Cozumel

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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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Cozumel page.

Where to stay in Cozumel

Cozumel Hotel & Resort Trademark Collection by Wyndham All Inclusive
Cozumel Hotel & Resort Trademark Collection by Wyndham All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera Sur Km 1.7, Cozumel, QROO, 77600
The price is $142 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$142
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cozumel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"We have been staying at this property for many years, it has been a good time."

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2022

Cozumel Hotel & Resort Trademark Collection by Wyndham All Inclusive
Cozumel Palace All Inclusive
Cozumel Palace All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Avenida Rafael E Melgan Km 1-5, Cozumel, QROO, 77600
The price is $306 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$306
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Cozumel. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"I stayed there for a week. It was booked thru a friends timeshare. I was unable to extend my stay thru the timeshare. I used Expedia to extend stay. I would of had to change rooms. I asked to see the Expedia rooms & was shocked, compared to what I had.The rooms booked thru Expedia get the worst views ..."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Cozumel Palace All Inclusive
Melia Cozumel All Inclusive
Melia Cozumel All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera Norte KM 5.8, Cozumel, QROO, 77600
The price is $217 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1
$217
per night
Nov 30 - Dec 1
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in Cozumel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"A big gracias to Jesus and all the Level staff. Cooks and wait staff all very energetic and skilled at providing service! Food was great. We will come back soon. Dive shop Riccardo big thanks for your help and professional assistance."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Melia Cozumel All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hacienda San Miguel Hotel & Suites
Hacienda San Miguel Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
Calle 10 Norte #1500, Entre 5ta Av. Y Av. Rafael E Melgar, Cozumel, QROO, 77600
Stay at this aparthotel in Cozumel. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (259 reviews)
"This is a great place to stay in Cozumel. So pretty and literally just off the malecon. Quiet and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Hacienda San Miguel Hotel & Suites
Cozy studio across from the Ocean E12
Cozy studio across from the Ocean E12
3.5 out of 5
225 Av. Rafael E. Melgar, Cozumel, QROO, 77600
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Cozumel. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Stingray Beach and Playa Caletita are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Nos gustó mucho el lugar, muy amplio, seguro, cómodo y limpio. Al llegar nos pidieron un depósito de 100 dólares que no teníamos contemplado pero la administradora muy amable dio solución al inconveniente. Lo recomendamos mucho pero tengan en cuenta lo del depósito :)"

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Cozy studio across from the Ocean E12
Centrally Located Top Floor Condo w/ Rooftop Access- Buena Vista 3A
Centrally Located Top Floor Condo w/ Rooftop Access- Buena Vista 3A
San Miguel de Cozumel, QRoo
Stay at this condo in Cozumel. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Palacio Municipal and Plaza Punta Langosta are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
"The property was on the third floor and there was no elevator. There was a tv but was only good for Netflix. The internet was down half the time. We had plumbing problems and the air conditioner ran so loud it was difficult to sleep. The price was very good but we would have paid more for a nicer ..."

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Centrally Located Top Floor Condo w/ Rooftop Access- Buena Vista 3A
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Cozumel

There is no island-wide public transportation on Cozumel, and renting a car is the best way to go if you want to explore the island at your own pace. It’s also possible to rent a scooter, but be aware that roads are not always in good condition, so you should only do this if you’re confident and experienced. In the tourist area, you’ll be able to get between hotels, restaurants and the beach easily on foot. Visit the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation website.Browse Cozumel rental cars.

Best time to visit

Cozumel has hot weather year round, without much variation in temperature: average highs in January are in the low 80s F (high 20s C), while in August they reach the low 90s F (low 30s C). Late summer and fall are best avoided, as this signals the start of hurricane season, which can bring severe thunderstorms. April and May offer very pleasant weather without the summer crowds, making this the best time to visit.

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