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Visit Cozumel

Hop over to the Caribbean island of Cozumel with its dolphins, impressive reef system, fun beach bars, Mexican culture and Mayan ruins.

Enjoy the island lifestyle of the Caribbean, explore the underwater world or visit Mayan ruins and old Mexican villages at the island of Cozumel. With over 2 million visitors annually, Cozumel is one of the country’s major tourist attractions. The main reason for this is the abundance of marine life. Pet sting rays and get a kiss from a dolphin, or watch sea turtles come to shore.

While being just 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide, Cozumel is actually Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. It’s situated in the Yucatan region, about 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) off Playa del Carmen on the east coast. Cozumel is the gateway to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest reef system in the Americas, which attracts hundreds of tropical fish species and marine mammals. The island offers stunning beaches and San Miguel, a town on the western shore, is packed with restaurants and nightlife.

Book an ocean adventure, such as scuba diving, kite surfing, snorkeling, parasailing or fishing. Swim with dolphins or other marine mammals at Dolphin Discovery in Chankanaab National Park. Scuba divers should not miss the famous Palancar Caves. For some culture, visit the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio and the historic town of El Cedral.

Special events are mainly held during the busy summer months or on special Mexican religious days. Sea turtle workshops, fishing and golf tournaments and Carnaval Cozumel are just some of the yearly crowd pleasers.

The climate is warm all year-round. Come between December and March for the best weather but note that it rains a lot in September and October.

A frequent ferry service runs between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen and planes depart Cancun several times a day. Cozumel even has an international airport. Getting around is easiest by car, which you can rent at the airport and San Miguel.

With its abundance of beaches, reefs and culture, Cozumel is a dream destination. If you appreciate seeing special marine life and enjoy Caribbean nightlife, visit this Mexican island paradise.

Where to stay in Cozumel

Zona Hotelera Norte
Crystal clear waters of Cozumel😍
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Zona Hotelera Norte

4.5/5(109 reviews)

When in Zona Hotelera Norte, you can plan a visit to Cozumel Country Club and Golf Course and Dolphinaris, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Colonia Centro
Punta Morena which includes swimming, a pool and tropical scenes

Colonia Centro

4.5/5(56 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Colonia Centro, San Miguel Church and Central Plaza are top sights worth seeing.

Colonia Andres
We discovered this secret gem through our local dive guide. The best food around. No one speaks English. And the best part is you get an entire meal, plus a pitcher of tea for around $5.00. Ask a local for the exact address.
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Colonia Andres

4.5/5(4 reviews)

While visiting Colonia Andres, you might make a stop by sights like Dolphinaris and Gonzalo Guerrero.

Colonos Cuzamil
While visiting Cozumel on a recent dive trip we stayed at Scuba Club divers resort. It was a very peaceful, clean, and well-run resort with very helpful staff! The resort backs up to the ocean offering unlimited shore diving which we took full advantage of. We took several night dives and on multiple occasions we would run into this guy who would always give us quite a show of colors as he was just as interested in us as we were of him! #LifeAtExpedia
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Colonos Cuzamil

4.5/5(56 reviews)

While Colonos Cuzamil isn't home to many top sights, Dolphinaris and Stingray Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

Colonia Adolfo López Mateos
The streets of Cozumel had a  very recent facelift. There are some very cool street art all over the island. I'll do my best to post the exact location of all the art I find in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
#Blue
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Colonia Adolfo López Mateos

5/5(1 review)

Though Colonia Adolfo López Mateos might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Dolphinaris and San Miguel Church.

Top Hotels in Cozumel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Park Royal Cozumel - All Inclusive
Grand Park Royal Cozumel - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera a Chankanaab Km. 3.5, B Zona Sur, Cozumel, QROO
¥12,647
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15

Located in Cozumel, this beachfront property is connected to a shopping center, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cha'an Ka'an Observatory of Cozumel, and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (1,134 reviews)

"Perfect hotel had so much fun on our trip for my fiancée birthday celebration very much recommend to go."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Grand Park Royal Cozumel - All Inclusive
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 17 782 Carretera Costera Sur, El Cedral, Cozumel, QROO
¥14,742
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel property is within 2 mi (3 km) of San Francisco Beach, Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park, and Paradise Beach. Palancar ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,375 reviews)

"Quaint, quiet, clean, excellent customer service, great diving staff, fun wildlife on site, beautiful gardens, everything feels close!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

Iberostar Cozumel All Inclusive
Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Km 16.6 Carretera Sur, El Cedral, San Francisco, Palancar, Cozumel, QROO
¥16,561
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10

Located in Cozumel, this beachfront property is in a national park and within 2 mi (3 km) of San Francisco Beach, Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park, and Paradise ...

