The Cozumel’s reputation for healthy reefs with healthy fish populations and excellent underwater clarity is well deserved as these waters are home to more than 100 types of coral and 260-plus species of fish

The Cozumel’s reputation for healthy reefs with healthy fish populations and excellent underwater clarity is well deserved as these waters are home to more than 100 types of coral and 260-plus species of fish

Technicolor Reefs, Plenty of Fish and Easy Drifts

Cozumel brings together all the elements needed for a perfect dive vacation. A small, friendly town sits on the sheltered western shore of an island washed by warm, clear waters. This life-giving flow nurtures luxuriant growths of sponges and corals that cover the ledges, ridges and drop offs and support an underwater menagerie of fish and invertebrates. These same currents propel divers on exhilarating but controlled drifts as they go with the flow. Adding to the appeal are direct flights from the US, a wide range of beachfront hotels to enjoy, and dive boats that make easy runs in calm waters to sites less than a mile from shore.

Highlights

  • Best for: Macro photographers, underwater naturalists, explorers and whale watchers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, thanks to calm, consistent water conditions
  • 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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About Diving in Cozumel

All diving in Cozumel takes place on the island's western shore, which is sheltered from prevailing easterly winds and surf. The shore drops from shallow reefs to a series of mid-depth shelves and  ledges that culminate in high profile coral ridges that drop from depths 50 to 90 feet into deep water. Steady north-flowing currents are found on all sites, and drift diving is the norm. Water temperatures range from the high 70s to the mid 80s.

Diving in Cozumel Tips

The techniques of drift diving may seem intimidating to those who have never tried it, but in fact, nothing could be easier. Simply step off the swim platform, allow the current to carry you, and resurface to find the boat waiting. Because neither you or the boat are tethered, there is no sense of moving water when you are on the surface.

Best Places to Dive in Cozumel

Sites such as Palancar Deep, Colombia Reef and Santa Rosa Wall combine steep wall-like outer profiles with intricate mazes of swim-throughs and arches. Tormento and Punta Tunich provide lively drifts over ridges and valleys, while shallow sites such as Palancar Garden, Cordona and Las Palmas combine mild currents with abundant fish life. The wreck of the Felipe Xicoténcatl  adds variety.

What to Pack for Diving in Cozumel

A 3mm suit is adequate for most all divers. Though you will be following a dive master's surface marker, it's a good idea to carry your own deployable surface marker in case of separation from the group.

Specials

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Cozumel Hotel and Resort by Wyndham

COZUMEL -DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 nights in Run of House accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive Paradise, breakfast daily, hotel tax and service charges.

Added values: Free scuba diving introductory lesson. Free access to wireless internet in public areas. 15% off in the gift shop. $25 F&B 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.

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Valid for travel through 12/20/21. Rates from $526 per person/double diver.
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Occidental Cozumel

COZUMEL - DIVERS SALE – UP TO 45% IN DISCOUNTED Packages include 5 nights Deluxe Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving with Pro Dive Cozumel, free Nitrox, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including alcohol, scheduled resort activities and entertainment, use of non-motorized watersports, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, hotel tax and service charges.

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Valid 4/25/21-6/19/21 & 8/16/21-12/22/21. Rates from $638 per person/double diver.
Valid 6/20/21-6/30/21. Rates from $651 per person/double diver.
Valid 7/1/21-8/15/21. Rates from $671 per person/double diver.

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Allegro Cozumel

COZUMEL -DIVE PACKAGE includes 5 nights in Superior Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, free Nitrox with Pro Dive Cozumel, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including alcohol, scheduled resort activities and entertainment, use of non-motorized watersports, hotel tax and service charges.

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Travel 4/25/21-6/30/21. Rates from $571 per person/double diver.
Travel 7/1/21-8/22/21. Rates from $605 per person/double diver.
Travel 8/23/21-12/22/21. Rates from $565 per person/double diver.

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

COZUMEL - FREE 4 ALL | FREE ROOM UPGRADE | FREE COVID ANTIGEN TEST | KIDS | FREE BEACH DINING + $200 RESORT COUPONS Package includes 5-night Deluxe Tropical View accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive House Cozumel, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi in lobby, hotel tax and service charges.

$200 in resort coupons when booking this offer. Use for spa treatments, romantic dining and wine purchases. (used on applicable items per hotels discretion).

