Cozumel is a Mexican island 12 miles from the mainland in the Caribbean ocean. It is one of my favorite Mexican destinations for many reasons. I love the small-town feel, the Caribbean blue water is amazing, the snorkeling here is amazing and a great place for beginners. The shopping is excellent with local hand made products for sale. The food is amazing, the large variety of restaurants offer many types of cuisine, from fine dining to taco stands.
Here are some fun facts about the island.
- It is the largest island in the Caribbean. A 35 minute ferry ride from Playa Del Carmen. The island is 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. You can drive the island in a day. I recommend you rent a car or hire a driver and spend the day exploring all the beautiful things to see in Cozumel.
- It is the most popular cruise port destination in the world. The town of San Miguel is home to shopping, dining and the Reef’s national park make Cozumel the perfect cruise port destination. San Miguel is the islands only city and it is located right where the cruise ships dock.
- Cozumel is serious about its eco system and sustainability. They are members of the UNESCO Network. The 114 acre Reefs National Park is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system and is home to the 2nd largest coral reef system in the world. Diving and Snorkeling here are the best you will find.
- Diving and Snorkeling here are legendary and the largest draw for tourism. Jacques Cousteau filmed a documentary on the island in 1961.
- Cielo Cozumel “El Cielo” means “Heaven” in English is about 1/2 mile off the Cozumel coast and only accessible by boat. Anyone who has had the opportunity to experience EL Cielo Cozumel will tell you it is the most spectacular and mesmerizing place in the entire Caribbean. This is an excellent snorkeling location.
- Chicklet’s gum is popular in Mexico, often sold by small children on the streets. The Sapodilla trees grow on the island and the island provided the chicle for the gum back in the late 19th century.
- It is safe. The island is home to 100,000 people most live in the town of San Miguel but as you travel the island you will find small villages where children play in the streets.
- It’s so easy to find your way. The entire island has two main roads, the coastal road that takes you around the island from San Miguel and the cross road that brings you back to San Miguel.
- The weather is amazing! Average temperatures are low 80’s to high 90’s year round. June, September and October are the rainy months.
- You can come for the day or stay for the week. Cozumel is home to many beautiful all inclusive resorts or boutique hotels. The ferry from Playa is a 35 minute ride which makes is a great day trip.
Tips for staying on the island:
Visit town either early in the morning or in the evening after the cruise ships have sailed.
This is not a big night life town because it is a diving town. Diver’s head to bed early to rise early.
Many properties have excellent snorkeling right off the beach because the island is a huge coral reef.
Do not rent the scooters, many vacationers think it would be amazing to cruise the island on a scooter. This is a bad idea. Many scooter accidents have ruined many vacations.
The Reef park has birds, biking, dolphins, snorkeling and restaurants. Plan a day at the park to relax and explore.
You do not need a lot of pesos because most shops and restaurants take American dollars because of the cruise ships.
You can barter in the shops and the market but be respectful.
English is the second language spoken her so if you Spanish is limited you are in good hands.