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Day Trip to Cozumel | Make Your Best Decision on Vacation

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ozumel is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Playa del Carmen, and it’s a natural playground made up of the unspoiled beauty of the jungle and crystal clear water. Moreover, add friendly local islanders and all the adventure you can pack into 12 hours, and your day trip to Cozumel can’t go wrong.

However, if you’ve been reluctant to spend any of your hard-earned vacation time on a day trip–don’t be! In this article, you’ll learn how to find the best excursions in Cozumel and how to get from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. Additionally, we’ll look into booking tours and excursions, travel tips specific to Cozumel, and where to find places to relax during your day on the island.

Where Is Cozumel?

Playa del Carmen to Cozumel--the perfect day trip!

Cozumel is one of the most popular destinations on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The soft sand beaches and clear, blue water of the Gulf hug the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Equally important to know is that the island is just 20 miles away from Playa del Carmen, right across the Cozumel Channel, making a day trip to Cozumel a perfect fit for your vacation.

However, the real reason that Cozumel is a bucket list destination is the warm sands and sparkling waters that encircle the Island and the large swaths of pristine jungle just beyond the beach. As a result, you’ll find many of the Riviera Maya’s best excursions in Cozumel.

You might wonder if Cozumel is safe, particularly if you plan to bring your family along or are a solo traveler. The Island stands out as a safe and welcoming destination for tourists from all over the world. Moreover, the crime rate is relatively low compared to other tourist destinations in Mexico. If you have more questions regarding safety on the island, check out this thorough article–Is Cozumel Safe?

Cozumel has something for everyone–families, thrill seekers, folks looking to relax and regroup, and visitors ready to immerse themselves in the culture. Lastly, by the time you reach the end of the article, you’ll know the best way to reach the island, how to get around once you’re there, and what unique experiences await you.

How Long Does It Take To Get There?

The Island is a short 45-minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, and, further, finding a way to travel the short distance is easy.

Winjet Passenger Ferry to Cozumel

Take a Passenger Ferry to Kick Off Your Day Trip to Cozumel

Start your day trip by taking in the sights while on the passenger ferry. You can catch the Ferry at the Playa del Carmen Ferry Terminal. What’s more, you should expect just a 45-minute ride across the Cozumel Channel. Ultramar and Winjet Ferries are the two passenger ferry companies that run from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the hour between the two destinations.

Ultramar’s ferries are bright yellow and blue, modern and sleek, with comfortable seating and frequent departures. Alternately, Winjet’s brilliant orange and blue fleet offers comfortable seating and regularly scheduled departures. Both ferries are winners.

What are the schedules and how much does the trip cost to get started on your day trip to Cozumel?

Tickets start at $290MXN one way and $580 round trip. Additionally, you can also reserve seats in the more popular areas of the ship (read: air conditioning). If you’re lucky enough to be a resident, bring your residency card to show at the toll booth for a discounted ticket.

Passenger Ferry Schedules:

What to Take and What to Leave on Your Day Trip

Take anything you value when heading to the ferries or leave it at home. Don’t leave anything in your car that might tempt fate, whether parked in a parking lot or on the street. Also, if you decide to park in a lot, you will most likely be asked to leave your car keys with the attendant.

Equally important, you should remember that the roundtrip ticket assigns an exact return time when purchasing your ferry tickets. You’ll run across the best excursion on Cozumel near the end of your day, the freedom to take a later ferry might be worth the difference in the cost.

Lastly, don’t worry about how you’ll get around Cozumel once you set foot on the Island. You can rent a car, jeep, scooter, or golf cart when ready, but booking ahead is always a good idea.

Bring Your Wheels Along On the Car Ferry to Jump Start Your Day Trip to Cozumel

If you want to make the most of every moment you have on the island, you can save time by bringing your car on the car ferry and use the extra time looking for the best excursions in Cozumel.

The car ferry ride takes about the same amount time as the passenger ferry–45 minutes. It departs from the Calica Mexico Cruise Port, about three miles south of the city. Furthur, ferries accommodate cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, bikes, and golf carts, although you might be charged extra for some vehicles.

Transcaribe Car Ferry

Lastly, two companies, Transcaribe Car Ferry and UltraCarga Car Ferry, operate the boats. Pricing to transport both cars and passengers is $30 each way, with promotional rates offered occasionally.  Both ferries have limited daily departures, so keep an eye on their schedules and book in advance because the available space fills quickly during the high season. 

Passenger Ferry Schedules:

Pro Tip Check the local weather report before heading out. Bad weather or rough seas can delay the scheduled launch times.

Is it possible to take a day trip to Cozumel without having a car?

Yes! It’s easy to find your way around the island and then hire a taxi as needed or even hire a private driver. The second most common question after heading out on a day trip to Cozumel without a car is whether walking around Cozumel is safe. Check out our blog post  5 Reasons Cozumel Is Safer Than You Think It Is.

