I have to start off by saying that this was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever had on any vacation I have ever been on. We pre-booked our Cozumel Dune Buggy Tour when we booked our cruise aboard the Norwegian Jade. Traveling in dune buggy’s just sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun. I had no idea how much fun! Four of us went on this tour. My sister Colleen and her hubby Mike, and Rick (my hubby) and I.
We ran into a little snag in the beginning. Initially our cruise ship was supposed to arrive in port at 8 am the day of the tour. Our tour was to leave at 10:00 am. However, we were notified while we were on board that port arrival was changed to 11:00 am. Uh oh. Since we didn’t book the excursion through the cruise line, we had no guarantees. Fortunately our cruise line called the excursion company for us (Shore Trips), and they told us no problem, that they would wait for us, come as soon as we can.
When we arrived in port we took a quick cab ride to the Hotel Cozumel Resort. It was about $8 bucks for the cab ride. When we arrived, our tour guides Hernan and Luis were there waiting for us. They told us that we could try to catch up to the rest of the crew, but if not, no worries, they were there for us for the rest of the day. I guess we got kinda lucky because we had a personal tour… just the four of us with our two guides.
A Quiet Beach in Cozumel
So we hopped into our dune buggy for a guided tour of the Island of Cozumel. Along the way to our first stop, we took in the sites of miles of secluded beach front with magnificent white sand beaches, and mesmerizing rock formations. First stop on our tour was a little beach on the east side of Cozumel (known as the “other” side) where we spent about an hour. We ordered some drinks and some nachos. These were not included in the price of the tour. (I do not recommend the nachos – lol).
Visit to Mayan Heritage and Tequila Factory
On our next stop we visited an area rich with mayan heritage and an old authentic Mexican tequila factory. Hernan and Luis gave us each a cold wet towel for our necks so we could cool down while touring the area. A nice lady made authentic mexican tortillas for us. We walked around exploring the ruins and the tequila factory. Colleen bought some to bring home. 🙂
Snorkeling in Cozumel
After we left our second stop we headed back to the Hotel Cozumel Resort for some lunch and snorkeling. We decided to snorkel first because we weren’t quite hungry yet after the nachos. I was excited, because I had never snorkeled before (well unless you count the pool – haha). It was amazing. We had a disposable waterproof camera. Hernan was gracious enough to take pictures for us. (Thanks Hernan).
After snorkeling we had a nice lunch of authentic Mexican food, poolside at the hotel. (I don’t have a picture of that. 🙁 ). All in all it was an amazing experience. Well worth the low price of $85 per person that we paid. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cozumel, whether stopping in port on your cruise, or staying at a resort here.
But don’t just take my word for it, Cozumel Dune Buggy Tour won the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor for 2015. They have a 98% positive rating in the tripadvisor reviews. Add mine to that!
I want to especially thank Hernan and Luis for making our day one of the most enjoyable and memorable ones ever. Five Stars!!
Thanks for reading.