Your Cozumel vacation
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.
Let Orbitz help you arrange a Cozumel vacation tailored just for you. Get the inside scoop on the best diving reefs, secluded beach spots, and the best time to go.
Best time to take a vacation to Cozumel
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.
Insider tips for Cozumel travel
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.
A Link to the Past
Find the Temple of the Hands—which bears red-painted palm prints on its walls—among the jungle-cloaked ruins at San Gervasio.
Cozumel at Night
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.
Cocina con Alma
Learn to cook Mexican food like a pro with this unique cooking class in the old neighborhood of El Centro.
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Cozumel Vacation Packages
An elegant spot in downtown Cozumel minutes from everythingThe 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.... 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.
Hacienda Antigua Tequila Tour
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.
Famous Fury Snorkel & Beach Party
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.
Parque Punta Sur
Take in the beauty of nature, and see if you can spot some exotic wildlife, including crocodiles and iguanas.
Los Cinco Soles
You're sure to find the perfect souvenir in this shop that takes up an entire block.
Coconuts Bar and Grille
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.
Blue Angel Dive Shop
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.