Sure doesn't look like Grand Cayman; oh yes, sub-tropical storm, Olga, caused a diversion. We are actually in Cozumel today. We docked about 7 o'clock but we had plenty of time for breakfast before debarkation for our Cozumel tour.
Cozumel is Mexico's largest island situated about 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It covers an area of about 30 miles long by 8 miles wide, although much of the island is undeveloped. Cozumel was a sleepy little fishing community until back in the 1960's when Jacques Cousteau filmed a show here and put the island on the map as a diving and snorkeling destination. Cozumel was home to the Mayans for 12 centuries. The island has a rich history and was even a base for the Spaniard, Cortes, in his attack of the mainland.
Once we got off the ship, we were immediately in the business district with icons such as Senor Frogs, Diamonds International, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and many others within easy walking distance. But first, we must board our bus with our guide, Ruben, to get a tour of the island.
Cozumel was the victim of hurricane Wilma a few years back and much of the devastation is still very visible. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of history lessons. Our first stop was at El Cedral, the oldest settlement in Cozumel. Here we were able to see the ruins of the island's first church as well as a small ancient Mayan ruin. Vendor stalls were set up to sell everything from T-shirts to jewelry. We continued on east around the island to El Mirador. This stop provided the photo opportunity to capture the beauty of the limestone rock formations against the backdrop of the lovely azure blue sea. We climbed out on one of the rocks and the surface resembled swiss cheese or what we might think the surface of the moon would look like. Jungle boutiques featuring hats, t-shirts and hammocks were scattered along the beach. Drinks served in coconut shells were also for sale. We continued on and drove past some typical Mexican churches and residential areas and arrived downtown at the Cozumel museum. From there, we were free to shop on our own and we decided we'd walk back to the ship rather than taking the bus. It was only 12 blocks and it gave us an opportunity to see all the shops and stop in the square and purchase some diet cokes and water to ward off the thirst.
Dress for dinner tonight was formal again and the evening show featured "Deja, The Diva of Deception". She did some very interesting magic and illusion feats. The Conquest Dancers filled out the bill to make this a very entertaining show.