Cozumel! Our trip was in November, but the memories linger. We had such a great time! One of our favorite adventures in Cozumel was exploring the park at Punta Sur, on the southern tip of the island.
We’ve already told you about exploring the lighthouse (twice), and it’s time to talk about the rest of the park!
What is that cheesy grin for? Well, it was so I wouldn’t yell (anymore) at the driver. It’s hard to be angry when someone grabs the camera and says, “Say cheese, Momma!”
You see, the roads leading from one end of the park (and back) leave a lot to be desired. This being said, they are a hundred times BETTER than I expected them to be! There were potholes the size of our Tiida. Daddy was expertly dodging them, and everything was going fine…until he forgot to consider the passenger side of the car.
“iESPEJO!” I yelled, because I was so engrossed in the Spanish language at that point. “MIRROR!” I yelled again. But, it was too late.
Of course, I had my window open and got BLASTED by leaves and white crusty stuff (which we later realized was dried “mud” from the roads) when he miscalculated and smacked the mirror right into a shrub on the side of the road.
In his defense, I’m not sure he could have done anything differently. Still, we were all so overcome by the Vacation Mode, that we had a good laugh. After I got all the leaves out of my hair, of course.
(No, the Tiida was not harmed in the making of this documentary.)
If you’d like to see the following photos in more detail, click on them!
After we made it to where they do the Boat Tours of the Lagoon, we parked the car and then figured out the Boat Tour Times. We were just early enough to take a little stroll through the jungle and check out the boat docked at the end.
We had enough time to kill, so we went back to the beach and had a quick snack before strolling back down to the dock for our tour.
This part of Cozumel is known for its mangroves and crocodiles. Can you see this one hiding above? In honor of the language of our location, we referred to them as “cocodrilos,” because that’s what they are. We were hoping they didn’t refer to us as “lunch.”
Here’s another shot to show the Cocodrilo hiding.
Some of them weren’t hiding at all. These two came right out to our boat to check us out. (Oh, goody!)
This area is also home to tons of nesting birds. The tour guides let us borrow this handy guide.
I know the placement of this picture leads you to believe that we went snorkeling in the lagoon. No, we did NOT.
(Here you can see how the lagoon is divided from the ocean at Punta Sur.)
We made it safely back to the beach and then had lunch. After that, we went snorkeling in the ocean. Claire and I make a great team!
Snorkeling is tons of fun but hard work. We decided to take a siesta in the beach hammocks while Daddy continued his snorkeling adventure without us.
He took some nice photos of the view from that direction as well. (You can see the beach hammocks from this vantage point.)
We spent nearly the whole day at Punta Sur. We were completely relaxed and utterly exhausted when we were done. (But not exhausted enough to forego climbing the lighthouse one more time on the way back to the entrance.) The guides speak just enough English to make the Boat Tour informative and entertaining, whether you speak Spanish or not. The park has a great snorkeling area, and the beach hammocks are a nice touch.
Over all, we highly recommend Punta Sur!
Just watch out for the potholes.