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Plan Your Trip to Cozumel: Best of Cozumel Tourism

A sun-washed island known for beach blowouts and legendary diving
Cozumel is a dream destination for divers, with underwater paradises such as the Palancar and Columbia coral reefs to see. Yet while much of the activity on this small island off the Yucatán Peninsula take place in or near the water—especially the round-the-clock parties at the many beach clubs—there are plenty of worthwhile experiences to have away from the coast. The city center of San Miguel offers excellent dining, as well as activities like food tours and cooking classes to join. Farther afield, take a day trip to explore ancient Mayan ruins or beautiful Passion Island.

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Essential Cozumel

Cozumel Is Great For

Entering an underwater universe

Exploring the Yucatan with your fork

Party-till-dawn beach clubs

Cozumel Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Cozumel

crazymike
If your cruise ship stops in Cozumel leave all the crowded shopping stuff behind. Rent a car (a Jeep is ever better) and drive around to the eastern shore.
macbear
If you must plan...plan to do nothing... and then start from there.
carden
Climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse for the spectacular view.

In the words of those who've been there before...

Rileygolden
Cozumel is an accessible tropical destination with a variety of lodging choices, above-average coral reef systems, clear, warm water (season dependent), plentiful and delicious restaurants for most budgets.
Cozlover2002
Friendly people, beautiful blue water, and great food. Such a laid back, relaxing atmosphere that we return home sad but rejuvenated.
lakeeriebeachbums
A small, intimate island with a huge heart.

What is the best way to get there?

Flying:

The Cozumel International Airport is the only airport serving the island. Hotel shuttles are available.

Ferry:

Visitors can make their way to Cozumel via one of two ferries. Both depart the city of Playa del Carmen on the mainland of Mexico. Mexico WaterJets departs four times per day and UltraMar departs almost every hour from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Mexico from overseas, check with the government’s Visa website.

When is the best time to visit?

Spring and Summer: Cozumel is gorgeous all year long, however, travelers should try to visit between the months of March to June. The temperatures during these months hovers at 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celcius) making it a great time to get in some warm sun.

Bus

There is a city bus that runs several routes around downtown. The bus costs 8 pesos and begins and ends at Chedraui Plaza.

Taxis and rideshare

Both taxis and ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are readily available.

Driving

Rental cars are available, however, visitors may want to consider renting a moped. The streets tend to get crowded and parking can be tough, but the two-wheeled vehicle can make that much easier.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Eastern Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in Mexico is 127 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
The Mexican peso.
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Yes.
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Yes.
How much do I tip?
Bartender
$1 (about 24 pesos) a drink or $2 for a more labor-intensive cocktail
Restaurant
15-20%
Bellman
$1 to 3 per bag
Housekeeper
$2 (about 50 pesos) - $3 per night
Taxis/rideshare
15-20%
Shuttle driver
$1(about 24 pesos) - $2 per person
Tour guide
10-20%

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking
The minimum legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 years old.
Walking
Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.
Public transport
Allow others to disembark before boarding, don’t take up more than one seat and stand to offer seating to pregnant women or someone with a disability.
Try to speak the language
Learn a few basic phrases as a sign of respect. Locals will often switch to English for your ease and comfort but they appreciate the effort.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cozumel

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Cozumel, which include:

Some of the most popular restaurants in Cozumel include:



If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Cozumel between September and November, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between March and May.