An island and a city off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is known for some of the world's healthiest coral reefs (with 20 miles of protected and enclosed coral reef) making the island popular with scuba-diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Outside of the beach and the lagoons is a world of dining and sightseeing excursions.
Cozumel holds irresistible attractions for vacationers interested in bargain shopping, island life and leisure, water sports and archaeological curiosities. The small island boasts numerous sites of archaeological importance with ruins of a Mayan civilization dating back to before 1000 AD.
Places to Explore
- Museo de Cozumel
Discover exhibits on the island's origins and learn about endangered species and coral reef ecology. Delight at Mayan artifacts plus conquistador's swords, cannons and remarkable maritime instruments.
- Port Shopping District
Shop up a storm at one of the world's best duty-free ports. Consider bargains on diamonds, colored gemstones, jewelry, watches, gold, sterling silver and even Oriental rugs, as well as Mexican house wares and handicrafts.
- Playa San Francisco Beach
One of the island's best beaches is located just 10 miles south of the town center. Enjoy fantastic diving, snorkeling and other water sports-and don't miss a fine array of nearby restaurants and bars!
- Playa Mia Beach
Bask in white sands and warm breezes while soaking up the sun. Make a splash in the pool, enjoy entertainment or just lounge the day away.
- Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park
Established by the government in 1996 to further protect the health of the precious reefs, it's a great place for families to spend an afternoon.
- Xelha Mayan Ruins
These pre-Columbian ruins are a perennial draw and a unique place to visit for a taste of the island's ancient history.
- Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park
Marvel at the splendor as you tour ancient ruins, swim in an underground river, stroll the scenic gardens or sunbathe on the beach.
English, as well as the native Spanish, are widely spoken throughout.
The Mexican Peso is the official currency, but most places will accept U.S. dollars. Major credit cards are also commonly accepted.
- How to Get Around
- Taxis are readily available. You can be transported to practically any destination within town for $2-$3 USD (20-30 pesos), and a trip out to the beaches on the western shore will typically cost from $20 USD on up.
- You will find agents for car rental services at the dock, usually proactively seeking your business with their offers. $20-$50 USD can fetch you a full-day scooter, jeep or car rental.
- Much of Cozumel's main town can be covered conveniently on foot. For trips out to beaches or to Mayan archaeological sites, a car or taxi is recommended.