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    Help with planning a Coz dive trip

    This is exactly the kind of nonsense I am referring too. Name the AI but don't just say "AIs" and slander every place on the island and scare people away.
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    Help with planning a Coz dive trip

    This is an each to their own piece of advice as their are pros and cons to each. The resorts themselves are far better at the AIs than in town. The food is better in the town. You will spend less time on boats/taxis going to and from dive sites staying down South and getting picked up at...
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    Port Closed!

    This is fascinating about the turtles. I usually see 1-2 loggerheads per trip. Hawksbills are the vast majority of the turtles I see. I've seen 1 green ever in Cozumel. Side note: my daughter did her checkout dives and saw loggerheads on dive 1 and 3. She was doing skills near the bottom...
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    Cozumel what to expect now

    Reefs were fine in Nov 19. Covid hit in Mar 2020. Reefs looked terrible in May 2021. You cannot blame resorts for nutrient overload at Palancar/Columbia and cruise ships for nutrient overload when they were not running. Its coming from somewhere else.
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    Cozumel what to expect now

    This is a popular but misguided myth. The reefs were terrible in May 2021 yet cleared up quite a bit by last week. Since Cozumel was closed and there were no one at the resorts and the ships were not going, I think we have to stop blaming every problem on them. There is a nutrient source...
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    Cozumel what to expect now

    The DMs told me they were born in the Palancars during the closure. Now that divers are showing up they have scattered looking for a new home. So people are seeing them all over because they are wandering. Everyone I talked to who saw them last week saw them in the blue off the walls/reef at...
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    Cozumel what to expect now

    I was in Cozumel last week and in May. Everything seems almost normal now except there are less cruises so its less crowded downtown. The locals are all wearing masks and it is very safe. The diving was VERY much improved from May. In May there was nuisance algae everywhere and nasty...
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    Best Margaritas

    As a scientist in real life, I greatly appreciate your willingness to deep dive into this issue. One cannot just taste a single margarita and declare that it is the best. What if it was the result of a bad pour? Or an incredible batch of limes? One needs to need to commit to multiple drinks...
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    Best Margaritas

    When searching for the best cocktails, its the voyage that matters not the destination. I personally hope I spend a life time searching and never find the best margarita :) I make pretty good drinks at home. So my favorite part is when I am out and some random dude makes a better cocktail...
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    Best Margaritas

    This is great stuff! I love tie breakers! Are you all referring to the Welcome to Miami on the East side? Do you just grab a taxi out there for a couple hours?
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    Best Margaritas

    Hi all, I see this topic discussed as a side topic but never directly. Who has the best margaritas on the island that cocktail perfectionists will enjoy? Any other local non-margarita cocktails I should be trying? I've been to a few bars but certainly not all of them. My personal...
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    IAH Accommodations

    We stay at the Marriot right on site. Not the cheapest BUT you only need to take the airport train. You can go from your hotel door to security in 5 minutes. No buses, shuttles, Ubers to worry about. The also have a very good breakfast. My wife and I get a late night flight on Friday night...
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    Sidemount Diving, Cozumel Trip, Do You?

    No way you need a wetsuit in Coz in August. Water will be near 85F. I just wear a long sleeve rash guard and a pair of board shorts. Then you need less lead, get better buoyancy, etc. You can subtilty overheat in a wetsuit, especially in August, and this will increase your heart rate and air...
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    Punta Sur/Devil's Throat

    Why do people that have done this dive have to poo-poo the dive? He asked how to do it, help him out instead of throwing shade at the dive because you like other sites.
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    The cruise ships are back !

    At this point in the pandemic, likely Mexico assumes that first world tourists would be smart enough to get the vaccine that is available to them prior to traveling. So they believe there is little risk in letting travelers visit... What they don't understand is that half the USA has joined a...
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