Annnnd just like that, we’re back with The Mexico Series: Tercera Parte (if you haven’t caught on by now, that means “third part” in spanish). Like any other series, you’ve got to start from the beginning to make sense of it all. Catch up here!
While everything in the resort was beyond amazing and I could have stayed there for eternity, we wanted to explore the real country-side of Mexico. Get cultured, you know? So Cozumel it was! And NO, we didn’t go to Señor Frogs. My mom and stepdad are Mexico veterans who know all the ins & outs of where to go, so we followed their lead. We took the day-trip on Wednesday so we had a nice little break from the resort in the middle of the trip.
LOTS of transportation was involved. From the resort we took a cab to the ferry which then took us to Cozumel where we then rented a Jeep Wrangler to drive around for the day. What’s more clutch than driving a Wrangler along the coastline of Cozumel?
Our first stop was “The Sushi Man” shack – a nickname coined by my parents and aunt & uncle (they vacation in Mexico with my parents as well). It’s actually called “The Liquor Box” but that’s neither here nor there. Anyways, it’s this cute hut sitting on the beach where they craft the freshest margaritas of life (recipe post to come – you’ll thank me later), serve ice cold cervezas, and make Mexican sushi – “The Sushi Man” nickname had to come from somewhere.
He took a young green coconut, drained the coconut water in a separate cup to drink, and carved out the inside. The coconut meat was very soft and tender. He then it sliced up into strips (sort of like nigiri if we’re going to make the sushi comparison) and sprinkled it with a special hot chili sauce, chili flakes, chili powder, and lime juice. So yeah, EVERYTHING I’ve ever dreamed of in a snack.
Behind the hut was the beach and some colorful hammocks set up for ultimate relaxation. I really wish I had a video of me completely wiping out while trying to sit in one of the hammocks. I ate it like straight-up cartoon style. We chilled on the beach for a bit before moving on to our next destination down the road.
The next stop was Coconuts, a little bar up on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We sat and had some guac, chips, and Dos Equis while taking in more of the scenery. While this place definitely had more customers than the Sushi Man, it still wasn’t a touristy place aka the best type of place. You could tell it was a hotspot for the regular vacationers to grab drinks and admire the view.
Our last stop was where we indulged in the REAL meal. This was the spot – a ton of locals and many regular Mexico travelers. There were a bunch of plastic tables with umbrellas set up on the beach, so we picked a table and posted up. We ordered the biggest fresh seafood platter I’ve ever seen in my life. No lie the food was on an XXL cookie sheet piled with fresh fish, squid, guac (always), shrimp, lobster, everything. Bradford actually ate an eyeball off of the fresh fish head, so that was a unique experience for my stomach. But let me tell you, there is nothing better than sitting on the beach and eating fresh seafood that you know they literally plucked out of the ocean upon our arrival.
Once we were stuffed beyond belief, we got back in the Wrangler, headed back to the ferry, and onward to the resort we went. I’m SO glad that we got to take this day-trip. It was incredible to see the tourist-free coastline of Cozumel. I’ve never seen such rich cerulean water in my life. If you ever get the chance to go to Mexico and venture outside of a resort, I highly recommend renting a car and taking a drive through Cozumel.
Next Monday, I’ll be wrapping up The Mexico Series with the last post – depressing, I know. But this has been so fun for me to write about and relive! Let me know which post has been your favorite so far in the Comments section below 🙂
Photography by Rebecca Rollolazo, Bradford Pasquali, and Roddy Yancey.