Dive into Cozumel, a world-famous diving & cruise ship destination – find out what to see & do, where to stay & how to get there!
Life is good in Cozumel – divers come to explore the rich underwater wonders while package tourists on mega cruise ships dock in daily to indulge in great food & drinks.
With big money pouring in from these strong performing industries, it’s a prosperous island with first-class amenities.
San Miguel de Cozumel is the only town on the island, located just opposite the ferry dock. There are over 300 restaurants in town, many of which are around the central plaza & along the waterfront boulevard.
It’s also a pleasant place to stroll around, with Spanish-Colonial architecture, a photogenic clock tower & much-photographed sign.
To explore more of the island, you’ll need wheels.
A scenic coastal drive can take you many white-sand beaches as well as to the following attractions:
- Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
- El Cedral
- Playa Palancar
- Parque Punta Sur
- San Gervasio ruins
But of course the main appeal here isn’t on land but under the sea. The island is known as one of the world’s best diving areas, with an huge abundance & variety of coral reefs & marine life.
For more information, see our post Cozumel Diving: Where to Find the Cheapest Tour.
Where to Stay on Cozumel
The cheapest place to stay is Hostelito – don’t waste your time like we did looking for cheaper options, they don’t exist.
There is one huge shared mixed-dorm downstairs & a variety of private rooms on the 2 upper levels. There’s a lovely kitchen on the 1st floor, well stocked with cutlery & crockery.
The 2nd level has awesome chill-out areas with hammocks & day beds – it’s a pity it’s so hot in the day to be able to use them. A pool is under construction too, which will really make Hostelito an amazing place.
A bed in the dorm is MN$180 pesos a night.
How to Get to & from Cozumel
There are 2 ferry operators that run services from Playa del Carmen. The prices are:
Mexico Waterjets – M$146 pesos (online) or M$162 pesos (box-office)
Ultramar – M$163 pesos one way / M$326 pesos return
There may be different promotions for return tickets at the box office. Services run regularly, check schedules on the websites.
For more information on Playa del Carmen, see our post Playa del Carmen Budget Travel Guide.
Super easy DIY travel around city centres
*** The Final Word – If you’re not a diver or disembarking off a cruise ship, there’s no reason to come to Cozumel ***
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Visited in June 2016