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

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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.

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Occidental Cozumel

SPECIAL SAVE UP TO 40% includes 6-night Deluxe room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, free Nitrox, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks including alcohol, scheduled resort activities and entertainment, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Up to $500 Resort Discounts per room, per stay (redeemed on property with restrictions) can be applied on the purchase of different services and products.
From 4/12/20 to 12/22/20: 1st child 2-12 years old free when sharing room with two or more adults.

Valid 4/12/20-4/30/20 & 8/23/20-12/26/20. Book by 3/31/20. Additional dates available at varying rates.
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Presidente InterContinental Resort

DIVERS SUPER SALE includes 7 night Pool View accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank morning boat dives + 1 night dive, complimentary tanks for shore diving, daily breakfast buffet, $50 per room resort credit, complimentary WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Add $87 and upgrade to 5 days of 2-tank morning boat dives + 1 night dive

Valid 4/19/20-7/10/20. Book by 2/29/20.
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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

COZUMEL - 7TH NIGHT FREE includes 7 night Deluxe Ocean View accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive House, 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 through 8/15/2020. Book by 1/31/20. Travel 8/16-12/20/20 and get a 5th Night Free!
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Cozumel Palace

WINTER SALE + RESORT CREDIT + FREE DIVING includes 7 nights Ocean View Suite accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and beverages including premium alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, use of CHI hair products, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

$650 resort credit per room to be used on select activities, tours, spa and dinners (16% tax to be paid in cash on island will apply for using credit including diving), roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 8/23/20-10/15/20. Book by 1/31/20.
Add $376 per person for travel 1/4/20-1/31/20.
Add $466 per person for travel 2/1/20-4/18/20.
Add $157 per person for travel 4/19/20-6/21/20.
Add $394 per person for travel 6/22/20-8/22/20.
Add $171 per person for travel 10/16/20-12/23/20.
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Allegro Cozumel

POST CHRISTMAS WINTER SALE + $500 RESORT CREDIT includes 7-night Pool View Jr. Suite accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
Up to $500 Resort Discounts per room, per stay (redeemed on property with restrictions) can be applied on the purchase of different services and products.

Valid 1/2/20-1/31/20. Add $84 for travel 2/1/20-3/20/20. Book by 1/17/20. Additional dates available at varying rates. Some Blackout dates apply.
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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

SHOW SPECIAL includes 7 nights Deluxe Tropical View accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including alcohol, daily entertainment, $200 per room resort coupons to be used on applicable items, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 8/16/20-12/22/20. Book by 1/31/20. Additional dates available at varying rates.
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Occidental Cozumel

WINTER SUPER SAVER includes 7-night Deluxe room accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, free Nitrox, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks including alcohol, scheduled resort activities and entertainment, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Up to $500 Resort Discounts per room, per stay (redeemed on property with restrictions) can be applied on the purchase of different services and products.

Valid 4/12/20-4/30/20. Book by 1/31/20. Additional dates available at varying rates.
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Secrets Aura Cozumel

WINTER SUPER SAVER includes 7-night Pool View Jr. Suite accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Up to $500 Resort Discounts per room, per stay (redeemed on property with restrictions) can be applied on the purchase of different services and products.

Valid 4/12/20-4/30/20. Book by 1/31/20. Additional dates available at varying rates.
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Scuba Club Cozumel

JANUARY 2ND DIVER PACKAGE HALF OFF includes 7 night’s accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, private gear locker (bring padlock), breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 1/3-1/31/20
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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING PACKAGE includes 7 nights Deluxe Tropical View accommodations, one PADI Discover Scuba Diving course, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including alcohol, daily entertainment, $200 per room resort coupons to be used on applicable items, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Secrets Aura Cozumel

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING PACKAGE includes 7 night Pool View Jr. Suite accommodations, 1-PADI Discover Scuba Diving Introduction Course, 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.
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Allegro Cozumel

BECOME A DIVER PACKAGE includes 7-night Superior accommodations, 4-6 days of instruction, equipment, pool sessions, open water dives and certification, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort

VACATION PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior room accommodations, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkel Tours, Cultural Experiences and Paddle Board Excursions.
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Cozumel Palace

DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean View Suite accommodations, 5 days 2-tank boat dive-large boat (certified divers only), breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and beverages including premium alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, CHI professional blow dryer and flat iron, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Hotel Cozumel & Resort

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, breakfast buffet daily, receive $25 food and beverage credit per room when a min of $100 USD is spent during stay or $50 F&B credit per room when a min of $200 USD is spent during stay, 15% off gift shop, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Cultural Tours, Paddle Board Tours and Snorkel Tours.
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Cozumel Palace

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE 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 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.
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Occidental Cozumel

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night deluxe accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Paddleboard Tours, Culture Tours to Mayan Ruins and Snorkel Tours.
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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Deluxe Tropical View accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including snacks and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, $200 per room resort coupons to be used on applicable items, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Spa Packages, Paddle Boarding, Coba and Tulum Tour, Snorkeling Tour, Chichen Itza Tour, Offroading Tour and Cozumel Mayan Heritage Tour.
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Scuba Club Cozumel

7 NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank diving, unlimited shore diving on dive days, 3 meals daily, Free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort

COZUMEL MARINE WORLD DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior accommodations, welcome tank for shore dive, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, free access to Nachi Cocom beach club, 20% off at Nachi Cocom, WiFi in lobby area, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Allegro Cozumel

The Allegro Cozumel hotel has been designed to offer sophisticated accommodations on the magnificent Playa San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the island of Cozumel. When Jacques Cousteau visited Palancar Reef, he defined it as "paradise." Allegro Cozumel Resort guests can now enjoy it every day thanks to the resort’s proximity. The resort offers excellent packages for diving experiences at one of the world’s top destinations for scuba divers. The resort provides various leisure and entertainment options both under water, among dolphins and sea turtles, as well as on land, lying in the sand at the beach or next to one of the 5 swimming pools. It also has great facilities for relaxation, such as the U-spa, or for action, such as the water park and the sports area.
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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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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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Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort

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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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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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

Fiesta Americana Cozumel combines the comforts of an upscale all-inclusive oceanfront resort with convenient access to Cozumel's best dive sites. The resort is located on the island's calm western coast, convenient to the attractions of San Miguel, but also close to prime southern reefs. All rooms and suites have ocean views from private terraces, and feature a bright modern décor. The resort offers six restaurants that serve a mix of continental, Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines, with both table service in themed dining rooms, and casual buffet-style dining in an oceanfront setting. Amenities include two pools, multiple bars, workout facilities, a game room, children's club, spa services and nightly entertainment. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the resort's beach club for water sports, shore diving and snorkeling. Divers will appreciate the convenience of an on-site aquatics center operated by Dive House, which is one of Cozumel's premier dive operators.
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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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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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Scuba Club Cozumel

Walking distance from downtown, this oceanfront dive resort features 60 air-conditioned rooms, each with ceiling fan, hair dryer, mini fridge, and a private porch or balcony, just steps away from great shore diving. Finished in tile and stucco, the rooms are ready for wet divers and have drying racks for dive suits on each terrace.
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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.