My Top 5 Things to Do in Cozumel, Mexico
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope all of you are having a great week so far! It's been really rainy and chilly here in Florida the past few days and I've been reminiscing about my Disney Cruise and our first port of call in Cozumel, Mexico! Cozumel is one of my favorite places to go because there is always something new to do, but the old favorites are always still there. Today I'm letting you guys in on my top five things to do in Cozumel that aren't super expensive, and still relatively close to the pier where the Disney Cruise ships dock!
If you've been around for a while then you know how much my family and I love to try new things. We asked quite a few people around our ship, from our awesome room steward Roy, to guest services, to our wait staff at dinner, where a good place to eat was that was close to the ship and the one place everyone agreed on was Tacos y Tequila. This is right off the dock of the ship so if all you're wanting to do in Cozumel is eat then this might be the place for you. While this is seen as a typical tourist place, the food is really good, and you can watch them making fresh corn tortillas right in front of the restaurant, which is fun.
With each meal comes their chips made from the homemade corn tortillas and "salsa" which is a huge wheel of different hot sauces, not the typical salsa we think of in America. We also got a side of guacamole and pico de gallo, which was super fresh and really good! My parents and I each got an entree and they were all easy to share, so if you're into trying more things, then this is a great place to go for sharing plates. Each entree comes with a side as well. I got the chicken enchiladas with green salsa and cheese. These were probably some of the best enchiladas I've ever had. For my side I got the cactus salad, because this trip was all about trying new things, and it was really yummy. If you don't like or can't handle slimy things then this might not be for you because it was a bit like okra, but if you can get past that then it's really good. My mom got the steak tacos, which were typical street-style tacos with steak, cheese, and onions, and she got Mexican rice as her side. These were super fresh, and pretty big for the price. My dad had the win of our meal with a chorizo burrito, and a side of grilled peppers and onions. The burrito was massive, like the ones you get at Chipotle and filled with all kinds of delicious things!
I also had one of the best margaritas, which was a habanero margarita, with a tajin salted rim, and it was delightful! The tequila they used had habanero peppers soaking in it so it was spicy and sweet at the same time which was perfect.
2. TEQAUILA TASTING
When you're in Mexico you have to do a tequila tasting. I convinced my parents that this was something that we needed to do, and as we were walking along the main tourist shop area there are tons of places that sell tequila, but one really stood out to us. The guy who helped us was so friendly, and was super knowledgeable about the tequila in their store, which had only been open a few weeks when we went in December. A word of caution before I go in about our tasting: if a store doesn't look clean, or if someone is pushy, don't feel like you HAVE to go in. We chose this store because we walked by once looked in and spoke to our new friend and said we would be back because we planned on actually buying what we bought. He spotted us on the way back to our ship and invited us back in without being rude. If you don't feel comfortable don't go in.
While I cannot find the name of the shop ANYWHERE, if you are on a Disney Cruise and get off and are looking at the Tacos y Tequila restaurant, you are going to want to go to the left towards the Starbucks, where our favorite gift, free Wifi is. Then about two blocks down that's where the shop is. If you make it to the Del Sol or Cariloha shops you've made it too far. Our tasting was about 20 minutes, and we learned how the tequila was made and we went from strongest to sweetest, and then to flavored. In the end we got three bottles, two blanco tequilas and one coffee flavored. I love both, and even my parents who don't drink tequila that often really enjoyed this!
3. GET OFF THE MAIN ROAD
There's so much to explore in Cozumel that sometimes it's good to get off the main road. After we bought our tequila and took it back to the ship we explored a few blocks back from the main road and found some of the locals practicing for a festival that was coming up, which was super cool to watch. That's one of the best things about Cozumel is you never know what's going to happen around the corner.
4. MR. SANCHOS BEACH DAY
If you aren't really into shopping and are looking for a more relaxed day in Cozumel there are a few all-inclusive beach days but Mr. Sanchos beach is my favorite. It's about 15-20 minutes by cab from the ship piers, and there is a huge pool, a private beach, great food, and all you can drink drinks!
5. THE MAYAN RUINS
Going to see the Mayan ruins has been on our list of things to do in Cozumel for a while now, and we still haven't done it yet. But that just means we still have more to explore and more to do when we go back next time! If you're going to go that far from the ship though, I would suggest taking a tour that is sponsored by your cruise line and not one of the cheaper ones that are done by the city of Cozumel. That way the ships will wait for you if you are delayed getting back at all. If you do the tours that are done by the city ships are not obligated to wait for guests.
Well friends, that it for this week! Have you ever been to Cozumel? What's your favorite thing to do there? Let me know in the comments! Also be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures!
Be magical today!