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5 Best Things to Do in Cozumel on a Cruise

Cozumel, Mexico might be a small island size-wise, but it’s huge on options and activities when you visit. Cozumel truly offers something for everyone. Enjoy all it has to offer with the five unique things to do in Cozumel:

Active and Outside

If you like to be outside enjoying the sunshine and water, Cozumel has a long list of choices for you: biking, snorkeling, kayaking, para-sailing, and even swimming with dolphins and whale sharks. There are tons of exciting Cozumel shore excursions catering to your active side. Many of these take place at several ecological and national parks throughout the island. One of the most popular is Chankanaab, featuring dolphins, snorkeling and diving (check out the Dolphin Swim Adventure shore excursion there – they’ll even kiss you!).

Cozumel Beach Day Tour - Shore Excursions Group

Private Beach Clubs/Hotels

In addition to being a very popular cruise port, Cozumel is also home to some magnificent resorts and beach clubs. These are a great option if you’re looking for a place to sit, relax, soak up some sun and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Cozumel. These tend to be around $30-70 a day per person and usually include food and drinks. Normally, these places limit the number of guests a day to ensure a relaxing atmosphere. Some of these can be booked ahead of time, like a beach day at Playa Mia, and include transfer right from the cruise pier.

The Mayans might have disappeared, but their history and cultural impact are still very much a part of Mexico. You’ll find Mayan ruins on the island of Cozumel, as well as a short ferry ride over to the mainland of Mexico. San Gervasio is located in the middle of the island of Cozumel and can be with an island overview tour. Tulum and Chichen Itza, some of the most popular Mayan Ruins, are located on the mainland.

Beach Day Excursions in Cozumel, Mexico

Drinking and Eating

If food and cool drinks are your idea of a good time, then Cozumel has you covered. From local favorites La Choza and Coconuts Bar and Grill to classics like Carlos and Charlie’s, Cozumel can satisfy any taste bud. Several of the most popular bars are also located on the water and offer swimming, snorkeling and other activities. Another one of the fun things to do in Cozumel is a Jose Cuervo tequila seminar, where you’ll taste three different kinds of tequila, learn how it’s made and best pairing options!

Unique Adventures 

Because of its location and history, Cozumel has some of the most interesting, unique adventures and experiences. Cozumel is one of the few places where you can snorkel or dive with dolphins or whale sharks. Cozumel also offers you the chance to swim in underwater caverns and rivers. For divers, Cozumel has incredible diving locations, including the Santa Rosa wall. For those who want to get the feel of diving without having an experience, a unique minisub dive tour is a fun and different experience!

Cozumel Insider Tips:

  • Always pre-book your Cozumel shore excursion before arrival so you can just enjoy your time there and not have to worry about finding tours or what to do. Also, the best ones sell out fast, so booking early means you can do exactly what you like.
  • Use caution when drinking the water. It sounds cliche but in some parts of Mexico, even the locals won’t drink the water. Consider bringing bottled water with you in your beach bag or ordering bottled water when you go out.
  • Always let your bank know when you’re traveling outside of the country. Banks have a tendency to turn your debit or credit card off if they see transactions in foreign countries because they are associated with fraud.


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