Cozumel, a tropical island located off the coast of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is a popular port for cruise ships. During high season, Cozumel welcomes between 20 and 30 cruise ships per week. Cruisers only have a few hours at port and one of the best ways to see a significant portion of the island in that short amount of time is by taking the Cozumel Bar Hop Tour.
Hop around Cozumel on an air-conditioned bus — Photo courtesy of Cozumel Bar Hop Facebook Page
The tour stops at four beach bars on the “wild side” of the island (the eastern side, which faces the open ocean) where you won’t find hotels or tourists. “Hoppers” are provided with a little island history, a Cozumel Bar Hop t-shirt, a house specialty welcome shot at each bar and air-conditioned transportation.
Each bar is located on a secluded “wild side” beach and has its own distinct personality. Rasta’s aka The Bob Marley Bar is a tropical dream, complete with hammocks and the best coconut shrimp on the island. Playa Bonita is a wide white sand beach protected by a small cove. Waiters serve ice cold beer and cocktails while you relax on the lounge chairs on the beach.
Punta Morena is everyone's favorite Hop stop — Photo courtesy of Cozumel Bar Hop Facebook Page
Coconuts Bar & Grill is perched on a seaside cliff, which makes for amazing views. The lively party atmosphere is complemented by Jimmy Buffet tunes, cold beers, cocktails and delicious food. Punta Morena, everyone’s favorite Hop stop, features a large white sand beach, hammocks, lounge chairs, massages, a swimming pool, live music and giant cocktails.
When the Hop is over, go shopping for vacation treasures at Punta Langosta Mall. You won't have to worry about missing your boat because this open-air shopping center is right across the street from the cruise ship dock. You’ll find Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs at Fiesta Mexicana, Los Cinco Soles and Plaza la Fiesta; swimwear and accessories at Zingara; jewelry at Diamonds International; beach footwear at Walking Toes and sunglasses at Sunglass Island.
If you need some caffeine and a taste of home, Punta Langosta is also home to a Starbucks. Or, if you want to continue your bar-hopping, you can party and grab a bite to eat at Senor Frogs, Charlos 'n Charlie's, Hooters or the Hard Rock Cafe. Each of these restaurants also sells fun Cozumel souvenir t-shirts that make great gifts for the folks back home.
See the "wild side" of Cozumel — Photo courtesy of Cozumel Bar Hop Facebook Page
It will soon be time to reboard the ship, but your memories of your day on beautiful Cozumel will linger on like the balmy Caribbean breeze.