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FREE 4 ALL Special is valid for travel through 12/22/21. The advertised from rate of $622 applies to specific travel between 8/15/21-12/22/21 and is based double diver/per person.

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Secrets Aura Cozumel

COZUMEL - FREE 4 ALL | FREE ROOM UPGRADE | FREE COVID ANTIGEN TEST | FREE SPA | FREE BEACH DINING + $200 RESORT COUPONS Package includes 5-night Pool View Jr Suite accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Dive House Cozumel, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including alcohol, daily entertainment, free WiFi, hotel tax and service charges.

$200 in resort coupons when booking this offer. Use for spa treatments, romantic dining and wine purchases. (to be used on applicable items per hotels discretion).

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FREE 4 ALL Special is valid for travel through 12/22/21. The advertised from rate of $841 applies to specific travel between 8/10/21-12/22/21 and is based double diver/per person.

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The Explorean Cozumel

COZUMEL - GO SCUBA DIVING – GO EXPLORING – FREE NIGHTS includes 5 night Deluxe Casita accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives 1 welcome tank with Dive House, breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus wake-up breakfast basket delivered to the room daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including house brand alcohol, hotel tax and service charges.

Daily activities including a variety of on-site entertainment, and off site adventures include: coastal road cycling, snorkeling at Columbia Reef, horseback riding to the Mayan Ruins, kayaking discovery at Passion Island, hiking and dune-buggy island adventure, Punta Sur park tour, snorkel expedition at Dzul-Ha Beach, sailing and snorkeling the Caribbean, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/19/21. Rate from $941 per diver.
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Presidente InterContinental Resort

COZUMEL - DIVERS EXCLUSIVE RATES + $50 per room resort credit includes 5 night Pool View accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank morning boat dives + complimentary tanks for shore diving Scuba Du, daily breakfast, FREE WiFi, hotel tax, and service charges.

Travel through 4/10/21. From $928 per diver, based on double sharing.
Travel 4/11/21-7/10/21 & 8/16/21-12/25/21. From $876 per diver, based on double sharing.
Travel 7/11/21-8/15/21. From $947 per diver, based on double sharing.

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Scuba Club Cozumel

COZUMEL - SPRING DIVE SPECIAL Package includes 5 night’s accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1-FREE night boat dive, unlimited shore diving, breakfast and lunch daily, hotel tax and service charges.

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

COZUMEL - SPRING-SUMMER DIVE DEAL includes 5 nights Deluxe Ocean View accommodations, 3 days 2-tank boat dives, 1 welcome tank with Dive House, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, snacks, and by the glass beverages including house brand alcohol, 24 hour room service, daily activities, hotel tax and service charges.

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Rates from $816 valid through 12/19/21.

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

COZUMEL DIVERS PROMOTION + $600 Resort Credit includes 5 night Deluxe Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives including free tanks for shore diving with Babieca Dive Center, hotel tax and service charges.

$600 Mega Pass Resort Credit Coupon Book (per booked room) can be used towards diving, snorkeling, spa, restaurants, room upgrades, car rental (non- transferrable/non-refundable, specific credit amounts set by hotel).
5 night minimum stay required February 24 thru March 26, 2021.
3 night minimum stay required March 27 thru December 21, 2021.

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Valid 5/1/21-7/9/21 & 8/14/21-12/21/21. Rates from $553 per person/double diver.
Valid through 4/30/21 & 7/10/21-8/13/21. Rates from $573 per person/double diver.
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Scuba Club Cozumel

COZUMEL - BUY ONE DIVE PACKAGE GET 50% OFF including 5 night’s accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, private gear locker (bring padlock), breakfast and lunch daily, hotel tax and service charges.

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Allegro Cozumel

BECOME A DIVER PACKAGE including choice of room accommodations, 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

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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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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Scuba Club Cozumel

7 NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank diving, unlimited shore diving on dive days, breakfast & lunch daily, Free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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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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The Explorean Cozumel

Located on Cozumel's western coast, situated behind its sister property the Fiesta Americana. The beach is easily accessible (about a 3 min walk). Offering a 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. Guests learn and explore the island while cycling, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and driving dune-buggies, and it's all included in the room rate. Most activities are accessible to guests with a wide range of fitness and experience levels and ages. On site restaurant, pool, hot tub and complimentary WiFi. Access to Fiesta Americana’s beach club, dive operation and private pier.

