You will never be bored during your stay in Cozumel. Visit the main office at El Cantil to learn about all of the unique activities and excursions available on the island. We recommend you only book excursions through El Cantil; the staff is knowledgeable about the activities and can book everything right there for you, usually at a great price.
Watch out for the “excursion experts.” These individuals, usually located along the main street in town, will squander your precious time telling you about their special excursion deals. Do not waste your time with them no matter how great of deal they offer you; they work for the time-share properties. If you do book an excursion with them (usually secured with a credit card or cash deposit) your fabulous outing will first be spent in a sales office. If you try to cancel before the required sales presentation is complete, you will be charged a cancellation fee, the deposit, and sometimes the full price of the excursion. Just say NO!
The following are fun activities that you can easily do on your own. Enjoy!
Rent a car and drive straight east to the undeveloped east side of the island. Stop and see the San Gervasio Mayan ruins, the roadside shops and tour the tequila factory. Have a libation at Mescalito’s, right on the beach (the best Margaritas on the island, but expensive by Cozumel standards), then drive south along the coast, and have a fabulous fish burger at Coconuts. Don’t worry about getting lost, there’s only one road!
The beaches on the east side of the island are great, but the water is very dangerous, with strong ripping cross-currents and few lifeguards. At the south end, stop and tour the Punta Sur eco-park. Continue your drive up the west coast, maybe do some snorkeling at Chankanaab Park, go horseback riding, and drive up along the waterfront road past your condo, past town to the north end, see the marina, the new developments, and the Nicklaus-designed golf course at the end of the paved road.
Phone: 011 52 (987) 872 9570
Cozumel Country Club is the first and only golf course on the island. It is located in the northern hotel zone and is only 15 minutes from Villa de Cielo. Contact the main office for tee times, with daily special green fees. This first-class 18-hole, par-72, 6734 yard course is without comparison and was planned with players of all levels in mind, offering a challenge to avid golfers, as well as a pleasant surrounding for the beginning golfer. This beautiful golf course was carefully constructed to preserve the surrounding environment, flora and fauna, and is the first Mexican course to be certified by Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”. The club has an array of services including a practice area, restaurant, snack bar, and a pro shop featuring the most modern products for golf lovers.
Here are a few tips to help you when shopping in the many stores in San Miguel. Cozumel’s waterfront shops will never bargain, particularly when a cruise ship is in port and they feel they have a captive audience. In addition, most of these shops are not family-owned, so there is usually no one on site authorized to make deals.
If you want to bargain, try the perpendicular to the waterfront side streets and streets back a block or more from the waterfront. Here the rule of thumb is to offer half the asking price and compromise somewhere in between. For best bargaining, go near the close of the day, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm when the cruise passengers are back on the ships and show owners are looking a little harder for sales.
The Atlantis Submarine navigates in Chankanaab National Park through and around 30 ft coral heads reaching a depth of 100 feet. Throughout your voyage, an informative narration is provided by the co-pilot.
Cost: $15.00 entrance fee
Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Address: Carretera Costera sur Km 5.5
“The magic is near, dare to live it!” Give them 90 minutes, and they’ll give you Mexico. Discover Mexico is the newest and “must see” destination in Cozumel. Discover Mexico is a cultural “theme park” about Mexico, where the entire family can truly experience this rich country trough its different historical periods and amazing culture: pre-Hispanic, Colonial and modern. This park is truly spectacular, as you will enjoy an exterior walk of Mexico’s most important archeological sites and colonial buildings, on site museum with temporary and permanent exhibits, as well as a state-of-the-art video experience room to view award-winning videos and documentaries.
Address: Km 1.5 Zona Hotelera Sur, entre Calle 17 y 19, Cozumel, Q.Roo.
Opened in late 2007, this 64,000 square foot property offers a swim with dolphins program, snorkel with stingrays, learn how to train a dolphin, kids programs, and more. This dolphinarium is located within walking distance from El Cantil.
Address: Calle 2 at 15 Ave South
For family fun, take the kids to the miniature golf course complete with water hazards and some challenging holes. As you practice your putting, do not forget to order a sangria or beer as a refreshment along the course. You may even see a few lizards watching your every putting stroke.
Museum Of Cozumel
Cost: $3.00 entrance fee
The history of Cozumel is represented by its museum, which is located in the building that was originally the first luxury hotel on the island, opened in 1936. Four large exhibit rooms take residents and visitors into daily life on the island and in the waters around it, from the past to the present. In the morning you’ll find an excellent breakfast spot with an ocean view on top of building.
Phone: (9) 872 15 37 or 872 43 74
Beautiful, isolated, place on the other side of the island. Saddle up for an unforgettable experience through jungle and tropical forest for a four hour tour.
Cost: $6.00 Park Admission
Experience first hand the mysteries of Mayan culture by visiting the largest archaeological site on the island. San Gervasio was a sanctuary to Goddess Ixchel and an obligatory visit for Mayas once in their lifetime. It also served as an important commercial, political, and cultural center. Local guides are available to take you on a fascinating expedition of the remaining structures, or feel free to explore the park on your own.