Balboa Island Does Halloween Big-Time

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I’ve been staying with a friend on Balboa Island, set in Newport Bay in Newport Beach, CA. It’s a small jewel where the people know how to do Halloween right. Balboa Island is both monied and friendly, where the residents go out of their way to celebrate almost any holiday with relish and a sincere…
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BBQ at El Cid La Ceiba – TravelBart.com Report

Ship off El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, Cozumel

It was going to be a beautiful night. It’s not unusual for me to run into San Miguel, Cozumel’s quaint town, for a bite to eat and to explore, but they dropped off a flyer to my room about a poolside BBQ, tonight. I’d been diving, snorkeling, and writing all day, so I thought, why,…
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Diving Cozumel – Babieca Dive Center Report

Babieca Dive Center - Cozumel Nov. 2011

The water visibility was not the far-seeing Cozumel usual, but considering Hurricane Rena had blown through about a week before, it was a still great day of scuba diving. I decided to try out the dive operation, Babieca Dive Center, at the El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort where I’ve been staying. I usually dove…
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Buying a Bike in Cozumel – a Mini-Adventure

Angel sells Bart a bike in Cozumel

I arrived in Cozumel a few days ago and plan to stay six weeks, so instead of walking everywhere or taking a cab, I decide to buy a bike and ride all over the island.  For a refresher, Cozumel is an island about twenty miles southeast of Cancun, about 30 miles long by 15 miles…
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Snorkeling Cozumel – El Cid La Ceiba Resort

Snorkeling Cozemel off El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort

Snorkeling is always fun when then fish come up to you to investigate who you are.  They swim right up to your mask, as if to say, are you sure you’re in the right place? What I really like about Cozumel is the water, and the water temperature – usually it hangs around 78 degree,…
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COZUMEL ZIP-LINING

Zip-lining with cruiseships in teh distance

I took two hours off and headed south along the shore this morning to check out the zip-lining at Fly High Adventures. It was a lot of fun. There were families there, too, and the kids were having a ball. When you arrive, the staff is good at bringing you up to speed on how…
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El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort – TravelBart Report

El Cid at La Ceiba

I missed getting up early and taking a swim first thing in the morning, so I moved on down the coast in Cozumel to stay at the El Cid la Ceiba hotel. I’ve stayed here a number of times and my last time in Cozumel,six or seven years ago. I enjoyed it, so here I…
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CASA MEXICANA HOTEL – TRAVELBART REVIEW

View from Casa Mexicana

I arrived in Cozumel Friday about noon, right after hurricane Rina blew through the day before with winds at 100 MPH.  Everyone ran like hell outa there, and Cancun, too – I heard 10,000 tourists left the area.  But what’s a hurricane when you’re Cozumel bound, so I  took my chances. I got on my…
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COZUMEL – ARRIVING OCTOBER 28, 2011

San Miguel Town Square Photo: FLIKR

  Hi Everyone, I want to let you know I’ll be arriving in Cozumel this Friday, October 28, along with a lot of rain and a very possible hurricane!  But who cares? It’s Cozumel! I originally planned this trip back in April, but had a minor operation go bad, so I had to stick around…
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THE WEDGE – KILLER WAVES IN NEWPORT BEACH

the Wedge - Monster wave

I take Newport Beach for granted. I shouldn’t, but I do. I live here.  People come from the world over to visit and vacation in my southern California beach city, but I do miss not being in Cozumel. Don’t we all get a bit this way from time to time, failing to appreciate what’s right…
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