3.8/5Good! (1,379 reviews)

"Great beach.!! Facility very clean and excellent service."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Occidental Cozumel - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Cozumel

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(893 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Paradise Beach, a popular beach in Cozumel. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

San Gervasio
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San Gervasio

4/5(185 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit San Gervasio, a well-known historical site in Cozumel. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park
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Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park

4/5(125 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park and find out why this is a popular theme park in Cozumel. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Chankanaab National Park
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Chankanaab National Park

4.5/5(234 reviews)

Mayan ruins, Caribbean beaches, ancient health therapies and spectacular dining and diving; some of the best features of the Riviera Maya are at this island park.

Mr. Sancho's Beach Club
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Mr. Sancho's Beach Club

4/5(62 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Mr. Sancho's Beach Club, a well-known attraction in Cozumel. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
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Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

4.5/5(111 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park and find out why this is a popular theme park in Cozumel. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Cozumel

ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern
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ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern

¥7,596

Embrace freedom and venture into the jungle of Cozumel with ATV’s. Let your senses guide you through your adventure surrounded by an abundant nature, your experienced and enthusiastic team will take care of you while teaching you many fun facts about the cenote of Jade Caverns.

Day Pass Admission at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park
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Day Pass Admission at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park

¥3,255

Have a blast with your family and friends at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park! And stay as long as you want at Cozumel’s most popular beach location including round-trip transportation, and +20 complimentary attractions, from relaxing amenities to thrilling activities for all tastes and ages.

XRAIL Adventure to Jade Cavern
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XRAIL Adventure to Jade Cavern

¥9,224

Embrace freedom and venture into the jungle of Cozumel with XRAIL’s. Let your senses guide you through your adventure surrounded by an abundant nature, your experienced and enthusiastic team will take care of you while teaching you many fun facts about the cenote of Jade Cavern.

Jose Cuervo® Tequila Experience at Discover Mexico
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Jose Cuervo® Tequila Experience at Discover Mexico

¥7,596

Enjoy this premium tequila tasting at Discover Mexico Park to savor the different facets of the world-famous liquor. Savor 3 tequila varieties and delicious tacos, get a glimpse of the country's cultural heritage, and watch the spectacular Papantla Flyers ritual.

Cozumel Snorkel Two Reefs & Playa Mia
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Cozumel Snorkel Two Reefs & Playa Mia

¥8,139

Take a beautiful scenic cruise along the coastline as you navigate south to Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park for world-class snorkeling. Enjoy this two-site snorkeling adventure over San Francisco and Punta Francesa reefs discovering an infinite array of colors and forms of the exuberant marine life.

COZUMEL PASSION ISLAND JEEP & KAYAK ADVENTURE
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COZUMEL PASSION ISLAND JEEP & KAYAK ADVENTURE

¥9,658

Once you arrive, we invite you to immerse yourself in our world we called Isla Pasión and to lend yourself to this natural paradise. On Passion Island you will find tropical palm trees, hammocks, water trampolines, children's club, tables, bar, restaurant, showers and toilets.

Reviews of Cozumel

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
827
5 - Excellent 61.25925925925926%
4 - Good
415
4 - Good 30.74074074074074%
3 - Okay
81
3 - Okay 6%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 1.4814814814814814%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.5185185185185185%

5/5 - Excellent

Melissa

Dec 8, 2019

My home away from home! There’s no where else on this earth I’d rather be!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Cozumel is my favorite vacation destination. The snorkeling is great and the people are friendly and welcoming.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

We went to Isla Passion. We took the jet boat there. Great day trip. Absolutely beautiful beach

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

The island is beautiful, but if you go downtown to shop all of the shop keepers are very very pushy. I ended up giving up on browsing because it get to be too stressful with being followed and everything being pushed on us.

4/5 - Good

Marie

Dec 1, 2019

I hadn’t been in over 25 years and it has grown and commercialized so much in that time. Over five cruise ship terminals that are full every day. We stayed on the beach at our resort and only went to town a couple of days

5/5 - Excellent

Charlie

Dec 1, 2019

Water was beautiful, people and staff very friendly and food was great! My wife and I travel to beach resorts quiet often, but this our first time to Cozumel. We will definitely go back.

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