48-Hour Travel Guide to Cozumel (2023 Edition)

Cozumel is a beautiful island Mexico’s Caribbean Sea. It is a cozier and not as crowded alternative to traveling to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, which attract a lot more tourists. 

Once you are ready to book your trip, decide how you want to arrive to Cozumel. You can decide to fly there and land at the Cozumel International Airport (CZM) as your destination.

Alternatively, you can go to Playa del Carmen and travel to Cozumel by ferry. 

When You Book Your Flight, Get a Jeep Rental

Invest in a Cozumel Jeep rental to get around the island easier. It is one of the most popular ways to travel to the island because you can enjoy the empty beaches and see more sights comfortably while traveling inside a Jeep.

Daily rentals can range from $50 to $80 per day depending on the rental that you select and the rental vendor you choose. 

Consider a Jeep rental also because of the island’s massive size, which is 184.5 miles in length. Having a vehicle means you can explore remote parts of the island that aren’t packed with tourists. 

Once you book your rental, pick it up directly from Cozumel Airport. Hence, this is why it’s best to book your rental at the same time you book your Cozumel flight so that everything lines up.

Cozumel Travel Guide

Day 1: Go Diving and Snorkeling

Due to the fact that Cozumel is located near the Mesoamerican reefs that are the second biggest of reefs worldwide, you can enjoy immersive diving activities at some of the best places in the world to go diving and snorkeling. 

If you are staying at Villablanca Hotel, you can go snorkeling at Villa Blanca Reef right nearby. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy this experience, but be mindful that this is more for adults who can easily evade boat traffic. If you have children, the Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park snorkeling activities are a great alternative. 

Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park is a renowned snorkeling destination in Cozumel because it is shallow enough for safe diving with many underwater sights to explore. Enjoy the rainbow array of different colored coral and be amazed at aquatic species such as the Cozumel Toadfish.

Cozumel Beaches

Day 2: Explore the Beaches

Cozumel has endless beaches to explore because of its island territory. Try the Punta Sur Ecological Park, highly regarded as one of the most popular beaches in the area. Enjoy watching crocodiles and sea turtles within their nesting area. 

La Playa las Hermosa is regarded as the prettiest beach at this park. If you want to go snorkeling, kayaking, or get a massage, these activities come at an additional cost beyond the entry fee per person.

Where to Eat in Cozumel

Casa Cuzamil is one of the best sports bars on the island offering delicious seafood dishes and traditional Mexican delights. Try their fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, or a fresh snack bite of chips with pico de gallo. 

Casa Mission claims that they are the most traditional of restaurants in the Cozumel area. They specialize in seafood dishes because of the island’s influences. Savor their delicious takes on ceviche and grilled fish. Their specialty of the day rotates with possible dishes such as pozole, poc chuc, casserole chicken, and Mexican barbeque. 

Final Thoughts

What has got you most excited about visiting Cozumel? Do you have plans on heading to Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Merida or any other destinations during your trip to Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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