Arriving on Cozumel without a car makes walking a necessity. What’s more, a walking tour is a great way to decide where you’d most enjoy visiting and how long to spend at each location. One more thing, make sure you stop by the broad sidewalk called El Malećon that runs along the waterfront beside the sea wall.

Renting Some Wheels

Renting Some Wheels

Renting a Car for your Day Trip to Cozumel

Conveniently located near the ferry terminals and Cozumel’s airport, car rental agencies offer the standard choice of vehicles you’d expect on an island–lots of fun cars and SUVs that can handle the terrain.

Hiring a Taxi

Taxis are another option for getting from point A to point B without worrying about maps and understanding the local rules of the road.

Renting Jeeps, Scooters and Golf Carts

Are you thinking about making the journey part of the adventure? A golf cart or scooter might be the perfect way to make the most of your day trip to Cozumel! Click here to learn more about renting: Rent Jeeps, Scooters, and Golf Carts

Renting scooters to explore the island.

Riding Public transportation or the “Colectivos”

Cozumel’s public transit is budget-friendly. Although, if you plan to leave the main town, you’ll have to supplement the bus with a taxi here and there because the bus routes are only in the main town of San Miguel de Cozumel.

Collectivos

Pro Tip  Regarding rideshare options, Uber and Lift don’t currently operate on the island.

Starfish

What are the Best Excursions To Plan For a Day Trip to Cozumel?

OK, so you’ve decided to add a trip to the island to your plans, and are looking for the best Cozumel excursions to book once you get there. Before starting to plan your trip, you need to think about a couple more things–basic logistics and how to organize your day. You can either–

    • begin your day trip to the island by booking your tour to start in Playa del Carmen, or
    • schedule “on island” activities that begin after reaching Cozumel, or
    • go freelance and blaze your own path through your day.

Do You Need to Book an Excursion In Advance to Make the Most of Your Day Trip to Cozumel?

Good question! It all depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. If you’re planning to take a tour or excursion, booking in advance is a good decision, especially if you choose the more popular choices.

Equally important, though, is where to start your day. Think about this:

    • Do you want someone else to take the wheel for a change? Booking a tour that starts in Playa del Carmen and takes you through your day trip is the way to go. Taking a tour this way eliminates all the hassles related to transfers, parking, and organizing activities on the Island.
    • Alternatively, have you been thinking about your day trip to Cozumel for months? Dreaming of diving into schools of fish? Taking off on an ATV tour to an archaeological dig site? Jet skiing through crystal-clear water? In this case, book your tours to start on Cozumel. With a good idea of how you want to spend your day trip in Cozumel, search out the tours that fit your needs.
Snorkeling in the paradise of the clear water protecting rare reefs.

Arriving With No Plans and No Expectations

If you’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person and know that the best excursions in Cozumel will also be the ones you bump into during your day, just grab your backpack. Then fill it with the necessities—swimsuit, sunscreen, street clothes and comfortable shoes–whatever you think you’ll need (don’t forget a ticket for the ferry)–and head out for a day trip on Cozumel that’s uniquely yours.

Are you loving the thought of a day trip to Cozumel so far?

Here’s a little more weight to add to the idea that the best Cozumel excursions are the ones YOU love the most. Imagine that those hammocks are waiting for you, and just out of range is an attentive and very fast food/drink runner (hot sands, you know) bringing you an icy island drink. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? To learn more about nabbing a hammock and a mojito, check out the section about  Cozumel’s Beach Clubs.

Chill under your personal palapa.

Ready, Set, Go! The 13 Best Excursions in Cozumel

Snorkeling in the Reef

A snorkeling experience among the reefs might be the best excursion in Cozumel, if popularity was the measure. The best snorkeling tours  include transportation to a spot in the reef teeming with marine life, snorkeling equipment, and often refreshments. Visitors experience famous snorkeling spots, like the Palancar Reef or El Cielo.

Moreover, the reef is 3.5 miles long, with depths ranging from 50 to 115 feet. But don’t let the depth fool you–the water is crystal clear and has visibility up to 200 feet.

Snorkeling in the super clear water around the island of Cozumel

Dive the Second Largest Reef in the World

Scuba diving the reefs surrounding Cozumel.

You’re in the right place if you’re a certified scuba diver. Cozumel is a world-renowned scuba diving destination that’s located on the most significant barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

While diving, you may spot sea turtles, rays, and glistening schools of fish. Additionally, to get the most out of one of the best excursions in Cozumel available, you can join a guided tour that explores Cozumel’s shallow reefs or one that ventures out further into the sea to investigate sunken ships. Lastly, look no further than the famous C-53 Shipwreck Site to amp up your diving experience. The diving locations are usually on Palancar Reef, and all skill levels are welcome. 

Kick Back at One of Cozumel's Beach Clubs

Do you prefer swimming and snorkeling closer to shore? If that’s the case, one of Cozumel’s Beach Clubs might be the perfect ticket for you. Many beach clubs offer opportunities to jet ski, scuba dive, charter fishing boats and catamarans, and parasail. Moreover, they’re also a comfortable place to relax in the shade of an umbrella. Try a beach massage in a secluded part of the club. Order refreshing tropical drinks to sip while reading your next great beach read. It’s the luxury edition of a day at the beach!

