First Time in Cozumel



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Cozumel is one of those vacation spots that still doesn't feel overrun by tourism. Although frequented by stopping cruise ships, the island still has its laidback feel, especially outside the city. With breathtaking reefs, jungles, lagoons, and fascinating Mayan history, this beautiful spot is an amazing destination.

Author: JennyMM


Day 1 - Cozumel, Caleta Cozumel


When you first get to the island, check into the hotel then set off on a stroll to get a feel for the city. Oil painting on bird feathers is an ancient art that used to be practiced all over Mexico but is now a fading tradition. It can still be seen, however, in a few galleries that feature pieces from local artisans, and one of them, Mayan Feather, is in Cozumel. Stop in to see some incredible examples of this beautiful art. More contemporary pieces can be seen at other galleries like Galeria Azul, where sculptures, paintings, and other works created by local artists are on display. Also check out the city's main church and the Cozumel museum. The museum, Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, has historical information about Mayan culture, the island's previous inhabitants, including pirates, and Cozumel's natural history. Stop in for lunch at the museum's casual cafe, then set out in the late afternoon for a snorkeling and sailing tour with Cozumel Boat Trips. Sailing all the way around Cozumel, you'll get a beautiful sunset view of the entire island while enjoying the incredible views and sea breezes. Back on land, try El Capi Navigante for a late dinner, a quaint nautical-themed restaurant where the ceviche and margaritas are the best on the island. If you still have some energy, hang out under the stars at Rasta's with a cold cerveza or two for a relaxing end to your day.


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Mayan Feather

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Location:

Avenida 5 and Calle 2 Norte
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 869 0548


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Galeria Azul

Location:

Av 15 Norte #449, between 8 & 10
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 2 4493


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Iglesia de San Miguel

Location:

Avenida Benito Juarez 180
(San Miguel de Cozumel between Ave 5 &10th)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 0972


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Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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Location:

Avenida Rafael Melgar at Calle 4
(San Miguel)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 2 1475


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Del Museo

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Location:

Avenida Rafael E. Melgar (Seafront) between Calles 4 and 6.
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 0838


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Cozumel Boat Trips

Location:

South Marina
77600 Caleta Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: (987) 113-2774


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El Capi Navegante

Location:

Avenida 10 Sur 312
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 1730


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Rasta's Reggae Bar and Grill

Location:

Playa Bush, at the end of the road
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa

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Location:

Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6-5
77600 Cozumel, MX

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 9500
fax: 52 987 872 9501


Day 2 - Cozumel


Hop on a boat in the morning to Isla de Pasion, a small barely-inhabited island just off Cozumel's coast that has some of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see. Walk down the beach a bit away from the bar/buffet/shop areas for a quieter experience, and bring your hiking shoes if you are interested in an inner-island hike to see some more wildlife. Get back to Cozumel for an early lunch at La Choza, a great authentic Mexican place downtown. After, head to the Blue Angel Dive Shop, one of the area's safest yet most exciting operations. Experienced and knowledgeable, their guides are perfect for your first introduction to Cozumel's reefs. Take a lesson if you are a beginner, or just set out for a dive, most likely at one of the less-difficult dive sites such as San Francisco, Paraiso, or Palancar reef. The reefs all along the south-western coast of the island are worth diving, filled with amazing sealife. Featuring one of the world's largest coral reef chains, there are over 500 species of tropical fish to see and appreciate. For a relaxing dinner after such an exciting day, sit back in plush comfort at Pepe's Grill, famous for their fabulous steaks.


