While we were in Cozumel, we stayed at the Vista del Mar Boutique Hotel right in downtown San Miguel on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean. We rented two cruising bikes for the two weeks we were there, and used them daily to zoom around the island.
Ty unlocking the bikes on the hotel terrace
This method of transport was much more efficient than walking and more leisurely than taking a cab everywhere – the exercise and fun was an added benefit. For many of those days our destination was the paradise beach club 18 km south of the hotel.
The roads on Cozumel are not what one would call well maintained – they’re rough and pitted, for the most part. This doesn’t matter when one is cycling, but is a pain for inline skating. Ty and I skated down to the pitch and putt golf course and back on Christmas day, and I skated once to the beach and back, with Ty accompanying me on the bike. In general, though, it is more pleasant and less dangerous on the bikes.
Pit stop along the way
Each day we’d pack up the gear, including our snorkeling equipment, and head out down the road, trying to ignore the calls of vendors trying to get us to buy a vast variety of goodies. “Mista Whiska”, as Ty was known, just smiled as we swept out the door and down the street. Our journey usually included a pit stop at one of the beach bars for Coronas and ceviche while we watched the snorkelers and divers.
On the road again
This spot is Dzul Ha, one of the best diving and snorkeling sites on the island.
Paradise Beach club was terrific – lots of soft sand, sea toys such as trampolines and a giant plastic climbing iceberg, and good food and drink. Getting on that iceberg is not as easy as it looks, as I found out.
On the beach
On the beach
We also used the bikes to check out the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio, half-way across the island. This trip was a hot one – the heat increases the further away one gets from the ocean.
Once at the ruins, the beautiful green shade was a comfort. The bikes were not in as good a shape as one might have wished for; as a consequence, Ty’s back tire slowly lost air as we travelled back to the hotel. Since it would not hold air, we had to trade it in for a different model.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Cozumel – I’d recommend using bikes there. The island is flat and the scenery is beautiful; the road along the beach is a very pleasant ride, interrupted occasionally by fleets of tourists in jeeps. For the most part, it’s a quiet, enjoyable ride. For skating, the road is less good because of the poor condition of the pavement.
To see more pictures from this trip, click here.