Cozumel Beach Club

Set Off on a Catamaran/Snorkeling Tour

Catamaran tour off Cozumel

Cutting across the turquoise water, with sea spray cooling your face, on a sleek catamaran is an exhilarating experience! If you’re a boat enthusiast, a private catamaran tour might be one of the best excursions in Cozumel! Additionally, the tours include swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun. Additionally, some boats stop at beach clubs, comfy lounges shaded by umbrellas. You can book the tours directly by clicking the link. Top 10 Catamaran Cruises on Cozum

Visit an Archaeological Site of Mayan Ruins

The Island is home to San Gervasio Park, the oldest excavated Mayan ruin on Cozumel and another of the best excursions in Cozumel. San Gervasio is an archaeological site that has something for everyone. The site is just the right amount of space for parents to let the little ones have some freedom to explore.

You’ll have the chance to admire Mayan architecture and learn about the village from experienced guides of the San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Tour. What’s more, San Gervasio can also accommodate those with limited mobility because it’s a relatively small space, allowing exploration at your own pace.

Trip to Mayan ruins on Cozumel

Ramp Up the Excitement with an ATV Excursion

If you are game for some rough-and-tumble fun, booking an ATV excursion can be a unique way to explore some of the harder-to-reach areas of Cozumel. Furthermore, the tour guides are knowledgeable and experienced, taking you to places that can’t be reached by car or on foot.

Cozumel Day Trip Goals: Swim in a Cenote

A cenote is an underground chamber that becomes accessible when the ceiling collapses. As a result, the cenote contains collected rainwater and spring water, stalactites and stalagmites, and lush plant life growing above. For me, it is one of the best excursions in Cozumel, with still, clear water flowing through hidden caverns carved out of the limestone that’s the island’s foundation. One of the most famous cenotes on Cozumel is the Jade Caverns Cenote. And, for good measure, here’s a list of the best ones to visit– A Must See While In Cozumel

Cenote on Cozumel

Jeep Excursion from the Beach to the Jungle

jeep tour on Cozumel

Taking a jeep tour is another fantastic way to explore the Island and see parts of it few visitors do. What can you expect from one of the best excursions in Cozumel? Buckle up, Buttercup! Imagine bumping along rough roads en route to cenotes, hidden coves, beaches, and breathtaking views of the Island and the Caribbean Sea. Further, Jeep excursions are unique because they allow you to stop and enjoy any place that demands more attention.

Can You Say “No” to a Chocolate and Tequila Tour

Are you in the mood for something different? How about the Cozumel Chocolate and Tequila Tour? For foodies, the best excursions in Cozumel center on the local cuisine. So imagine having the opportunity to make a chocolate bar using an authentic Mayan recipe. What’s more, you’ll even use the historically accurate utensils to create your chocolate bar. On top of that, to sweeten the experience a little more, you’ll also get to try locally made tequila. Yum!

Cocoa Seeds

Try the Submarine Expedition and Visit the Reef In Comfort

Submarine

A submarine expedition is one of the best excursions in Cozumel, and it comes with bragging rights. Think about it–how many people have ridden in a submarine before?

One of the best things about a submarine tour is that visitors, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, can visit the captivating coral reefs with knowledgeable guides. You’ll descend to about 100 feet (30 meters) and cruise along the ocean floor in the comfort of an air-conditioned

Can You Just Walk Around the Island on Your Day Trip to Cozumel?

Most Definitely! The best excursions in Cozumel may be the trails that run across it. They wind through rocky paths, the beach, and the jungle to hidden lagoons and secluded coves. You can even hike to Mayan ruins. When you see how flat the island is you might not expect much of a workout on your hike. However, making your way through the swaths of the jungle will raise your heartbeat! If you’re looking for the rundown on trails, this article is a great read–Hiking in Cozumel: Digital Nomad and a Dog

Walk through the island of Cozumel.

Make Your Day Trip on Cozumel Extra Special with a Personalized Tour.

Are you thinking about a more personal experience when touring the island? It’s time to step off the beaten tourist track and hire a private tour guide to explore the island. You’ll travel with an expert who knows the best excursions in Cozumel and see both the popular and lesser know spots.

A private guide will schedule a day full of the things you’re most interested in doing, like finding an secluded beach to soak up some sun or hike to a lighthouse on the coast at Punta Molas. Tour the island with a focus on Mayan history and visit the ancient site of El Castillo Real.

Tours that Accommodate Wheelchairs

Beach with wheelchair access.

For those with limited mobility, Cozumel can still be an accessible adventure. Tours range from visiting the reef in a glass bottom boat to dune buggy tours, pirate ship cruises, submarine excursions, and that’s just the beginning! Take a look at the guide published by the city of San Miguel Cozumel, which is the island’s largest town.  Wheelchair Accessible Tours On Cozumel Guide

What's Next?

