Cozumel

Cozumel

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Discover an island with a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul.

The Mayans were the first to use Cozumel as a ceremonial center and commercial port for trade. Today, the island regularly welcomes eager cruise ship passengers ready to party, shop and enjoy the many pleasures of its only town – San Miguel.

San Miguel may appear to be a laid-back little town, but it’s big on offerings. Enjoy a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, souvenir shops, handicraft merchants selling traditional Mayan keepsakes, and much more. Stroll along the town’s rustic boardwalk, dotted with island sculptures and historic monuments, and soak up incredible views of the Caribbean.

For nature lovers, Cozumel is an absolute paradise. In fact, legendary undersea explorer, Jacques Cousteau, once declared the island one of the most spectacular scuba diving spots in the world. Since then, people continue to come from around the globe to explore the underwater ecosystems of Cozumel and marvel at the remarkable clarity of the water.

Chankanaab and Fara Celerain are the island’s most popular dive and snorkel sites, offering unforgettable experiences for all skill levels.

On land, Cozumel is definitely a place worth exploring. Only six percent of the island is actually developed, which leaves an amazing 94% still teeming with unspoiled tropical jungles, deserted beaches, quiet coves and countless secluded spots where nature still rules the landscape.

Just a hop, skip and jump from the Riviera Maya coastline, Cozumel is the perfect Mexican vacation destination, whether you seek relaxing beach days, exotic island adventures, or a little of both.

Let VIVA Travel take you there with a customized cruise or tour package. 

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 62ºF (16ºC) to 92ºF (33ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Eastern Standard Time, EST, in Cancun; Central Standard Time, CST, in Puerto Vallarta.

Language: 

Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, many locals are fluent in English. 

Currency: 

Mexican Peso (MXP) and US Dollars (USD) Denominations of $10 USD or less are more convenient.

Electricity: 

110 volts. Most hotels offer converters for 220-volt devices. Many sockets will not accept polarized or three-prong plugs; packing an adapter is recommended. 

Tipping Customs: 

Always check your bill before tipping, as a gratuity is often included. The average restaurant tip is 10-15%. Tip baggage handlers a few dollars per suitcase. 

Safety: 

The hotel zone and city tourist destinations are relatively safe. Be sure to monitor inspections of your luggage at the airport. Still, we recommend exercising caution when traveling off of resort property.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is available at many hotels and there are numerous hotspots for all your electronic devices. If you wish to use your personal cell phone in Mexico, contact your provider before departing. The cheapest way to call home is with a prepaid card; direct calls from a hotel room are costly.

Smoking: 

Smoking indoors, including in hotel rooms, is prohibited. Smoking in open-air restaurants is sometimes tolerated.

Travel Documentation: 

Visitors from the US do not need a passport to enter Mexico. You may use a birth certificate, voter registration card, citizenship card, or certificate of naturalization. A valid-official photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or identification Issued by a state or official agency) is also required.

Canadian citizens, including those with dual nationality, will be required to present a valid passport in order to enter Mexico. 

Airport: 

Cancun Aeropuerto Internacional (CUN); Ordaz Airport (PVR)

Car Rental: 

Car rental is available at the airports.  Parking is scarce in Puerto Vallarta.  Roads outside the city are often unpaved.

Public Transportation: 

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. A bus leaves every hour from Cancun Airport to downtown. From the downtown Cancun Bus Terminal, you’ll find regular service to all parts of Mexico.

Taxi service is also available. However, make sure you check the fare before you get in the cab. A list of common fares can usually be found in hotel lobbies. If not, ask the hotel concierge.