With its eclectic mix of Mexican and Caribbean culture, Cozumel appeals to travelers of all kinds. From cruise ship travelers, adventure-seekers and history buffs, Cozumel has all the action you need in an exciting beach vacation. For starters, Cozumel’s only city, San Miguel, offers restaurants, boutiques and colorful shops lining the boardwalk and selling souvenirs and Mayan handicrafts. For the more adventurous, dive into Cozumel's famous clear waters and take advantage of the region's famous snorkeling and diving, as well as its pristine beaches and eco-parks. Finally, those looking to soak up some culture along with some sun, there are plenty of museums, sculptures and monuments to visit. With something for just about every vacation style, Cozumel remains a top destination for both families and adventurists time and time again!
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Why is Mexico everything to everyone? A quick visit to the east coast sums it up. Cancun’s got nightlife and a party scene while Cozumel offers outdoor adventure like diving and snorkeling. The west coast has even more to boast. Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta both offer beaches, world-class hotels and great golf courses, making them perfect family vacation spots. However, adventure-minded travelers will want to head to either Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which has a similar vibe, but with the feel of an upscale city. And for the escapist, Huatulco and Manzanillo boast virtually untouched natural beauty. While each destination is uniquely different, they all have their own special way of showing you the magic of Mexico.
Sand, Scenes and Eats: Palancar Beach
Located on the south side of San Miguel, Palancar Beach is famous for its powdery, white sand, shopping, restaurants and crystal-clear waters. Whether you want to spend a day at the beach with your family or snorkel through the Palancar & Columbian reefs, the experience is sure to be memorable.
However, a trip to Palancar is not just about waves, you can also enjoy a selection of land-bound activities including beach-side massages, shopping, bars and the freshest ceviche you around to sink your teeth into.
Small Size, Big Thrills: Discover Mexico Park
Wish you could see all of Mexico’s most famous attractions, but can’t afford to spend the extra time or money? No worries! The expansive Discover Mexico Park houses scale models of Mexico’s most popular attractions including Mayan Ruins, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City and much more.
This is a great destination for those who want to learn more about Mexico’s history and culture, but don’t have the time to visit the entire country.
Explore the Deep: Dive Cozumel
For decades, Cozumel has been known as one of the top diving locations in the world. With crystal-clear turquoise waters, exotic fish, sunken ship wrecks and attractive coral reefs, Cozumel is literally a diver’s paradise!
While Cozumel's diving is superb year-round, the absolute best time to dive Cozumel is during the months of June through August. At this time, not only can you enjoy the best diving of your life, but you can rake in the savings as hotel rates are at their lowest. So what are you waiting for? It's time to dive in!
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Located in a former hotel, Museo de la Isla de Cozumel is a great place to explore Cozumel's history and enjoy some fine Mexican food!
The museum contains a number of amazing exhibits on the natural history of Cozumel. You can travel through time and discover the history of the island’s origins, endangered species, exotic vegetation and ancient Mayan history.
Outside, you can explore an accurate Mayan thatched hut with a guide who’ll explain the daily life of the Mayans. This is a good place to learn about Cozumel’s beautiful coral reefs before hitting the water and is definitely a must-see spot before you leave the island.
Wild Times at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
If you love to be out in the wild, then a trip to the Punta Sur Eco Beach Park is an absolute requirement!
This sprawling 247-acre national preserve at Cozumel’s southern tip is a great destination for nature lovers and adventurists. The park features exotic birds, crocodiles, sea turtles and many other local species. You can also explore the El Caracol Mayan ruins and the Faro Celerain Lighthouse. After you make your way through the park, stop by the visitor’s center to schedule a catamaran or kayak tour around Laguna Colombia.
Cozumel Quick Facts
The main language in Cozumel is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply in Cancun is 110 volts with two-prong outlets.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Cozumel.
To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
The peak travel season for Cozumel runs from December to April.