Isla Cozumel Travel Guide

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Isla Cozumel Things to Do

  • Chankanaab

    We arrived in Cozumel on a Monday and wanted to test out or dive gear before going diving on Tuesday. My parents had been to Chankanaab many years ago and don't recall paying anything to access the beach. After paying for a cab to get there, we discovered that it has been turned into an overpriced tourist trap. It was $16US per person to get in the...

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  • Beaches

    Paradise Beach is extremely clean and the staff is amazing! There are lots of water activities as well as land. They have many blow up slides, climbing things, and trampolines. They also have snorkeling, para-sailing, lots of bars, a large pool, kayaks, and longboards. This is really a PARADISE beach! The drinks are normal price for a tourist...

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  • San Gervasio

    In the past three years I have become a Coz junky. Great Diving and Great People. I can highly recommend a trip to San Gervasio, but wear long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes, and most importantly take and use mosquito repellent. Chip Goodhart

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Isla Cozumel Hotels

Isla Cozumel Restaurants

  • Carlos n' Charlies

    4 out of 5 stars

    I have been hearing about Carlos'n Charlies for over 10 years. I've never been there because I'm not much of a party animal and late nights and drinking don't go with diving. But I always assumed that it was a Cozumel institution. It has come as something of a blow to discover that this is a kind of chain and Cozumel's Carlos'n Charlies was maybe...

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  • Mezcalitos

    5 out of 5 stars

    This bar and grill restaurant is one among the array of restaurants that you can see along the coastal of Punta Sur, a few miles to the entrance of Faro Ceralain Lighthouse. This restaurant has great views of the blue ocean and has many parking spaces for your rented car or vehicles on the side of the restaurant. There are individual huts built...

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  • La Lobsteria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This place was recommended by a friend. If you did not know about it in advance, I doubt you would find it as it is away from the places on the main street. The building is a typical Mayan house built in 1899, rustic, casual decor and a thatched roof. Looks quite romantic at night with all of those candles. Pleasant courtyard foe eating outside. ...

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Isla Cozumel Nightlife

  • Senior Frog's

    I have not been to Senor Frog's although I have heard a lot about it. I was surprised to find that it is a chain along with Carlos'n Charlies The Senor Frog's in Cozumel is simple to find. According to their website you.. - just listen for the loud music and wild times. .. Whether you're gulping beer by the yard or enjoying the beautiful scenery,...

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  • Carlos n' Charlies

    It's lots of beer and beef, and it goes on all night long. If you want to have a conversation, go to the "quiet area" out on the sidewalk--you'll still be able to hear the music, too! Oh, yeah. Margueritas, too!

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Great live band and a dance floor. Although as the pic shows, we were dancing on the benches at our tables! We had a bunch of people go out from our hotel in Cozumel and we had a ball. I'm 2nd from the left! Pretty much anything goes at, after all, everyone in here is on vacation ;-)

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Isla Cozumel Transportation

  • Taxi

    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...

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  • Rent a Car

    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...

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  • Scooter

    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...

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Isla Cozumel Shopping

  • Local Crafts

    Basic souvenir shop that also sales jewelry. Be careful as the will try to sell you silver telling you it is white gold. Does seem to have nice blankets at an expensive price. Very aggressive sales techniques. Biggest complaint is the misleading information provided on the jewelry. Jewelry at reputable stores. Try to purchase products when the...

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  • Bargaining

    If you are looking for good bargains, you can get the best if you venture further out from the main shops right by the hotels, pier, etc. The prices are hiked up at the main tourist areas because people will pay for the convenience of not having to walk very far. There are tons of shops on side streets. Bargaining is standard, and we found people...

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  • Souvenirs

    We were early for our tour, so my grandmother told me to go and look in the shop. I saw this turtle but it was marked $100. I thought that was too much. My grandmother told me to ask how much it was in US dollars. They said it was $4.00. So I bought it.

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Isla Cozumel Local Customs

  • Christmas decorations

    Since we were in Cozumel in early December, I saw a lot of Christmas decorations at the mall in Puerta Maya. I saw a large Nativity Scene at the center of the mall. This is part of the Mexican culture. The dominant religion is Catholicism and the people of different religious domination don't have an issue of putting Christmas trees and Nativity...

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  • Hurricane Damage

    Isla Cozumel, Mexico had been devastated tremendously by hurricanes and the worst was in 2005, which was the Hurricane Katrina. Most of the business establishments in Punta Sur were slammed badly- roofs of retaurants were blown away, walls removed, etc. Some of the business owners there tried to rebuild their hotels, bars and restaurants and...

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  • Food and Drink

    IT IS OK TO EAT THESE THINGS, really! Also try out other local flavors. Go to the grocery store and pick something out that you can't get at home. The ice, on the other hand, may be questionable. You can request drinks without it. This may be an urban myth, but supposedly lime juice squeezed in your drink should kill some bacteria. Wipe off cans...

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Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving Hazards

    When you rent a jeep to tour the island you have to fill vehicle before returning it. The gas attendants will crowd around the front of the gas pump so that you can't see the amount. They must not clear off the last amount and we used $10 of gas, they said that they put in $60. It is only a very small island. They tell you which pump to drive up...

