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Taking a Cozumel Mexico Cruise for Your Honeymoon

by Shannon Kietzman, writer for Your Wedding

If you are interested in taking a Mexico cruise, you don’t want to miss Cozumel. While on your Mexico honeymoon cruise, you can enjoy watersports, Mexican food, and extensive shopping.

Getting to Cozumel

Cozumel is a small island located off of the southern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Every year, more than one million tourists visit the island, making it one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean. Because so many ships visit Cozumel every day, there is not enough room for all of the ships to dock. Therefore, many cruise ships anchor offshore and ferry tourists to the island. There are a few things you should be aware of before embarking on a Cozumel cruise:

• The official currency of Cozumel is the Nuevo peso. It is equal to approximately 1/10 a United States dollar. The dollar is, however, commonly accepted in many stores, restaurants, and bars.
• The official language in Cozumel is Spanish, though English is spoken in many of the tourist areas.
• Cozumel excursions are usually more expensive than they are with other cruise destinations because special transportation is needed to go to the Mexican mainland.

What to Do and See on a Cozumel Mexico Cruise

Among the many experiences that can be enjoyed on a Cozumel Mexico cruise are snorkeling, bike tours, catamaran sailing, party cruises, dolphin swims, helmet diving, and horseback riding. Many of these offer varying difficulty levels, making it possible for both inexperienced and experienced guests to take advantage of the fun. Some places to explore while on a Cozumel Mexico cruise include:

• Mayan Ruins – a number of Mayan ruins can be explored during a Cozumel Mexico cruise, though shore excursions to the mainland provide more impressive sites, such as Tulum and Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is particularly popular because it houses a sporting arena and a pyramid.
• Chankanaah Nature Park – At Chankanaab, you can enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling available in the Caribbean. You can even explore a sunken ship and underwater caves containing over 60 species of marine life. Equipment can b rented at one of the many booths. For those preferring to stay above the water, the sandy beaches and botanical gardens are lovely to explore.
• Carlos ‘n Charlie’s – Carlos ‘n Charlie’s is similar to the Hard Rock Café, filled with dancing, music, and drinks. This bar is a haven for the partygoer.
• Museo de la Isla de Cozumel – This historic site is located in Cozumel’s only town of San Miguel. The first luxury hotel on the island, it now exhibits items spanning from pre-Hispanic times to present.
• Shopping – Cozumel’s shopping district is located immediately outside of the Punta Langosta pier. Here, dozens of merchants can be found, offering ponchos, blankets, jewelry, and souvenirs. Sometimes, a mariachi band can be spotted within the district. Don’t be afraid to do some bargaining while on a Cozumel Mexico cruise. It is considered an artform and many merchants will be willing to lower their prices if you are willing to put in the effort.

Cozumel was once a quiet little island. Today, it enjoys a bustling tourist market with thousands of people visiting every day. It is a great destination for a honeymoon cruise if you are looking for a combination of relaxation and adventure.

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