Having only one day left after attending the wedding (our flight home was scheduled for 4pm), we wanted to make the most of it and rented another scooter for the day. This time we headed for San Gervasio — location of the largest Mayan ruins on the island.
To give you an idea of the route traveled, here is a marked up map:
The weather was muggier than previous days due to the heavy rains the previous evening but we still had a great time:
Luckily, on the way back into town, we were able to catch Brett, Ann, and company leaving the Rock’n Java Caribbean Cafe (highly recommend eating there). We were worried that we wouldn’t be able to catch up with everyone the day after the wedding but things worked out nicely. We said our goodbye’s and headed back to our condo to finish packing.
Congratulations Brett and Ann!
The following is a short video taken on the scooter and is the last of our scooter travels for the day. I should warn that this video is not of the best quality, for one because my camera captures video at roughly 15 frames per second and secondly because the video has been coverted to flash. Oh, and if you get queasy when watching choppy video then this video might not be for you. Enjoy:
- Cozumel Scooter Adventure (2 minutes, 48 seconds).
After arriving on the Island and catching up with the wedding party the previous evening, we decided to spend our first full day exploring the island. We thought that renting a scooter would be the best way to explore the island and set off to do just that. Unfortunately, the literature left on the living room table in our condo strongly recommended that we avoid renting a scooter at all costs. In fact, it was the most important recommendation mentioned by the literature. Being an avid motorcyclist I was not about to be thwarted and called the condo staff for directions to the nearest rental. I was surprised, again, when the staff took offense to me asking about a scooter rental. Needless to say, they didn’t help me in the endeavor at all. I later learned from the security crew that there was a scooter rental just up the street and was able to acquire one for 24 hours at $35.
The reason the condo staff was so hesitant about encouraging its vacationers to rent a scooter is because the medical facilities on the island are not the best for tending to people who might get seriously injured. If you have never ridden a scooter/motorcycle then I would strongly recommend you do not attempt this either. Especially if you head into the city. The drivers there really are nuts! We saw families riding on scooters throughout the city with babies dangling on the steering column or barely being held by their parents. I have to admit, though, that it really makes one think about how pampered and cushioned America really is. I found myself admiring the raw and uncensored life in Cozumel. All-in-all, I am glad that we rented the scooter though. It was one of many trip highlights as we spent the entire day enjoying the sun and sea breeze on two wheels.
The following map roughly depicts the route we took around the island:
The following are pictures of the trip starting with a panoramic view of our condo. I should mention that at the very southern tip of the island is a lighthouse that you can drive on a dirt road to see. Along the way is a marshy area where you can walk out on a plank to view a family of crocodiles. The last pictures are of us traveling along the beach and finally stopping a bar called “Coconuts” where they have photo albums of…well…coconuts. I suggest stopping in for a visit if you are ever on the island. The atmosphere and drinks are quite good. Thanks, Grahame, for the recommendation.
Kate and I arrived mid-afternoon in Cozumel, Mexico to relax and attend Brett and Ann’s Wedding. The following are pictures of the surrounding area from our condo balcony as well as some interior shots of the condo:
The condo we ended up staying in was on the third floor in building three overlooking the pool and beach beyond. The condo is part of the Residencias Reef Condos which are about a 20 minute drive from the airport via taxi (south of town on the West coast).
These are the first of many pictures I will be posting throughout the week as I process the various photos and videos I took while enjoying the location and company of friends on this trip.