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Jun 27, 2012 - Cozumel, Mexico

The Mayans considered Cozumel sacred to the Moon Goddess, Ixchel, and women would make regular pilgrimages there to pay tribute and to wish for fertility in return. The Spanish arrived in 1518, bringing diseases that wiped out the Mayans and left the island all but deserted by 1570. It was an outpost for pirates until 1848, when war in the Yucatan drove refugees to settle there. A boom in visitors to the island came after 1959, when Jacques Cousteau publicized Cozumel's coral reefs among the best in the world for scuba diving. In 2005 we...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Cozumel

The trip from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico was unique. No one got seasick, but strong winds hit the side of the ship just so and it rode at an angle that made us think of the poor Concordia on her side off the coast of Italy. We did our usual vigorous deck walk trying to burn off a few of the millions of calories we had consumed and it felt like we were walking on a roller coaster track. A large stack of bowls crashed to the ground in the buffeteria (luckily they were plastic) and the ice skatng show was cancelled. The captain struggled a...

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May 1, 2011 - Isla Cozumel

in den 1960igern weltberuehmt gemacht durch den frz. meeresbiologen und tauchpionier jaques cousteau, bietet die insel cozumel auch heute noch bzw. wieder tolle taucherlebnisse, nachdem in den vergangenen jahren ein paar hurrikane und die korallenbleiche erheblichen schaden anrichteten. das riff scheint sich schnell zu erholen, und so sahen wir schoene, lebendige korallen auf 2 angenehmen tauchgaengen mit einer maximaltiefe von nur 18m. per schnellboot ab playa del carmen erreichten wir dieses mekka der kreuzfahrttouristen, und so tauchten...

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Mar 2, 2011 - Cozumel, Mexico

3/2 – 3/25 In the morning of March 2nd we drove the motor home three miles to the Cracker Lake Campground in Zolfo Springs where, for $30, we put it in storage for a month. By 10:30 AM we were in the Jeep heading for the Homewood Suites in Fort Lauderdale. We arrived at about 3:00 PM. Our one night stay at this hotel was pretty expensive ($178) but, included in the price was: free dinner and breakfast, twenty-eight days of parking for our jeep and transportation to and from the airport. We think it was a pretty good deal. The next morning...

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Feb 2, 2011 - cozumel, mexico

After a good night of sleep, with a full stomach, Skip and Cindy were up early to eat breakfast and to watch the ship dock in Cozumel, Mexico. As soon as we were full again, we headed to the bottom deck to disembark for a day in Cozumel. As we got off the ship, the first think we noticed was the crystal clear turquoise water. It was beautiful and of course the 80 degree temperature didn’t hurt. At the end of the dock Cindy and the other ladies found a giant cake and had their pictures made inside of the cake. The men all just smiled and...

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Jan 29, 2011 - Born To Be Wild

Git cha motor runnin', head out on the highway. Lookin' for adventure, & whatever comes our way -Steppenwolf It's not normally our vacation thing but it is sooo easy to wake up early here. Today, again, the weather is fantastic! We pinch ourselves as we throw on only shorts and t-shirts and head to the beach for another breakfast. Low 80's during the day and 60's at night. We laugh because we let the A/C in our room run full blast nightly. We have no official plans for today. Over fresh pancakes & coffee (yes, I run to Starbucks and bring...

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Dec 10, 2010 - Cozumel

There were five cruise ships in town today, but Cozumel is up to the challenge. Two ships docked near the old town, which boasts over a mile of shopping, and three of us were at the new dock area, where enough shopping to suit us has sprouted, saving the cab ride into town. A huge catamaran came to our dock to take us on a snorkeling and beach tour. When you are a tourist in Mexico you can never assume that things will be timely or work properly. They often joke about themselves, telling you that you will have to wait a Mexican minute. But...

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Mar 3, 2010 - Cozumel, Mexico

Another day, another tropical island. Cozumel sits off the Mexican coast just south of the popular Cancun. Another beach and diving destination where we hired ourselves a little convertible smart car – Jo loved it and wanted to adopt! This thing would sit on the bonnet of our old Ford Truck. Anyway, more swimming on stunning beaches in superb azure seas, a bit of Mexican food and had a look at some ancient Mayan piles of stones (historic ruins and very interesting apparently). Then back on board where we played the famous cruise ship game...

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Feb 11, 2010 - We arrive in Cozumel

We are home...back in the USA. And I never want to leave again!!! I have only traveled out of the country a few times....once to Spain many years ago and to Bermuda and the Bahamas. The trip started out well enough. The flights were on time and no turbulence to speak of. And then we landed in Cozumel and had to go through customs.I have never done that before. It is a very time consuming process and the custom agents are not the friendliest people I have ever met. And then you get to enter the main terminal of the airport where there are...

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The Davis Dream

Jan 9, 2010 - A day of rest

Everyone was all revved up for their last dive. Can't dive within 24 hours of flying, and everyone was leaving tomorrow afternoon, so they were ready for a morning dive to finish things off. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't done with us. We were only slotted for two nice days this week, and we used them up Thursday and Friday. In the middle of the night the wind kicked up again, and by morning it was raining fairly hard. They closed the harbor again. All of the new dive groups coming in were equally upset at losing a day or two of diving....

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Jan 8, 2010 - Devil's Throat

Sun and warmth. I'm in heaven! An early morning boat ride to Punta Sur for the Devil's Throat. This is a huge coral formation that has produced caves at about 125 feet. That's DEEP! Terry and Stetson decided to go through the throat. I and one other diver decided to go over. I tried cave diving once and I did not like it, and it was not nearly as deep as this, so this was an easy decision. Good thing I'm not stuck on all of that machismo crap. Although I was spreading around a rumor that maybe I was going over the top just so the other...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Night Dive

We finally had a day of sun without blustery winds. Many people did the AM dives, but I knew I wanted to do the evening dives, and I also knew that I'm not a 4 dive a day person, so I skipped the morning boat. Too much nitrogen in my bloodstream really makes me tired. The first dive at about 4pm was a twilight dive, and it was incredible. The slanting light gave the ocean floor a distinctly other-worldly look. We drifted over sloping mounds of coral with lots of small colorful fish. We found a rather large octopus hiding in its lair. It was...

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