Cozumel is Mexico’s largest island, a sandy-fringed tropical paradise floating in the azure waters of the Caribbean just off the coast of the Riviera Maya. Its crystal-clear waters are home to some of the world’s most remarkable reefs and marine life, while the sparsely populated island itself is a dream for travelers looking to get away from the busier spots of Cancun, Playa del Carmen. and Tulum.
Cozumel is a popular cruise destination, but despite welcoming a large number of visitors, it’s incredibly easy to get away from tourist hot spots and feel like the place is all your own. Likewise, while there are many well-known attractions, some of the best and most fascinating things to do in Cozumel remain under the radar and off the beaten track.
Despite being an island, Cozumel is remarkably easy to get to. It has a large cruise port with five dedicated piers. It also has its own international airport, with flights from all over Mexico and the United States, Canada, and even has a transatlantic route from Madrid!
However, most Cozumel visitors arrive at the Cancun airport and descend the coast to Playa del Carmen, before crossing the canal on the Cozumel ferry. Many services offer private shuttles, or you can take the ADO bus before making the 45-minute crossing. There’s even a car ferry option a little further up the coast at Punta Venado, although it runs much less frequently.
Under the radar in Cozumel, Mexico
So, once you’ve made it to Cozumel, it’s time to explore its hidden wonders. There is so much to do on this lovely Caribbean island paradise that you will no doubt want to visit more than once! Take a look below at some of the lesser-known places to see and do, and discover another side of this fabulous Mexican gem!