Located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, this popular island boasts excellent weather, stunning beaches and world-class scuba diving opportunities. While the island is a popular tourist destination, it’s also relatively unspoiled and home to gorgeous natural landscapes. The island blends the laidback and easy-going Caribbean lifestyle with a vibrant cosmopolitan town. Those who enjoy being a little more active on holiday will find plenty to do on the island. Many of the beaches offer an array of activities, including world-class diving hotspots as well as snorkelling, especially in Playa Palancar, which is home to a stretch of coral reef. The town also boasts a vibrant nightlife, amazing restaurants and, most intriguingly of all, various ruins from the Mayan era.
A small car would be ideal for zipping around the small island roads and for parking in small or tight spaces, which are a pretty common sight throughout the busier parts of Cozumel.
Driving in Cozumel
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Important things to note
It’s recommended to keep your distance from cars ahead as local drivers are known to stop or turn suddenly without signalling.
It’s customary for local drivers to disobey stop signs and traffic lights, so it’s recommended to approach intersections with caution.
Navigating around the island is fairly easy. Roads heading to and from the beaches and waterfront are called “Calle” roads running parallel to the waterfront are called “Avenida”.
Highlights & Hotspots
The island has a number of fantastic beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. Playa Palancar offers a range of facilities including sun-lounger, kayak and snorkelling apparatus rental. Excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities are available here, particularly near Palancar Reef.
You can learn more about Cozumel nature and sea life at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. With a number of excellent exhibits covering everything from the island’s natural environment to the ancient Mayans.
Experience the great outdoors and the stunning natural landscapes at Chankanaab National Park. There are excellent hiking trails so you can explore the gorgeous countryside. There’s also a huge lagoon which is home to an array of wildlife including iguanas.
History buffs and those who want to experience Cozumel’s rich culture should head to the preserved ruins at San Gervasio. This archaeological site is home to a range of ancient Mayan artefacts and other exhibits.
Cozumel International Airport is located just over one mile from San Miguel town centre and is accessible via Av General. Rafael E. Melgar. The airport is well-signposted throughout the island if you‚Äôre struggling to find it.
The airport mainly serves as a destination for domestic flights, although by taking a ferry to Cancun on the mainland, you can access other parts of the world.