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21 plans for your trip to Cozumel Mexico

There are many fun things to do in Cozumel, Mexico. Find here a list with the best plans to make the most of your stay in this fantastic destination.




21 plans for your trip to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico, is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean, where you can enjoy many fun plans. When travelers hear about Cozumel, their eyes light up when they imagine its beautiful white sand beaches, giant palm trees, and the pure blue of its ocean. No doubt Cozumel offers these wonders and much more.

When traveling to Mexico, some decide to relax on this spectacular Caribbean island. However, one of the best recommendations is to enjoy beyond the beaches and live other experiences that Cozumel offers.

How about taking a submarine tour, snorkeling in the second-largest coral reef in the world, visiting one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites, or tasting an ancient Mayan chocolate recipe?

You'd probably love it. Cozumel is one of the best places to visit in Mexico, so spending some time here is ideal.

The recommendation is to stay in Cozumel for at least 1 week, so you will have enough time to try most of everything you can do in this destination; on the other hand, if you can stay 2 weeks, it would be even better. There are an endless number of incredible things to do in Mexico; among them is to visit Cozumel, so it must be included in your list.


Where is Cozumel located?

Cozumel Island is 12 miles off the coast, specifically in front of Playa del Carmen, in the Yucatan Peninsula. Meanwhile, Cancun, Mexico's premier party destination, is 45 miles north of Cozumel.

Cozumel is the answer if you are looking for a quieter alternative to Cancun and Playa del Carmen. However, if you visit Playa del Carmen, one of the best things to do is to take a ferry to Cozumel.

In Playa del Carmen, you can find the terminal in the center, near the main square. The ferry takes between 30 and 45 minutes to cross the sea and get to Cozumel. You can check the Cozumel Ferry Info here.

Update May 2021: Ultramar Ferry operates on odd days, and Winjet Ferry on even days of the week. The latest times can be checked on their Facebook accounts. Some travelers prefer the Ultramar ferry to Cozumel, as they consider it more pleasant, faster, and with more amenities.


When is the best time to travel to Cozumel?

Mexico is ideal to visit at any time of the year, but the best time to visit Cozumel is before hurricane season, so it is recommended to travel during March-June.

July and August are considered the hottest months, which coincide with hurricane season, which lasts until November. Cozumel is very active during the winter, that is, from December to March.


Going to and from Cozumel

Before enjoying all the fun that Cozumel has to offer, it is important to plan how to get there.

There are direct flights to Cozumel, but most people prefer to arrive at Cancun Airport. From the airport there are several transportation options to get to the ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen.

Some options are to take the ADO bus, hire a cab, or book in advance a Private Transportation Cancun to Playa del Carmen service. The latter is one of the fastest, safest and most comfortable ways to get to the Cozumel ferry.

Note: If you are on a limited budget and have no problem with carpooling, you should know that there are shared transportation services starting at $25 USD. This service is fast, safe and easy; it departs from Cancun airport to the port of Playa del Carmen.


21 things you can't miss in Cozumel

Now that you have all the basic information for traveling to Cozumel, check here the list of the best things to do in Cozumel!

1. Visit Punta Sur Ecological Park.

Punta Sur Eco Beach is one of the best beaches on the island, so visiting this eco park is definitely one of the best things to do in Cozumel. This area is located in the south of the island and has an extension of 2,500 acres.

Here you will find crocodiles, sea turtles, exotic birds, beautiful beaches and flowers. Undoubtedly a perfect place for those who love nature.

You can snorkel in the reef, visit the lighthouse, or just hang out in the hammocks while sunbathing.

The entrance fee to the park is 18 USD for adults and 11 USD for children. To find this 9 day trip on the map click here.

Inside Punta Sur Eco Beach is the Celarain Lighthouse (now part of a maritime museum) built to warn sailors at night of the dangers of running aground off the south coast of Cozumel.

If you want a 360-degree view of the island you must climb the 133 steps to the top. You can even see the coast of Cuba if the day is clear.

When you buy tickets to the Punta Sur Eco Park, the climb to the Celerain Lighthouse is already included.

