Cultural Activities in Cozumel

Living Reminders of the Ancient Ways

The ancient Mayans called it Ah Cuzamil Peten, the island of the swallows; a place of fertility sacred to the moon goddess lx Chel. Today's visitors are more likely to focus on sun and sea than lunar rituals, but hints of the old ways still exist for those who know where to look. Thousand-year-old stone structures hidden in island forests give mute evidence of times past, while modern day descendants of the builders share wisdom passed through the generations. Visitors can discover these traditions and engage in immersive hands-on experiences to harvest, cook and craft the way the ancients once did.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, surrounded by water great for beach lovers, watersports enthusiasts and those looking to relax
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Winter temperatures stay in the 70s, with pleasantly low humidity. Summertime highs approach 90 but cool at night. The rainy season, June to October, bring afternoon thunderstorms and increased humidity, but underwater visibility isn't compromised

Cozumel Information

Cultural Activities in Cozumel

In years past, cultural tours focused on sites on the Yucatan mainland, which require full days involving ferry and bus rides. More recently, a number of cultural programs and exhibits on Cozumel itself allow visitors to immerse themselves in the region's culture and history without leaving the island.

Cultural Activities in Cozumel Tips

Go light on your hotel's breakfast buffet before a tour to save room for Cozumel's traditional culinary treats. The Kaokao tour provides a chance to make your own chocolate bar; you can sample traditional chicle gum and native honey at Pueblo del Maiz, and fill warm, hand-made corn tortillas with fresh salsas.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Cozumel

The historic Punta Sur Lighthouse hosts an ecological park and museum. Just outside San Miguel de Cozumel, the Discover Mexico Park provides a window into the region's cultural past. Rancho Palmitas provides horseback tours to Mayan ruins of Cedral. Visitors entering Pueblo del Mai receive a welcoming blessing from a Mayan priest and engage in hands-on activities that provide a glimpse of authentic village life in pre-Colombian times.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Cozumel

Long pants and close-toed shoes for horseback tours. Swimsuits and a towel for tours that include a stop at Chankanaab park. Sun protection for tours through the Punta Sur eco park and crocodile lagoon. A camera and a tote bag to hold handicrafts and goods purchased from vendors.

Specials

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Hotel Cozumel & Resort

COZUMEL, MEXICO - SPRING + SUMMER SPECIAL includes 7 night accommodations, breakfast buffet daily, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid through 8/13/17. Book by 6/30/17. Add $188 per person for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including beverages and alcohol. *Options to add on Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $451 per person double occupancy

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Presidente InterContinental Resort

SAVE 10% OFF includes 7 night Pool View accommodations, complimentary breakfast buffet daily, complimentary WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid 4/17/17-7/7/17. Kids stay free including complimentary kids program, restrictions apply. *Options to add on Spa Services, Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $995 per person double occupancy

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Secrets Aura Cozumel

COZUMEL, MEXICO - SPRING SALE includes 7 night Pool View Jr. Suite ccommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, $200 per room resort coupons to be used on applicable items, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/24/17-8/13/17. Book by 6/30/17. *Options to add on Spa Packages, Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $1,144 per person double occupancy

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

COZUMEL, MEXICO - SPRING SALE includes 7 night deluxe tropicalview accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, $200 per room resort coupons to be used on applicable items, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid 4/24/17-6/30/17. Additional dates available at varying rates.*Options to add on Spa Packages, Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $602 per person double occupancy

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Cozumel Palace

COZUMEL, MEXICO - $1500 RESORT CREDIT + 5TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 nights Ocean View Suite accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and beverages including premium alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, CHI professional blow dryer and flat iron,1500 resort credit to be used on select activities, tours, spa including upgrade to unlimited spa and romantic dinners per specified amount (16% tax to be paid in cash on island will apply for using resort credit), roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/23/17-6/21/17. Book by 4/30/17. Additional dates available at varying rates.*Options to add on Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $1,102 per person double occupancy

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

COZUMEL, MEXICO - UP TO 40% OFF includes 7 night deluxe oceanview accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including house brand alcohol, daily activities, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 8/13/17-12/14/17. Add $10 per person for travel 4/23/17-7/6/17. *Options to add on Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $966 per person double occupancy

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Allegro Cozumel

COZUMEL, MEXICO - SPRING SPECIAL includes 7 night superior accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 8/16/17-12/22/17. Book by 6/30/17. *Options to add on Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $481 per person double occupancy

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

COZUMEL, MEXICO - UP TO 50% OFF + $600 MEGA PASS includes 7 night deluxe accommodations, $600 mega pass, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/23/17-12/22/17. Add $242 per person for all food, snacks and beverages in the onsite restaurants, use of the tennis courts plus numerous beach and pool recreational activities plus entertainment. *Options to add on Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Paddleboard and Yoga, Tulum Tours and Chichen Itza Tours.
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From $524 per person double occupancy

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The Explorean Cozumel

COZUMEL, MEXICO - UP TO 40% OFF includes 7 night casita accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including house brand alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid 8/13/17-12/14/17. Add $90 per person for travel 4/23/17-7/6/17.
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Resorts

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Casa del Mar Cozumel

One of Cozumel´s most popular hotels located across the street from the crystal clear waters of Cozumel´s Mexican Caribbean. Designed for the sun lover and sports enthusiast, here you will enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and much more.
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Cozumel Palace

At Cozumel Palace, you will find 169 luxurious suites, including Junior Suite, Concierge Level and Loft Suites, all facing the ocean. Each suite is comprised of a spacious seating area and a double whirlpool ideal for relaxing after a day of exploring. You can also enjoy the crisp ocean breezes of the Caribbean waters from your own balcony.
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Allegro Cozumel

