Cruise Day 6: Paradise

A view of Nachi Cocom Beach Club in Cozumel

Knowing we had a delicious day ahead, we grabbed a light breakfast at the buffet as the ship pulled in to Cozumel. Wanting as much time in port as possible, we were off the ship only a few minutes after passengers were cleared to leave.

Of all the wonderful suggestions I’ve found on Cruise Critic, perhaps the best was to visit Nachi Cocom Beach Club in Cozumel. We went to Nachi on our cruise on the Serenade of the Seas back in 2014, and it was the highlight of our trip. So, we’d been looking forward to going back for quite some time.

Nachi Cocom is an all-inclusive resort which only allows 100 people in per day to maintain a low-key atmosphere. Nachi sports a beautiful beach, a pool with swim-up bar, a hot tub, and fantastic food and drinks. At only $55 per person, it’s a great place to spend a relaxing beach day.

We grabbed a taxi and were sitting on the beach, under our own little thatched covering, by about 9:15. We ordered an early—even for us—round of drinks and started soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

We immediately jumped in the ocean, on what’s become our favorite beach in the Caribbean. Unlike the beach at Harvest Caye, the beach at Nachi Cocom is soft, calm, and free of rocks and shells.

We spent a while enjoying the peaceful water before heading over to the swim-up bar for another round of drinks. Last time we were at Nachi, the bartender made us tequila slammer shots—a fun mixture of tequila and Sprite, which you slam on the bar to make fizz, then slam down your throat. I guess things have gone wrong with that shot though, as they were unwilling to make them this time around. We settled for more frozen concoctions, to help fight off the heat of the day.

We hopped out of the pool and settled back in our loungers. We wanted to order some food, but our waiter was nowhere to be found. After a bit of a wait, we were able to order some very tasty food—amazingly fresh, large shrimp for me, and Kathleen was able to get her all-time favorite ceviche.

Our table of food at Nachi Cocom in Cozumel.
A sampling of the food we consumed at Nachi.

We spent an extremely enjoyable day swimming in the ocean and relaxing on the beach. The only negative was our waiter, who completely vanished after putting in our first food order. Last time we were at Nachi, the service was absolutely unbelievable, but this waiter went M.I.A., which left us at a bit of a loss when we wanted to order more food. We didn’t see him again until we went to leave, but other than his poor service, we had a great day. If you’re looking for a place to have a relaxing day at a beautiful beach, I can’t recommend Nachi Cocom highly enough.

Even though we didn’t need to be back to the ship until 3:30, we decided to head back at 2:00. There were seven ships in port that day, carrying over 23,000 passengers, so we intended not to get stuck in a ridiculous return-to-ship traffic jam. This turned out to be a good call, as the return trip that typically takes 20 minutes took more like 45. We made it back without a problem, though navigating the Punto Langosta pier area was a bit confusing (think signs that point toward elevators that don’t exist, stairways to nowhere, etc.).

Since we were full of food and sun, we decided to take a short nap when we got back to our cabin. There’s something about relaxing on the beach all day that really takes it out of you, you know?

Feeling refreshed, we walked up to deck 12 to see if Los Lobos had any openings. Having popped in most every night, either to eat or to grab a drink at the tequila bar, I think the staff at Los Lobos was starting to grow rather fond of us. They found us a table right away, so we ended up topping off our Mexican lunch with an evening of Mexican dinner. This time, I had enough belly room to not only eat my empanadas, but to also eat a very tasty chicken quesadilla. Kathleen returned to her favorite queso fundido and also tried the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce.

We finished dinner and had just enough time to squeeze in a Tropical Paloma before heading down to Bliss to watch the Second City family-friendly improv show (they’d do an adults only show the next night). Again, this show was absolutely hilarious. It was also packed, so be sure to get there early if you want a seat.

After the comedy, we headed over to the theater to watch the Elements show. For a blind man, this show had very little appeal. And Kathleen, who can see, felt that the show was unremarkable.

We’d intended to head back to Bliss to watch the adults only comedy show by Julie Barr. Unfortunately, my day of feasting on Mexican food caught up with me, and without going in to any detail, let’s just say we went back to our cabin and made it an early night, and leave it at that.

Up next in cruise day 7: the final day of the cruise, but luckily not the final day of vacation!


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