What's Next?

What to do after a successful day trip to Cozumel? After returning to Playa del Carmen happy and ready for a power nap, hit the nightlife! 

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Parasailing In Cozumel Mexico – What To Expect

Imagine the sensation of the sun warming your skin and making the turquoise water sparkle. You feel the wind sweep through your hair and your feet dangle freely as you drift through the air. You’ll try to find Jet Ski Cozumel beach where your adventure began, but it’s difficult because everything is so small from up here! 

Eventually, you come to accept the fact that you are no longer in the hustle and bustle of the island. You are higher than you imagined and happier than you thought you would be at this point in your excursion. So, you stop worrying and start enjoying every second of joy this high-flying activity offers you. This is the unforgettable feeling that awaits you when you book our Cozumel Parasailing adventure

Parasailing in Cozumel at a Glance

Cozumel, Mexico is a popular vacation destination. Known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and water sports activities. One activity that has gained popularity in recent years is parasailing. This vacation activity involves being lifted into the air by a parachute while being towed behind a boat. Your sitting not standing and there is no skill/training required to do it. It is a thrilling and unique way to experience Cozumel from high in the sky.

How It Works

Booking & Arrival

The first step is to head to our Cozumel Parasailing Tour Booking Page. Pick your tour day & time and choose a single or tandem parasailing tour. After you secure your reservation and arrive, you meet our team at the pier on-site. The boat will pick you up here at our location OR your resort pier (for an additional fee). 

Gearing Up For Flight

Just a 1/2 mile boat ride from the shore is where you’ll feel the rush of excitement as you get ready to take flight! You slip on your safety harness and in no time you feel the thrill of your feet leaving the deck of the boat. Embrace the unknown, as you embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  Speaking of safety, check our Cozumel Island safety article

Before Lift-Off

After your harness is attached, you sit down on the rear deck of the boat, the driver will then speed up and begin towing you into the air. As the boat speeds up the cable guy starts to slowly release your rope and your feet begin to leave the boat. As you rise up higher and higher, you’ll have the opportunity to take in stunning views of the island and the surrounding sea possibly getting a glimpse of the Carnival or Royal cruise ship that you came in on.

Getting Airborne

After about 12-15 minutes in the air you will start descending closer to the boat. This all happens so fast and subtlety that you won’t even notice your coming down. 2-8 minutes later your feet will land gently on the rear deck of the boat without a splash of water on you. Our parasailing tour boat will bring you back to the beach area, where you can relax and continue your vacation. Many people find that parasailing helps to relieve stress and bring a sense of calm and relaxation. Parasailing is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of Cozumel Island. You’ll have the opportunity to see the island from a unique perspective and take in the stunning landscapes from above. 

Learn more about the Cozumel Parasailing Death in 2010
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Summing up Your Parasailing Tour

Overall, parasailing in Cozumel is a thrilling and exciting activity that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a peaceful and relaxing experience, parasailing has something to offer. So why not give it a try on your next vacation to Cozumel? Maybe check something off your bucket list! You won’t be disappointed! Visit our Cozumel Activities Page to book your reservation or scroll down to learn more

Best time of year to Parasailing in Cozumel Mexico

The best time of year to go parasailing in Cozumel Mexico is Jan – Oct. This is also the peak tourist season, so the island tends to be more crowded and prices may be higher. The rainy season (June to November) is less crowded and can offer lower prices, but there is a higher risk of inclement weather and possible hurricanes. If you’re planning to go parasailing in Cozumel, it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast and consider the pros and cons of each season.

What time of day for a parasail tour in Cozumel?

There is no “best time” of day to parasail. It depends on weather conditions, wind speed, and personal preference. However, according to hundreds of people we have provided a parasailing tour for the early-mid morning is our most commonly booked time slot here at Jet Ski Cozumel. The air isn’t too hot and the winds are calm.

Do your research before you fly

Before disembarking your cruise ship do a quick google search for “best parasailing in cozumel“, read the reviews, look at the pictures and give them a call or email.  Any reputable Parasailing companies should be happy to answer any questions you have. 

Cozumel Parasailing Death (2010)

13 years ago, on the shores of Cozumel Mexico, there was a tragic death of a Carnival Cruise ship passenger named Joseph Job Sajan. He was 40 years old, and vacationing on the island. During his single stop on the island, he chose to try a Parasailing Tour. The U.S. Citizen’s safety harness broke and he fell into the sea. Sajan unfortunately, did not survive the accident. This incident is still largely popular when you search for Cozumel, but you can find the original article here.

Parasailing, Tours, Excursions and water sports activity accident’s are rare but they do happen. The tragedy of the 2010 Cozumel parasailing accident years later is still reminding us of the importance of choosing the best parasailing tour provider when booking your activity. 

How much does parasailing cost?

The average cost for Parasailing in Cozumel Mexico is $85. This is considered a tourist destination price. Parasailing sessions can vary from $40 per person all the way up to $110 depending on geographical location and time of year.

