Cozumel is a Mexican island that’s a popular spot amongst tourists, particularly divers, and it’s also one of the country’s and the world’s most popular cruise ship ports.
Located off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel has become a popular tourist destination because of the white sand beaches and the clear water, making it a great spot for not only diving but also snorkeling and other water-based sports and activities.
Getting Around: Cozumel is a relatively small island and you can get around from point-to-point in about two hours. Travel options include on-foot and you can also rent private vehicles as well as mopeds and other smaller motorized vehicles. If you’re traveling to Cozumel via cruise you can likely arrange a variety of excursions that will include transport from your boat to your destination via air-conditioned buses. There are also options like glass-bottomed boats that will take visitors to particular locales. Taxis in Cozumel are another great way to get around—they’re inexpensive because of the fact they’re regulated by the government.
Where to Go: Cozumel is popular not only because of the beauty of the shoreline, but also because of what’s waiting under the water where you’ll find 600 miles of coral reef. If you want a taste of local culture visit the Plaza Central, which is a gathering place for residents and tourists alike. Here you’ll find frequent events like live concerts.
If you love natural beauty and outdoor activities you’ll likely want to visit Faro Celerain Eco Park, which is a 2500-acre park located on the southern tip of the island that’s home to a wide range of wildlife including sea turtles and exotic birds. The park is also home to the El Caracol Mayan ruins and the Faro Celerain Lighthouse. Visitors often recommend planning some time to swim when you visit this park, because it offers some of the island’s calmest waters.
Stingray Beach is another popular locale, particularly if you want the scuba diving experience without having to be an actual scuba diver. You can get up close and personal with the under-the-sea life of the island, even swimming with them while guides provide you with safety information and details. This park is open to tourists daily, and it’s often recommended you get there early in the morning to have a more personalized experience.
Hotels: If you’re looking for a luxurious experience the Viceroy Rivera Maya is a great option. This hotel features a variety of villa rental options which include features like private pools and outdoor showers as well as beachfront access and on-site dining. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly experience you can opt for something like the Hostelito, which is a hybrid of a hotel and a hostel, featuring a fun, clean and lively atmosphere just two blocks from the ocean and the local pier, which serves as the island’s main entrance.