Ferry to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen
My family and I wanted to rent a scooter for our trip to Cozumel, but had a terrible experience. We used Ado tours which was located across from the ferry ticket booth and would NEVER recommend them to anyone! They were very helpful when making the reservation and told us someone would be on the Cozumel side holding a sign with our name on it. Once we got to Cozumel, there was no one anywhere holding a sign for us. We walked around for a long time, constantly asking for directions, to the business. We finally found it and there was not even a sign for the business. They found 2 scooters under a shed to let us rent (How could they not have lots of scooters??). Then trying to find the place to return the scooter was another nightmare. There are very few street signs in Cozumel. We took the ferry back to Playa, and the guy that rented us the scooter called us back into the office and demanded we pay $60 more for a broken scooter (NOTHING WAS BROKEN!!) and he called the Mexican police into the office and would not allow us to leave until paying the money. Being in Mexico, we were not going to argue and just paid the money. If you really want a scooter, wait until you get to Cozumel and rent them from the many companies there. But if all you want is to visit shops, then there is no need for a scooter although they will make you think its needed when you are in Playa. If nothing else, AVOID ADO TOURS!
A visit to the island of Cozumel is recommended. A 45 minute ferry ride brings you to the Disneyland of scuba diving. Generally everything is expensive here. Walking and people watching is fun on the island. The ferry ride is a bit expensive though but worth it.
Even if you're not a diver, don't miss a trip to Cozumel. Ther ferry takes about 30-40 minutes, costs about $18.00 USD return (I think), and there are shops, restaurants and bars, as well as Chankanab Park, close to the Mayan Barrier Reef.
Forty to forty-five minutes away from Playa by boat is Cozumel, the biggest island in the Mexican Caribbean.
The ferry arrives at the sole town of San Miguel. You can shop til you drop, eat til you pop, take a tour around the island,or
Spend the day there and when the sun starts to set head back on the ferry to Playa.
From the centre of Playa del Carmen we took the ferry to Cozumel island. The "Mexico Water Jets" whisk you from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel island in about 35 min. They are air conditioned passenger ferrys with comfortable seating & music videos. After arriving at Cozumel you will soon notice that Cozumel is practically taken over by the Americans and/or Canadians. It's really unbelievable how many Americans you bumb into there. They either arrive there by plane, or passing by on a cruise.
Cozumel, as a duty-free port, is recognized for its wide variety of jewelry, including sterling silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones and brand-name watches.
Ofcourse all Americans know this and they shop till they drop at jewellery shops.
Cozumel itself is not very special. There are some fine beaches, but we preferred the beaches of Play del Carmen. However, Cozumel Island is definitely an island to visit, even if it's just to see the American madness!
In Playa del Carmen you can take the ferry to Cozumel. We got there late, but rented a vespa for a quick hop around the island.
We saw a great sunset!
The boats vary, I think there are two, both have closed seating, and one has open air on the top. It's not a smooth ride by America's standards, as a matter of fact, they passed our sickness bags on the way back, I don't get sea sick, but this was a bit rough, others did use them (eeewww!!). It's under 20 dollars round trip. If you want to partake in some of the best diving in the world, you have to go to Cozumel!
Playa's dock is the pier if you want to take the ferry to Cozumel, it is at the very south end of 5th ave
Visit Cozumel. It's only a ferry ride away from Playa del Carmen. You can see the coral "beach" along the perimeter of the island.