Passion Island – Cozumel, Mexico


Carla Skog lives in Texas but is a native of Edmonton Alberta, Canada. She has spent time in the Caribbean, Ireland, Philippines and Singapore. In the future, Carla hopes to visit new and exciting destinations. She offered to share one of her favorite destinations here with us:

I am surprised how easily I fell in love;  this place called Passion Island really impressed me.  A few years back while on a west Caribbean cruise, I decided to take an excursion to Passion Island. Little did i know how it would affect me. Our ship docked at Cozumel, Mexico and we disembarked; although I was enjoying my cruise, it felt good to get off the ship for a while. Following a short ride though Cozumel’s San Miguel and the surrounding  countryside, we arrived at the ferry. The crossing was tranquil and uneventful. A few minutes later, the sign ‘Isla Passion’ came into view. We have arrived! The island was very clean and private,  more than I had hoped for. The waters of the lagoon were so clear, it felt surreal.

Once we stepped onto the  island, a greeter gave a brief orientation before we were free to explore. With Passion Island’s natural beauty and clear blue waters, I soon realized this is one of Cozumel’s best areas. The beach like many others around Cozumel, are covered with white sand. When lunch was served, it was a Tex-Mexican style buffet; this included: chicken, rice, fresh fruits & vegetables, bread, chips, salsa, soft drinks and various alcoholic beverages. Following the meal, I focused on the beach, enjoying the serenity of the beach as the water’s of the Caribbean sea splashed upon the beach. Before I knew it, our three hours was over and it was time to return to the cruise ship. The time there passed so quickly and I reluctantly boarded the ferry for our return to Cozumel. The time spent there continues to affect me today. Every time I see a tropical island, I am taken back to that calm, tranquil island with the white sands, blue waters and warm breezes.


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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