Cozumel: A Minute in Mexico
Leah Walker January 2, 2012

Living in Texas, I’ve had many opportunities to walk across the border and explore Mexico. Hopping on a plane and heading to Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco is relatively inexpensive from Houston. Due to border safety concerns, my shopping trips to Nuevo Laredo and Acuña have stopped. Trips to the interior of Mexico have been delayed in favor of other locales. But, I still love Mexico.

On my New Year’s eve cruise stop to Cozumel, I was reminded how much I enjoy visiting Mexico. I miss the bargaining and the look of surprise when I speak Spanish. I long for the taste of pure cane sugar in a Coke on a hot day. I like getting off the beaten path in search of locals-only restaurants. I can’t stand the manufactured Mexico produced along the tourist trails. Give me a language barrier over perfectly-spoken English selling crappy sombreros any day. In my brief time in Cozumel, I got both. From disembarkation to lunch at the Mercado Municipal, here’s my tiny taste of Mexico.

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I’m not sure when I’ll get back to Mexico, but the five hours ashore refreshed my thirst for all things Mexican, especially those delicious bottled Cokes.

Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.

10 Comments

  1. Nice pics. I like the guard dog on the “woof”. You really ought to think about going to Honduras for your next trip. Totally worth it. Spent 6 months there and loved it.

  2. Thanks, William. There was another dog up there too, but this one was very concerned about us walking by. I’ve not thought about going to Honduras. Brazil is my next stop, but I’ll do some digging on Honduras. I imagine it’s pretty inexpensive to visit. What did you like best?

  3. Well if you go, try to be there on Easter Sunday. They do this wild thing in the streets of Comayagua, where they make these alfombras (rugs or carpets) out of dyed saw dust. They spend hours overnight making them to display on Easter morning, only to be swept away that evening. I think I have an album of some of them in my facebook pictures. I’ll tag you so that you can see them.

  4. Also, Tegucigalpa (the capital) is one of the worlds most dangerous airports. Pilots have to be specially trained to fly in and out of there. The road between Tegu and Comay, is the one that Lisa Left-Eye Lopes was killed on.

  5. Well for some reason, it’s not letting me tag. Just go to my pictures, click on any pic, then click on the albums link and find the album called Honduras. I have many more pics, but they only let you put so many in each album.

  6. You did such a great job of capturing those vibrant colors … and they seem almost shocking, when it’s all so gray up in the northern world 🙂 I almost feel as if I had a sunburn!

    1. Thank you! Oh, I bet you needed sunglasses too! It was actually really warm, probably in the mid 80s. It was a nice change from the snow mountains I left before heading to Mexico. Don’t fret! It’ll be spring before you know it in the north. Believe it or not, I actually envy a good winter. It just rarely gets cold in Houston. 🙁

    1. Thank you, Fed. I agree, Cozumel is spectacular, especially when you get off the main drag. It’s such a colorful place.

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