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Trip Report P_M's brief report on Cozumel

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DH and I spent 5 days in Cozumel last week. My report will be fairly brief because it was sort of the vacation about nothing. :-) We mostly just relaxed and chilled out at our resort but it was incredibly fun.

We stayed at El Cozumeleno. We were immediately impressed with the staff as they were all so courteous and helpful. In the 5 days we were there we never met anyone who wasn't friendly and anxious to make our stay more pleasant. This is an all inclusive resort so all food, drinks and non-motorized activities are free. The activity I enjoyed most was the free snorkeling tour on the beach just outside the hotel. I took that tour twice because you will never see the same thing twice.

DH is not such a fan of snorkeling, he's happy to hang out at the pool and the hot tub. I however am a snorkeling fool and I spent countless hours just swimmin' with the fishies. :-) I could not believe how many different species of fish and marine life I saw on the beach right outside of our doorstep. I have snorkeled in many parts of the world but the snorkeling here was among the best. Aside from the many colorful fish I saw stingrays, crabs, conchs and lobsters. At one point I saw what I thought was a sea snake so I went bolting out of the water. I found the snorkeling guide and asked him if there were sea snakes in this part of the world and he assured me it was just an eel. I told him this wasn't flat like the eels I saw in Hawaii, this one is round like a snake, and he assured me it's OK, this is a different kind of eel. Whew!!

One day a current came in and brought with it many jellyfish. I got stung but it really wasn't half as bad as I imagined. I even went back in the water later that day. The next day the jellyfish were gone.

We only did one major excursion and that was the Atlantis Submarine. We've been on submersibles before where you are about 20 feet below water but this was an actual submarine which dives down about 100 feet. I was so worried that I would have motion sickness but I was fine, I barely felt any movement. It was such an amazing experience, it was like being in a completely different world. It cost $90/per person and it was worth every penny.

In case anyone is interested in this resort I will provide a bit more info. Overall our stay was very good and we met many people who have stayed there many times over the years. The breakfast is good and you can get an omelet made to order. The lunch and dinner buffets are mediocre on a good day, but there are alternatives. I recommend avoiding the buffet and ordering something off the menu such as the club sandwich or the ribs. For dinner I recommend eating at the Vernadah Restaurant. It is part of the resort and it's free, however you need a reservation and you need to dress up a bit. The food there is very good and the pianist makes it even better.

Now for the bad news. On our last day of the trip we ate lunch at the buffet. Later that afternoon I felt kind of funny but I thought I was tired from too much sun and snorkeling. We already had reservations at the Verandah and I thought if I had some food I would feel better. Nope. While we were eating dinner DH kept asking if I am OK. I told him I just want to go back to the room so we did. By 9:30pm I was vomiting like crazy and this went on until about 2:30am. Thank God we didn't have an early morning flight home to catch because I would never have made it. Strangely I never had diarrhea.

The next morning I went to the front desk and told the what happened. Our flight home was at 4:25pm so they allowed a later check-out at no charge. As I write this it is Sunday night, just 2 days after this incident. I'm feeling better but not completely well. If I'm not back to normal by tomorrow I will see a doctor.

I would like to make it clear that I never drank tap water or even brushed my teeth with tap water. I am not a heavy drinker so I did not get sick from too much booze. Also I do not have any food allergies.

Overall it was a very good stay and this might surprise you but we would consider staying there again. We will avoid the buffets like the plague but I have to say the good things about this resort far overshadowed the bad.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions I will be happy to answer if I can.

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