Isla Cozumel Transportation

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    Jitney Bike

    by grandmaR Written Oct 15, 2013
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    I was worried about walking down the long pier from the cruise ship in Cozumel until I remembered that there are men with bikes who will take you in the back and pedal you down the pier for a dollar or so.

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    Walking

    by cjg1 Updated May 3, 2012

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    Walking around the shopping areas of Cozumel is definitely an option. During our visit in April 2011 we did some walking around town and the beach. We did though take a cab to town since we were unsure of the distance from the cruise port and it was ungodly hot outside with temperatures in the 90's with blaring sun.

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    Cruising to Cozumel

    by cjg1 Updated May 3, 2012

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    We arrived in Cozumel via the Explorer of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). Cozumel was our second port of our cruise vacation. We docked at the International Pier early in the morning and were ready to disembark by 9am. Despite there being two other cruise ships docks along with ours; we didn't find it to be crowded walking about.

    Many people feel that cruising is not "travel" but I disagree. To me cruising is a way of seeing the highlights of places and deciding whether of not to return and explore further. I also find cruising a way to relax especially when there are sea days in between ports.

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    Taxi from the cruise docks

    by Dabs Written Jan 16, 2012

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    After going through the duty free at the docks, we found car rental agencies and a taxi stand, we decided not to rent a car or scooter this time and instead took a taxi. The taxi rates were posted on a board to various spots around the island, downtown was $7, the beaches were $8-$20 for the most southern tip of Cozumel. On the return trip, confirm the amount but it was the same for us coming and going.

    Oddly the 6-8 passenger rate was more than 2 taxis for 1-4 people so if you have a large group and want to save a few bucks, break up into two smaller groups.

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    Bikes with a carriage

    by joiwatani Written Oct 16, 2011

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    These are the modes of transportation from the cruiseship to the shopping area at the terminal.

    It is a walking distance but if you want to try riding in this, then you are helping the economy of Cozumel!

    My family walked all the way to the jeep rental since we rented a jeep and toured half of the island- from Puerto Maya, Punta Sur, Mezcalito to the Cozumel District and downtown.

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    There are Volkswagon available for rent

    by joiwatani Written Oct 13, 2011

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    There are also VW available for rent in Cozumel and these are top down so you can enjoy the view.

    Again, make sure to read the fine lines of the contract and always take an insurance for the car. Make sure to fill up the car before you return it.

    Check out for scratches and dent and have the representative of the rental company note those down in the contract and make sure to sign and date them. Also, remember to get your copy of the contract.

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    Rent a smart car

    by joiwatani Written Oct 13, 2011

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    There are smart cars available for rent in Puerto Maya. Not only these are very economical, these are also fun to drive.

    I saw some people renting these in Cozumel. When you rent these cars, make sure to get insurance for them and check the car first before you sign your contract. Check all the damage of the car and note them in the contract that is signed by you and the representative of the rental company.

    When you return the smart car, return them with a full tank of gas because you will be charged in dollars when the company fills them up.

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    Rent a motorbike

    by joiwatani Written Oct 13, 2011

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    Some of the visitors of Cozumel that we had seen rented motorbikes. This is a great way to see the beaches in Cozumel. It is nice because not only it is cheaper than renting a jeep, it is also economical on gas.

    Make sure to request for helmets and put them the right way to protect your head. Also, wear shoes when you are driving for flexibility when you step on the clutches.

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    Renting a jeep

    by joiwatani Written Oct 13, 2011

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    While we were in Cozumel, we rented a jeep for $120.00 per day which includes the insurance. We made sure that there is an insurance coverage for our jeep to give us peace of mind.

    This is very expensive I think but we opted to rent one so we have the freedom to hop from one beach to another.

    Make sure to check the jeep that you are renting and read the fine lines in the contract. Make sure to pay in pesos in you credit card - not in U.S. dollars because this makes a difference in your bill later.

    Check the jeep carefully, look for dents and scrathers and note down on the contract signed and dated by you and the representative of the jeep rental company. Ask questions on the specifications where to return the jeep and if the car is filled up with gas.

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    Be careful of those guys at the gasoline station

    by joiwatani Written Sep 18, 2011

    The gasoline station boys will rip you off from the prices of the gas. They will collect in dollars instead of in pesos. Make sure to check the gasoline price whether it's in dollars or not before pumping gas for your rented car!!!

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    Take a Taxi Around Town

    by cjg1 Updated May 8, 2011

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    My wife and I took a taxi from the International Pier to the downtown area; in particular the Forum Shops. Catching a taxi was easy since there is a taxi stand at the cruise pier. From the pier to downtown was about a ten minute ride and cost us $7.

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    Are you visiting Cancun first?

    by Quero Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are already in Cancun, one easy way to get to Coz is by passenger ferry from Playa del Carmen (a half-hour ride from Cancun). This is a good option if you are visiting Cancun first, or if your air ticket is way more expensive if you add the extra segment to your itinerary to get to Coz. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs less than $10 US each way.