For example, in Miami, FL Miami Beach Parasail starts at $110 per person. If you are looking to book parasailing while in Cancun, Mexico parasailadventure charges $62 per person

Can I take my phone?

You can take your phone parasailing, it’s the best way to capture your experience and memories. The ride is smooth, subtle, and not rough so you shouldn’t lose your phone. Operators are not responsible for lost items. Take your phone at your own risk.

What is a good tip for parasailing

Tips are based on performance. Many people working in the tourism/service industry expect a tip and therefore typically provide better service in hopes of getting a “nice tip”. 15-20% is a good tip range to aim for if you receive quality service.

What should I wear to the parasail excursion?

You are welcome to wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We suggest wearing a bathing suit with a light layer of clothing over it. This will keep you comfortable, when you are done with your parasailing tour you will enjoy one of Cozumels beaches. So now you are ready for anything!

Where can you parasail in Cozumel?

All parasailing mostly takes place on the western side of the island where the waters are calm and easier to handle. South of ferry and cruise ship port.

How high in the air do you go?

Your sailing tour will take you 320 feet above the ocean where it is peacefully quiet and calm. Once there you will spend 12-15 minutes gliding over the West beach of the Cozumel islands. Giving you the most amazing view of the beach and restaurants. But don’t take our word for it, book here and try it for yourself!

10 Most Common Parasailing Questions 2024 (Answered)

1. Is parasailing Safe?

 Parasailing is generally considered a safe activity, as long as it is done with a reputable company and experienced operators who follow proper safety guidelines.

2. Is there a Minimum age?

Most parasailing companies have age limits, typically around 4 years old for children and around 50-60 years old for seniors. However, this can vary from company to company. So it’s important to check with the specific company you’ll be using. 

3. Do I need to know how to swim to go parasailing?

No, parasailing is one of the few water sports that you do not need to know how to swim to participate! This a a great choice for literally everybody!

4.  Is there a maximum weight for parasailing?

Yes, there is typically a weight limit for parasailing, which is usually around 300-400 pounds. Sometimes there is even a minimum weight of around 160 pounds combined depending on the company. This is to ensure the safety and stability of the parasail.

5.  Can I go parasailing if I’m pregnant?

It is generally not recommended for pregnant women to go parasailing due to the potential physical stresses on the body. 

6.  Can I go parasailing if I have a disability or limited mobility?

Some parasailing operators may be able to accommodate individuals with disabilities, but it is important to check with the specific company and discuss any concerns or limitations beforehand

7. Do I need to be in good physical shape to go parasailing?

No, you do not need to be in good physical shape to go parasailing. However, it is recommended that you are able to stand and walk on the boat, as you will need to get in and out of the boat and equipment

8. How long does a parasailing trip last?

The length of a parasailing trip can vary, but it is typically around 30 minutes to an hour, including the boat ride to and from the parasailing location. The actual time in the air is 12 minutes on average. 

9. Can I bring my camera or phone with me on the parasail?

It is not recommended to bring electronic devices with you on the parasail, as they can be damaged by water or the wind. Some parasailing operators may offer waterproof cameras for rent or allow you to bring a disposable camera which will give you some unique photo opportunities without the risk of your own device.

10. Can I go parasailing in bad weather?

Parasailing trips may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather conditions, such as high winds or thunderstorms. It is important to check with the operator on the day of your trip and follow their safety guidelines.

San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico, sea promenade and waterfront with scenic ocean views of Cozumel Ocean shore

11 Things To Avoid In Cozumel in 2024

So, you planned a trip and now you want to know the top things to avoid in Cozumel. Well, Let’s get right to it. The biggest thing to avoid in Cozumel Mexico is anyone trying to sell you something. Seriously just say NO!

 Yes, there are more things you should keep an eye out for, but there is nothing that will save you more money, hassle or headaches than that tip. If you do nothing else but that you’re gonna love it here!  But if you want more keep reading, and when you are done check if this fun read is cozumel safe in 2024

Now, hold up – as much as I’m suggesting negatively about Cozumel, there are a few things you gotta keep in mind to keep the good vibes rolling other than our Parasailing are snorkeling Excursions. From tipping hacks to water wisdom, we’ve got it all covered. 

What Should You Avoid in Cozumel?

1. The Tap Water

This one is a bit of a cliche, but for good reason. The tap water in Cozumel is simply not safe for drinking or even brushing your teeth – you’ll likely see even many locals using bottled water for their needs (including for preparing food in restaurants). The water contains harmful bacteria and parasites that can make you sick – and even if you’re lucky enough not to get sick, it’s simply not worth risking it. Drink only bottled water during your stay. It’s not that expensive and you can find it at most supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants.

2. Hurricane Season

Cozumel is located in the Caribbean, which puts it in the path of hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June to November, with the peak months being August, September, and October. If you’re planning a trip to Cozumel during this time, be sure to keep an eye on the weather and stay updated on any hurricanes that may be approaching (or better yet, plan a trip outside of this window). Listen to the advice of local authorities if the weather turns foul. But you can save some real money if you do choose to travel during this time!

