"A nice day trip from Playa del Carmen" Top 5 Page for this destination Isla Cozumel by Dabs

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Although many people stay on Cozumel, especially people who are divers, we have only visited on four different trips on daytrips from Playa del Carmen and once by cruise ship. The 1st two visits were on a Sunday, the 3rd and 4th times we went on Saturday. Sunday is dead for a couple of reasons, the 1st being that it's Sunday and a lot of shops and restaurants are closed so their owners can have a break plus we heard that Sunday was the day that no cruise ships are docked there.

Almost every visitors to Cozumel, whether staying on the island, coming by cruiseship or coming by ferry from the mainland, will want to get into the water and snorkel or scuba dive. Snorkeling can be done very cheaply by finding a spot on the west coast and snorkeling from shore like from the Money Bar, it can be done by small boat, you can visit a place like Chankanaab which has facilities and an admission fee, just depends on what you want from your day.

By cruise ship

In January 2012 we joined several thousands other people that arrived by cruiseship. We were docked at the furthest dock from town, Puerto Maya, which is a creation of Carnival. We got out of the shopping Disneyland as fast as we could and hopped into a taxi to visit the beach at Money Bar.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome snorkeling
  • Cons:Try not to visit on a Sunday
  • In a nutshell:Perfect daytrip from Playa del Carmen
  • Last visit to Isla Cozumel: Dec 2013
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Good that this island also has a windward side that isn’t so developed.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    Good thinking swimming over to the Boat for snorkelling!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Lovely page Kristi! I enjoy your wonderful travels. They are very helpful! Have a great day!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Your pictures point out the absolute beauty and color on a nice day here-they all are nice. We just got back from cruise and got snow now

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Hi Kristi, we've just booked a Caribbean cruise for next April, it stops off at Cozumel for a whole day so your tips are very useful! Marion x.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:15 AM

    We visited Playa de Carmen but did not take the ferry to Cozumel. Looks like a lovely island to visit. Rum raisin popsicles sound yummy!!!!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2007 at 7:20 AM

    We'll be taking a cruise in a few weeks and Cozumel is one of the stops. Thanks for the tips, Kristi. I appreciate your caution about store closings on Sundays!! Can't wait to see this part of the world....

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Isla Cozumel was the perfect page to view and read on a cold March afternoon in Chicago. I've grown accustomed to your beautiful photographs and intelligent narratives.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2006 at 6:31 AM

    Great Cozumel page Kristi! Blu

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 12:20 PM

    Excellent and very helpful tips!


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