Experience a scuba diving vacation at Allegro Cozumel. Cozumel offers amazing reef diving, excellent visibility, easy drift diving, incredible drop-offs, striking pinnacles, and interconnecting caves and tunnels. You will have the opportunity to see marine species such as barracuda, toad fish, eagle rays, sharks, and loggerhead turtles.
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Secrets Aura Cozumel

Blended with the natural charm of Mexican hospitality, this property features 87 guest rooms and suites, each decorated with a unique style. Designed to create a quiet and unique atmosphere, its design combines wood, stone, marble and tapestry to create a warm and inviting blend of light, space, comfort and functionality. The friendly and dedicated staff await your arrival.
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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

Completely renovated, this resort features totally rebuilt suites in a minimalist world-class style. New oceanfront restaurant and bar, massage cabins, beautiful tide pool with cascading waterfalls, fully-stocked bar within reach of the hot tub, new on site dive operation and private dock, and a new philosophy focused on personal service.
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Hotel Cozumel & Resort

This gorgeous resort is one mile away from the newly renovated center square with shopping, local restaurants and bars, and just minutes from the colorful and abundant coral reefs that have made Cozumel one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving destinations.
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Occidental Cozumel

Enjoy all-inclusive luxury and worldclass diving at this top-notch resort on famed San Francisco Beach, offering a range of room categories, gourmet dining, daytime activities, evening entertainment, turn-down service and room service in a hacienda-style resort. Upgrade to The Royal Club, with personal concierge service, hydro-massage bathtubs, private whirlpool and other exclusive amenities.
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Presidente InterContinental Resort

A unique hideaway, secluded and surrounded by lush vegetation and turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, situated on a half mile stretch of private sand beach, only minutes from the abundant coral reefs. The 220 rooms and suites boats LCD-TV, WiFi, MP3. Three restaurant options for dining.
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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

Sunscape Sabor Cozumel is the perfect getaway for vacationers of every sort. Stays at this all-inclusive resort come with all of the privileges of an Unlimited-Fun® vacation including countless daytime land and water activities, limitless food and beverages from four reservation-free restaurants, unlimited top-shelf spirits from three bars & lounges and so much more... All while never having to wear a wristband.
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The Explorean Cozumel

One of the main reasons so many people choose to stay at the Explorean is the hotel's one-of-a-kind Daily Expedition & Adventure Program. Each day offers something new and exciting to do, with guided expeditions and treks in the ocean, on the beach, around the town, and deep into the tropical jungle, letting guests learn about and explore the island while cycling, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and driving dune-buggies, and it's all included in the room rate. The adrenaline, fun, laughs and pure emotion will make your activities truly unforgettable as you create stories to tell for a lifetime. Most activities could be described as "soft adventure" and fairly easy to do, but feel adventurous and exciting. They are accessible to guests with wide range of fitness and experience levels and ages. Side-trips and extra activities offer more rigorous adventure for explorers who want it.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid, undamaged passport is required. No visa is required for stays less than 180 days. One page is required in your passport for entry stamp. Other required items include a return ticket and confirmation of hotel reservation. All persons leaving Cozumel pay a departure tax of approximately $34 USD which should be included in your international ticket. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering Mexico if you’re coming from the United States. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel www.cdc.gov.

Culture and Customs

Though no longer the sleepy fishing village that divers first discovered in the 1960s, the island of Cozumel retains much of its small-town charm. Cruise ships come and go, but move beyond the waterfront souvenir shops and tourist-centric watering holes and you will discover a culture that combines memories of the Maya with traditions of old Mexico. Many local shops close for an afternoon siesta and as the big ships sail off into the night, residents come out for paseos around the town square. Also in the mix is a vibrant and sophisticated art and music scene. Cozumel has been called Mexico's equivalent of Key West, attracting creative types from across the country and beyond. This influx of talent also extends to the kitchen, adding creative cuisines to a dining scene that also includes a number of family-operated favorites that have been pleasing hungry divers for decades. Surface intervals are typically spent relaxing at beach clubs, with perhaps one day set aside for an island tour. A handful of bars and clubs stay open late, while ferries connect to the lively scene at Playa del Carmen, which lies just across the channel.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 110 volts, 60 cycles, same as in the U.S., so converters are not necessary.

Cozumel has a modern, fully digital and reliable telecommunication system. The long distance dialing code is 52, while the area code for Cozumel is 987. Check with your cell provider for International plans and costs. The Internet is available at many hotels, restaurants, bars and stores.

Water Quality

Most restaurants and bars in tourist locations use purified water. Outside of resorts, be cautious with ice in drinks or vegetables which may have been washed in tap water. Bottled water is available for purchase and is recommended for drinking and brushing your teeth.

Language & Currency

Spanish is the official language but English is widely spoken.

The Mexican peso is the official currency of Cozumel (MXN). Due to new regulations, merchants and businesses can no longer change U.S. Dollars for Pesos. That must be done at a currency exchange office. U.S. credit cards are widely accepted. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

Mexico spans four different time zones. February 1, 2015, the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cozumel, changed to Eastern Standard Time Zone (Zona Sureste). They do not observe daylight savings time, which puts them 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Cozumel is Mexico's largest island, sitting just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is approximately 250 square miles. Cozumel is 43 miles south of Cancún and 12 miles southeast of Playa del Carmen. Ferries take passengers between Playa del Carmen on the mainland side to Cozumel island in about 1/2 an hour. Cozumel measures 28 miles long & 10 miles wide.

The population of Cozumel is estimated at 100,000.