You can also find a 40-minute tour of the Marismas de Punta Sur Ecological Park. Here you will see many species of birds, as well as sometimes crocodiles.

Update May 2021: Short boat tours depart at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. It is recommended to confirm times at the park entrance upon arrival.

Punta Sur Ecological Park has much to offer its visitors, such as the ruin of El Caracol, (or Tumba del Caracol) for its small size, which dates back to 1200-1500 AD. The name comes from the snails that decorate the small dome at the top of the temple.

The structure was built by the Maya to serve as an early warning system for hurricanes. The roof was built with the idea that the strong breeze would emit a buzzing sound that would serve as a warning of imminent danger.


2. Mia Grand Beach Park

If you are looking to visit a beach park in Cozumel, add Playa Mia Grand Beach Park to your list. While there are many other adventure parks, most of them have wild animals in captivity. Playa Mia Grand Beach Park is an ethical adventure park.

Here you can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, water slides, paddle boats, volleyball courts, swimming pools, kayaks and more. You can find entrance fees starting at 30 USD.

You can also take a catamaran tour, including the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park for snorkeling, as well as a visit to Playa Mia Grand Beach Park (food and beverages included).

Don't forget to be a responsible traveler and avoid any animal shows or activities - it's much more fun to see the animals in the wild! For example, you can snorkel on a boat tour and live a more authentic and ethical experience respecting and admiring wildlife.


3. Seatrek Tour

Seatrek is a unique way to experience the underwater world through helmet diving. This is a fully enclosed helmet that sits perfectly on your shoulders and has a constant stream of air to help you breathe.

If you wear goggles, don't worry, as you can wear them on the helmet while you walk along the ocean floor between 20 and 25 feet. To book this tour you can book directly with Seatrek.


4. Atlantis Submarines

In Cozumel we offer 3 daytime departures with Atlantis Submarines. The times are 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

During the dive, you can visit the Felipe Xicoténcatl wreck, which sank in 2000, as well as colorful schools of fish, sharks, turtles, rays and lobsters. 


5. Private jeep tour with lunch and snorkeling

Don't miss one of the best activities to do in Cozumel, a private jeep tour with lunch and the opportunity to snorkel. This tour has a private guide, who knows the best secluded beaches for snorkeling and swimming without crowds.

The best part of this tour is that it is completely personalized. Tell your guide ahead of time what you are interested in seeing in Cozumel and he will prepare an itinerary tailored to your needs.

The tour not only includes private transportation, but also snorkeling, tequila tasting, Mexican lunch and a margarita.


6. Travel the waters of Cozumel on a catamaran

One of the best things to do in Cozumel is to get on a catamaran! There are many things to see on the island and getting on board a catamaran is the ideal way.

Relax on board and enjoy drinks and snacks; snorkel the reef and observe the diverse marine life. While snorkeling you will see sea turtles, rays and even sharks.

The waters around Cozumel are safe for swimming and snorkeling.


7. Visit the Mayan Ruins

Did you know that Cozumel has Mayan ruins? In the northern part of Cozumel, hidden in the virgin jungle, you can find the archaeological site of San Gervasio. These ruins are not as big or impressive as Chichen Itza or Tulum, but they are unique in their own way.

There are two entrance fees, so in total it is around 10 USD. The cost of a guide (if you choose) is around 20 USD for a 1hr and 30 min tour.


8. Visit Cozumel Pearl Farm

Cozumel Pearl Farm is a unique excursion where you will be taken by boat to an isolated beach in an uninhabited area of Cozumel.

The first part of the tour is a demonstration and explanation of pearl farming techniques. The second part takes you to the pearl farm.

At the hatchery you can snorkel and see how pearls grow while learning about the reef system; you can also see the life-size underwater statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

You can swim in the warm blue waters or relax in hammocks. You can also enjoy lunch with drinks included.


9. Mayan Cacao Company

Mayan Cacao Company is located just 15 minutes from downtown Cozumel and Playa Mia Beach Club.

The Mayans were especially known for their production of chocolate from cocoa beans. After fermentation, drying and roasting, these beans were ground into a paste, hot water was added and thus, the first hot chocolate drink emerged.

