One of our favorite port destination cities is Cozumel, Quintana Roo Mexico! We visit Cozumel on almost every Western Caribbean cruise from the New Orleans area. The Puerta Maya Cozumel cruise port is well-built. Cozumel is a safe, clean and beautiful destination and is the No. 1 cruise port in the world.
The island is home to many all-inclusive hotels thanks in part to the beautiful varied beaches in the area. With so many excursion options in Cozumel, finding a reliable, safe (and beautiful) beach resort can be overwhelming mostly because there are SO many to choose from. One of our favorite places to visit in Cozumel is Paradise Beach.
Paradise Beach is a affordable excursion option in Cozumel. If you’re like me, you want to save money but not at the expense of fun and safety. Paradise Beach has the beautiful beach your looking for without busting your cruise travel budget.
Admission to Paradise Beach is $3.00 per person with a $10 minimum food & beverage purchase. Not only do you have the beautiful beach at your toes but beach & pool beach chairs, free wifi, clean bathrooms and showers are included in your admission fee.
We returned to Paradise Beach the 1st week of February which was slightly colder than I had anticipated. Since Paradise Beach has an crystal clear outdoor heated pool, we decided to return to Paradise Beach instead of changing our travel plans. This gave us the opportunity to experience more of Paradise Beach versus solely taking advantage of the beautiful beach.
The beach club offers lush, exotic landscaping and various private lounging areas where you can find the perfect spot under the sun. If poolside or beach-side isn’t your thing, you can take advantage of a message or purchase a Paradise Beach fun pass that allows guest to have access to snorkel equipment, kayaks and inflatable supersized beach toys for an additional $18 per person. This is a great option for families especially those with school-aged children.
When you’re done recharging, you can refuel by experiencing the restaurant and/or bar at Paradise Beach. The staff there can keep a tab going for you so guests can enjoy a light snack and cerveza while you lounge and then enjoy lunch before leaving.
Tip: The alcoholic beverages are much cheaper at Paradise Beach than on the cruise ship; a bucket of beers (4) cost us $18. Also, the last 2 times my favorite has visited Paradise Beach we have split dinner entrees. By ordering 2 entrees instead of four, we were satisfied and it held us over until we got back on the ship.
You can find the Paradise Beach menu online and get an idea of what an afternoon there might cost you. When I got off the cruise ship on port day, I brought a large bottle of water with me to the Paradise Beach in Cozumel. Your cruise ship will give you entry instructions of what is NOT allowed in/out of Mexico.
My daughter has been wanting a henna tattoo since our last cruise. She creates her own “faux tattoos” with sharpie or eyeliner pencils and is very talented. At Paradise Beach she finally got her henna tattoo for 425. you can get a smaller version for less but be very careful with the ink used. Some people have had allergic reactions to the PPD in some “henna” ink which can cause blisters, open sores, and scarring.
This was actually a makeup pen similar to what my daughter uses but done by someone else. My daughter actually does a better job so either pick a more intricate detail, or do it yourself and save the $25.
Our total for a Family of 4:
Taxi to Paradise Beach: $15 (plus $5 tip)
Admission to Paradise Beach & Pool: $12
Fun Pass Activity Bracelet: $18 (my son is the only one that needed it)
Food & Beverages: $105 (Chips & Salsa, bucket of 4 beers, 2 Mexican Platter entrees, 2 non-alcoholic smoothies & 1 mango alcoholic daiquiris INCLUDING TIP)
Taxi back to Cozumel Puerta Maya: $15 (plus $5 tip)
Henna Tattoo: $25
Grand Total: $200