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Famous for its bustling cruise-ship port, Cozumel also sports an alter ego as one of the world's best scuba-diving destinations. And between the extremes lies much more: Families find all-day activities at eco parks like Chancanaab and Punta Sur, foodies savor cosmopolitan and local flavors in downtown San Miguel, and history buffs explore Mayan ruins at San Gervasio.
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Cozumel travel conditions stay fairly consistent year round, but like many Caribbean hotspots, the winter high season brings the mildest weather, biggest crowds and highest prices. Savvy travelers go in the summer during low season (translation: reduced hotel rates) -- and divers and snorkelers take advantage of calm waters. Hurricane season spans from June through November.
Celebrate Mexican holidays like Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and Dia de los Muertos (November 1st and 2nd) on your Cozumel vacation. Another can't-miss is Carnival (think Mexican Mardi Gras) which kicks off right before Lent in late February or early March.
Cozumel has warm weather year round, with average temperatures ranging from 68 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's the perfect weather for a beach destination. Fall is the best time to visit Cozumel if you're looking to save money. If you go during this off season, you'll also be rewarded with fewer crowds. If you go in November, you'll be able to celebrate two major Mexican holidays along with the locals: Day of the Dead on November 1 and the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution on November 20. Both holidays in Cozumel are celebrated with feasts and ceremonies.
For good sunbathing, hit the natural sandy beaches on the north and south ends of the island, while the rocky beaches near town offer the best nearshore snorkeling.
Explore beyond the waterfront jewelry and souvenir shops—San Miguel proper has better deals, especially in the evenings when the cruise-ship crowds have receded.
Find food aplenty in San Miguel, from cosmopolitan fine dining fare to late-night walk-ups selling traditional Yucatecan snacks for a song.
World-famous among scuba divers for its offshore currents, Cozumel offers ripping underwater rides at top-tier dive sites like Tormentos Reef.
Find the Temple of the Hands—which bears red-painted palm prints on its walls—among the jungle-cloaked ruins at San Gervasio.
Cozumel really comes alive at night. Take a nap during the day like locals do, so you can live it up after dark.
Stop by Kinta, a favorite restaurant of locals, for delicious, fresh seafood with tons of local flare.
Pick up lunch to go on Avenida 30, one of the main roads on the island. Treat yourself to a picnic on the beach.
Avoid the waterfront when shopping for souvenirs. You'll get better prices if you shop along the backstreets.
Learn to cook Mexican food like a pro with this unique cooking class in the old neighborhood of El Centro.
Secrets Aura Cozumel Resort & Spa, the only All- inclusive Adults Only Resort in Cozumel Island, Mexico. Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Cozumel and 20 minutes away from Cozumel International airport (CZM), offers 238 Junior suites and suites, all the suites... More
The sunny atrium in the lobby and terrace overlooking the clear Caribbean Ocean may encourage lingering, but with a location as good as this, guests would benefit from stepping out and exploring downtown Cozumel. The Casa Mexicana Cozumel hotel is just blocks from the... More
The heart of the colorful Hotel Cozumel and Resort is the swimming pool, which is the largest in Cozumel. However, the private pier from which guests dive right into the ocean is a highlight, too. All diving needs and wants are fully met on site via a PADI full-service... More
A lush, tropical jungle serves as the backdrop for Fiesta Americana Cozumel - All Inclusive, which spoils with recreational amenities and beachside romance. Located on an amazing beach just on-shore from Cozumel's Coral Reef National Park, the resort is only 10 minutes... More
All of the 348 rooms at the Park Royal Cozumel, a landmark waterfront resort, have their own private balcony, many with excellent views of the clear Caribbean hosting incoming and outgoing cruise ships. The all-inclusive package gives guests all meals, including a la... More
The all-inclusive El Cozumeleno Beach Front Resort offers excellent snorkeling, fine dining and an elegant location: across the street from Cozumel Country Club and its award-winning PGA-approved golf course. Families play together on the mini-golf course or in the kid's... More
Check in to the Occidental Grand Cozumel - All Inclusive hotel on San Francisco Beach, just minutes from Palancar Reef, for the feeling of being on a private resort. The tiled courtyard serves as the heart of this hotel and allows garden lounging with friendly lizards or... More
The luxurious InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort & Spa is on a stretch of white sandy beach, minutes from coral reefs or the Cozumel Country Club. Guests are pampered at the full service Mandara Spa. Jacuzzi, steam room, hydrotherapy circuit, Vichy shower,... More
The luxurious all-inclusive Allegro Cozumel resort is on one of Cozumel’s most beautiful beaches and is minutes from one of the world’s largest coral reefs, making it a diver’s dream. The three pools have designated roles -- one for kids, one for group activities and the... More
All of the Hotel B Cozumel hotel’s 46 guest rooms offer views the white sands of the Caribbean from a private balcony. Guests walk just 30 steps to view the ocean from between their toes. The hotel has a pier for divers, a saltwater pool and infinity pool for children and... More
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Families will find lots to do at this popular beach eco park from dolphin encounters and great snorkeling to (minor) Mayan ruins and more.
Cozumel's largest reef boasts a half-dozen boat-accessible dive sites with plunging walls, sun-dappled sea caves, and dramatic underwater canyons.
Head a few hours outside San Miguel to this small jungle complex of ancient Mayan ruins. You can hire a guide or explore on your own.
Show your big-gaming fishing skills in Cozumel's offshore waters. Arrange a local charter to catch tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, sailfish and more.
Want to learn how agave turns into tequila? Take a guided tour and see how this award-winning label crops, pulps, ferments and distills this famous plant. Enjoy a tasting as well as a souvenir shop, restaurant and bar.
The downtown museum describes Cozumel's unique natural ecosystems and its ancient and colonial histories, complete with Mayan and Conquistador relics.
A private-island beach club off the northern shore, Passion Island is a popular all-inclusive day trip for cruise shippers.
The town square is the de facto hangout spot for tourists and locals alike, especially on Sunday evenings, with live music and dancing.
Escape the crowds on the undeveloped east side of the island. This wind-swept shore is great for beachcombing, but not swimming—the water has dangerous currents.
Kick your snorkeling experience up a notch with delicious food and cocktails.
Snorkel offshore or train for scuba diving in the shallow waters, and enjoy the view of the reef.
Take in the beauty of nature, and see if you can spot some exotic wildlife, including crocodiles and iguanas.
You're sure to find the perfect souvenir in this shop that takes up an entire block.
Stop by this restaurant if you're craving some American cooking. They also serve Mexican food, along with the burgers and fries.
Learn how to dive safely with these fun tours and classes. Explore the reefs and enjoy nature.
Enjoy swimming in pools or the ocean on this beach. You can also find hammocks and games to keep you entertained.
Pick up all the gear you need to dive at this shop. You can also take beginner lessons if you're new to the sport.
Enjoy Mexican and Canadian fare at this fun and quirky restaurant.
Shop here for great clothes that give you an authentic Mexican feel.
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