Welcome to Cozumel
What was once a secluded island hideaway, has now become one of the most recognized tropical locales in Mexico’s majestic Caribbean region. This is Isla Cozumel.
Boasting white sand beaches, coral reefs, modern amenities and an enormous swath of wild areas, it is an island paradise in every sense of the term. With countless activities both below and above the waves, your visit is sure to be one you brag about for years to come.
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1. Visit a Wild Beach
There are dozens of beaches on Cozumel that have wide stretches of white sand and excellent swimming and snorkeling. Most of the beaches near town are part of beach clubs, but there are some incredible wild beaches on more remote areas of the island.
You’ll need a vehicle, a taxi or a tour to reach them, but the journey is well worth it. For extensive info on the best wild beaches, check out our 5 Best Beaches in Cozumel Without the Crowds guide.
2. Spend the Day at a Beach Club
There are a number of wonderful beach clubs on the west side of Cozumel offering private beaches with restaurants, bars, swimming pools, loungers, umbrellas, and other amenities. They range in cost from $10 USD to $100 USD per person for the day and can be very crowded during the hours that cruise ships are in port.
Some popular beach clubs include: Paradise Beach Club, Buccanos Grill & Beach Club, Mr. Sanchos Beach Club and Islands Beach Club.
3. Go Snorkeling
The water off the coasts of Cozumel is world famous, so jump in! There are numerous snorkeling locations you can simply enter from the shore or you could take a boat tour to the incredible reefs. If time is short, a shallow reef boat trip may be the perfect way for you to experience the underwater world. Feel like a full day snorkel excursion? Check out some of the many longer tours to the deeper sections of the reefs to try and spot some of the larger species that call this water home. Whatever you choose, you will be smiling the whole time. Be sure to check out our Cozumel Snorkeling Guide for the best snorkel sites and tour recommendations.
4. Go Diving
Cozumel is world-renowned for its scuba diving and proximity to numerous top dive sites. The Mesoamerican reef system is the second-largest reef system in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef), and there is extensive coral and sea life with incredible visibility. From beginner’s discovery dives to advanced drift dives, there’s something for everyone around Cozumel. Be sure to check out our Cozumel Diving Guide.
5. Visit Passion Island
Passion Island lies just off the northern coast of Cozumel. This little speck of white sand and palm trees is a destination unto itself. A restaurant on the island serves a buffet and offers loungers and cocktails. Take a boat north from town to visit this special place. Or, add in a catamaran sailing trip to reach the island, and we’re talking about the ultimate taste of the Island Life! A few operators run the tours and have different inclusions. Rum punch, lunch and snorkeling are all typically included.
If you don’t want to boat to the island, consider renting a jeep or taking a jeep tour. The rough dirt road to the ferry dock is a whole other adventure, and once you reach the ferry, it’s just a 5-10 minute boat ride across the lagoon to the island.
6. Take an ATV Tour
Cozumel is an island paradise unto itself and most visitors stick to the beach and water activities, but you really shouldn’t miss a jungle adventure on an ATV. An ATV allows you to get wild and see some of the beauty of the island’s tropical jungles you just can’t experience any other way. The guided tours are safe and fun for the whole family. So get off that lounge chair and zoom through the jungle for a day!
7. Take a Mexican Cooking Class
There are a few cooking classes available on Cozumel. The Cozumel Farm to Table Experience is a more down-home authentic experience, while the Original Mexican Cuisine Cooking Class at Playa Mia Beach Club is more the fancy resort-style cooking class, complete with chef caps.
8. Take a Boat Trip to El Cielo
Known in English as “heaven”, El Cielo certainly does not disappoint. Silky white sand, soft waves and the perfect amount of sunlight create a heavenly environment for the starfish that abound here. The beach itself is sparse and that is part of its charm. Visitors feel like they have landed on a private island. A standard snorkel trip here will last approximately four hours and include multiple stops along the way for snorkeling along the reef. Refreshments are always included. Be sure to check out our Cozumel Snorkeling Guide for the best El Cielo snorkel tour recommendations.
9. Go on a Jeep Tour
While there are a number of paved roads around the island, many parts of Cozumel still only have dirt road access. Jeep tours are a popular way to see much more of the island. With trips through the woods and stops at beaches, a Jeep Tour can be an excellent (and at times, bumpy) way to get the lay of the land on the island.