Cozumel, Mexico

Mexico’s renowned scuba diving destination has much more to offer than just its beautiful reefs and aquatic reserves. Cozumel is home to a range of attractions and activities to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets, from fine dining and pristine beaches to excellent shopping and water sports. 

The third largest island in Mexico, it secured its status as a world-class tourist destination largely as a result of the underwater films made off its coast in the late 1950s. 

 
Cozumel is the only island within the Riviera Maya, located approximately halfway between tourist hotspots Cancun and Tulum. Cozumel cruise terminals are located on the northwest side of the island. 

Port Location

Cozumel has 3 cruise terminals. The oldest, The International Pier, is some 4 kilometres from San Miguel, whilst Punta Lagosta is situated right by the city. The third terminal, Puerto Maya, is approximately 8 kilometres from San Miguel but the area serves as a destination in itself with shops, restaurants and a beach. 

Port Facilities

The International Pier offers a pharmacy, tourist kiosk, scuba equipment hire, retail stores, restaurants and a bank. There are no buses or shuttles running from the terminal, but a taxi rank is located just in front of the pier.
 
Punta Lagosta is situated right in the heart of San Miguel and is a short walk from the city’s amenities.
 
Puerto Maya, a little further from San Miguel, has its own expansive portside market and shopping area. Facilities include international payphones, restaurants and bars, a pharmacy and a convenience store. There is also a smaller pier adjacent to the dock that provides for water based excursions and activities.

How to Get Around

There are several options to navigate around Cozumel including moped, car hire, taxi and 3-wheel ‘Scoot Coupes’.
 
Taxis on Cozumel run on predetermined fares instead of meters, and it is important to be wary of overcharging. Negotiate the fare with the driver prior to embarking on a journey. 
 
Car hire is available from several locations around San Miguel, with Avis and Hertz depots easily accessible from the main cruise port. 
 
Mopeds are available for hire and are a common choice for the more adventurous, however they can be dangerous and are recommended for experienced riders only.
 
For two people, a ‘Scoot Coupe’ 3-wheel scooter is a fun way to get about. These curious vehicles, which are designed to look like tiny convertibles, have a maximum speed of 55 kilometres per hour. 

General Information

  • Currency - the currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso, with pesos subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 50 centavos and 1, 2, 5 and 10-pesos. Notes come in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000-peso denominations. 
  • Time Zone - Cozumel uses Central Time (CT), which is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-6). From November to March is uses Central Daylight Time (CDT), which is 5 hours behind (UTC-5).
  • Weather - Cozumel enjoys a temperate climate with a short dry season and a long wet season. Temperatures are generally mild to warm, ranging from a daily average of 23 degrees Celsius in January to 27 degrees Celsius in July.

Highlights

  • Scuba Diving - the main attraction at Cozumel – in fact the foundation for its successful tourism industry – are the coral reefs and their aquatic inhabitants. Colombia and Palanca Reefs offer some of the best scuba diving in the world for both novices and experienced divers. There are many dive operators in the area making booking simple.
  • San Gervasio - this archaeological site located 40 minutes inland from San Miguel is an expansive pre-Columbian Mayan ruin. Once a point of pilgrimage for women making offerings to the god Ix Chel, a deity of childbirth, fertility and medicine, these days it is an attraction for tourists. As a result of a lack of development this far inland the local wildlife abounds.
  • Flyboard Cozumel - along with scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling and swimming, Cozumel offers the new adventure activity of flyboarding. This innovative technology employs a jetpack-like system that allows adventure goers to ‘fly’ over the water. 
  • Isla Pasion - a secluded north facing beach 15 minutes north of San Miguel, Isla Pasion offers the true Caribbean experience. Palm trees, cocktails and hammocks are the drawcards for this white sandy beach on the north side of Cozumel.

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