Cozumel Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Photo of shops and horse and carriage ridesCozumel is the biggest island off Mexico's coast and a great place to spend some time. Life in Cozumel is appealing to tourists, who will immediately enjoy the beaches, coastal views and scuba diving.

The unofficial tourism organisation is currently operated by the Cozumel Island Hotel Association and provides visitors with the most current hotel prices and information about holiday, travel and diving packages. Travel tips are below, along with information about life in Cozumel and what to expect during your stay.

Picture showing central shops

Useful Contact Details

English-speaking staff are on hand at the office of the Cozumel Island Hotel Association and offer various maps of the city, showing the main beaches, ruins, shops, restaurants and hotels. This is also a good place to obtain up-to-date listings of the most reputable scuba diving clubs and operators.

Operated by the state, the Cozumel Tourist Information Office is another popular source for leaflets about Maya ruins, the best diving spots and coral reefs, duty-free shopping and more. Located within the Plaza Central, this bureau is easy to find and bringing a Spanish guidebook is often a good idea to aid communication, since not all its staff are fluent in English.

Cozumel Island Hotel Association
Address: Calle 2 Norte at Avenida 15 Norte, San Miguel, Cozumel, 77600, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 987 872 3132
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00

Cozumel Tourist Information Office
Address: Plaza del Sol, Main Plaza (Plaza Central), Cozumel, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 987 872 7563
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 15:00

Tourist Information Booth
Address: Ferry Dock, Cozumel, Mexico, MX
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 16:00

Tourist Police Kiosk
Address: Main Plaza (Plaza Central), Cozumel, Mexico, MX
Cozumel's Tourist Police Kiosk is a good place to ask for directions and also to find out general city information.
Open hours: 09:00 to 23:30

Further image of shopping district and tourists

Language and Dialect

Natives in Cozumel speak their own version of Castilian Spanish. Mexican Spanish differs only slightly in that locals speak with a different accent and have adopted numerous indigenous words.

Many tourists visiting Cozumel find that Mexicans respond more positively if you try to speak to them in their own language and therefore bring a pocket-size Mexican Spanish phrasebook or similar. Some basic Spanish phrases are listed here.

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