Happy Holidays!
As 2016 comes to a close, we send our heartfelt thanks to all of you who use and recommend COZUMELINSIDER throughout the year. We appreciate your business and wish for you and your family all the joys of this holiday season!

Sherri & Mauricio
Self-Catering Accommodations
IslaMar Vacation Villas located in the heart of historic Midtown District. Now with WI-FI throughout the complex!
Owner/Operator Sherri Davis says "Thank You" to our many valued customers for over 17 years of continuous operation!
*For arrivals 7/15/2015 - 10/31/2015
Hey! ... What's Happening in Cozumel?
What's happening right now? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM!
Live Webcam Image 10:58PM (EST) Saturday, Dec 3
Throughout the year, from Monthly Museum Events, to our world famous Cozumel Carnaval, Independence Day and Ironman you can plan your Cozumel vacation around our annual Calendar of Events. We always have something fun happening here on the island!
Weekly Cruise Ship Schedule
Click here for Cruise Ship Arrival Info!
Electric Bike Tours from $59 or Rentals from $39!
There is no better way to see the sights and enjoy the tropical warmth of Cozumel than with electric bikes. Eco-friendly and easy to ride, you can take a tour or simply rent the electric bikes to see Cozumel your way!
Welcome to Cozumel's Beach Bum Bikes
Cozumel Beach Bum Bikes - Tours & Rentals
Incredible 6 Hour/60 Mile Adventure!
See more on this tour than some see in a lifetime of visiting Cozumel!
Snorkel & Relax @ Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
Cozumel's Complete, Private Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
Secrets to Getting Around Cozumel
Let us tell you the secrets with our link to car rentals and information about taxis, buses, the ferry and airlines.
Great Value Cars & Locally Owned!
Great Cars ~ Low Prices!
Providing good quality rental cars for decades, THRIFTY / DOLLAR takes pride in their excellent customer service and loyal clients who come back year after year! They have what you're looking for ~ economy cars, jeeps as well as midsize and vans! Reserve now!
Take your group on a private tour of the island!
Thrifty Car Rental Cozumel - Chrysler Van (Standard) 7 Pax
Relax in a Tropical Garden, Surrounded by Butterflies!
Now the island of Cozumel offers visitors another beautiful experience! Patas Y Alas Butterfly Sanctuary Come and take a leisurely stroll through a lavish tropical garden, smelling the fragrant jungle flowers and watching butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes in free flight. You and your family can learn about butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Visit the federally licensed Patas Y Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
The Cozumel Community
For locals and visitors alike, Cozumel Volunteer Connection (CVC) was created as an information resource for the Foreign Community visiting and living on the island. CVC is active in many local charities and events including the Blood Donor Registry, Chrysalis Group, Turtle Salvation Volunteer Program, Humane Society, Cozumel Lifesaving & Aquatic Rescue Program and much more!
Fishing Anyone?
Fishing Charters - Fish Pictures - Charts - Book Now!
Cozumel Fishing Expeditions are are somthing that the whole family could enjoy!
More Value for Your Vacation!

Swim with the Dolphins
For those disembarking in Costa Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Calica or crossing over to Cozumel we have dolphin specials you will find no where else! Check the Tours & Activities pages for your location and reserve now.

Book Your Dolphin Swim, Encounter, Swim Adventure or Scuba as well as Sea Lions & Manatees right here with us at any location ~ same price as direct booking! Plus
Book Your Cozumel Dolphin Activity with us now for FREE Chankanaab Park entry, lunch buffet & 2 beverages all included in price!!
And DON'T FORGET to apply an EARLYBOOK discount to your reservation!!
Chankanaab Park $2 Entrance Discount Coupon
Download and Print $2 off discount coupon on Entrance to Chankanaab Park! Chankanaab Coupon (PDF Format)
Free Swim with Manatees!
Reserve Dolphin Royal Swim or Swim Adventure Programs and swim with Dolphin Discovery Manatee  Encounter!
MANATEES FREE for 15 Minutes! At least 8 day advance purchase required and is available in conjunction with "EARLYBOOK" promos!
Book & check the FREE MANATEE 15 box on the res form!
Hey! ... What's Happening at the Beach?
What's happening right now at the beach? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM at PalMar SMALL Beach Club!
Live Webcam Image 10:58PM (EST) Saturday, Dec 3
Throughout the year, the water is beautiful around Cozumel and this webcam shot illustrates just that! And we always have something fun happening out here at the beach! Make plans to visit and snorkel yourself! See PalMar Beach
Back by Popular Demand! Reserve Now-Limited Space!
Join in the fun with these entertaining and affectionate creatures - give and receive a sea lion kiss (watch out for those whiskers – they tickle!), pet them, watch them jump over you, and be prepared to laugh at their amazing sense of humor!.
Dolphin Discovery Sea Lions Reserve online here!
Cozumel Sea Lion Discovery
Nice Gift for Island Lovers!
These beautiful Cozumel artworks & dive site maps make excellent gifts for those special folks who love the island. Plus they are perfect to hang in your home, office or vacation rental property!
Click on the map to see more selections!
Incredibly Detailed Island Charts & Reef Maps
These beautifully crafted, hand-drawn maps take the mystery out of finding your way around Cozumel. A "must have" for island adventurers and divers!
Revised & Updated!
Franko Cozumel Insider Maps Peter Zwick's Cozumel Chart
Want Away from the Crowds? This is it!
The cruiser beaches all pay incentives to taxi drivers and tour providers to stop at their locations all along the new highway route but many small beach operators can't afford these premiums and get little traffic. Located just minutes from downtown and the ship piers but on the OLD beachfront highway, PalMar Beach offers excellent snorkeling and a beautiful fresh water pool! Gates close after 50 people ~ reservations a must! So go & relax away from the crowds!!!
  • Great Coupon Special Offer !!
  • FREE WI-FI !!
    Just another great day at PalMar Beach Club in Coz
    PalMar SMALL Snorkel Beach Club
  • Spectacular !!!

