Monday was my birthday and I decided to spend it quietly. I might live on an island filled with possibilities, but it just seemed to be a day to spend at home. So, after a morning swim, I lounged on my deck, did a bit of gardening, and a little light reading. When it got a bit too warm I went inside, put on the air conditioner and watched some classic movies with my dogs complete with a great big bowl of popcorn, we shared. All in all, it was a good day!
But, when I woke up the next morning I had an urge to go to one of my favorite places, Buccanos. A great little beach club located on the northern side of the island that has all the food and activities that one could hope for here on Cozumel. I’ve been there before, and even wrote about it a couple of years back, but it is just such a lovely place that it seemed time to take another look and share it with you. If you’ve been there, this will help remind you of why you went in the first place. If you haven’t stopped there yet, maybe this will help show you why you should include it for your bucket list.
Now this business is not new. In fact, once known as Club Cozumel Caribe, they’ve been around for so long that they have a list of celebrities that have visited including Jackie Onassis and Princess Grace. Yes, it really is that special. Located on a quiet strip of land right next to the blues of the Caribbean, it has lots to offer including a lush view. That view was what I was after so I grabbed a lounge chair on the beach under a palm tree for shade. I could see both the ocean and the folks coming in from one of the seven cruise ships that had docked here for the day.
My waiter was Tony and he was by my side in a matter of a few minutes with a big smile and a friendly manner. I started out with some coffee and settled back for a bit of people watching. After snapping a few pics of the tourists, and finishing my coffee, I then headed off to take some photos on the grounds before the light got too harsh.
There are lots of choices for photos at Buccanos, which is one of the reasons I enjoy visiting. The owners really know how to make the day special with plenty of those little touches that combine the colors of the tropics with the beauty of the man-made. Colorful murals decorate the walls, large stone arches give way to scenic walkways, huge vases are filled with flowers, and there’s even a grotto with a waterfall and a giant tin lizard. In fact, everywhere you look there is something special that will make you appreciate island living.
Now, in addition to just wandering about snapping photos there are lots of activities. There is a large pool, snorkeling, massage options, great food, and cute little shops. Oh, and that pic on your right is of my luncheon choice, lobster with mac & cheese, two of my favorite foods. Pure genius was at work the day they came up with that combo, it was excellent! I did everything but lick the bowl. Once finished I did a bit of reading and then headed off for an hour of snorkeling. I wasn’t worried about my stuff since the staff makes sure to keep an eye on things for you. So, without worries, I leisurely swam about checking out all the colorful fish and coral. The current was strong, but I swim in the ocean a lot, so I wasn’t concerned.
Back in my lounge chair I spent another hour with a bit of reading. Then the cruise ship crowd was starting to thin so I just sat back and watched folks reluctantly pack up their things. Another hour of that and it was time for me to go too. I paid my check, reluctantly packed up my things as well, and headed for a taxi. Like a little kid I shuffled down the road that takes you past a fountain, a wall climbing challenge, and more Bougainvillea than you could possibly imagine. Finally, a cab stopped and I headed off to a friend’s home. She’d promised me a free massage for my birthday and I just couldn’t say no.
Now, this is where I would usually sign off, but I have to say that after my perfect morning I also got the most relaxing massage I’ve ever experienced. Yes, it was a free birthday gift, and, no, I wasn’t asked to write about it. But, it was just wonderful so I’m going to mention it anyway. For a deep tissue massage, let me recommend Barefoot in Cozumel, a local business that can be found on Facebook. That’s all I’m going to say since I really don’t accept suggestions, or compensation, but I do still like to pass on good experiences. And today was filled with just that, good experiences. My birthday wish is this: I hope all of you can have a day like I just did. We all deserve it! Salud!
p.s. I don’t receive compensation and I don’t write upon request, I just like to share good experiences! And, if you’re thinking about going somewhere on the island and want to get an idea of what’s in store for you, just type the name of the place in the search bar above. If I’ve been there I’ve written about it and included pics. Happy hunting!
Special thanks to Lynda and Amethyst