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Cozumel Port of Call

Cruise ships at Cozumel © John Ashley

Cozumel still retains clear blue water, thick jungle and some of its character as an out of the way Mexican fishing island despite its recent reincarnation as a major cruise hub. The island's most well known activities include some of the world's top dive sites on renowned coral reefs, and leisurely strolls in the island's one town, San Miguel. Cruise ships in Cozumel dock in one of three locations: the farthest from downtown is Puerta Maya, a bit farther south than TMM International Pier, both of which are about a seven minute ride from San Miguel; and Punta Langosta Pier, which is within walking distance. When all the berths are full, anchored ships can tender passengers to the docks at Punta Langosta.




Getting around in Cozumel is relatively easy: all of downtown is within walking distance of Punta Langosta although the two farther piers offer waiting taxies for the ride into town. Small cars and mopeds are available for daily hire.


Before it was a cruise destination most visitors came for a holiday in Cozumel for its famous diving and great snorkelling along the island's best beaches, Corona and Chankanaab Lagoon. Ancient Mayan sites on the surprisingly archaeologically rich island include San Gervasia Temple and the remnants of a village, El Cedral. The very modern San Miguel town is a tourist hub for leisurely shopping and eating in the town square and near the cruise pier.


Coconuts Bar and Grill - A remote feel with sea and jungle scenery and great views.

Wet Wendy's - Cheerful and relaxed bar popular with locals and famous for margaritas.

Especias Restaurante - fun and family-friendly Mexican fusion restaurant.

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Shoppers have a large choice of boutique shops and souvenir stores clustered in the central square of San Miguel and near the waterfront. Goods are usually less expensive than just across the water in Cancun or other mainland cruise ports.

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Detailed linens or carvings


Jump over to nearby Cancun

Ride a dune buggy

Sail in a catamaran voyage

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