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Cozumel at a Glance

Isla Cozumel is Mexico's largest island and a snorkeling destination popularized by Jacques Cousteau in the 1960s.

Dive down into the clear blue waters and swim with turtles, sting rays and large fish. Explore the coral reefs and let the underwater colors take you by surprise. On land, dry off in the hot sunshine and coat your wet feet with white sand granules. Seek shade under an umbrella or in a beach cabana and enjoy tropical drinks. When you are ready, head out to the water again and float on a raft or a boogie board.

In the mornings before it gets too hot, explore the overgrown jungle and come across Mayan ruins sheltered by vines and tall trees. Bird watch, animal watch and learn about jungle plants. At night, eat seafood at a beach-side restaurant, peruse the shops or dance the night away. It's your choice. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Cancún International Airport
      • Regional Airport Cozumel Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Ferry Cozumel Dock
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms will occasionally bash the island. Thunderstorms occur in the afternoons during the summer. Plan your activities with an eye to the weather forecast.

      Safety Concerns Avoid leaving items unattended on beaches as thieves will trawl up and down the sands and look for unwatched valuables.

      Health Concerns Drink bottled or purified water to keep yourself healthy.