Ferry to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen

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  • Do not rent a scooter on the Playa side

    by Chris6998 Written Aug 29, 2011

    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!

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    Ferry ride to Cozumel

    by senorsami Written May 3, 2009

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    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.

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    Ferry to Cozumel

    by Pat&ZoAnn Written Sep 14, 2005

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    El Pirata Tim on the ferry to Cozumel
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    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.

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    Boat

    by kyoub Written Jul 30, 2004

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    Ferry

    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
    go snorkeling.
    Spend the day there and when the sun starts to set head back on the ferry to Playa.

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    American madness

    by Sandra30 Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Cruise terminal - Cozumel Island

    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!

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    Take the Ferry to Cozumel

    by whitneyone Written Dec 4, 2002

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    Worth the trip alone!  Sunset on Cozumel.

    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!

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    Ferry to Cozumel

    by jel118981 Written Feb 11, 2006

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    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

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    Ferry to Cozumel

    by RJ1967 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Mar 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Dear Sandra30,
    It never ceases to amaze me, when people come to the island for a half or one day visit and say there is nothing to see here on our beautiful island. I bet you never even walked off the main malecon (Avenida Raphael Megar). What did you expect to see except tshirt, jewelry and trinket shops and bars and American tourists fresh off the cruise ships? Compare it to visiting a tourist area like Atlantic City, Cony Island or Virginia Beach and claiming there is nothing to see in the city but the same because you never left the boardwalk!

    Did you even think about doing a little research before you came? Perhaps take a taxi to our beautiful beaches and beach clubs south of town? How about touring the pristine and practically untouched East side of the island where there are natural ecological parks and marine habitats and sanctuaries, and beautiful beaches and the marine turtle salvation projects. Did you even wonder why Cozumel, (since first "discovered" by the scuba diving industry by underwater explorer Jacque Cousteau) has always been in the top 10 listed dive destinations in the world? But, maybe for you, 150+ visibility and 10 story+ coral walls makes you yawn and you are too "afraid" to venture off the main avenue to truly get a feel of what our island has to offer.

    Personally, I wouldn't even consider writing a review about a place I had only visited for a few hours, at best. I don't have to wonder why it is that so many energetic, creative adventuresome expats choose to make Cozumel their home. Did you ever wonder why it attracts professional photographers (I know of two from National Geographic), marine biologists, thousands of scuba divers (and also technical & professional divers) and thousands of professional athletes (ever hear of the Iron Man competition) as a home base? I encourage you to return and make an extended stay of several days, a week or more. Take the time to speak to a local that lives here, either Cozumeleño or an expat that has made their home here who is willing to give you lists and lists of extraordinary things to do here and interesting experiences. Go see the crocodiles at Punta Sur, climb the steps of the lighthouse at Punta Sur for a breathtaking full view of the island, rent an off road vehicle and tour the wild side of the island, take a spin on a top motocross track, or sign up for a discover scuba course. Take a cooking class in Yucatan and Mexican cuisine, go for a snorkel tour, hire a wildlife expert and take a half or full day canoe tour, hire a historical guide to share a personal history of Cozumel with you, go on a half day fishing charter and have a local restaurant or cantina cook up your catch, then sit back and watch our stunning sunsets. We are the Key West of Mexico and our breath taking sunsets on the Caribbean are in a stunning array of colors and change every night!! Take salsa lessons and then go hear an authentic salsa band play...and THEN write your review.

    You will not be sorry that you came to visit...and you just might decide to stay...just a little longer than planned.

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