I hate buying cars. Know what I mean? What color? Do you want the Royal XYZ edition or would you prefer the one without brakes? Leather interior or yak's hair? No, you can't get that with that model, but we can special-order it. It'll only take three years. For me, the ideal way to buy a car (and I actually just did something very similar to this) would be to walk in, not test-drive a thing and say, I want that one. When can I pick it up? And let's please keep the conversation to a minimum. Now, when it comes to vacations, you can imagine that I'm not much for doing a lot of legwork to plan them. I decide where I want to go - so get me there, make me comfortable, and leave me alone. If this form of one-stop dive-vacation shopping appeals to you, you might want to opt for Cozumel for your next dive trip. Aside from the obvious attraction of diving this wonderful island, it's also home to Del Mar Vacations, your no-sweat, one-stop vacation store. At Del Mar Vacations (DMV), one phone call does it all - and even better, if you decide to give yourself an early Christmas present, they'll even throw in some free goodies if you visit by December 22. Call DMV and they can take care of everything: discount airfares, hotel reservations, diving, car rentals and just about any other water-sport. It's the way to vacation for people who want to start vacationing when they start planning the trip. You can stay at La Ceiba, Coz's best-known dive-oriented hotel, where the water is so close that you can almost step out your door and be underwater. La Ceiba recently renovated its rooms and lobby, and the hotel also has restaurants, two pools and a hot-tub spa. Then there's the Casa Del Mar (CDM), Cozumel's original dive lodge. If you want to save even more money, you'll stay here, just a few steps inland from the water. CDM features value accommodations - good value because all the rooms feature cable television, air conditioning and a phone. There's also a restaurant and a pool, and duplex and suite accommodations are available. Want to have wheels while you're on-island? (You must do a trip around the island at least once while you're on Cozumel.) DMV can fix you up with the latest in four-by-fours, air-conditioned cars and even the dreaded I'm-on-vacation-I-gotta-rent-a-Moped two-wheelers. As for the diving, well, it rarely gets better than Cozumel. This is Drift Diving Central and you'll soar along beautiful coral canyons and mountains with barely a ripple of your fins. The water is beautifully clear, the coral healthy, and the diving just incredibly simple. And who better to dive with that Del Mar Aquatics, the best-known name in Cozumel? Fast boats with local dive masters and crews who really know the waters, a full-service dive shop across from CDM and a beautiful white-sand, park-like area where you can rest up a from a strenuous day of drift diving. Those of you who head for Cozumel and go for the Del Mar treatment through December 22 will receive free domestic drinks at La Ceiba and CDM, free breakfast daily at La Ceiba, and a free mesh backpack dive bag worth $50. In addition, you can join the Don Iguana Club and receive a card good for hundreds of dollars in discounts at restaurants, bars and shops all over Cozumel. See? One phone call. No sweat, no hassle, no decisions - just a dive vacation. The way it's meant to be. For more information about Cozumel diving, click onto the Del Mar home page below.
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