10 Things You Need To Know Before Travelling To Cozumel
Looking for an island retreat where mangrove forests are abundant? With cenotes that are filled with clear waters just waiting to be explored? And with a tropical climate where temperatures can reach record highs? Look no further than Cozumel in the Caribbean Sea!
The island boasts more than 300 restaurants, with hotels, bars, and cinemas. And a whole host of water activities to keep you occupied. Want to know more? See 10 things you need to know before travelling to Cozumel here…
1. Getting There
Cozumel has an International Airport, and there are many non-stop flights that will deliver you straight to the island. The airport has two runways, and handles both national and international air traffic. You can also catch a ferry from Playa del Carmen – they run regularly and the journey takes less than an hour.
2. Changing Your Currency
How much money to bring to Cozumel depends on whether you’re going to pay by credit card or cash. You can change your money into pesos, but it can be more economical to withdraw money from banks as you’ll get the best exchange rate here. Pay for everything in pesos and you won’t go far wrong. Watch for charges when paying by card as you’ll pay in pesos and the charge will then be converted.
3. Learning the Language
If you only get to know the Spanish for numbers it’ll make understanding prices so much simpler. And you’ll be able to pay for things easily. Speaking Spanish also endears you to the locals – even if you’re not very good. Booking a taxi or eating out are all made easier if you can understand a little of the language.
4. Going Shopping
Cozumel shopping tips include buying bottled water for drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth. It’s advisable not to drink the tap water at all, although it’s perfectly safe to bathe in. Buy seafood that comes straight from the ocean and enjoy the fresh taste of octopus, shrimp, and lobster. Visit Rafael Melgar Avenue to get your souvenirs from quality sellers all in one place.
5. Exploring the Beaches
There are so many things to do in Cozumel, and one of them is putting on your water shoes and heading for the beach. Choose from the rocky quieter beaches on the eastern side of the island, or the northern coast beaches where waters are shallow and calm. Swimming on the south side of the island is safer as strong currents are lessened by the coral reef.
6. Renting a Car
You’ll be able to rent a car for a day – or just for half a day depending on where you want to go. If you get your car first thing in the morning you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island. Get tips from your concierge on visiting the Mayan Archaeological site where you can take a trip into the past and get a deeper understanding of Mayan history.
7. Ensuring You’re Protected
Cozumel is generally a really safe place to visit as long as you take proper precautions as given by your travel advisors. Remember to apply plenty of sunscreen before going out, and wear a hat or cap to protect your head from the strong sun. Swim shirts are ideal to protect you as you snorkel – swimming costumes aren’t really appropriate for any types of water sport so invest in a Speedo. Always wear insect repellent as mosquitos are rife in the early morning hours, and when the sun goes down.
One of the unique things to do in Cozumel is to explore the Riviera Maya adventure park by zip line! There are two circuits to choose from the fastest or the tallest – with two miles of trails crossing suspended bridges before your waterslide down into a water landing. You’ll be able to see crocodiles just a few feet away on your zip line adventure.
9. Watching the Sunset
One of the non-touristy things to do in Cozumel is to simply sit and enjoy the sunsets. They’re spectacular and the best place to catch them is on the western side of the island. Along the promenade, at the ferry terminal, or from the porch of El Palomar, you’ll be able to take stunning photos. And if you’re lucky to be there after an intense storm your pictures will be even more dramatic.
10. Diving Adventures
Cozumel reef snorkelling is one of the things you must do! You’ll see stunning corals and sponges, a whole array of marine life, and be able to explore a magical underwater world. Cozumel scuba diving offers you an experience you’ll never forget. Perfect for both beginners and experienced divers you’ll be able to dive in cenotes, caves, and swim with whale and bull sharks.