Information & Facts
Diving and snorkelling are Cozumel's main tourist attractions
and its surrounding reefs and clear waters have earned it the
reputation as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Hotels
offer a variety of watersports, and activities such as deep sea
fishing and swimming with dolphins are also available. Tours to the
Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and Tulum on the mainland are also
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.
Cozumel is a cruise ship destination, and is popular with
wealthy day visitors, which has driven the prices of shops,
restaurants and bars to among the highest on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The island becomes swamped daily by day visitors from passing
cruise ships and San Miguel can be quite crowded.
Although there is a wide variety of night time entertainment for
holidaymakers to enjoy, things tend to begin and end earlier in
Cozumel compared to the rest of Mexico. The most popular disco is
Neptuno, while Carlos´n Charlie´s is popular with party animals.
Lounge bars include Tequila Lounge and Ambar Lounge where drinks
can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. No Name Cigar Bar is also a
popular night spot and is located close to Hotel Barracuda.
Cozumel offers food of every kind from local Mexican, to
international and fast food franchises like Burger King -
holidaymakers and visitors will not be disappointed. Casa Denis is
one of the oldest and most popular restaurants in town featuring a
variety of Mexican cuisine, and La Choza Restaurant and Casa
Mission are other authentic Mexican food favourites. For seafood
try Conchita, El Shrimp Bucket and Acuario Restaurant, which is on
the water, or Guido's for Italian. Fresh and tasty fusion food can
be had at Especias Restaurant on 3rd Street. For an unassuming
authentic experience try Del Sur Argentina Empanadas with a
delectable range of sweet and savoury empanadas including a bacon
and plum one.
San Miguel is a duty-free zone, and there are hundreds of stores
selling most things. The cruise ship passenger terminal at Punta
Langosta Pier has a variety of shops, but these are among the
islands most expensive, catering to day visitors with little time
and lots of money. Prices decrease the further away from the docks
one ventures. The waterfront shopping zone stretches to La Plaza
behind which there is a craft market. For groceries, there are a
few food stores, as well as the Cozumel Market on Adolfo Rosado
Salas where holidaymakers can buy fresh seafood, spices and fruit