The tour lasts approximately 70 minutes and you will be able to taste ancient Mayan recipes as well as buy delicious chocolate. For more details about the Mayan Cacao Company and prices, click here .


10. Visit El Mirador

El Mirador is located east of Cozumel Island, just 30 minutes from downtown. If you want to get there it is advisable to rent a motorcycle, car, or a private cab.

This is a very beautiful site where the sea has carved an arch in the rocks over the years. Climb to the top and enjoy breathtaking views.

If you are looking to relax and avoid the crowds in Cozumel, El Mirador is an excellent option.


11. Swim and Snorkel in Chen Rio Beach

Cozumel has many of the best beaches in Mexico, such as Playa Chen Rio. It has a protected area and shallow waters, so it is suitable for swimmers and divers with or without experience.

Playa Chen Rio is located on the east coast, so it is less popular than the beaches on the west coast, so if you want to get away from the crowds, this one is perfect for you.

You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as a delicious lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, such as El Pescador Marisqueria and Bar, or at Coconuts, a modern bar near the beach.


12. Go to a Beach Club

Cozumel has many beach clubs and bars on the west coast. The beaches here are calm and stunning turquoise blue. Enjoy the beach clubs where you can relax, rent kayaks, dance to the best music, and more.

Some clubs have entrance fees, such as Uvas Beach Club which has a fee of 15 USD. On the other hand, there are also clubs like Money Bar, which offers you free chairs and umbrellas as long as you buy something. In clubs like Buccanos, chairs and umbrellas cost 10 USD.


13. Visit San Miguel, the Capital of Cozumel

San Miguel is located on the west coast and is an ideal place to walk along the wide sidewalk along the boardwalk while enjoying the sunset,

In the daytime, when cruise ships are in port, the sidewalk is busy with passengers, after hours it is very quiet.

In the middle of San Miguel is the Zocalo (a central park), which is a meeting place for locals and where you can just sit and people watch.

On Sunday nights in Cozumel you can enjoy the free events in the Zócalo around 8:00 pm.

When you visit Mexico you will find many boardwalks with free activities. Take a stroll along the Malecon and enjoy the street performers.


14. Go shopping in Cozumel

If you like shopping, Cozumel has many opportunities for you. Some of the main shopping areas to buy clothes, souvenirs, jewelry and more are:


15. Experience Temazcal Cozumel

Temazcal is an ancient Mayan ceremony that you can experience in Cozumel. You enter a brick hut that is heated with volcanic rocks, similar to a sauna, to be greeted by a shaman.

During the Temazcal ritual, your body undergoes a cleansing, relaxation and purification process. Finally, the last step is a refreshing bath in a nearby cenote.

The whole ceremony is a very spiritual experience not to be missed. This is one of the most unique things to do in Cozumel.


16. Scuba Diving in Cozumel

Diving in the Mesoamerican Reef is unparalleled. If you are an experienced diver you can do it in sites like Maracaibo, Garganta del Diablo, Catedral or Barracuda, all located in Cozumel.

Cozumel is known for snorkeling and scuba diving, you can't miss these activities during your trip!

If you are a beginner you should know that there are PADI courses available at several reliable dive centers in Cozumel.

At Scuba Tony, the dive captains and dive guides are very professional, while the dive boat and equipment are in excellent condition. You can meet at a marina location, or if you are staying nearby, the dive boat can pick you up directly at your hotel pier.

Whether you are open water, advanced or just learning to dive, Cozumel's underwater world will amaze you regardless of your level of experience; enjoy watching rays, turtles, eels, lobsters, fish, corals and more.

At Scuba Tony you can also practice night diving. This way you will be able to see creatures such as octopus, sharks, eels and more. Diving in Cozumel is unique, get more information about Scuba Tony here.


17. Eat at Local Mexican Restaurants

Mexican cuisine is the favorite of many, in Cozumel you can find many options such as burritos, tacos, tortas, ceviche, enchiladas, churros; as well as drinks such as tequila, mezcal, margaritas and a cold Corona.

