I won’t bore you with yet another detailed opinion of this resort. Isn’t part of the problem that there are so many opinions? Who can you trust when you are on the verge of spending a large chunk of hard-earned money? At least you've hopefully figured out that many of the harshly negative reviews on this site are at best exaggerations, and at worst out-and-out lies. You know that person who seems to enjoy finding fault in absolutely everything? Well, they take vacations, too! We DID get bottled water every day and our beds were NOT "rock hard". (In fact, this was our first Mexican hotel bed that came with a foam mattress topper!)
What are you looking for in your vacation? If you’re reading this review, you’re at least leaning toward Cozumel - good choice! El Cozumeleno can be a good choice as well depending on the goals for your trip. Do you want a party atmosphere? Younger crowd? A pulsing nightlife? El Coz is not for you. Are you a foodie who values great dining experiences in your travels? Then you won’t choose a budget all-inclusive. Do you need a wide variety of activities everyday? There are better options for you. So what do you want?
Our choice was driven first by our budget: A 7-day all inclusive Caribbean getaway for 2 with airfare for around $2000 total. That certainly limits the destination, the hotel, and the time of year. A Sandals resort in the Caymans? No chance for us. Early December in the Riviera Maya is a great option. We’d been to Cozumel before and fell in love with its laid-back island vibe. We added more qualifiers: all-inclusive, good shore snorkeling, away from downtown (quieter). That really narrows the field. El Cozumeleno checked all of our boxes. At the end of the day we got an ocean-view room and all we could eat and drink in a relaxing Caribbean paradise with great snorkeling for around $90 per person per day. Pretty amazing.
We don’t go to Mexico for the great food, fine hotels, shopping, and nightlife. We have that at home. We choose Mexico because it gives us what we can’t get: ocean-view rooms, tropical sunsets, incredible sea life, and a chance to completely unwind. If your needs are pointing you to El Cozumeleno, just go for it! If you have even a smidge of an open mind you’ll have a great time! We met lots of guests who come back year after year. That says something. Now we understand. Lovely setting, incredible staff, good value.
Just a note for you snorkel buffs: Immediately in front of the hotel within the buoys it’s fun but not that spectacular - a lot of fish but no coral. The real joy is walking South down the beach and putting in at the small sandy cove and drifting back with the current to the hotel. The walk takes you across rougher beach and rocks so you will probably want to wear flip-flops or water shoes that you can tie on or stuff into your swimsuit. Don’t stop at the rock cove! Keep going past the abandoned buildings to the sandy cove. You can’t miss it. Floating back you’ll find much more interesting structure, more developed corals and a greater diversity of other sea life. We did the “Drift” almost every day and saw something different each time. Of course it can’t compare with the island’s stunning offshore reefs so if you’re at all serious about snorkeling you have to take a boat tour to see some of these marvels.
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- Also Known As:
- El Cozumeleno Beach Hotel Cozumel
- El Cozumeleno Beach Cozumel
- El Cozumeleno Cozumel