Cozumel: a guide and a goodbye………

DSCF6306Well,  this is my 112th blog about what it’s like to live on the island of Cozumel.  I’ve covered everything from charities to beach clubs, ruins to coffee houses, safety tips, illnesses, and holiday events. Sandwiched in between those you’ll also find a few posts that are simply about life as an expat.  Some of those moments are humorous, some, well, not so much.  So, at this point it seems  to be a good time for this expat to move on to other writings for a while.  But, for reference purposes, I thought I’d list a few of the various activities I’ve had the privilege to participate in over the past two years, as well as include a few of my favorite pics.   If you want to know more about a specific location, or topic, on that list (and would like to see the related photos), simply type the name in the search bar on the top of this page and you will be taken to that blog.  Simple, yes?  And, finally,  before I go I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support.  Your often enthusiastic responses have been greatly appreciated and you’ve made my “job” fun.   So, with that said,  here’s to the very special island of Cozumel, Salud!


Historical and Environmentalflower1

  • Chankanaab
  • San Gervasio
  • Punta Sur
  • El Cedral

Beach Clubs/Hotels

  • Buccanos
  • Barracuda
  • Blue Angel
  • Hotel B
  • Paradise Beach Club
  • The Money Bar
  • Sunset Bar and Grill
  • The Caribbean Sunset


  • Wet Wendy’s
  • Woody’s Bar and Grill
  • El Volado
  • The Thirsty Cougar
  • Zocalas
  • Kelly’s Pub


  • Christmas in the Park
  • Fourth of July
  • Carnaval17
  • El Cedral
  • Day of the Dead
  • Thanksgiving
  • Good Friday/Passion Play


  • The Chrysalis Group
  • It’s All About the Kids
  • La Esperanza
  • The Horse Sanctuary

Coffee Houses/Restaurants

  • El Cafe
  • Starbucks
  • Bisbees
  • Rock n Java
  • Cha Cha’s Kitchen

Neighborhood Lodgings

  • The Coral Reef Inn
  • Villa Zaztun
  • Alicia’s Bed and Breakfast

Local Artists and Openings

  • Mariano Petit de Murat
  • Sarah Williams Pritchett

Local Craftsmen/Home Improvement/Computer Repair

  • Carpenter Chris
  • Cozumel Home Improvement
  • Edgar Ch L (computers)


  • Tammy Cervantes’ Yogayoga 1
  • Ego


  • Mercado
  • Malecon

Illnesses and Doctor’s Care/Costs

  • Dengue
  • Parasites
  • Shingles

sunset fury







doggies doing time
dscf6976.jpgegret going to work


p play17
beach entrance
going home
water colors
ladies under wraps
horse and truck


16 thoughts on “Cozumel: a guide and a goodbye………

  1. Does this mean you are leaving Cozumel or just discontinuing your blog? Have enjoyed it very much & made me feel close to the island I have missed so much due to physical issues.

    1. Hi Bill, just leaving the blog world for a while, concentrating on my personal work, a collection of short stories. But, there are new blog writers, and some great writers who’ve been doing this a while, that you can find on Cozumel 4 You. And, there are over a hundred blogs and pics here, so, hopefully, that will help you stay connected. Thanks for all your support, I hope you can visit soon!

    1. thanks, Cindy, it’s been a lot of fun, but so many new bloggers with a fresh perspective are online now so it’s a good time for me to focus on other writings, thanks for your ongoing support!!

  2. I hope to get to Cozumel someday. Your blog has made that desire even stronger. Thank you for sharing a little of your expat life there, and good luck with your short stories!

    1. thanks, Cindi, appreciate the support, and, btw, you are one of my favorite bloggers, looking forward to reading more of yours 🙂 And, if you ever make it here, give me a holler, this will still be “open” so I’ll be able to get messages…………

  3. I will miss your blogI I hope you re-consider and do a few now and again. Love your pictures, as well. Good luck with your short stories and your adventures!

    1. thank you, Cheryl, appreciate the kind words, will still post the occasional photo on local FB sites, but that’s about it for this particular body of work, for me it has become the time to move on……….all the best!

  4. I too will miss you!! Funny…I am heading there next week and have taken a lot of information from your blog….for my trip. Enjoy your future endeavors!

  5. I just started looking for American bloggers in Cozumel this evening. My husband will be there in a few short days for a 4th time (divers) and we longingly talk about moving to Cozumel one day. Sorry, I caught you days after your last blog entry, but I look forward on going through what you have. I have heard people say if you move there rent don’t buy. Have you written anything about your experience with this decision (if it has been a choice for you).

    1. If you’ve never lived in Mexico before I would agree with that recommendation. I knew one couple who’d been very excited about moving here and, within just a few months, couldn’t wait to leave. It’s not for everyone. Time here is different, or, maybe, I should say the concept of time is different. Banks being closed for the many holidays, folks walk slower, dinners are eaten much later, workers often show up much later than scheduled etc. Food is different and often what you are accustomed to cannot be found. And, the language is Spanish, although many might speak English in the tourist areas it is Not to be expected in stores, restaurants etc. If you don’t speak Spanish that can, and will, throw folks off. And, finally, things are just done differently here. Waiting in line at the bank for long periods of time is to be expected, the customer is not always right, and this is a culture that celebrates families, religion, and death. With that said, there are also so many wonderful people here. A terrific local population and a supportive expat community. And you just can’t keep having a bad day when you can look at that water and walk on a beach. Rent is often much cheaper, and local restaurants are quite affordable if you stay out of the tourist areas. Health care is excellent and much more affordable than in the U.S.A., although I don’t know if that is where you hail from, and medicines often may not need a prescription. So, it is probably a good idea to give it six months, or more, and see if it’s for you. I think the biggest problem is for those who come here and expect it to be the same as where they came from, it isn’t. Good luck, thanks for writing, salud!

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