Some recommended restaurants in Cozumel are:


18. Cozumel Chef Food Tour

If gastronomic tours are your thing don't forget to take the Cozumel Chef Food Tour, a tour that takes you to several different restaurants in Cozumel where you will enjoy local dishes and drinks.

The places included in the tour are unusual, which means you will eat like a local. Vegetarians will also enjoy this tour.

This is one of the best Cozumel tours, especially if you like authentic Mexican food. 


19. Ha Haak Paddle Surfing in Cozumel

Do you like to surf regularly? If the answer is yes, Cozumel will surprise you with its spectacular crystal clear blue waters. If you are a beginner, this is an ideal place to learn.

Ha Haak offers an introductory lesson ideal for beginners, where you will stand up on a paddle board for a while.

Ha Haak is located at Mr Sancho 's Cozumel Beach Club, South Hotel Zone, a perfect place to enjoy the sport, it has a rental cost of 35 USD.


20. Deep Sea Fishing

For deep sea fishing lovers, Cozumel is the ideal place to practice it. In this destination there are companies like Chi Chi Charters that offer a unique experience; it doesn't matter if you are not a professional, this is one of the best activities in Cozumel, ideal for everyone.

Some fish you can commonly catch in Cozumel are barracuda, mahi mahi and triggerfish. Tuna can be caught all year round, while from March to July white and blue marlin are available, as well as sailfish. For more information click here .


21. Watch the sunset in Cozumel

There is nothing better than a beautiful sunset with a cocktail in hand to end the day. So we recommend you visit Hemingway, El Palomar Restaurant and Bar and La Monina on the west side of Cozumel.

If you head north, about 5 minutes from the ferry terminal, you will find El Palomar, where you can enjoy a margarita on the porch at sunset. Definitely a great way to end the day.

If sitting in a restaurant doesn't suit you, you can also enjoy the sunset from the boardwalk. This is a great free activity in Cozumel, don't miss it!


More activities to try in Cozumel

There are many more fun activities to do in Cozumel, for example:

Learn to Surf

If you've ever wanted to surf, Cozumel is a great place to do it. Try this 4-hour course with a local surf instructor who will have you learning in no time! More info here .


Scooter ride along the sea

Explore the sunken ships and the beautiful Caribbean Sea on an underwater scooter. Enjoy a market and a local Mexican lunch. Learn more about this fun day trip in Cozumel by clicking here.


Snorkeling at night to see Octopuses

Dive into the sea with your snorkel gear and light during the night with the help of a guide. This activity is not done on a boat, but on the shore. Join this 1.5 to 2 hour snorkeling experience and observe octopus and squid in their natural habitat. This is an experience you won't forget and definitely one of the best things to do in Cozumel at night. Get more information here.


Take a cooking class

If you are looking for things to do in Cozumel and are a food lover, this fun culinary experience is for you. Start the trip by visiting a local market and learning about typical Mexican foods. Then, you'll go to a family home where you'll learn how to prepare authentic Mexican dishes... and, of course, eat them! Cook dips, entrees, snacks and drinks. Get more information here.


Lodging in Cozumel

Cozumel is a small island, so you can get around by car or golf cart from almost any accommodation. That said, it is best for beach lovers to stay on the west coast, as the east coast is more hectic and windy.

Here are some suggestions on the best places to stay in Cozumel:

Stingray Villa: This is a beautiful 4 bedroom boutique hotel just a few blocks from the beach. The rooms have a new interior and all overlook the beautiful and tranquil community pool.

Landmark Resort: This is a spacious and beautifully decorated apartment. Highly recommended.

The Westin: It is a luxury hotel in north Cozumel with beach, outdoor pool, restaurant and other free amenities, such as snorkeling equipment.


Best Restaurants in Cozumel

Cozumel is a paradise for food lovers, where you will find many different local and international restaurants. Of course, most of the menus feature seafood, but there are also many other excellent dishes such as steaks, burgers and pasta.

These are some of the most recommended restaurants on the island of Cozumel.


Travel Itineraries to Cozumel

Cozumel is a small island, so most people usually only visit for a few days or a week. Below are some suggested itineraries for short trips to Cozumel.

