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

Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Kilometro 16.5 Carretera Costera Sur, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $111 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Cozumel, this beachfront property is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Playa Mia Grand Beach ...
3.5/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"Great beach front, bars in convenient places, good food schedule, dive shop on site."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Allegro Cozumel All Inclusive
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Costera Sur Km 12.99, Hotel Zone, Cozumel, QROO
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $360 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 22
Nestled on the beach, this Cozumel resort is within a 10-minute walk of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Paradise Beach. Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water ...
3.8/5 Good! (982 reviews)
"The Hotel was clean and staff great. The view from the room was great, but the smell of sewage when you opened the door was not pleasant. It would go away after opening the patio door. The noise outside the bedroom was also a issue. The bedroom window opened to the hallway by the elevator. So at ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Secrets Aura Cozumel - Adults Only - All Inclusive
InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6-5, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $191 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Cozumel, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Uvas Beach. Cha'an ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (984 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful; the service was astounding, and we had a wonderful time! We will definitely recommend the InterContinental Presidente to all of our friends!"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, an IHG Hotel
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.
Caribo Cozumel
Caribo Cozumel
2.5 out of 5
Av. Benito Juarez 799, esquina con Avenida 40, Cozumel, QROO
The price is $23 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Located in the heart of Cozumel, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of "Benito Juarez" Municipal Market, San Miguel Church, and Central Plaza. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (174 reviews)
"It’s great for tourists and people working through and passing by alike. It’s relatively close to downtown, and great food. I would recommend them."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Caribo Cozumel
Quinta Suites
Quinta Suites
2.5 out of 5
399 Calle 5 sur, Entre 5a y 10a, Cozumel, QROO
Located in Colonia Centro, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Punta Morena, Rafael E Melgar Statue, and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. Punta Langosta ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Great place to stay the cleanliness was superb and Carlos the host was awesome certainly will be back."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Quinta Suites
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
The price is $55 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Colonia Centro, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Los Cinco Soles, Maya Heritage Monument, and Cozumel Museum. Malecon San Miguel and Central ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (238 reviews)
"San Miguel offers the traveler an excellent location very close to transportation and restaurants, but off the busy main street and therefore quiet and peaceful in its lovely bird-filled garden. Room was spacious with well equipped kitchen. Above all these positives is the exceptionally warm and ..."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Hacienda San Miguel Hotel & Suites
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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