3. Renting A Scooter

Renting a scooter might seem like a fun and exciting way to explore Cozumel, and personally, I love it! But, it can be dangerous, especially if you’re not used to driving in unfamiliar territory, riding on 2 wheels, and don’t have the confidence. 

The roads in Cozumel, though they follow the typical American traffic patterns of driving on the right-hand side, can be narrow and congested. This alone makes driving a scooter more challenging. Add to that the fact that Cozumel has a high number of road accidents (many of which involve tourists – especially intoxicated ones – on scooters), and it’s best to leave the driving to the pros. Consider hiring a driver or taking a taxi to get to us for your exciting parasailing adventure instead. Save the scootering for when you’re back home.

 

Only people with experience, the confidence and skills to ride on 2 wheels should rent scooters
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4. Touching The Wildlife

This is a big No-No, cozumel is known for its rich marine life, which includes colorful fish, coral reefs, and sea turtles. While it’s tempting to get up close and personal with these creatures, it’s important to remember that they are wild animals and should be treated with respect. There are such things as dangerous animals in cozumel.

What to do in Cozumel?

 

Touching or disturbing the wildlife can cause them stress and harm, especially if you’re dealing with sea creatures like coral and starfish, which are incredibly fragile. Remember – this is their home, and you’re just a guest. If you do want to swim with sea turtles or rays, choose a responsible tour operator who follows ethical guidelines.

5. Forgetting to Ask For Bill

Unlike in some countries, waiters in Cozumel won’t bring the bill to your table unless you ask for it. It’s not a matter of forgetfulness, but one of respect – servers want to make sure you’ve had time to savor your meal. So, if you’re ready to pay, catch the waiter’s attention and say, “la cuenta, por favor.” Don’t forget that tipping is also a crucial part of the service industry in Cozumel. As a general rule, it’s customary to tip between 10 to 20 percent of the total bill.

6. Skipping The Sunscreen

Ok, so you almost scrolled past this section… Believe me when I say the rays on the Cozumel side of the sun are hotter… haha not really but seriously. Who wants to be on vacation or worse, go back home and be sore, pealing, or as red as a marichino cherry.

Sunscreen is a must when visiting any tropical destination – you probably already know that. But not all sunscreens are created equal. Many of the generic sunscreens that you find in drugstores can be harmful to the reefs and marine life in the area. The chemicals in these sunscreens can damage the ecosystem and contribute to coral bleaching. Always use reef-friendly sunscreens that are mineral-based. These sunscreens don’t contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, making them much safer for the environment. They’ll still provide all the protection you need against the harsh rays.

7. Taxi Overcharges

We already told you to skip the scooter – so taking a taxi is the next best option. However, you need to be aware of taxi overcharges. You won’t hear this very often, but Cozumel is infamous for drivers who take advantage of tourists and overcharge for rides. To avoid this, always confirm the price before getting into the taxi. You can also ask for a receipt to make sure you’re getting the proper fare.

8. Skip The Timeshare

Here’s another tip you won’t hear very often – skip the timeshare. Largely they end up being a waste of precious time for a free excursion. Time is money, avoid the headache.
Cozumel is known for its many beautiful resorts, and while timeshares might seem like a good investment at first, they can lead to unexpected expenses and obligations in the future. Save yourself the trouble and avoid the timeshare presentations entirely.

9. Fake Tour Guides

Unfortunately, there are some fake tour guides in the area who may try to take advantage of unsuspecting travelers. Always book your tours through reputable companies and do your research before signing up for any excursions. Make sure that your guide has the necessary certifications and licenses, and ask for references or reviews from previous clients. You know you can always book exciting ATV Tours with a brand you are familiar with such as us.

10. Drugs

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – drugs are illegal in Mexico (drug possession and drug trafficking are held equal in the eyes of the law and can lead to up to 25 years in prison). Avoid putting yourself and others at risk by saying no to drugs while you’re visiting Cozumel. If your curious, check out our crime in cozumel article.

11. Don't Swim On Red

The beaches of Cozumel are absolutely beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. It’s important to pay attention to the beach warning flags and signage. If a red flag is out, it means that the water is too rough for swimming and can be dangerous. The currents in the area can be strong, so it’s important to listen to the warnings and stay out of the water until it is safe to do so – yes, even if you consider yourself an excellent swimmer!

Are There Any Places to Avoid in Cozumel?

One of the first places we would recommend avoiding is the neighborhood of San Miguel. Although it’s the island’s largest town and has plenty of shops and restaurants, it can also be overcrowded and too touristy. Instead, we suggest heading to the southern part of the island, where you’ll find more secluded beaches and a peaceful atmosphere. 

Another area to avoid is the cruise ship terminal, especially when several ships are docking at the same time. It can get extremely crowded, and prices for food and souvenirs are often higher here. If you want to fully enjoy your time in Cozumel, consider exploring some of the lesser-known spots that offer breathtaking natural beauty and fewer crowds.

