When we were in Cozumel in 2014 (MSC Divina), we attempted the walk from the International Cruise Terminal to the town center, not a good idea in the heat and humidity. After about a mile and a half we were drained. We took refuge at EagleRider Harley Davidson Cozumel, located right on the main road into town. We met Adrian, who graciously gave us two bottles of cold water and recommended a good restaurant for lunch in town. We promised Adrian at that time that, when we returned to Cozumel, we would schedule a motorcycle tour of the island with him.
Adrian with EagleRider Harley Davidson Cozumel
After exiting the cruise terminal in Puerta Maya, we hopped into one of the taxi vans lined up outside the terminal. The driver charged us $8 per person for the drive to EagleRider, which is less than half way to downtown, the same price he was charging the other folks going downtown. We later learned from Adrian that you can get a taxi for $8 per car (up to 3 passengers) from the ship to town. CruiseReport Tip: go beyond where the taxi vans line up and hail a taxi on the street to save some money! The taxi van dropped us off at EagleRider Harley where we reacquainted ourselves with Adrian and completed all of the necessary paperwork.
Checking out my ride for the day, a Road King
I should mention that I am an avid motorcyclist and ride almost every day back home, weather permitting. Rickee is also a rider, but will be taking second seat today behind me on the Harley Road King. We were both fitted with helmets and soon were ready to head out on a 4-hour island tour. Adrian led the way and stopped in town to pick up a friend, Tracy, who rode on the back with him. Before long, we were riding alongside the crashing waves of the ocean, taking in some beautiful scenery. Adrian used his iPhone to shoot photos and video along the way!
Riding along the coast in Cozumel
We made several stops throughout the tour. First, was a cultural center to learn about Mayan history and how tequila is made. We saw traditional Mayan techniques used to make chocolate, some Mayan cuisine, and how fibers from the Yucca plant were used to make a variety of products.
An opportunity to taste some Mayan delicacies
Next, we were introduced to Manny who explained the process of how tequila is made. At the end of the tour, we had the opportunity to purchase a variety of tequila-based products. We decided to take home a bottle of the almond-flavored tequila which tasted a lot like Amaretto.
Manny explains how tequila is made
Our second stop was to climb up some limestone formations next to the ocean. Waves crash against the stone coastline as we walk up the craggy and uneven surface to the top. A Mexican flag planted in the limestone is a popular photo op stop. Adrian photo bombs the picture he takes of us!
Adrian photo bombs us!
We then rode to El Cedral, the oldest Mayan ruins on Cozumel, dating back to 800 A.D. The Mayan village was once the capital of Cozumel, and the largest community on the island. It was discovered by Spanish conquistadors in 1518, who tore down much of the Mayan temple. Even though there is not much of the Mayan temple remaining, you can see a portion of it. As you might expect, there are dozens of local vendors in El Cedral selling all sorts of Mayan souvenirs, most of which are imported from China.
A working church in El Cedral
Our final stop was at Sky Reef, a beach club with snorkeling and other activities. If you bring a swimsuit with you, the tour includes the opportunity to snorkel and swim here. An excellent lunch is also included. We had beef and chicken fajitas with chips, salsa and a VERY hot (and good) habañero salsa. We did not choose to snorkel but relaxed with a great meal and took in the view of the ocean.
A Mexican meal is not complete without chips and fresh pico de gallo
Of course, the best part of the tour is riding along the coastline, taking in the beautiful scenery that Cozumel has to offer. There is so much more to see and do here than what is offered through the typical cruise line shore excursions.
Adrian uses his iPhone to take our picture as we ride along the coast
We are always looking for interesting and unique attractions when we travel and our island tour with EagleRider Cozumel is one of the best we have experienced so far. Sure, you can book a Cozumel tour with the cruise ship and pile onto a bus with 40 other people, but if you want to do something unique, check out EagleRider Cozumel. Of course, you will need to have a motorcycle license and be comfortable riding a big bike. The 4-to-5-hour long tour costs $275 and includes the bike, insurance, helmet and bandana, authentic Mexican lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, environmental fees, fuel charges, and souvenir photos. In our opinion, a great value! For more information, visit the EagleRider Cozumel website.