider the nursery or the kids club while you do it. We took the tour and are glad we didn't bring DD and our 3yo would have hated all the waiting and walking. The souvenirs are kinda tacky. Sadly, there is not much in Costa Maya. The pool at the port is nice and we picked up some of the personalized painted tiles at a vendor stand in the port. When we went you could also feed a tiger cub with a bottle if that is your thing. We have also heard good things about the Maya Chan Resort so we are thinking about this for next time.

Grand Cayman Try the turtle farm.
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We are in the same ports with kids too. For Cozumel, we were thinking about doing Paradise beach until I read some reviews at trip advisor. Some state the water area is rocky and has some large drop offs. I not sure. A lot of people on disboard like it but was thinking about Mr. Sancho's more money but the beach looks calmer. When we were here last 10/10 we when to Nachi Cocom beach club, nice but the kids got bored after a few hours but we were with my in-laws so looked for something for the older crowd.
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Just got back from paradise beach and I think it's
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Oops! They have an amazing pool and gorgeous palm trees. So pretty. You can snorkel from the pier and enter the water from the beach for floats or just relax. I've never seem a cleaner beach club in Cozumel. I didn't think the water dropped off and they have a section of beach with no rocky areas. Don't let a taxi driver sell you a package. Chair and umbrella are 2.00 a person and beach toys ect are 12.00 for a wrist band. Whatever you choose have a wonderful time! 😎
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Costa Maya - many threads here on Tropicante. If you decide that maybe going to the ruins with small children is not going to enable the parents to really get the full cultural and historical experience of the ruins, then Tropicante, and the calm, shallow beach there are my recommendation. FYI, my family has done the ruins with out kids when they were 7 and 12, and other than complaining about how hot it was, my kids did appreciate the work that went into building the original structures, and history of the site. We tend to be a family that makes our children explore other cultures though, not just walk through on a tour with no discussion to help them understand what they are seeing. If your kids are old enough to be interested in how other cultures live or lived, it is a great place to see. If they are too young or just want to play in the ocean, go Tropicante.

Grand Cayman - eh. Some people don't like Nassau, we dislike Grand Cayman. Never had a good experience there with the locals. However, it has been years since we really experienced it, and at the time, they were just in discussion about expanding the Turtle Farm. I have heard that it now has a pool and snorkeling area, so maybe it would be a good place to spend the day with little ones. I fear Stingray City might be kind of hard, depending on the tide. You are on a sandbar, and if the children are small, you will have to hold them to keep their heads out of the water. If they are afraid of the stingrays, you will have little monkeys climbing your head, and you will be trying your best to not go under! Probably, I would go to the Turtle Farm. Kids do seem to enjoy looking at the turtles, and if you are adventurous, and they still do this there, you can try turtle meat. It is not bad, and interesting to try a food the people of the Caymans eat!

Cozumel, I really, really like Chankanaab. If you like snorkeling, it is great. There is also a freshwater pool which is very nice, at least it was when we were there. Chankanaab also has a small, shallow, protected lagoon area where the little ones can play, and perhaps try a bit of snorkeling in a safe area. We were just there this past summer, and there was also a sea lion show (included in price) and of course the dolphins for those that wish to swim with them. I saw people just sitting around, watching the dolphins from the pool area, too. The food is also reasonably priced, the servers are pleasant, and if you get there early, you will have your choice of shaded areas to drop your stuff.

Chankanaab also has replicas of Mayan ruins; fun for the kids to run around in. And, there is a lagoon (not for swimming) with beautiful plants and birds. We never seem to have enough time at Chankanaab.

Have fun planning, I hope you find something that brings a smile to everyone's face at your ports of call!
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