We started in Tulum with a Taxi ride to PDC. The driver dropped us off and along the bag drag down 5th my wife and I needed a bano. Ofcourse we ran into several hawkers along the way. We walked down to the public bano in the square near Johnny Rockets. I needed to find Quicksilver in an attempt to find a replacement for the GoPro camera that died a salty death in Isla Mujeres. We spoke with the same hawker again who showed me on the map where the store was. After dragging our bags north several blocks we decieded that it would be best for my wife to take a break and stay with the bags while I humped it the rest of the way. I finally found the Quicksilver store. I asked if they had the camera and they did have it. I spoke with the salesman about taking a trip to the mall in Cancun to find one. He told me that the PDC store was the only one in the area that actually carried the camera and the Cancun stores call them often to try to get one. The price was about $50usd more than I would have paid at home but we still had one week of vacation left. My wife was really happy to see me carrying a Quicksilver bag down the street. It was time for a celebration. Just so happens she parked her self on a bench right across from a tienda. So a sixer of Pacifico was in order. I was only offered weed one time on my long walk which was less than last year. I did get uncomfortable once on our way to the ferry. There were two men that were following just behind us (and very close to our bags) on our way down 5th. I didnt say anything but just walked into a tourist store. I told my wife why I went in there after they passed. We were offered all kinds of products on the way from store hawkers. Most had a good time with me after I told them we were not interested. One even offered to carry our bags for $10usd.
Finally got to the ferry and got our tickets. Walked back out to the street and a hawker tried to sell us a car rental in Coz. I told him that we already had a car. We talked with him and I mentioned how hot it was. He offered us shade under his tent which was very kind of him. The ferry was probably the fullest that I have ever seen and the ride was the roughest I have ever been on. They were not passing out bags so it must have not been too bad.
We finally arrived in Coz and dragged our bags to Casa Mexicana. We prefer condos but considering what we spent on hotels in Isla Mujeres and Tulum I wanted something cheap. Also we had never stayed in town before so this was a good option. I found a deal online and it was only $54 per night which made up for the previous spendy nights.
Check in was easy and we went to the room. We had an interior room on the third floor. We were the closest room to the elevator on the north side with a balcony overlooking the breakfast area. This room has a great view of the ocean.
We went down to the bar for several cervezas and ran into a couple that were trying to catch up with their cruise due to a filght delay. I gave them a few dinner recommendations while they finally relaxed a bit.
My wife wanted Chi for dinner as she had been dreaming of it since last year. We met the owner a few years ago and he was kind enough to take us on a tour of the island. Last year was our first meal there and we actually met the owners son on the flight down. Anywho we walked over to find Chi is closed on sunday.
We went around the corner to El Foco and had dinner there. We had the Tim and Alligator (pollo) and both were as good as last year. We walked to the square for music, beer, fire dancers and churros. All were as expected.
Monday morning we got up and had a great free breakfast at the hotel. We went back to the room and were trying to decide what to do the rest of the day.
i guess I should mention that last year we rented a condo from Kelly at Cozumel Rocks. I spoke with her on facebook and told her when we would be down and I would love to take a non tourist island tour if she had time. Well I left the conversation as if we ran into each other and she was not busy she would take us around.
So the phone rang. Considering that the phone call the night before was from Dominos I didn't think much of it and picked it up. I answer and hear "Hi Jonathan". At that point I'm trying to think who would even know I'm here. And then I hear "hey this is Kelly". It turns out that with the facebook conversation she agreed to show us around but I never confirmed. I had told her where we were staying and she tracked us down. We agreed on a pick up time and I told her we needed to have some clothes washed. She told me she had a place to take our laundry and she was on the way. We packed a cooler, cameras and the laundry and met her on the street in "the Dodge". The first stop was the laundry. Kelly introduced me to her guy and we agreed on a price delivered back to the hotel. After that we went through the neighborhoods and stopped at a mercado so she could get a sandwich to go. I will have to go through my pics to see what the name was but I know it started with a M. We went to Playa Palancar which we have never been to before. we hung around for a little while and then walked south down the beach to a more secluded area. did a little snorkelling and walked down to a pier that has more conch shells than I have ever seen. It turns out when it was time to leave Kelly had mis placed the keys to "the Dodge". No big deal. We were in a good place to lose keys. Kelly called her boyfriend Ivan to bring a spare. We met Ivan a few years ago on a sunset cruise from El Coz. It was great to meet him again. Alot of folks may not recognize him as he has cut off all of his hair.
Ivan was the hero of the day but it turns out that someone turned Kelly's keys in to the staff. We continued our journey south in "the Dodge". We stopped by one of Kelly's rentals Casa Feliz which is south of town. It is a beautiful rental and has a very good restaurant next door. Kelly took us to one of her east side chill spots. we walked on the beach there were fresh turtle tracks and a nest which we had never seen before. I in turn showed Kelly where the jacuzzi was and I hope that she has been able to enjoy with Ivan. After a long day trip we returned to Casa Mexicana. Being the sweety that Kelly is she didnt want to take anything for the trip but I offered to fill her gas tank which she thankfully accepted.