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Presidente InterContinental Resort

Located on a palm fringed island, luxurious and secluded surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, situated on a half mile stretch of private sand beach, only minutes from the abundant coral reefs. Four restaurants, spa & two pools (one for adults only), buffet breakfast included in the room rate. PADI 5-Star Center (Scuba Du) on site. Valet dive service including gear rinse and storage.

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Cozumel Hotel and Resort by Wyndham

This well-known Resort located near the newly renovated center square with shopping, local restaurants and bars, and minutes from the colorful and abundant coral reefs that have made Cozumel one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving destinations. A 180-room resort, newly remodeled, free Wi-Fi in public areas. Adjoining and disabled rooms available. Resort offers all-inclusive or breakfast accommodations, friendly staff, the largest pool on the island, and an expansive beach club. On-site legendary Dive Paradise offers dive lockers, rinse tanks, & hangers for dive gear. Receive $25 in food and beverage credits per room, when a min of $100 USD is spent during stay, or $50 per room when a min of $200 USD is spent during stay, 15% off gift shop (some restrictions apply), 1-free Scuba Diving introductory lesson in the swimming pool per guest.

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Sunscape Sabor Cozumel

Situated on 2,000 feet of beach on the southwest side of Cozumel, just five minutes from Chankanaab Ecopark on beautiful Cozumel you will find an all-inclusive getaway for vacationers and divers of every sort. Stays at this resort come with all privileges of an Escape to Unlimited-Fun® vacation including countless daytime land and non-motorized water activities, limitless food and beverages. Three bars and lounges serving international and domestic brand beverages Explorer’s Club for Kids (ages 3-12) and Corezone teenager club with fun-filled activities. On-site Dive House Cozumel PADI 5-Star Dive Resort- offers valet diving, gear storage lockers, fresh water showers and gear-washing facilities and Scubapro rental equipment.

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Secrets Aura Cozumel

Located on beautiful Cozumel and the only all inclusive, adults only, beachfront resort. Unlimited-Luxury®, limitless gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages. Blended with the natural charm of Mexican hospitality, this property features 266 luxurious suites each decorated with a unique style. Private terrace or balcony, full bathroom with whirlpool and mini bar. Activities & entertainment, spa, tennis court, infinity-edge pool with ocean view and much, much more.

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Occidental Cozumel

Located on one of the best beaches in Cozumel, this all-inclusive luxury and world class diving resort is top-notch on famed San Francisco Beach, offering a range of room categories, six restaurants, gourmet dining, daytime activities, evening entertainment, turn-down service and room service in an authentic hacienda-style resort. Relax on the beach or at one of the 3 pools or partake in on-site watersports including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling. Upgrade to The Royal Club, with personal concierge service, hydro-massage bathtubs, private whirlpool and other exclusive amenities. Dive operation Pro Dive International offers PADI certifications & daily excursions. The Palancar Reef is 10 minutes away by boat.

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Fiesta Americana Cozumel

This upscale all-inclusive oceanfront resort is located on the island’s calm western coast, with easy access to Cozumel's best dive sites. 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 modern décor. The resort offers a mix of Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines. Amenities include two pools three bars, workout facilities, game room, kid's club, spa services and entertainment. Plus 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests enjoy exclusive access to the resort's beach club for water sports, shore diving, snorkeling with a private pier. On-site aquatics center operated by Dive House.

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El Cid La Ceiba Beach

Beachfront resort located on the southern end of Cozumel. Completely renovated. All-inclusive and room only options. Deluxe rooms and suites with kitchens or kitchenettes. Oceanfront restaurant and bar, massage cabins, beautiful tide pool with cascading waterfalls and hot tub. On site PADI Dive Center with PADI certified dive-masters and instructors. Unlimited shore diving from private dock.

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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. Five minutes from the heart of town. Superior rooms with private balcony or terrace and spacious Deluxe Cabanas. A-la-carte restaurant, swim-up bar, beach area with “palapas” and hammocks. Designed for the sun lover and sports enthusiast, here you will enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and much more. Dive concierge and beach diving on site.

