For the first day back in the US, I kept wanting to say, “hola” to everyone! I guess a week in Mexico will do that to you! Kyle and I booked this vacation a long time ago, knowing that by April we would be itching to get away and spend some time by the ocean. We had so much fun getting our scuba certification on our honeymoon in Antigua in 2014, we knew we wanted another vacation centered around diving. In case you missed some of my honeymoon posts you can read about them here:
Kyle is the researcher extraordinaire of the two of us, whereas I’m more of a ‘point somewhere on a map, do no research, and just go’ type of person. I’m so lucky I married him because he read reviews on every single hotel and diving company on the island of Cozumel and planned a perfect vacation for us. We chose Cozumel because there is great scuba diving, and a direct flight from Minneapolis with cheap tickets 🙂
Kyle and I left our house super early Saturday morning. The Minneapolis airport has been crazy lately, so I didn’t want to risk being late and rushing to our flight- running through the airport is the worst! But, as the world works, we hit no traffic, parking was a breeze, and there was literally no line in security, so we were SUPER early to our flight. Alas.
Kyle snagged a super cheap upgrade on our flights so that we could ride in style which meant big, comfy seats as well as free snacks and drinks- just what I needed to start my vacation off right. With a drink in my hand, some snacks in my belly, and my retina book, I fell fast asleep for most of the flight. That retina book puts me to sleep every time! 🙂
We got into Cozumel around 2 pm and got a cab to our hotel, which was about 1-2 miles from the main downtown area. Cozumel is a small island off the coast of Mexico and doesn’t really have a large beach area for most of the western side of the island.
Most of the shoreline is rocky, so a lot of the hotels are inland. Our hotel was actually right across from the beach and did happen to have a small beach area across the street that was BEAUTIFUL!
Our hotel, Hotel Cozumel, like I mentioned, was above 1-2 miles from downtown which I thought was a perfect location! We had the benefits of being away from town so we could have our own beach and large pool area (the downtown hotels had tiny pools). The distance from town also meant that we got to walk several miles every day into town and enjoy the beautiful weather!
The main part of the hotel had gorgeous greens growing all around. The lobby was open air and just beautiful!
The pool area, which is the largest pool on the island, was right behind the main lobby, with the hotel rooms all around the backside of the pool. Kyle and I spent a lot of time around the pool relaxing and always found it clean and well kept.
Our rooms were a slight disappointment. They actually don’t look too bad in this photo, but the room was pretty bare bones. The bed only had a sheet as a cover, and luckily (since I get cold at night) I found a blanket stored up in the closet that I could use. We requested a single bed obviously, but ended up with doubles, so we slept on one and used the other bed to keep our suitcases and clothes!
The bathroom was pretty small, but everything was clean. While the room wasn’t the most luxurious, it had everything we needed and we didn’t spend much time there anyways, so it didn’t bother me.
We loved the beautiful bougainvillea arches all around the hotel- so tropical and colorful!
On our first night of vacation, we explored town a bit, and watched the sunset over the water while soaking in all the warm salty air.
Before long, we were exhausted and so we turned in early because we had a big day of scuba diving planned to start the following morning (who am I kidding… we go to bed early every night no matter what!)
Cozumel part 2 coming soon!