Looking for places to discover around the Riviera Maya? Well here is Cozumel! I lived in Cozumel for a short season back during my teenage years. During the initial stages I can remember being bored. Sitting at home for long periods of time, as I had no idea what to do and where to start! Until one day my adventurous soul helped me to discover the best side of this beautiful island.
It’s good to start by knowing that Cozumel is a good place to visit, a popular island for adventurers, cruisers and scuba diving seekers! It is Mexico’s third biggest island, home to amazing beaches and one of the best coral reef in the zone. Commonly known as ‘The swallows’ island’.
Cozumel is located in the Caribbean Sea. To get there you first need to get to Playa del Carmen to take a ferry to the island. The dock is at the 5th and 2nd Av. But before buying your tickets, make sure you’ve checked prices with the different companies. Barcos Caribe usually has the best prices.
For tourists it should be around $300.00 mx round ticket.
Once there it’s good to know…
- Taxisare very easy to find, they have reasonable prices, normally between $30.00-$50.00 pesos. You can also ask for an Uber anytime.
- Public transport like buses or colectivos, they are not always the best option. Walks are short around downtown and the sightseeing spots are not always part of the bus route, so your better to ask for a taxi and negotiate the price.
- Tours. Try to always pay them with the local currency (Mexican peso. It is sad to say but sometimes the staff can be a lil greedy and just expect to make a personal profit from the exchange.
- Dollars and credit cards Cozumel is a very touristic island, they take dollars and credit cards all over the island but as I said above you can get a better deal with the local currency. I get confused very often with the different rates while traveling, try XE App. It has helped me a lot in the past.
Things to do
This beautiful island has plenty to offer if you are looking for relaxation, adventure or even a romantic experience . Here is a list of a few things that you must try if you come to Cozumel.
Alberto’s Beach Bar and Restaurant
Located right next to the beach, this bar/restaurant is the perfect place for a seaside meal or to meet some friends for drinks. Known for their fresh and delicious seafood, Alberto’s has a viriety of good options. Try fish fajitas, lobster tails, or shrimp ceviche. Tiki torches and bamboo umbrellas give Alberto’s the best tropically romantic atmosphere.
Discover México park
‘Discover Mexico’ is for me the right name for this park. Here you can learn a little bit of our amazing history and culture. It is a good introduction for newbies to México.
There you can find a museum of archaeological zones of Mexico, learn about process of the chocolate and try some of our world famous TEQUILA!! With some luck you’ll have the chance of watch the Papantla flyers performance, it’s a truly stunning performance and a piece of art
Watch the sunset at Money Bar Beach Club
Get to know this cool spot in the north side of the island where you can perfectly enjoy an stunning sunset view, a few cold beers and for sure the best nachos on the entire island. Head to the Money Bar right before sunset in order to catch an incredible view of the sun going down over the water while eating and drinking.
San gervasio ruins
This little mayan complex isn’t as stunning or as big as chichen itza. But it has it’s own charm. These are the only preserved ruins in the island. San Gervasio is thought to have been the site of the sanctuary of Ixchel, goddess of fertility, an thus an important pilgrimage site at which Mayan women worshipped.
Price: $70.00 mx
Scuba dive at Columbia reef
Cozumel is well known as one of the world’s best scuba diving locations, rich in sea life and home of more than 270 fish species and coral reefs. All of them protected in their natural state.
Here you can snorkel/dive while you roam this underwater world full of caves, tunnels and caverns.
Chankanaah beach adventure park
Sunshine, cozy hammocks and double cocktails!!! Sounds like the perfect escape, doesn’t it? Chankanab is located on the east coast of the island, a shelter for coral reefs and wildlife.
This ecological reserve has all type of services like restaurants, bungalows, showers and lockers. It also has different activities you can enjoy at the park such as scuba diving, snorkel, swimming with the dolphins or chilling in a hammock.
One of the best spots for diving activities and intrepid adventurers. This 80 feet deep reef is located 10 minutes ride from Sunscape pier is surrounded by turtles, rays and even nurse sharks close to the caves. Definitely a must see.
El cielo reef
This place has become more popular nowadays. ‘El cielo’ which literally means ‘the heaven’ is an ecological preserved reef full of wildlife ready to explore and most of it includes starfish.
A heaven full of stars you must not touch.
Punta sur eco beach park
The view from the lighthouse is a total must. Punta sur eco beach is the perfect runaway from loud traffic and busy cities. It’s turquoise clear waters match perfectly with the softest sand of the peninsula, sunbeds and wildlife.
Isla de la pasión
Isla de la pasion is definitely one of the most beautiful places in all Mexico. But bad news… the only view you can get from here is the beautiful endless blue sea.
Free from the tourists sight, the island has a very chilled atmosphere. It is not far from Cozumel and is very easy to get to. You wont want to take the ferry back to town.
Get your swimsuit ready and enjoy this tropical paradise!