Cozumel Destination Guide
The island of Cozumel lies just twelve miles off the Yucatan Coast of Mexico, a 45 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen. Best known as a scuba diver’s paradise, the island of Cozumel has a selection of popular All-Inclusive Resorts, and is a common stop on Caribbean cruises. Cozumel vacation planning can be exciting! To get the most value when you travel to Cozumel, either by cruise or when staying at an All-Inclusive Cozumel resort, we recommend asking one of our award-winning Mexico Travel Experts for advice and assistance when planning a trip to Cozumel. You'll save time and have peace of mind when planning your vacation!
Dive into the crystal blue waters of Cozumel and discover why Jacques Cousteau called it the "best diving area in the world." Palancar Reef, the second largest in the world, provides an incredible diversity of species, stunning sites and visibility of at least 150 feet.
On land, it’s a dream Caribbean destination too, with a lively small town (San Miguel), long, palm-shaded beaches, lush jungle, and ancient Mayan ruins like El Cedral and San Gervasio.
Local Cozumel Travel Tips
Car Savings and Jeep Rentals- Don’t expect to haggle with local rental-car or jeep operators - prices are generally firm; the best way to save money is to call or book ahead online.Jeep rentals in Cozumel are popular among tourists looking to explore the island, especially when cruise ships arrive. Be sure to stop at the many local bars and restaurants in Cozumel as you explore the islands.
Walking and Exploring The Island - If you’re arriving on a cruise ship at Punta Langosta, you’re less than half a mile south of the central plaza. Puerta Maya and the International pier, however, are 2.3 miles farther south. Some tourists walk and others catch a cab. Your resort might have shuttle options into town if you're staying on the island.
Hotels - Consider Location and Maybe Skip the View: Hotel rooms in San Miguel that face the sea often come with traffic noise from the busy streets below - so think twice before booking one and consider what you're looking for when it comes to a resort vacation - while more affordable, it may not be worth the cost. Where you sleep will depend on your priorities: Lazy beach vacationers will prefer a base at one of the resorts on the coast, either north or south of town, but San Miguel’s accommodations are less expensive, smaller, and right in the middle of the action. Ask your travel agent for details when choosing a Cozumel Resort.
Cozumel Excursions - If you are staying on the island at a hotel or resort, we recommend exploring the variety of Cozumel excursions and activities offered by our preferred tour operators, for a safe and affordable option. In addition, if you are cruising to Cozumel, the cruise lines will have a wide variety of Cozumel excursions for you to choose from onboard!
Map of Cozumel
Weather in Cozumel
There is only a four or five degree variance between winter and summer temperatures in Cozumel, with winter highs in the mid 80's °F and summer highs around 90°F. August through October is the rainy season.
Tipping in Cozumel
Tipping is normally 15%, with a 15% sales tax and 10% value-added tax on most items.
Wedding Requirements for Cozumel
Civil ceremonies are the only ones recognized in Mexico, no residential requirements are applicable. Marriages are performed at the Civil Registrar's office for a fee (can range from $100 - $250 in resort areas).
Airport Information for Cozumel
Travel to and from Cozumel uses the Cozumel International Airport.
Rental Cars in Cozumel
Cars can be rented at Smart Rent-a-Car.