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Cozumel Reccomendations

Ralph Wiggum

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Has anyone fished in Cozumel? I'm going at the end of March and would like to try some fishing. I have no clue what to look for. Can anyone give me any reviews from their trips?

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I don't have any fishing recommendations but I did stay on the Island for a week a few years back and can recommend some other things.

I don't think Cozumel is especially noted for fishing, Snorkeling and Scuba is much more popular.

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If you’re a scuba diver, replace snorkeling with Scuba.

On the Island:

Book a snorkeling trip to Palancar Reef, It’s second in size only to the Great Barrier and it’s awesome, I saw two Barracudas and multiple stingrays, Stingrays are small out there. Lot’s of Groupers and assorted fish.

Check out Paradise beach, great snorkeling, Iguanas and just a nice place to recover from a hangover.

When the tour boats come in, head to the other side of the Island. Rent some motorcycles and lie on the beach, bar hop or spend time in the water parks, good snorkeling over there also. We stopped at every bar and had a great time. The water on that side of the Island is a lot rougher but still swimable. I saw some people fishing off the rocks on that side and actually saw a fish caught in the hour or so I was in that spot. You can rent fishing equipment in town if you want to just hang out for a day soaking some bait.

Off the Island: (another good choice when the cruise ships come in)

You gotta spend a day at the Xcaret water park, it’s on the mainland just south of Playa Del Carmen. You should be able to schedule a tour at the place your staying. Make sure to snorkel the underground river, it’s neat. Xcaret also has a great lagoon for snorkeling.

I really had no interest in the Ruins so I never went to Tulum


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I was in mexico when emily hit this summer and it did a lot of damage to the reefs and lots of the buildings. We actually talked about this today at work and co-workers had heard that there is 24 hour repair work at most of the hotels frown.gif. I hope it is not like that when you go down there. There was a lot of damage, and I am sure it took a long time to clean up.

Let us know the conditions of the yucatan pennisula when you return.

good luck-


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Will do. The hotel we are staying at re-opened on January 27th, so I would guess that things will be in order by late March.

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My wife and i have gone there the last two years, i go diving and she sits on the beach..if you want to go fishing go down by the presedente hotel and right before you get to it take the road towards the water, theres a harbor there where the fishing boats dock..i was able to get a great deal by negotating directly with the skipper...it was great nice clean boat and our own crew for about 1/2 what you would pay in town or pre arranged...

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    • smurfy
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