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Home to beautiful beaches, a wide choice of hotels and its own distinct culture, the Caribbean island of Cozumel makes a unique destination. Spend your days relaxing on the soft sands, go diving in the clear waters or escape the busy hotel zone and discover a bit of authentic Mexican culture.
Peak season in Cozumel runs from December to February. At this time of year, clear skies and warm temperatures draw visitors to the island in their thousands, and cheap flights to Cozumel can be hard to find.
If you’re traveling on a budget, and don’t mind the odd rain shower, flying to Cozumel between March and June can help you save on your trip. Flights to Cozumel are generally cheaper at this time of year and hotel deals are also easier to find. What’s more, with the winter crowds long gone, you’ll be able to enjoy the island in peace and quiet.
July to November is hurricane season on Cozumel. The almost constant threat of rain puts most visitors off so you’ll have the island more or less to yourself. As a result of the unpredictable weather, cheap flights to Cozumel should be fairly easy to find at this stormy time of year.
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Optimal departures from US airports to Cozumel include:
Located in the northwest corner of the island, Cozumel International Airport handles regular national and international flights throughout the year. The most popular domestic destination for passengers traveling from the airport is Mexico City, while most international travelers head for Dallas/Fort Worth. Other nonstop international destinations available from the airport include Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Toronto. As taxis from the airport can be expensive, it’s a good idea to pre-book a private or shared shuttle service before you arrive in Cozumel.
A number of major airlines and budget carriers offer direct services from the US to Cozumel.
Public transport on Cozumel is limited, with virtually none available outside of urban areas. This means that, if you want to get out and explore the island, you’ll need to take a taxi, hire a car or catch a shuttle. Taxis on the island are generally cheap. However, if your driver isn’t using the meter, make sure you agree a fare before you get in.
Car hire is readily available from most resorts in Cozumel. It’s fairly cheap to hire a car or a scooter for the day, although you’ll need to make sure your rental is fully insured if you want to avoid a nasty shock in the case of theft or accidental damage.
Most people travel to Cozumel for its great climate, soft sand and clear waters. If you’re one of them, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches. Among the most popular are Playa San Juan and Playa Santa Pilar in the northwest, Playa San Francisco and Playa Santa Rosa in the southwest and Playa Encantada and Playa Chen Rio on the Caribbean side of the island.
If you want to learn a little more about the history and culture of this unique corner of Mexico, a visit to the San Gervasio Mayan Heritage site is a must. One of 30 Mayan sites located on Cozumel, the ruins of San Gervasio date from around 800AD and feature a number of important temples and religious structures.
For a taste of modern life on the island, visit San Miguel, Cozumel’s colorful capital. The main tourist hub in the island, it’s a good place to arrange daytrips and activities and catch ferries to nearby destinations. Visit the Island Museum to learn more about the city’s heritage.
Visitors from the US need to carry a valid passport when traveling to Mexico.
Often classed as subtropical and very similar to Cancun climate-wise, Cozumel typically sees sunny conditions and resultant heat. Summer (low season) ranges from the mid-80s to 90s, and winter (high season) cools to the mid-70s. Hurricane season is August through November.
Naturally, prices are steeper during high season. For a less pricey time, hit the summer season from May until mid-August. Some days are scorchers, but cooling onshore winds help tone it down a bit.
From April through July, the sea surrounding Cozumel warms up dramatically. These crystal waters boast exceptional visibility levels of up to 200 feet. And when they heat up, they ambush scuba divers with confetti-colored fish and marine life. During peak diving season from June through August, the water is an inviting 75 to 80 degrees.
If you plan your travels around cultural events and festivals, Cozumel's most significant event, the Sacred Mayan Journey in May, re-creates the pilgrimage crossing the Cozumel Channel to worship the fertility goddess Ixchel. Twenty-five traditional Mayan canoes depart the Xcaret adventure theme park in Cancun and cross the channel to Cozumel before returning to Playa del Carmen.
Other celebrations include Carnival the week prior to Ash Wednesday, the Kite Boarding & Windsurfing Tournament in March, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November. Also in November, the Ironman brings uber-athletes from around the globe to compete in the triathlon.
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