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Allegro Cozumel

Located on the magnificent Playa San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the island of Cozumel. This All-Inclusive offers rooms with a subtle tropical decor that are perfect for relaxing. In addition, the resort offers a superb gastronomic array of 5 restaurants and 5 bars to enjoy after a long day of activities. Excellent packages for diving experiences at one of the world’s top destinations for scuba divers. Includes an on-site Pro Dive International, PADI Dive Center and dock. When Jacques Cousteau visited the Santa Rosa Reef and the Palancar Gardens, he defined it as "paradise." Guests can enjoy daily thanks to the resort’s proximity to both of these dive sites. Various leisure and entertainment options both top-side and under water, to spot dolphins and sea turtles, or lying in the sand at the beach, or next to one of the 5 pools.

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Scuba Club Cozumel

This divers resort located on the waterfront one mile south of the downtown ferry dock. The 60-room beachfront dive hotel features air-conditioned accommodations, each with ceiling fan, hair dryer, mini fridge, and a private porch or balcony, just steps away from great shore diving. Rooms are ready for wet divers and have drying racks for dive suits on each terrace. Packages typically include the room, meals and diving. On site is a PADI 5-Star Dive Center with seven custom boats and a private pier. Caters to individual divers as well as groups.

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The Westin Cozumel

Located Amid lush tropical vegetation on San Juan Beach. Explore your adventurous side scuba diving or with nearby activities such as, boating and eco tours. All boutique rooms, suites and cabanas offer breathtaking ocean views, and some also feature outdoor whirlpools and private plunge pools. Let your cares and worries disappear while lounging at the pool, surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers. For enhanced views, head to the Sky Lounge, the highest on the island. Fitness studio, spa and three on-site dining options.

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Diving in Cozumel

One of the most notable features of Cozumel's underwater landscape is the health of the reefs themselves. The majority of Cozumel's dive sites lie within the 30,000-acre marine park and enjoy a no-touch, no-take policy, But protection is only half the story. It is the steady flow of oceanic water washing over the reefs that promotes life and growth, while also supplying the excellent water clarity divers crave. Healthy reefs mean healthy fish populations, and these waters are home to more than 100 types of coral and 260-plus species of fish. Another unique aspect of Cozumel's underwater landscape is the configuration of the coral structures. As the topography transitions from shallow reefs to high-relief coral heads, these don't take on the typical spur-and-groove configuration. Instead, the corals grow upwards and outwards in convoluted patterns that create maze-like networks of canyons, swim throughs and arches. The outer edges of these coral castles often present wall-like vertical faces, but these faces are often riddled with crevices, caverns and vertical chimneys. These structures shelter a variety of marine life, and Cozumel is one of the best places in the Caribbean to see larger grouper, which roam the reefs with no fear of meeting hook and line or speargun. A common first-dive profile might involve a game of follow-the-leader through clefts in the reef line to overlooks of blue water. Second dives might be a drift across a mid-depth coral ridge such as Cedar Pass, or an exploration of fish-laden coral gardens such as Dalila or the Palancar Horseshoe. A number of waterfront hotels and other locations provide access for shore diving on sites within easy swimming distance of the shore. These include both reefs and several small artificial reefs that hold a vareity of fish. All boat diving diving in Cozumel is drift diving. Standard practice is to stop the dive boat and drop divers far enough up current of the target site to allow divers ample time for a comfortable descent. An in-water dive master deploys a tethered surface marker, and the dive group is carried along the reef by the currents. As divers complete their underwater tour, they are picked up by the waiting boat. This process makes making navigation easy, and save for the flight-like sensation of the drift, there is no sense of water movement as divers exit, as both boat and body are moving with the flow. One site where divers may want to hang out rather than drift away is the artificial reef known as the Felipe Xicoténcatl. The 184-foot former Mexican Navy minesweeper sits upright and intact on a white-sand bottom near Chankanaab Bay. The wreck has been placed to allow experienced divers to explore the interior on guided dives, with permanent lines for reference. Interior spaces hold large schools of glassy sweepers and large grouper. Because guides can bring no more than four divers into the wreck at a time, it’s advisable to reserve a tour well in advance. Night diving reveals another facet of Cozumel's reefs, as octopus, lobster, moray eels and a menagerie of crustaceans come out after dark. This is also a good time to hunt for one of the area's signature finds, the splendid toadfish. Just four to six inches in length, these homely reef dwellers are endemic to Cozumel, and can usually be found lurking in small holes where the reef meets the sand. At night, they emit croaking sounds in hopes of attracting a mate.

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.