What else would a diver out of water do but shop for dive attire? A trip into San Miguel will send any dive-T-shirt enthusiast into shopping Valhalla. Besides T-shirts, Cozumel shops feature local brands of tequila, Cuban cigars, handmade silver jewelry and vanilla extract. I had no idea that Cozumel was famous for vanilla extract until I witnessed the frenzy that erupted among my fellow group members during a mid-week shopping expedition. If you're not a big shopper (like me), then don't worry. You can rent a car for a very reasonable price (between US$20 and $40 per day) and drive around the island. Cozumel has everything from a par-72 golf course at the Cozumel Country Club to a daily rodeo show at Rodeo Del Sol, across from the southern cruise ship terminal, to archeological ruins all over the island. I particularly like the eastern shore. This side of the island is far from the hustle and bustle. Driving along the road here you will encounter beachside bars and hangouts that are perfect for decompressing on the last day of your trip. You should definitely try to visit the Punta Sur Park at the southernmost tip of the island. The park offers kayaking tours through the mangroves and viewing platforms over the shallow water where you can regularly spot saltwater crocodiles from a safe perch. After a good afternoon of staring down the gullet of a crocodile, head back to San Miguel for an evening of debauchery at the famous bar Carlos'n Charlie's. Just try to stay out of trouble!
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