This part of the world is not advisable to be visited in October, because of weather conditions, but we wanted to welcome the challenge and see what happens when you try to swim against the tide. A bit of an adventurist spirit, anyway.
When we arrived on Cozumel, everything seemed just perfect, sun was shining at its full blast, cruising ships came by and float away, tourists seemed to be happy to be part of what was going on on the island.
On the west coast of the island there was no sandy beach, beaches laid on rocks, but were accessible to the swimmers. Turquoise color of the water was no exception all around the island. West side was recommended for scuba diving (actually the island itself is the most famous in the western hemisphere for scuba diving and snorkeling). The experience was exquisite! The agencies that offer water sports services are very professional, so don’t think too much on the safety conditions before making a final decision. The only thing you can consider is perhaps bargain for the price. It’s a parallel universe, observing the species underwater and shut down from the world outside. It a genuine meditative experience, that comes spontaneously and naturally, no need to put any effort in it at all.
These days when I try to meditate and get away from everyday life, I focus on scuba diving experience and dive in the depths of my soul. And it always helps.
We were intending to visit the sandy beaches on the east coast, so we took rent a car from a recommended agency (Volkswagen ”Buba”).
They seemed perfect- white sand, creating perfect contrast to the color of the ocean, sun beds and umbrellas, restaurant nearby where you can try all the varieties of Mexican fast food and international cuisine. Just have in mind that there are strong currents and huge waves on that side of the island. There were also natural, unspoiled beaches, that seemed almost abandoned from the rest of the world- mystic and romantic at the same time.
All this perfect adventure was interrupted by a car broke down in the middle of nowhere. We did not have any mobile phone with us, so everything that we could do is just wait a couple of minutes and hope on the next trial the engine would start. And so it did, but only for a short time and would then soon stop again, seemingly with the last strength of the engine to work. After a while we came across a restaurant and finally got to phone to ask for help from the rent-a-car agency.
Eventually the car was fine, just the gas pedal needed to be pressed harder.
Next days we decided to stick to the east side and rent a bicycle instead.
In the middle of our stay, chilling in a beach bar on the west side, bar tender mentions about a hurricane that is coming towards Cozumel and is expected to strengthen on its way to there!!!
Of course we did not mentioned anything about it until the end of the day, but as soon as we got to the apartment, I started packing- just in case. The thought that a hurricane could hit the shore of Cozumel was more than I could bear. On top of that I did not sleep all night. In the morning people were obviously preparing themselves for the announced weather condition- cutting parts of the trees that could possibly fall and cause a damage, covering the windows with metal or wooden covers and buying stuff from the supermarkets as it was end of the world. For me, born and raised in landlocked country, facing a hurricane was a completely new experience.
We decided to leave the place as soon as possible, we grabbed the suitcases and hurried to buy ferry tickets. This was a first time in our traveling history to change something in our agenda – we were going to arrive in Cancun earlier than planned (luckily the guest house had a free room).
I could not recognize the island at the moment we were leaving it – all those dark, big clouds above us, strong wind, not a trace of a beam of sunshine.
The hurricane hit when we were in Cancun as a tropical storm (the strength lowered from a hurricane to a tropical storm), we spent two days in the room waiting for it to pass. It’s a good lesson learned not to try to play against rules of nature.
However I decided to keep a memory of Cozumel as a heavenly piece of earth and no hurricane can change that!