Isla Cozumel Travel Guide

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Isla Cozumel Highlights

  • Pro
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     Snorkelling, Scuba 

  • Con
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     Often overrun by cruise ship passengers 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you're a diver you have to visit Cozumel sometime in your life. For everyone else, there's not a whole lot to do there. 

Isla Cozumel Things to Do

  • Tequila Tour

    The samples tasted good, but were too expensive to buy. The tour was good as far as free tours go. There was a small gift shop with some cool gifts.This luckily isn't far from where the cruise ships dock.

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  • Snorkeling from shore

    This was our 4th time visiting the Money Bar, all we were looking for was a place to sit and read, some snorkeling and a bite to eat. You can use the lounge chairs and snorkel for free at the Dzul-Ha reef if you have your own equipment. Many of the boat tours come and anchor here for snorkeling so we swam out and snorkeled where they were, the...

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  • Atlantis Submarine

    This was the excursion that my grandmother picked for this port. I think she wanted me to see what the reef looked like without the hassle of trying to learn to snorkel. My first time snorkeling was great. The second time, not so much. In any case we took a taxi from the dock out to the submarine (they have these submarine tours in most ports), and...

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Isla Cozumel Hotels

Isla Cozumel Restaurants

  • Margaritaville

    The alcohol was way expensive. I went mostly to play in the water and the waves were hard to combat. Also, the inflatables were really difficult to get on and trying with all my might, I couldn't get on top of any of them. There is also an area under the cement sidewalk where you could get washed up under if you aren't careful. Doesn't seem safe at...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe Cozumel

    I love to visit Hard Rock Cafe whenever I get to a city that has one - I've been to this cafe several times, all during cruise port stops. The staff is very friendly, and I think generous with the liquor in the alcoholic drinks. :-) The sign says it is the "Smallest Hard Rock in the World", but it didn't seem that small to me. The rock shop has a...

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  • Three Amigos - great photo ops,...

    Our 2012 Girl's Cruise was the second time I've been to Three Amigos - and got the same thing both times. The menu is rather expensive (but then again, it is in the cruise terminal, so it is kind of like eating at the airport...), but is a great place to "meet up" with others in your party. We ordered the chips & salsa and chips & guacamole, it it...

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Isla Cozumel Nightlife

  • Senor Frogs

    Margarita's were $16. and not too exciting. Buffalo rings were pretty greasy. But, this was a great place to listen to music, watch the waitress serve shots & overall people watch. Casual

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  • Daytime Adventure

    This looks to be a possible place to get something to eat, maybe dance, and relax. It also is stated to be conjuncts with a scuba operation. Open 7-4PM. Must be casual - I presume-what else would you think

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  • Nightime trop

    Senor frogs is an excellent place to go on the weekends to party and have a great time. Wear comfortable dance cloths, probably shorts and just a t-shirt to dance in and have fun

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Isla Cozumel Transportation

  • Jitney Bike

    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

    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

    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...

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Isla Cozumel Shopping

  • The Bamboo Store

    I heard about this shop when I went to the shopping seminar on the ship. I thought bamboo seemed like a good idea. When you get to the store they give you a necklace made out of bamboo, and you have to say "Cara LO ha" with them. They have sheets, towels and really soft blankets. They also have t-shirts, socks and hats. You can order them and buy...

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  • Turtle for $4.00

    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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  • Groceries

    When we stayed here in 1998 there was a new supermarket called Chedraui out by the Barracuda Hotel at the beginning of the Southern Hotel Zone. It was still there in 2007. Bob used to walk out there from town and get incidentalsIn the food section you have a good selection of fresh fruits, vegatables, dry goods, liquor/beer, softdrinks, meats,...

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Isla Cozumel Local Customs

  • The Mayan arts and crafts

    Some of the arts and crafts that were sold in Puerto Maya and Puerto Sur were all depicting the Mayan culture. From masks, paintings, to jewelry boxes, you can see faces of the Mayans.

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  • 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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  • The past hurricane's devastation of...

    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 others...

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Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers

  • Fake Jewels in Cozumel!

    Please be wary when traveling to Cozumel. While it's excellent for a diving/snorkeling adventure, I'd stay out of the jewelry shops. We traveled there last June and I let my guard down after a fun day in the ocean and bought what I was told was an emerald. I normally wouldn't have trusted in Mexico, but it seemed so respectable and I had heard this...

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  • Agressive Vendors

    Several of the shops we entered were very nice with friendly salespeople who weren't pushy or aggressive. We also experience the agressive/pushy vendor on the streets and in the shops. Nothing turns my wife off more that people standing on the sidewalk trying to get customers into their shop.

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  • Sunblock! Sunblock! Sunblock!

    Holy hell the sun was strong when we were in Cozumel as well as it being incredibly hot. Fortunately we had applied sunblock with an SPF of 110 and wore hats. Even with sunblock I was a little pink on the arms. Do yourself a favor and slather on as much sunblock as possible and stay out of the noonday sun.

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Isla Cozumel Tourist Traps

  • Cozumel Fishing Charters - BEWARE!

    HiWe had a horrible experience with Cozumel Charters and Jim Wilson. Basically a broker. Here is our story:We booked one of the biggest boats we could find thru this broker. The web page and our specific reservation promised a mix of snorkeling, and fishing. Well in advance we said we wanted bottom fishing (not deep sea fishing/trolling) and...

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  • Bringing back your rented jeep/car

    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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  • This is the Ultimate of Embarrassing

    Americans-mostly from cruise ships are somewhat niave, but also must be tolerant people, to put up with the tacky picture taking prompting you at every corner.

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Isla Cozumel What to Pack

  • Packing for a day stop on Cozumel

    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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  • Bring skin protection lotion

    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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  • Buy a great map online--then pack it!

    "Can Do Cozumel"An excellent resource to help you plan your visit and to carry along while you are there is the great map that Laura "Map Chick" has developed. Check it out online, and then buy it!

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Isla Cozumel Off The Beaten Path

  • Check out Fidel Castro's Funny statue

    Before we left Isla Cozumel, we went out shopping for miniature animals and from one store to another, we can't find out. On the side of the street from Puerto Maya (across the entrance of the terminal), I saw a store with Cuba's president Fidel Castro statue.My children ran to the store and we found some tiny wooden turtles being sold there.

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  • The flora and fauna of Isla Cozumel

    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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  • The sand in Punta Sur is very soft

    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

  • Swim with the Fishes!

    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 in...

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  • Red Sail Sports

    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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  • Sailing a Sunfish

    Travelguy used to own a sailboat, so whenever we go away, he likes to refresh his seafaring skills. Small boats like this are available at most resorts, and are usually included with your package. You are generally allowed an hour each day. They should ask you some sailing questions, or have you take it out with one of the staff for 15 minutes or...

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Isla Cozumel Favorites

  • Cruise stop

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Cozumel forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Cozumel port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how...

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  • Cozumel's beaches

    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 smooth-...

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  • Birds of the Beach

    The Mayans believed that Cozumel was the spiritual home of Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of fertility and love. The name Cozumel comes from the Mayan word "Cuzamil-Pectin" or "Land of the Swallows" because, as legend has it, she thanked the women for dedicating temples here to her by sending her favorite bird as a sign of gratitude. I got a photo of a...

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