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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

Punta Morena which includes swimming, a pool and tropical scenes

Colonia Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(93 area reviews)

While visiting Colonia Centro, you might make a stop by sights like Punta Langosta Pier and San Miguel Church.

Colonia Centro
Crystal clear waters of Cozumel😍

Zona Hotelera Norte

4.5/5Wonderful!(199 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Zona Hotelera Norte, Playa San Juan and Playa San Juan are top sights worth seeing.

Zona Hotelera Norte
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.

Colonia Andres

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

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

Colonia Andres
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

Colonos Cuzamil

4.5/5Wonderful!(109 area reviews)

When in Colonos Cuzamil, you can plan a visit to Punta Langosta Pier and Dolphinaris, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Colonos Cuzamil
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.
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Colonia Adolfo López Mateos

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Colonia Adolfo López Mateos, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Punta Langosta Pier and San Miguel Church.

Colonia Adolfo López Mateos

Top Hotels in Cozumel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive
Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera A Chankanaab Km 7 5, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $201 per night

Located in Cozumel, this beachfront property is in a national park, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Chankanaab National Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Paradise Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (923 reviews)

"Extremely friendly staff. Restaurants were all excellent."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive
InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa
InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6-5, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $192 per night

Located in Cozumel, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, Chankanaab National ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (998 reviews)

"Loved this hotel!!! It’s absolutely beautiful and so well maintained. The food is soooo good!!! Beautiful beach, the room was nice and clean, the bed and pillows were soft and comfortable. Will absolutely go back."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Optional All Inclusive
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Optional All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera Sur Km 12.99, Hotel Zone, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $117 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel property is within a 10-minute walk of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Paradise Beach. Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water ...

3.9/5Good! (997 reviews)

"We had a wonderful stay here! It was our first time on this property and the staff’s customer service was impeccable. It’s a smaller property compared to what I am used to however the size is not important because the walking distance to restaurants and to the beach is so much lesser. I would recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Secrets Aura Cozumel - Optional All Inclusive

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.

Popular places to visit in Cozumel

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

4/5(145 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. Amble around this relaxing area's beautiful beaches, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

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

4/5(75 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Mr. Sancho's Beach Club, a well-known attraction in Cozumel. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(1,009 reviews)

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

Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
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Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Cozumel. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Chankanaab National Park
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Chankanaab National Park

4.5/5(279 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.

Palancar Beach
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Palancar Beach

4.5/5(184 reviews)

Superb snorkeling and a laid-back atmosphere makes this Cozumel beach the sort of place visitors stop at for an afternoon and end up staying for a week.

Top things to do in Cozumel

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

$30
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Cozumel Reef Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch
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Cozumel Reef Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch

$109
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern
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ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern

$80
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Pirate Cruise with Lobster Dinner
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Pirate Cruise with Lobster Dinner

$85
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Cozumel Snorkel Two Reefs & Playa Mia
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Cozumel Snorkel Two Reefs & Playa Mia

$75
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Tulum and snorkel from Valladolid
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Tulum and snorkel from Valladolid

$128
Per adult

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San Miguel