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  • Water Hazards

    Items were taken while we were in the water snorkeling. Either a couple on the trip or the captain took them. Cozumel Trip Excursions was the company we booked with but they also were other company names but changed them due to bad reviews. We had a beautiful day but the weather changed and we had a 45 minute ride back in a terrible storm. The crew...

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  • Crime

    The beaches at the Faro Ceralain Ecopark is exclusive only to paying customers. And, the mangroves on the side of the road is so thick that nobody can penetrate it easily. These are just like fences to the park. Your belongings are safe here but still take necessary precautions by bringing your locked key and attach your backpacks to some posts,...

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Isla Cozumel Tourist Traps

  • Vehicle rentals

    Make sure to return your rented jeep or car with a full-tank gas, otherwise they will be charging you in dollars instead of in pesos. Also, when you pump gas, make sure to ask whether the gasoline is paid in dollars or in pesos! The gasoline boy here where I pumped gas fooled me! I will never forget. He collected dollars from me instead of pesos...

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  • Stores

    If you happen to arrive with a cruise ship (we were with royal carribean), don't go to the shops right across the street from the docking area. If you show ANY interest in anything there, they will hound you and follow you to the point of where you feel uncomfortable. My dad almost got suckered into a $200 dolphin necklace, this guy followed us...

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  • Tour guides

    Most resorts, and larger hotels on the island have people waiting by the main entrance who want to sell you fishing trips, car rentals, ext. Watch them carefully with you credit card, they will tell you there is an extra tax to pay with your card, make them tell you exactally what the tax is,watch them step by step figure it out on the calculator...

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Isla Cozumel What to Pack

  • Backpack

    A backpack is a must if you're out and about on the island. Poncho/umbrella (sporadic precipitation) Pants, sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes (some activities are in the jungle) Hats/sunglasses Camera of course! Beautiful scenery on every side of the island. Water/swim shoes (rocky coastline) Snorkel/dive gear If you bring nothing else... Bug...

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  • Sun Protection

    Just a backpack and a plastic bag to carry your wet towels and bathing suit. Also, don't forget to bring a lock. Bathing suit, towels and spare clothes. Snorkelling gears and diving gears if you have. Shampoo, conditioner and soap Camera and under water camera

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  • Snorkeling Equipment

    Swimwear, of course. Water shoes are not needed Sunscreen is essential for fair skinned people like me If you are planning on snorkeling from the beach, bring your own mask and fin unless you don't mind using a rental US Dollars are widely accepted especially around the cruise ship docks. You may get change in pesos. Drivers license if you want...

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Isla Cozumel Off The Beaten Path

  • East Side

    There are several ways to get around the island, but jeep rental is easy and you won't get lost, as there is only one road. This side of the island is all yours as there aren't any commercialized hotels because the lack of electricity on this side of the island. Volcanic rock appears within the sandy beaches, and the waves are surfable. There are...

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  • Faro Celarain Eco Park

    There is what they call here a "Medium Tropical Forest" where there are trees replanted for the ecopark at Faro Ceralain. The mangroves here are tall and they planted them between the roads. There are also different kinds of palm trees which are very short. These are used by the residents to build their houses. In fact, the leaves of these palm...

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  • Punta Sur

    The white sand in Puta Sur, Isla Cozumel, Mexico is very soft. It is one of the softest beach sand I have ever been. This maybe one of the reasons why the turtles come and lay their eggs here. The sand is very soft that it protects their eggs from breaking.

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Isla Cozumel Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkeling/Swimming

    If you are an active outdoorsperson, but do not have a scuba certification, snorkelling is a little light on activity, but a safe way to get a little exercise. We thoroughly enjoyed our snorkelling portion of our afternoon excursion to Cozumel. It also gave us enough time in the afternoon to grab some lunch! The snorkelling equipment is included...

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  • Sailing

    We booked a week long SCUBA trip with Red Sail and they were an awesome company. We owned our own gear, so only needed air and tanks, but their boats were spotless and their DM's were knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Excellent company!

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  • Scuba

    The photos I have on the travelogue pages were underwater pictures taken while diving with Papa Hog (Mike). I am handicapped by the fact that I don't have the notes for this trip, so I don't know what we paid for things, but I had a package from Aqua Dreams which included diving and hotel. Currently an open water certification course is $350.00,...

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Isla Cozumel Favorites

  • Cruise Port

    Cozumel is 33 miles long and 11 miles wide. It is the largest island in the Republic of Mexico. More cruise ships visit it than visit St. Thomas. The cruise ships come to the only town on the island which is San Miguel. Twelve miles to the west of Cozumel is the mainland Cozumel was a Mayan center for trading and was also a pilgrimage center...

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  • Snorkel/Dive/Swim

    Cozumel's beaches is one of the best in the world- it offers great beaches for swimming, snorkelling, diving, boating... The water in Cozumel is so inviting and sparkles under the blue sky on a sunny weather! The sea breeze is just about right lulling you to sleep if you prefer to just sit down and relax on the beach. The sand is so white and...

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  • Trip Plans

    Most stores and street vendors open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. Most tourist restaurants (Carlos n Charlie's, Senor Frog, Hard Rock Cafe, Subway, Burger King, The Shrimp Bucket) open at 10 am and close at either 5 pm (just food) or late at night (if they have a bar). Ask your host/hostess the day before if you want to eat an early breakfast or a...

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