    Watch this Space for Official 2017 Dates !!!
    Carnaval 2016 - Incredible Fun!Carnaval 2016 events have officially ended! If you missed this year, reserve early to get the best accommodations for next year! Music, Food, Dancing in the Streets, Parades ... all non-stop excitement! Combined with diving and all sorts of other island and mainland adventures during the day, it simply can't be topped!

    Cozumel Insider has the ORIGINAL, biggest and best archive of Carnaval Photos available spanning over a decade!

    Check out the Carnaval 2016 Photos to see all the fun!

    Or for up to the minute photo postings visit our Cozumel Carnaval Facebook Page!
    The Hottest Packages Around!
    We know the island and here are some of the hottest combination summer diving/lodging packages to be found!
    Now is your opportunity to take advantage of Cozumel's Hottest Discounts, Promotions, and Special Pricing.

    Hotel Villa Blanca Dive Package
    From $ 763 pp/double
    Hotel Barracuda Dive Package
    From $ 766 pp/double
    Hotel Cozumel Dive Package
    From $923 pp/double
    IslaMar Villas Dive Package
    From $689 pp/double
    Dolphins - SAVE 25% !!
    Reserve ANY COZUMEL dolphin activity via INSIDER website
    December 2016 Discounts~

    USE DISCOUNT CODES ON INSIDER RESERVATION FORM
    A Hotbed of Activities!
    Top 5 Cozumel Tours!

    Private Charter Vans $300
    Swim with Dolphins $149
    Private Charter Island & Tequila Tour $ 75
    Electric Bike Punta Sur $ 89
    ATV Jungle Adventure $ 59

    Weekly NEWS & Events
    Island NEWS In English. We choose and translate selected weekly news articles that we think may be of interest to our English speaking residents and visitors!

    Top News Stories for week Nov 28

    Cozumel Arrivals: 28 Ships this Week YEE HAA!!
    World's Largest Cruise Ship Visits Cozumel
    Cozumel Remais the Leader in Cruise Ship Arrivals
    Best Tail I Ever Had!
    Craving fresh seafood and island style Mexican food in Cozumel? This fun, lively open air restaurant is the place to go to satisfy your hunger! Delicious drinks too!

    Albertos Restaurants & Bars (3 Locations)
    Giant Sea Turtles
    Long before the first diver set fin in Cozumel, Giant Sea Turtles have made their way to the beaches year after year. Learn more about the Turtle Salvation Program
    Fantastic Snorkeling!
    Cozumel SnorkelingCome read all about Cozumel Snorkeling! Unbelieveably clear, warm water reefs - known to be the best in the world!
    Spectacular Day Trip ~ Incredible Value!
    Save $$ by getting yourself across on the ferry to Playa del Carmen and meeting up with the tour there! Learn about the ancient Mayan culture at Chichen Itza's enormous ruin site. An educational tour suitable for the entire family!
    So much ancient Mayan history here!
    Riviera Maya - Chichen Itza Classic
    Book Your Scuba Diving Right Here!
    We are linked up with some of the best run operations on the island. Book your diving We will help you find exactly what you are looking for - matching your skill level perfectly.
    We also have some great dive/accomodations packages!