    Be aware, however that you need to *get* to Playa del Carmen in order to get the ferry, and this can be both time consuming and a pain in the a**, especially if you are trying to get there from the airport and are carrying a bunch of luggage (read "dive gear"). You will have to take the airport bus to the Cancun bus terminal (costing about $10), and from there get another bus to Playa del Carmen pier (add another $5 or so).

    Alternatively, you can book an airport transfer from Cancun airport directly to the ferry terminal at Playa del Carmen. It costs $30 per person one way (and you can pre-book if there are two or more pasengers (see website below).

    If you do take the ferry and plan to travel directly from Coz to Cancun airport the same way, make sure to get to the ferry terminal early, just to make sure you get a seat before the boat fills up or you might miss your flight!

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    Scooter Rental

    by grandmaR Written Apr 24, 2010

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    One of the ways people get around Cozumel is by rental scooter. Just like in Bermuda, scooters can be dangerous. Don't rent one unless you have some experience with them. (Fortunately, one of the hazards of scooters in Bermuda doesn't apply to Cozumel - in Cozumel they drive on the right.)

    Scooter rental contracts generally specify that they are only to be used on paved roads. Wear your helmet - not only will it help keep your head safe, but you may be ticketed if you and any passengers are not wearing one. (photo 5) Also be careful of other traffic - taxis and trucks will not watch out for you (photo 4)

    You may want to take digital photos of the scooter, license plate and all damages so that you can prove that the scooter was that way when you took possession of it. Getting the insurance is probably also a good idea in this case. Your own insurance or credit card insurance may not apply.

    Smart Rent-A-Car $12 US per day

    IMC Car and Scooter Rentals
    Honda Activa sport 2 people - automatic $35usd per day insurance cover for damage to third person and medical expenses there is no insurance for to scooter damage in case of accident

    CP-Rentals 2000 Honda Beat 100cc $15 US

    NyN Rent-A-Car
    Single Day Rental Price $20US per day
    Only $18US per day with a multi-day reservation

    Rentadora ISIS
    Scooters Internet Specials! Elite 80 cc $15 US
    Tax & Liability Insurance Included

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    Taxi and Alternative Transportation

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    Taxi price list at International pier
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    If you fly into Cozumel you will find a taxi desk in the arrivals area. They will call you a comfortable, mini-van taxi that you can share with other groups (colectivo) or take privately.

    Price Guide
    From............... To ..............Service ....................................Guide Price (USD)
    Cozumel Airport.....Downtown.....Colectivo (shared) taxi mini-van. ..$5 per person one-way.
    Cozumel Airport...Most hotels in north or south zone...Colectivo...$8 per person one-way.
    Cozumel Airport....Furthest hotels.....Colectivo ..... Up to $11 per person one-way.
    Cozumel Airport....Downtown............Private taxi mini-van.....$11 per person one-way.
    Cozumel Airport..Most hotels in north or south zone..Private taxi mini-van...$21 pp one-way.
    Cozumel Airport....Furthest hotels..... Private taxi mini-van....Up to $38 per person one-way.

    Cozumel Airport....Most Cozumel destinations. Pre-booked round trip private transfer service. $32.50 per person round trip.

    Cozumel Airport....Hotels furthest south....Pre-booked round trip private transfer service...$37.50 per person round trip.

    There is a picture of the taxi rates at the International pier (photo 5)

    In addition to taxis, to get around the island there are horse and carriage ride.

    An alternative to get TO Cozumel is either a ferry or a cruise ship.

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    Mopeds/rental cars

    by Dabs Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    On our 3rd trip to the island we finally decided to rent a 2 person moped (scooter) and see some of the rest of the island, although my husband really enjoyed driving it and we had no problems with it besides our inability to get the seat compartment open to get our stuff out, all the guidebooks caution that there are a lot of accidents especially with tourists not knowing the rules of the road and not being overly familiar with driving scooters. Some of the roads are a bit bumpy and you have to watch for the occasional large pothole. At certain parts, there appears to be a service road and a main highway, stick to the service road where the traffic is a bit slower. Besides downtown, there's only a couple of roads on the island so it's practically impossible to get lost.

    We paid $25USD for the day which was normally the 3 hour rate, the guy next to us paid $20USD so the rates are certainly negotiable. I was a bit suprised that they rented to us without either one of us having our drivers license with us, actually I'm not that suprised as it is Mexico. It's probably a good idea to have yours with though in case of an accident or a traffic stop.

    In retrospect, I wish we had rented a Jeep, the backseat on the scooter was a bit uncomfortable after a while and when it started to sprinkle, those little drops hurt! Once we got on the east side of the island, the wind was really strong and my helmet was smacking my head but it was really nice to finally see the rest of the island.

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