Arrived May 12th (Thursday) on Delta, took the shared van to ISIS and picked up a 4 door Volkswagen Pointer stick shift. Margarita gave us lots of parking and driving tips, we would not rent from anyone else!
We drove to Playa Azul and checked in and headed straight to the beach! We sat on the beach until dinner time and then walked around the Plaza. A quick stop at the grocery store (more like a convenience store) on the north side of town
to stock up on beer and soda.
May 13th (Friday) we spent limin' on the beach until dinnertime. Our friends arrived at the hotel and we all went to dinner and again walked around the square.
May 14th (Saturday) we took a drive around the island and then back to our beach at Playa Azul.
May 15th (Sunday) again sand gravity at it's best....we sat on the beach all day!
May 16th (Monday). Took another tour of the island again. Our first stop was at the Humane Society http://humanecozumel.org/ We were surprised at how nice the facility was...super clean and a nice staff. You can tell they have done amazing work to reduce the stray population on the island. They even
have a free spay/neuter program available to everyone. We toured the facility and they had about 60 dogs / cats. We left a donation then continued to the East side of the island.
We skipped many of the beach clubs
because off cruise boat tours. Our first stop was Playa Bonita. The ocean was considerably calmer than our drive 2 days previously. Playa Bonita is a
nice stretch of sand, water calm and fairly shallow. Our next stop was Chen Rio, but we were not impressed....mainly because there was a rotting smell in the air. We had planned to eat at Chen Rio but decided to move on.
May 17th (Tuesday) Spent the morning shopping in town......we learned that any store that did not ask you to come in we liked. We found some trinkets
for our kids and jewelry for our moms at Los Cinco Soles and Sergios. Then back to Playa Azul to relax some more on the beach until dinner time.
May 18th (Wednesday) Back shopping for something more for my mom who watched our kids and dogs.
Found Wet Wendy's...a super friendly nice bar (they also serve food). Wet Wendy's has a jewelry store that has amazing unique jewelry...I bought several things!! If you are looking for some unique one of kind pieces, this is the place to check out and prices were reasonable to what I pay in the States. We also met the CHURRO MAN (Javier) at Wet Wendy's. His churros were the best we had....yummy!!! We had him make us 25
to take home! Then back to Playa Azul for more limin on the beach.
May 19th (Thursday) Departure day L After eating breakfast spent a couple hours on the beach before we needed to pick up our Churros from Javier. My
husband stopped for gas after he picked up the churros. He went to the PEMEX at 70th Avenue and the island crossroad. The man tending the pump was very nice and forthright. We had heard the stories of the pump tenders trying to cheat tourists. This man zeroed the pump without asking. When
given the appropriate amount in dollars (converted in my husband's head from the displayed Pesos) he did not try and ask for more. The car would not
start after filling it up. The man got a coworker and pushed the car so he could start it. My husband offered him $5.00 as thanks. The man waved it off
for a handshake instead.
In general we found the food better at the places the locals frequent than at the touristy restaurants. Our favorite was El Moro! We also liked Otates (more of a local joint) and Kinta (not your typical local food, gourmet presentation). Next trip we will visit more local taqerias....the one we eat at had very yummy tacos al pastor.