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Last One in the Water...

Cozumel. Need I say more?

OK, then how 'bout jet skiing, para-sailing, and scuba diving lessons?

Parasailing

Not only did I get to try my hand at scuba, but my hotel also offered para-sailing just feet from my little section of beach.

The para-sailing contraption consisted of a big chaise lounge-esque plastic seat with a parachute rigged to the top. You sit back, the boat gets going at a pretty good speed, and they reel out the line. The next thing you know you're hundreds of feet in the air looking out over the skyline of Cancun's strip and the jungle surrounding it. Beautiful! And not scary at all, unless you fear heights.

Now if only I had pictures of the jet skiis!

Instead of jet skiis, I've got a pic of my little harley-wannabe that I used to tool around Cancun Ciudad (downtown Cancun city). This thing reached 50 mph! Made me wish I had a bigger helmet. ;-)

Harley-wannabe

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Ames scuba diving off of Cozumel

The island of Cozumel, off the southeastern tip of the Yucatan's coast, is a favorite among scuba divers and snorkelers. In fact, one tip of the island has been set aside as an underwater national park.

Ames scuba diving off of Cozumel

As you can see, I tried scuba and loved it. The amazing thing is that I was able to take scuba lessons one-on-one with an instructor who then led me out for two separate 45-minute dives. I then received a one-week scuba permit. So, if you find yourself in Cozumel without scuba diving certification or experience, don't fret.

Parrotfish

Cozumel

The town of Cozumel is full of personality. It's got great duty-free shopping, for those of you out there who want to buy jewelry or other luxury goods. It also has its share of crazy bars catering to Spring Break folks, but there are just as many fun places without the drunken throngs. It's a lovely island, but I don't think I'd opt to stay there -- particularly because it's a port of call for many cruise ships. Which came first? The duty free or the cruise ship?