Alrighty. So Wednesday morning, we got a call at around 8:30am that the rental company was there with our jeep (30 minutes early). We threw on some clothes and went down to sign the paperwork and get the keys. Then grabbed breakfast and went back to the room to get ready.
We headed back north toward downtown in search of the transversal road that crosses the island. After a few wrong turns and asking for directions, we finally found it and headed off to the San Gervasio ruins. It’s a small ruin site on the island that is believed to date back as early as 100 BC. It was super hot and super humid, and even though I thought I was going to have a heat stroke, it was cool walking through and seeing all the structures.
Not to mention all of the iguanas! They were everywhere!
After the ruins, we hopped back in the jeep and continued our drive across the island. The road dead ends into the road that runs the length of the other side of the island. There are a number of restaurant/bar/beaches there, so we wanted to go check things out.
The first place we stopped was Coconuts. You walk up a bunch of steps into this giant covered palapa where the bar and tables are setup. We walked through there and out the other side to find sand, tables with umbrellas, and the most AMAZING view of the ocean from our perch on a cliff. Being the person I am, I had found coupons online for a number of places in Cozumel and printed them off, just in case. Sure enough, this was one of them. So we ordered our giant umbrella drinks and some lunch: Fish Tacos and Ceviche. It was YUMMMMY. The ceviche had lots of lime juice and a little bit of a spicy flavor. Fan-freaking-tastic. The fish tacos were pretty damned good, too. So we kicked back, ate our food, sipped our drinks, and enjoyed the view.
There were several dogs milling about that must belong to the owners. They were really well-behaved, not bothering anyone, not begging for food. Just chilling in the shade. While we were there, these dogs ended up laying at my feet! Red kept joking, calling me the Dog Whisperer. And saying, “….and you aren’t sure if you’re ready for another dog!”
After that, we headed further down the road and passed a number of other beaches but decided to keep driving to see what else there was. We ended up at the Freedom in Paradise Cafe, aka the Bob Marley bar. While it did sit on the beach, you couldn’t walk out into the water from there because of all the rocks, but man, that was the most peaceful, tranquil place I’ve ever been in my life. We ordered a couple of pina coladas and found ourselves a table near the water. I swear we sat there for nearly an hour in almost complete silence. You could hear the waves crashing on the rocks, the faint reggae music in the background, and stick your feet into the softest sand I’ve ever felt. It was like powdered sugar, it was so soft.
From there, we were almost to the end of that side of the island, but as we turned the corner back towards the side our hotel was on, we stopped at another beach club that was designed for more people. However, like everywhere else, it was pretty deserted, too. We had about an hour before it closed, so we, again, ordered some drinks, and then took a quick dip in the ocean before lounging around some more. Then we started heading back to the hotel.
It was, by far, the most laid-back, relaxing day EVER. Worth every penny. We loved it so much, we were considering keeping the jeep another day so we could do it again on Thursday.
That night we were total bums and pretty much hung out in the hotel room watching movies. Red had a headache so we ended up calling it a night. I was wired and rearing to go, but popped an ambien instead so I could get some sleep. The next day was our last full day there so we didn’t want to spend it sleeping late.
To be continued…