3 Day Trip in Cozumel

Day 1: Wake up and head to The Coffee Cozumel for a beer and breakfast in the morning, then join a private beach tour with lunch and snorkeling. In the afternoon you can visit the Mayan ruins before heading to a beach bar to watch the sunset.

Day 2: Start the day with a delicious breakfast at The Maple Bakehouse. Afterwards, you can take a day trip for snorkeling. If you return in time for lunch, visit Sereno for tasty tacos. In the afternoon visit El Mirador to watch the sunset. End the day at Buccanos enjoying a cocktail and a delicious dinner.

Day 3: Wake up and go to The Maple Bakehouse or The Coffee Cozumel for coffee and breakfast. Afterwards, join a private jeep tour, which includes lunch. In the afternoon, when finished, visit the Cacao Company. Finally, enjoy dinner at La Monina or Lobster Shack, or visit El Palomar bar for cocktails and live music.


One week trip in Cozumel

During the first 3 days, you can do all the activities of the previous 3-day itinerary in Cozumel. On day 4, we recommend you to visit the Punta Sur Ecological Park and the Gran Parque de Playa Mia. Have lunch at a Beach Club and finish the day sailing on a Catamaran.

On day 5, go deep sea fishing very early in the morning. At the end of the day you can go shopping. In the late afternoon, don't miss Temazcal Cozumel and finally end the day at La Monina for a delicious seafood dinner.

Start day 6 with coffee and cake before visiting San Miguel, the Capital of Cozumel. For lunch, try local Mexican restaurants in the capital. Then visit the Cozumel pearl farm. Later, don't forget to visit Ha Haak for some paddle surfing. And in the evening have fun at Monkey Beach Club with music and delicious food.

On your last day in Cozumel, join the Chef Food Tour of Cozumel at 11 am until late afternoon. Afterwards head to a beach club like Sky Reef or Mr. Sanchos and enjoy your last day on the sand, swimming and snorkeling.


Frequently asked questions when traveling to Cozumel

Is it safe to travel to Cozumel?

Cozumel is a very safe destination as it is a small island where everybody knows everybody. There is very little crime and you will be safe walking anywhere, be careful when planning to sail the east coast as there are dangerous waves!

When is the best time of the year to visit Cozumel?

Although Cozumel is a year-round destination, the best time to visit is between November and March, as these months are out of hurricane season and have many sunny days, as well as being pleasantly cool.

What can you do in Cozumel during the night?

Cozumel is quite relaxed in its nightlife. Woody's, Wet Wendys, La Rumba and The Money Bar are popular places to have a few drinks and dance until late.

Is Cozumel a family destination?

Absolutely. Cozumel offers many activities for children, such as scuba diving, enjoying the calm waters of the beaches, visiting nature reserves and sailing in submarines..

What should I pack to travel to Cozumel?

Mainly you can't forget sunscreen, bathing suits, some snorkeling gear, as well as a hat and a cover-up, as the sun is intense in Cozumel. Most of the other things you may need can be purchased on the island upon arrival.

Should I tip for services in Cozumel?

In Mexico, Americans and Canadians have taken their tipping habits with them to major tourist destinations such as Cozumel. In restaurants, a 10-15% tip is given, while hotel cleaning staff usually receive 2 or 3 USD per day; on the other hand, taxis/tour guides mostly receive a 10% tip.

Is it safe to drive in Cozumel?

Cozumel is an easy place to drive. Upon arrival you can rent a car or get a golf cart. Both are easy ways to get around. Just keep in mind that the roads are one way and the beach roads are very narrow.



Cozumel is a true island paradise that provides a relaxed atmosphere just like the locals.

This island offers the best adventures under the sea. Can you think of any other place in the world where you could visit an underwater museum, dive to the bottom of the ocean aboard a submarine or snorkel in a pearl farm?

Cozumel is an island that wakes you up with the sunrise in the east, and just 10 kilometers on the other side you can enjoy the sunset on the west coast. There are many things to do in Cozumel and we hope this list has given you a good idea of where to start.