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Over There - Calica
A Ship Pier Serving Both Cruise Ships and a Freight Ferry

The port of Calica (also known as Punta Venado) is located about 8 miles South of Playa Del Carmen on the Riviera Maya coastal highway. It is the main disembarkation point for cruise ships visiting Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas.

Calica is also the port where the Cozumel Trans Caribe Freight ferry off loads. So Calica is not so much a "town" but rather a working port area with few amenities. Unlike Cozumel, Cancun, Progreso and Costa Maya, cruise passengers disembarking in Calica will find no shopping, restaurants or services other than taxis waiting to transport guests to surrounding areas like Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc. The 2 closest shopping districts are Playa del Carmen and Tulum which are both about 20 minutes away by taxi.

While there are alot of activities to do in the areas surrounding Calica, the closest tourist attraction is the beautiful Xcaret Park which is located about one mile away. Xcaret is an amazing ecological park offering many different attractions such as lagoons, waterways to snorkel, botanical gardens, restaurants, zoo and a beautiful beach. There are also spectacular shows and performances held at various times thoughout the day and night. A visit to Xcaret is a great way to spend the day if docked in Calica.



Cruise passengers will save alot of time and get the most out of this disembarkation point if activities are pre-scheduled in advance because this port is NOT a good "on your own" port-of-call. Yes there are taxis and vans waiting but there are never enough to serve all those electing to disembark. So book online to ensure your activities because there is NOTHING ELSE TO DO at this location and NO car rental agencies on site! See the list below for excellent options of things to do!

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Ferry Service - Vehicles - Between Cozumel & Mainland

The ferry between Cozumel and Punta Venado (a.k.a. Calica) remains one of the hidden treasures of the area for those wanting to cross a vehicle. Up until just a couple of years ago, crossing a car between the mainland and Cozumel took 4 - 6 hours plus waiting in line at all hours of the night to ensure a space on the 1 or 2 crossings made daily. Thankfully, with competition comes efficiency and speed for the journey now is only about 1 hour and there are so many crossings daily that there is hardly ever a back up of folks wanting to put their vehicles on the vessel.

On the mainland, few signs direct you to the ferry boarding area, or even tell you of its existence (unlike the passenger ferry at Playa del Carmen which is marked with highway signs). There is a sign at the roadway entrance, but it is not well illuminated and it is set back far enough from the road that your car headlights likely won't pick it up if travelling at night. It is approximately 7Km south of the main highway intersection at Playa del Carmen, and about 1.5 Km south of the exit for Xcaret. There are signs along the way south of Playa del Carmen which say Calica and this is where the boarding pier is located so follow these signs and directionals.

PLEASE NOTE: this crossing service is not a tourist activity. The freight and vehicle crossing service is a critical link in Cozumel's island economy. It is used primarily by locals and distribution companies getting inventory to and from Cozumel. So don't expect the staff to speak or understand much English and don't get huffy when change is provided in pesos. All one needs to do is drive up to the offices where there will be a man with a clipboard who sells tickets. He will direct vehicles into lines as they will embark the boat. The crossing takes about 60 minutes from dock to dock. The fare is roughly 800 pesos ($US 65) for a car & driver and 50 pesos ($US 5) for each additional passenger. However, during certain times of the year like Semana Santa and Christmas holidays Transcaribe often runs promotional pricing for sedan type cars at around $350 pesos (US$ 30).
From Cozumel to Calica
Monday through Saturday
Sunday

6:00 AM, 11:00AM, 4:00 PM, 8:30 PM
8:00AM, 8:00PM (Check - Schedule Varies)
From Calica to Cozumel
Monday through Saturday
Sunday

4:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 6:00 PM
6:00AM, 6:00PM (Check - Schedule Varies)

Information and schedule as of October 2012
For more information contact Trans del Caribe in Cozumel at 987-872-7688 / 7671 / 7504
or visit their website
www.transcaribe.net



For those living on the island who enjoy crossing to the mainland frequently, there is "Plan Local" discount pricing available for both Mexicans and expats who provide the proper proof of residency and documentation. More details are available here More About Transcaribe Plan Local Discounts



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