Hello there! Today’s post is dedicated to Mexico’s largest permanently inhabited islands, its largest Carribean and third-largest island. Today I am talking about Cozumel. I will walk you through every step of the journey so that your experience is nothing but excellent.
How to get there?
If you stay in Cancun, you would have to get to Playa del Carmen first. It takes more or less an hour drive and all the roads are free. There are also busses availible. Then, you will have to take a 35 minutes ferry ride from the Ferry Pier Downtown.
How much does it cost?
One way ticket with Ultramar costs 153 pesos per person. We took round trip tickets just to be safe.
Where to park?
Unlike the ferries to Isla Mujeres, there is no parking availible next to the ticket office. The closest parking will cost you 15 pesos per hour and you will see (AND hear) it as you get closer to Ferry Pier Downtown. The parking is a joke, it’s not safe at all, and there is no way you will be able to get your car until the next day once the parking closes at 10 p.m. Also, if you are 2 minutes late even if those 2 mins you were waiting in line to pay, you will be charged for another hour and there is nothing you can do about it. Not worth it.
However, there is free parking availible next to the mall not far from the Ferry Pier, and there are plenty of other parking spots as well.
The ferry ride:
The ferries are availible every hour and run on schedule. They are much bigger than the ones we took from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. There is plenty of space for everyone and locals musicians make a 35-minute trip more enjoyable. There are also drinks availible for purchase on board.
Getting around Cozumel: rentals and taxis.
The island is big, and you will need transportation to get from the port to any beach. There are a few options: rent a bike, scooter, car and get a taxi. The salesmen will try to make you get a rental since the minute you park your car in Playa del Carmen. We used a taxi and would do it again: it cost us 600 pesos to get to the beach”El Cielo” (about 20 miles one way) and back to Downtown and I felt like it was the safest, and fastest option.
If I could do only one thing in Cozumel, it’d be….
The snorkeling and scuba diving. You can rent the equipment or bring your own. The only thing to consider is the storms and rains even the day before your arrival. In that case, everything would be closed and you won’t have a chance to snorkel unless you brought your own equipment and do it at your own risk.