Our Opinion of Cozumel
A vacation in Cozumel is a must for any diving enthusiast. This charming little island is a great laid back spot for couples and families. Take in the fabulous diving, rent a moped to zip around the island or just sit back and enjoy the Caribbean sun. There is not much in terms of nightlife on the island.
The water activities are the main attraction here. Diving and snorkelling are world class, the waters crystal clear and the island has some great beaches. The Iberostar Cozumel and Melia Cozumel are a couple of the more popular all-inclusive resorts on the island. A great destination for couples, families and singles.
Cozumel is an ideal Caribbean destination for all types of travelers. It is the largest inhabited island in Mexico, known as the plunging paradise for divers from all over the world. The island is located east of the Yucatan Peninsula on top of the age-old structures of the Mayan coral reef - the second largest in the world. The island's lagoon is connected to the sea by narrow canals with underwater caves, bursting with multicolored tropical fish and unique inland reefs. The beaches in Cozumel are surrounded by dense tropical vegetation and unusual endemic species, and while these are also characteristic of the island, its greatest wealth is undoubtedly underwater.
A Cozumel vacation is a wonderful blend unspoiled beaches, underwater attractions and old-world Mexican charm. It was first "put on the map" by underwater pioneer Jacques Cousteau who was fascinated by the enormous Palancar coral reef off the southern tip of the island - today it is one of the biggest attractions in Cozumel, a world-class dive destination.
White sandy beaches (which get larger the further south you go), flat terrain perfect for cycling, and the sights of San Miguel - the island's capital and only town - round out the attractions here. San Miguel features shopping for traditional crafts, some hopping bars (which really hop when there's a cruise ship in town!) and casual restaurants.
Things to know about Cozumel, Mexico Vacations
Activities & Sports
The beautiful island of Cozumel is a paradise for divers and snorkelers and a Cozumel vacation is not complete without a dip underwater. With over 25 reef formations, divers of all ages and skills can enter into a completely fascinating and different world: endless coral inhabited by immense shoals of colourful fish. As a matter of fact its transparent waters can at times provide visibility of up to 50 m. Cozumel's ideal diving conditions have made it internationally famous.
Dining & Nightlife
The quality of Cozumel's gastronomy, based on its excellent seafood, is legendary throughout the region. The food is, of course, Yucatan specialties consisting mainly of fish but international cuisine is also available. Some of the restaurants offering this type of cuisine include Mediterranean, pizza and seafood. One notable mention is Casa Denis.
Great night-time entertainment on this island paradise can be found at the Hard Rock Café, Neptune's, Carlos 'n Charlies and Viva México where you can dance, enjoy a drink and listen to live music. Many hotel bars offer live music such as the Presidente Hotel where you will find a Marimba band and a trio.
There are several shops selling souvenirs in the tourist town of Cozumel. You will find places like Bazár del Àngel, Casablanca and La Campana (among others) all along Avenida Melgar. If you're looking for a greater assortment of handicrafts go to the Mercado de Artesanías, located a few blocks from the main square, is a must. Cozumel is not noted for its production of handicrafts.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 27'C
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licence). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.
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