If you have ever been on a Western Caribbean cruise you have definitely hit the island of Cozumel. We have been here many times as have other cruisers. It is always interesting to hear from others their impressions of Cozumel. Some like it, some do not. We have found that each time we go, there is something new to explore on this island. Those who don’t really like Cozumel seem to not really get too far from the port and find themselves trapped in all the shops that definitely were designed to cater to cruise passengers. Don’t let this be you. Cozumel has a lot to offer.
Here are some things to do in Cozumel:
1. Faro Celerain Eco Park. This little gem is located as the southern tip of the island. When you get there, stop by the visitor’s center to get all the information you’ll need to explore its 2,500 acres. You can explore the El Caracol Mayan ruins, a cool lighthouse that also has a small maritime museum. It is a great park for wildlife enthusiasts as you’ll find sea turtles, crocodiles and lots of exotic birds. And you’ll want to pack your swimsuit and enjoy the Laguna Colombia. It’s a nice beach with calmer waters for swimming. You can also take a tour via catamaran or kayak for an additional fee. A great full or half day excursion with plenty to see and do. Entry to the park is $12 per adult and $6 per child.
2. Stingray Beach. Cozumel is known for its Scuba diving for sure, but not everyone is scuba certified. That’s one of the reasons we like Stingray Beach. You get a nice interactive experience with sea life and can either snorkel, or get a mini course in scuba to see if you even like it. It basically is two experiences – feeding and petting the stingrays and then snorkeling with the rays and fish. They also have a private beach club so after your encounter you can just relax. This is the only place with a stingray encounter in Cozumel. You will want to book it in advance. Adults are $59 and children are $34. You can also purchase a CD of photos starting at $20.
3. Punta Molas. If you are looking to not really spend too much, but want to get off the ship and away from the tourist shops in port, Punta Molas is a great place you can visit for free. It is definitely a sightseeing stop and you could spend a full or half day here. It’s located on the northeast end of the island and because its on the far side of the island you will get an entirely different experience. You can go up the lighthouse and look over the island, walk through the wilderness and see a few small ruins. There aren’t any amenities so be sure to grab food and water before hitting Punta Molas. And if you are visiting on your own, it’s free. Some people like to hire a guide however if you really want to learn more about the area.
Keep in mind on any given day, the number of people visiting Cozumel by way of a cruise ship can well exceed 20,000. That’s a lot of people hitting the island in a short time span. If you plan well, you can find out which days will have fewer people. This will help your visiting experience.
Share in the comments below what you like to do in Cozumel.