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3 year old in Cozumel

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Yay! I'm so excited that we are leaving soon for our RC Independence of the Seas cruise!!!

 

What did you do with your littles in Cozumel? I think I'm gearing towards Chankanaab; but still can be swayed to something better if there are suggestions.

 

Also did anyone travel on the Indy with their little ones? How were the kids' clubs?

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Indy was the first ship our DS was on when he was 3. He loved it!

 

We don't love Cozumel, though. It's underwhelming, unless you can go on a catamaran tour to snorkel. Crowded beaches with coarse brownish sand or rocks, very rough water last November, and expensive access to water (it was $17 pp at Ocean Club just to get a chaise).

We are going to cruise in 2 weeks, and will most likely stay on the ship in Cozumel. If not, we might try snorkeling at Money bar, since DS is now 7 and can float.

 

Other than that, please check out Ports of Call boards for Cozumel for more suggestions:

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/131-cozumel/

 

I hear Mr Sanchos ($$$) and Nachi Cocum (besides Chankanaab) are nice.

 

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Independence was the ship for our son's first two cruises (at 1 and 2) before the refurbishment and he loved it.  Too young to be left at the kids' club at that age though.

 

We're taking him to Cozumel this month and he chose the Atlantis Submarine tour - we're booked with the cruise line but they price matched the local tour operator

 

https://www.cancunadventure.net/tours/atlantis-submarine/

 

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If you're taking the little one on some excursion, you want it to be FUN and ACTIVE for them.  Google "kid-friendly" and Coz....you'll be able to see what's available!

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Oh we had fun with our 3 year old in Cozumel. We did one of the beach clubs that also had a child water park. None of the ship's excursions worked for us, we just got a day pass independently. Took a cab (took some great pictures of her in the cab with her sunglasses looking like she did this every day) played and swam and snacked and played and swam and then went back to the ship for nap time.

 

It wasn't a high impact day - we did a stingray snorkeling trip on a different stop that was amazing - but it was a good day. My kid is very active, so a day spent swimming and splashing down a bunch of small water slides is about perfect for her. 

 

In general 3 is little for ship excursions - we found we basically had to do independent ones and that was a little nerve wracking for us but worked out fine. 

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Playa Mia has Buccaneer's Bay and my 2 1/2 year old (at the time, he's 4 now)  played there for what seemed like hours.  it's essentially an ankle (maybe a little deeper) wading pool filled with 10 or so waterslides for the under 5 set.  he couldn't get enough of it.   Not sure when we'll get back to Cozumel, but it if is any time before my daughter turns 5, we'll def go there again.  

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We were in Cozumel most recently over Thanksgiving and decided to have a beach day at Chankanaab. While the sea lion shows, crocodile viewing, and playing in the sand were great distractions for our five year old, I’m not sure I’d go back— there isn’t good water access for the little ones, other than a very small, easily crowded cove. Beautiful beach, but I’d probably recommend researching somewhere else. This was our son’s third trip to Cozumel— first time he was 18 months old, and we stayed at the pier area. Second time was when he was four and we just walked around downtown and swam in the ship’s pool. 

 

Taxis are regulated and easy to get, so no worries there. 

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