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Jesse Takes Cozumel


Cozumel was the beginning of my travels around the world. My friend Eliseo and I had been dreaming of traveling the world for years but we never had the money. Eliseo and I, joined by our friend Shannon, finally decided to save up and take a trip. We focused mainly on the Caribbean narrowing it down to Jamaica, Cozumel or the Bahamas. We ended up finding a great deal at the Melia All Inclusive Resort with flight for super cheap and we booked.


Our flight, although cheap, included a 10 hour overnight layover at the Houston airport. We decided to head out and check out some local bars. We Yelped a nearby bar and took a taxi from the airport only to find out that the bar was closed and boarded up. A $50 taxi ride later we found a place which was fairly cheap. After an interesting night in Houston and $100 in taxi fares we passed out at the airport.


The next morning we boarded the flight and headed to Cozumel. There were a couple of options when booking and We decided to upgrade to a top floor ocean view. Boy was it worth it! The view from our balcony was amazing!

We had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in our hotel, which was a nice surprise. We clinked glasses to a wonderful vacation and got settled in.

Our trip was all inclusive which meant that food and drinks were free. We stayed at the Melia resortand it had 3 bars including a swim-up bar in the pool! Needless to say, free drinks was our first stop. We met some other vacationers at the lobby bar and shared some shots of tequila. We also experienced a Miami Vice drink which was a first for me. It’s like part pina colada and part strawberry daiquiri. We checked out the resort and had some food before heading into town.

The town of San Miguel is small, but busy. Cozumel is a popular cruise destination and the shops and restaurants near the dock are usually packed with people during the day. We checked out the area, walked around and sat down at senor frogs with some Sol beers for the Mexico World Cup game, which was a great experience. Mexico loves its soccer!

We headed back to our hotel and called it a night.

There were several activities that we wanted to do for the week and it was not easy packing everything in, especially when you have free food and drinks at your resort. We ended up getting roped into a deal for a set price which included a bunch of the things that we wanted to do, the catch being that we had to sit through a timeshare sale. It ended up not being worth it as the timeshare tour took half of the day! We did almost buy the timeshare however.


One of the greatest sites we got to experience was the TulumMayan ruins. It is a beautiful site at a beautiful location on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula over-looking the ocean. The site is walled and it is amazing walking through the tiny entrance to these expansive old ruins.

Exploring Cozumel

Another awesome experience was renting a car and driving around the island of Cozumel. The east side of the island is undeveloped and you can find great little bars such as the Bob Marley Rasta bar and amazing natural untouched beaches. We stopped and ate at Mezcalito’s on the East side because of a tip from a fellow traveler. It was the best fresh fish and shrimp that I have ever tasted!


We had planned on going on a jungle excursion that included repeling, ziplining and ATV riding all along, but we got a discount because of the package that we bought when we got off the plane. This included everything that we wanted to do, but it was pretty much a beginner excursion and although fun, not very challenging or thrill seeking. It was probably for the best however because Shannon was a bit freaked out about the whole thing.

Cozumel was a great trip and there are some amazing things to experience on the small island and across the water on the mainland. I recommend staying at a resort as it was an experience of its own. You meet people from all over the world and get to see them around the resort during your stay.

For my info on Cozumel check out my Guide.


Welcome to Jesse Takes The World, a travel blog geared towards the fun, exploring, adventurous traveler.

I’m Jesse and I started traveling the world in 2014. All it took was a trip to Mexico with a couple of friends and I was hooked. Ever since, I’ve been wandering the globe in search of adventure. Whether you need some advice on a short vacation from work or you’re wondering if you want to start traveling like a nomad stick around. These stories, pictures, and videos will inspire you to find adventure.


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