The beautiful island of Cozumel is surrounded by a marine wonderland full of endless color with the reefs and marine life, there is so much to do on the tiny island. Isla Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen, and close to the Yucatán Channel. Famous for its cruise ship terminal and the best diving locations in the Western Hemisphere.
Cozumel has an International Airport that receives direct flights from from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Halifax, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, and Toronto as well regional flights from Mexico City. Alternatively you can fly into Cancun’s International airport and catch the ferry from Playa del Carmen.
Cozumel is a short ferry ride from the Port of Playa del Carmen, there are two companies that have hourly departures and cost around $156 pesos. When buying your tickets you are better buying one way tickets as the tickets are not transferable. If you have a hire car that you want to take over with you you need to catch the car ferry that leaves from Calica, a few kilometers south of Playa del Carmen (pass Xcaret).
Getting Around Cozumel
Getting around Cozumel is simple you can walk, rent a car, scooter or take a taxi; there is no public traffic out of town. Once you arrive on the island there are plenty of places that have bike rentals and car hire, bike is by far the best way to explore the Isla.
Health and Safety in Cozumel
Cozumel like the rest of the Riviera Maya is highly protected and is extremely safe for visitors, the island thrives and main source of income is from tourism. Like any location always be aware of your surroundings and don’t leave valuables where they can be seen if left unattended and use lockers where provided.
When it comes to health don’t drink tap water always use bottled water, ice is also safe to have in your drinks. When you are visiting the archaeological sites and swimming in cenotes or with the dolphins please use a biodegradable sunscreen and have mosquito repellent handy.
The local currency is Mexican Pesos but USD is widely accepted everywhere in small denominations, if you use USD you will get pesos in return and most places use the higher exchange rate. You will always get a better deal if you use local currency.