Other than that, Cozumel is a fairly safe city with very few “off-limits” areas for tourists. You’ll want to be mindful of your surroundings and your belongings if you’re visiting the downtown area after dark and any busy beachfront areas. 

All in all, Cozumel is an excellent destination for those seeking a tropical getaway that offers equal parts relaxation and adventure. Be aware of the top things to avoid in Cozumel – and get your bags packed for an epic vacation on this charming island paradise. 

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Cozumel Massage – Your Guide to Relaxation

Finding a massage in Cozumel is much like finding one near home.. It’s easy! Well at least when you use this article as a resource.

There are so many reasons to seek out massages in Cozumel – and so many places to find them. We’ll tell you all about how to find the best massage in Cozumel and everything else you need to know for the most relaxing stay possible.

Cozumel Massage - The Travelers Truth

Let’s face it, getting a “Cozumel Massage” might not even be on your radar yet. Unless your neck and shoulders are kinked from all the traveling. Your likely more excited about finding things to do in Cozumel for couples  or families but the nagging pain won’t go away by itself. So you need to find a massage, well we have you covered. This article will cover prices, places and pros & cons of the Cozumel masssage industry. 

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How Much is a Massage in Cozumel?

The average cost of a massage in Cozumel ranges from $1/minute for a traditional swedish massage. Prices can range from as low as $50/hour to $130 for a one-hour massage depending on where you go. True “spa’s” will obviously cost more but they are not always needed. So a walk up massage comes in handy for a last minute option. 

To find the best massage in Cozumel, be sure to factor in the cost, but also think about what you want the overall experience to look like, you have options!

 

Last year (2022) after a day of snorkeling, I found myself feeling tight and wanting to do absolutely nothing but relax. After visiting three different places, none I felt comfortable at, the fourth was a jackpot.
Authors Experience

Top Reason To Get a Cozumel Massage

It's A New Experience

I have had massages in in 4 different countries while traveling and experience 6 + cultures way of massage. I can tell you with complete honesty, different cultures have their unique way of doing the exact same thing differentely. The most memorable thing I remember is when I was face down they used a certain scent to promote relaxation. They held it close to my nose I felt within seconds I was mentally relaxed. It took about 10-15 seconds, and I felt the calming. Enjoy the relaxation of your mind and body BEFORE the massage starts. 

Seperate Home From Vacation

You likely weren’t able to relax on your flight unless you were on our Cozumel Parasailing TourThis is your chance to OFFICIALLY START RELAXING because you earned it. Have you ever started your vacation from home and dived right into activities? It’s like you never officially started to relax. The hustle and bustle of daily life followed you into vacation and you simply traded moving for work –  to walking, researching activities/excursions trying new things. Even your flight wasn’t relaxing.

Read: Day Trip To Cozumel  – 13 Best Excursions    

Massage Options & Styles

You can find all kinds of ways to get your kinks rubbed out in Couzmel. So here is a list of the different types of massages you can find in Cozumel. This is not exhaustive but it should get you on the right track!

Walk-Up

10min – 60min

Picture this: You’re walking – shopping, and right there, in the midst of your spree, is a masseuse waving you down. Affordable and convenient, these are your go-to for a quick, last minute massage option. Sometimes all we need is a rejuvenating break, and by far these are the easiest to find in Cozumel just walking. I got my first massage this way. Massage vendors are literally outside on main tourist walkways, with a massage chair and umbrella over it (next to a souvenir stand) Sort of like the ones you see in your local mall. Typically they have a actual spa/indoor massage palor options near by if you want something more relaxing. 

Traveling Massages

Relaxation comes to you with this massage choice. If you don’t feel like leaving your cozy Airbnb or all-inclusive room? No problem! Companies like Natural Spa bring the massage to your doorstep. You can expect to pay a little bit of a premium for this service but It’s convenience and luxury rolled into one.

 

Tip before they start. Make it a point to let me know it’s for them. In Spanish the word Tip is “Propina”.
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Spa Massages

Looking for something more relaxing & peaceful? For a slice of heaven, head to a spa. Nothing like lying in a serene room at Cozumel Health Spa, the scents and sounds whisking the stress away. It’s an indulgence that’s worth every penny. In my opinion, the tre way to get a massage, is to relax comfortably on a bed. Most of these places you will find inside All Inclusive Resorts, but below we have listed some of the others you should consider.

Beach Massages (Top choice)

This is a must-do! Getting a massage while listening to the waves at San Francisco Beach Club? It’s an experience straight out of a dream. You can enjoy the relaxation of a massage outside but when your done you are smack dab in the middle of all the action with tons of activities to do. If you’re wondering where to go for a beach massage in Cozumel, look no further.

Where to Go for Beach Massage in Cozumel

To get a beach massage in Cozumel you will need to visit a beach club. Lucky for you we offer this service because we have the luxury of being on the beach near San Francisco Beach Club. So if you booked any other Cozumel Activities & Tours with us it’s a easy add on.  

