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Taking pictures of the leisure life in New England and beyond

Cozumel, the East Side

Cozumel, the East Side

Our chariot/death trap. Something tells me this wasn't originally a convertable...

Our chariot/death trap. Something tells me this wasn't originally a convertable...

Apparently, a hurricane came through and wrecked the power lines on the eastern side of the island in the 1980's and was never rebuild. Now, the eastern side of the island is one long road that follows the sandy and super windy (it faces right out into the gulf with no land until Cuba) beaches, which are scattered with beach bars. We rented a car one day to go explore this area and stop for lunch (tacos, naturally).

While downtown Cozumel reminded me to Key West, the eastern side of the island reminded me quite strongly of the rest of the keys. The Sea Lavender bushes were enormous and fragrant in a good way. So too was the sargassum (the sea weed), in a less pleasant but equally memory inducing, good way. 

We drove down the whole side of the island, stopping at every other beach bar, taking in the views, doing a little people watching, and then moving along.

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One stop had tons and tons of hammocks in the shade. Steu decided he would lounge as I ventured out onto the rocks on a quest for some good wave crashing photos. There were some moments where I was convinced a big, rogue wave would come and blast me, but I stayed dry.

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Before too long it was time to head back to our hotel/inn and jump in the water. This car may have looked really cool, but it was super hot inside. The missing roof made it so there was limited shade in the car and while it's a mystery what kind of car it was originally, whatever it was definitely didn't have AC.

 
Double Trouble and Flowers

Double Trouble and Flowers

Cozumel, the West Side

Cozumel, the West Side