1

Isla de Pasion

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Location:

Abrigo Bay
1 mile north of Punta Norte
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 0972


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La Choza

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Location:

Avenida 10 corner with Calle Salas.
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 0958


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Blue Angel Dive Shop

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Location:

Hotel Villablanca, Zona Hotelera Sur
Costera Sur Highway, Km 3
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 2 1631
fax: +52 987 2 1631


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San Francisco Reef

Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
(Playa San Francisco)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 0972


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Paraiso Reef

Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
(South of Villa Blanca Wall)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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Palancar Shallows and Gardens

Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
(Costera Sur Highway)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 0972


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Pepe's Grill

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Location:

Ave Rafael E. Melgar at Rosado Salas
(San Miguel)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 0213


Day 3 - Cozumel


Hop in the water in the morning at Playa Corona, the best place in Cozumel to snorkel right off the beach. Rent some snorkel equipment at the rental cabana here, and dive in! There's a yummy little cafe right on the sand to grab a taco and a beer for lunch, too. In the afternoon, head to Fly High Adventures to explore this ecopark in the air. Recently built just south of town, this is an exhilarating way to get a great aerial view of the jungle and ocean. If this is the first time you've tried zip-lining, this is a great place to start, as the guides are all very capable and well trained. A small snack bar has drinks in case you get thirsty. Make the most of the sunsets with an evening margarita on the patio at La Veranda before dinner here. A place where the fusion fare is innovative and interesting, you also can't go wrong with a classic like jerk chicken.


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Playa Corona

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Location:

Zona Hotelera Sur
Costera Sur Highway Km 8.5
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 0972


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Fly High Adventures

Location:

Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 987 857 2975


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La Veranda

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Location:

Calle 4 Norte 140
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 4132
fax: 52 987 857 0924


Day 4 - Cozumel


To catch a glimpse of some more of Cozumel's unique flora and fauna, rent a couple of scooters for a ride down to the southern end of the island to climb the lighthouse and various observation towers around the Parque Punta Sur preserve. The beach on the eastern side of the island is calm if you feel like a dip, and you can also head out onto the lagoon inside the park on a pontoon mini-cruise if you choose. Scooter back north to El Moro for a late lunch, and ignore the strange decor in favor of enjoying the atmosphere and fabulous family fare. Try some more diving in the afternoon, this time with Caribbean Divers, an incredibly friendly and reliable shop. There are some fascinating underwater sites to explore around Cozumel, including ship and plane wrecks, and more reefs, of course. Crack open a lobster after for dinner at Lobster House, simple but scrumptious.


1

Parque Punta Sur

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Location:

Costera Sur Highway Km 27
(beginning of Costera Este Highway)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +1 987 872 2940


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El Moro

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Location:

Calle 75 Norte #124
between Avenidas 2 and 4
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 3029


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Caribbean Divers

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Location:

Calle 3 Sur between Melgar & Ave 5 Sur
San Miguel
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 2 1080 / +52 987 2 1145


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Tormentos Reef

Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
South of Chankanaab Reef
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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Felipe Xicotencatl Shipwreck

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Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
Costera Sur Highway
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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Plane Wreck

Location:

Parque Marino de Cozumel
Costera Sur Highway, Km 4.5
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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Lobster House

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Location:

Costera Norte Highway
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 0795


Day 6 - Cozumel


Parque Chankanaab is a place where you can easily spend a day (or more) and never get bored. There is great snorkeling right off the coast here, a huge lagoon, diving, swimming with dolphins, a pool, and paths for hiking through the park to explore the jungle. The food at the cafe is great, especially the ceviche. Take a cab back up to the hotel in the late afternoon, and head to El Foco in the evening to relax outside and watch the sunset. The tacos here are delicious, and it's the perfect spot to chill on the beach with a couple of beers.


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Parque Chankanaab

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Location:

Costera Sur Highway, Km 9
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 2940


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El Foco

Location:

Avenida 5 Sur 13-B
(San Miguel)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 987 872 5980


Day 7 - Cozumel


Stop by Casa Denis, family-owned and authentically delicious, to load up on some juevos for breakfast, then take one last trip to the beach with a visit to Playa de San Martin. Quiet and pristine, get your last taste of Cozumel sun and sand before heading out.


1

Casa Denis

Location:

Calle 1 Sur #132 between Ave 5a & 10a
77600 Cozumel, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 987 872 0067


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Playa de San Martin

Location:

1.5km north of Playa Chen Rio
(Eastern Coast)
77600 Cozumel, Mexico


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