    View the Reef Reports on what you can expect to see, being updated regularly by local dive masters!
    Perspectives from Cozumel Insiders
    Freelance writers & photographers C.J. Gustafson and Fox Hill both share a passion for Cozumel. CJ travels to the island as often as possible while Fox actually lives on the island. Both colorful writers describe their adventures and inside secrets of Cozumel! Visit Spicy Travels, Photographing Cozumel for CJ's island travel tips/adventures and Fox Hill's Cozumel for island living experiences and perspectives.
    7n/15tank Dive Package $689!!
    The IslaMar/Dive Paradise Package is always a winning combination! Dive with the name "You Know & Trust" for over 25 years and stay in a fully furnished apartment for a true island living experience. If you visit often and like getting to know the neighborhoods and friendly people while you dive Cozumel's incredible reefs then this package is for you!!
    Last Minute Review
    IslaMar Villas & Dive Paradise - Dive Package B - 7 Nights
    Sun & Moon Info
    Find more about Weather in Cozumel, MX
    Sea Temperature Now!
    Sea water temperature
    Cozumel Weather & Sea Conditions
  • Weather Report
  • Water Conditions
  • Hurricane Bulletins
    We keep the information up-to-date on a daily basis with info collected from local divemasters!
  • A Personal Note from Sherri "Season's Greetings & Holiday Wishes !"
    Sherri Davis - CozumelInsider Owner/Operator It’s incredible to realize but yet another Holiday Season is upon us! I managed to get back to Texas for a few weeks just before Thanksgiving so now my mother will come here for the next few holiday weeks. In preparation for her arrival shortly, I’ve been frantically trying to decorate the place a bit for the festive weeks ahead. I must tell you that it’s a real challenge to try to create that “winter wonderland” feeling when one is barefoot and sweating bullets whilst dragging out the ornaments!
    Nonetheless ~ I forge ahead!

    The first thing that must be done of course is to actually locate the accumulation of said decorations. So I manage to squeeze through the bodega and find the stuff underneath this season’s “just in case” hurricane prep materials. As I reach for the boxes and lift them over my head to pass them out the door to some one, I’m lecturing myself over having accumulated so much junk in the bodega this past year. Then I remember to be thankful that no storms came our way and none of this stuff had to be used. Of course the cardboard boxes barely make it out of my hands before starting to crumble into a million pieces. Hmmmm….tropical mold ~ mildew. Interesting eaters they are...perhaps the same organisms eating oil spills these days! Plastic crates and climate control….good things ~ when you have access to them!

    I then began to sort through this little pile of cardboard covered rubble that just a few months ago was holiday decorations worthy of saving. After a few minutes of poking around amongst unidentifiable green and red stuff, I’m thinking I’m better off just grabbing the strings of lights and hauling the rest to the garbage. So I did just that and created quite a ruckus on the street of course because anytime a neighbor sees anything shiny or glittery sticking out of a garbage sack ~ it’s fair game!

    Later that night I began trying in earnest to decorate the house for my mom's arrival. I put a pot of water on the stove to boil and filled it with cinnamon sticks. I got out some holiday candles and lit those as well trying to fill the air with a holiday smell to inspire me. I hung some garland, laid out placemats, put holiday hand towels in the bathrooms and trimmed a miniature tree to set on my kitchen bar. Things were moving right along now and the cinnamon was beginning to boil. Hmmmmm….those lights I salvaged ~ I could use those wrapped amongst the garland on the stairway banister. So I go over and begin to intertwine the lights with the garland. I was so excited as I completed the first strand of lights that I just had to plug them in and see how it looked. Even though I just purchased these lights last year, over half the lights wouldn’t even come on! The annoying part was that those lights not burning were in an organized pattern on the string. So it was not a general failure or operator error but instead simply poor quality merchandise. As I unplugged the string and began untangling it from the garland, that big safety tag they stick on the cord drug through my hand and I flipped it over. Dang. Made in Cheena. Figures!

    Guess I’ll just get out more candles and wear red flip flops. ?Is that enough holiday spirit, you think?!
    As we all give thanks this season, what better place to spend the holidays than right here in Cozumel ~ getting to know the island, its culture and all the wonderful people who call the island home. So come on down ~ we are all getting ready and waiting for you! And if you don't yet have a place to stay ~ I would love to have you with us at my IslaMar Villas this winter season!

    I will leave you with the authentic sound of the holiday season in Mexico ~ Mariachi style! Here's wishing each one of you a very "Merri-Achi Christmas" from one of my favorites ~ Mariachi Sol de Mexico! Listen all the way to the end for Silent Night in Spanish! If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit and aching for a trip to Cozumel, I just don’t know what will!!


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