But, some other popular options include the spa at the Cozumel Palace resort, the Ya’ax Ché spa at the Hacienda San Jose resort, and the Vitality Spa at the El Cozumeleño Beach Resort. Cozumel-tours.com no longer provides them, they just try to upsell you on other services. If your not planning any tours with us or Staying at SFBC here is a list of Cozumel beach clubs that you can possibly find a beach massage at.

List of Cozumel Beach Clubs in 2024   

Couples Massage

Want to amp up the romance? A couples massage is your answer. Sharing this blissful experience with your partner adds a whole new layer of intimacy to your trip. We recommend   Natural Spa for couples.

* NOTE – Many of the companies who provide the best massages in Cozumel also offer couples massages even if they don’t advertise them. So be sure to ask if this is something you’re interested in!*

Places to get a Massage

Now that you know the types of massages in Cozumel to look for, where can you find them? There are several excellent options, many of which are right near the Cozumel cruise port. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our list of Cozumel safety tips and stay within walking distance of the docks. Book any time with these incredible providers

  • Cozumel Health Spa – Melgar #628, entre 7 & 11 Sur – Hotel Barracuda Directly across from Mega Supermarket, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Cozumel Cruise Massage Spa – Costera Sur KM 4 800 MZA 01 S exactly in front of Carnival Pier – Puerta Maya 7 minutes walking distance from the International Pier 12, 77675 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Barefoot in Cozumel – Calle 20 BIS between 75 and 80 Avenidas, 77620, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • SPA De sol Cozumel – C. 5 Sur 34, Centro, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Mariposas Spa. Arts & Healing – 5a Avenida Sur 233, entre Adolfo Rosado Salas y, Calle 3 Sur, Centro, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., MexicoRemember to stay safe and within walking distance from the docks especially if your on a cruise ship docked on the International Port.
  • Spa del Sol – Rafael Melgar & 5th Ave 34, C. 5 Sur Lote between, Centro, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Blissday Spa – CALLE 1A ENTRE 5TA Y 10A #180, Centro, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Zensi Spa – 10a Avenida Sur 199,Centro, San Miguel, Q.R. por Dr Adolfo Rosado Salas, col centro, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Tranquility Wellness Spa Cozumel, Quintana Roo – Tranquility wellness Spa, calle3 sur a, Calle 3 Sur col, entre 5ta av.y Rafael E.Melgar, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
  • Mayan Essence Calle Dr Adolfo Rosado Salas ESQUINA, CON 5ta, 77600 Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

Why Get a Massage?

Well, you deserve it! We work our butts off. From kids, to co-workers and or significant others,  we go nonstop. Make this vacation different and soak off all the relaxation you can get. After all, vacations are all about relaxation, exploration, and treating yourself to the finer things in life, right? And before you know it, you will be back in your daily routine.

Plus, if you’re short on time, a beach massage is the perfect solution. You can take a few minutes to relax and rejuvenate while the rest of your party keeps the adventure going.

Benefits Of Massage

Health Benefits Galore

We’re talking about reduced blood pressure, relieved muscle tension, and improved circulation. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to boost your mood and overall well-being.

Remove Toxins From Your Body

We naturally accumulate toxins that our immune systems have to fight off. Massage allows your body to remove waste products (free radicals that cause aging & cancer) from your body tissue and stimulates your lymph system.

A Range of Options to Suit Your Mood

Whether you’re in the mood for a gentle Swedish massage or a deep tissue session, there’s something for everyone. And the settings? From beachfront cabanas to luxurious spa rooms, the choice is yours.

So there you have it, my fellow travelers. Cozumel isn’t just a destination – it’s an experience. And what better way to enhance that experience than with a rejuvenating massage? Whether it’s a quick beachfront session or a luxurious spa retreat, Cozumel has it all. Trust me, your body (and soul) will thank you!

Tips For a Great Massage Experience

Tip in advance! this is a little secret reverse trick to improve your experience. The service industry is full of people who do not tip. Put your therapist at ease by letting them know you value them and they will in return feel motivated to provide an above-average experience.

To make the most of your experience, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First, make sure to hydrate before and after your massage to help flush out any toxins. 

It’s also a good idea to avoid eating a heavy meal right before your massage, as this can make you feel uncomfortable. 

Finally, try to arrive at your appointment a few minutes early so you can fill out any necessary paperwork put away your belongings and get settled in before your massage begins. 

Don’t worry your belongings will be safe there isn’t much crime in Cozumel. After the massage, you will have the option of purchasing a San Francisco Beach Club Day Pass if you would like to stay in the Beach Club. 

So there you have it, my fellow travelers. Cozumel isn’t just a destination – it’s an experience. And what better way to enhance that experience than with a rejuvenating massage? Whether it’s a quick beachfront session or a luxurious spa retreat, Cozumel has it all. Trust me, your body (and soul) will thank you!

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