Jul 10, 2008
By now you're probably thinking that I never work, but really, I only take time off and traipse around Mexico while I have people visiting. Since yesterday was my mother-in-law's last full day in Mexico, we decided to take a trip over to Cozumel to do a little shopping and sight-seeing.
The main town in Cozumel, San Miguel, is nice enough, but not necessarily worth spending a whole day there. A little Zócalo (plaza) sits at the end of the dock where the Ferry from Playa del Carmen stops which is surrounded by stores and booths that are selling trinkets and souvenirs. We walked around the square and then headed south along the Malecón (waterfront walkway). There we found much of the same: t-shirt shops, tequila stores, silver stores and cigar shops.
After a nice lunch at Las Palmeras Restaurant, which was surprising because it's at the end of the ferry dock and I thought it would be a tourist trap, we rented a Jeep so we could drive around the island.
It has been a long time since I have seen the "wild" side of the island. We always came to Cozumel for the reef diving and seldom had time to venture to the other side. Actually, who am I kidding? We just wanted to be lazy and relax by the pool drinking margaritas on our last day in town!
The beaches on the wild side seem to alternate between sandy stretches and rocky stretches. There are a few beach bars and one hotel, plus a bunch of cabañas at a surfing lodge.
As we were driving we noticed a stretch of rocky coast that had several blow holes, naturally, we had to stop and check them out.
The air was blowing out and being sucked back in with a great deal of force. You can't really tell from the video, but the sound of the ocean breathing was overwhelming. It was so cool, I had to stick my hand in one to feel the force of the suction.
After our blow hole experience we headed further south to the Reggae Bar for a drink and then back up to San Miguel just in time to catch the ferry home.