Although it’s a wildly popular cruise ship destination, the ambience on Cozumel is more serene and authentic compared to other Mexican hotspots.
Located off the Yucatan Peninsula, this vibrant Caribbean island gives you the option of experiencing soothing R&R or full-on excitement. The west side of Cozumel is more developed – this is where the most-visited beaches and bustling tourist spots can be found. But head over to the east side of the island for a quieter tropical experience.
If you crave culture, explore the fascinating ruins of San Gervasio – one of the few remaining archaeological sites on the island. Rent a car or scooter and cruise along scenic coastal roads or take a 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen.
You’ll also find plenty to experience not far from where your cruise ship ports. Head into downtown San Miguel for incredible shopping and enticing cuisine. And if you love snorkeling or scuba diving, the surrounding waters provide one of the best spots in the Caribbean for exploring under the sea.
This video gives you a glimpse of the pristine, windswept scenery – and the best shore excursions – in Cozumel.