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Self Guided "On Your Own" Island Tour
1: Book a rental car now ...
Since Cozumel has few paved roads around the island, you can rent a car and strike out on your own island tour with very little chance of getting lost. Circling the island via paved road can take as little as 2 hours or as many as you want depending on how many stops you decide to make at the beaches and points of interest.

2: Order an Island Map now ...

3: Print the Beach Chart and review it along with the map to familiarize yourself with the area.

4: Pick points of interest to you from the beach chart or these other points of interest in Cozumel. This trek outlined assumes you head SOUTH first from downtown.

5: Have fun & enjoy your day in Cozumel!!
Downtown San Miguel Area
Cozumel Island Museum
  • The history of Cozumel is represented by its museum, which is located in the building that was originally the first luxury hotel opened on the island in 1936. Four large exhibition rooms take residents and visitors into daily life on the island and in the waters around it, from the past to the present. The Museum is located on the corner of Melgar & 8 Norte
Central Lighthouse
  • Located just past Hotel Cozumel at Playa Calatita, this is the island's newest lighthouse completed in 2000. There are 2 other lighthouses as well around the island: one inside Punta Sur Ecological Park and one on the far north end of the island called Punta Molas.
Heading Southward out of San Miguel Downtown
Be sure to take the old highway turn-off where a sign says CALETA because this road stays close to the sea for beautiful views and beach access.

Estate Beach Club and Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
For snorkeling and to see Cozumel's butterflies!
Chankanaab Park
  • The principle attraction of the park is Chankanaab Lagoon, which means "small sea" in Mayan. A result of rain and seawater eroding the porous limestone, the lagoon is considered to be a unique ecosystem on a global scale. The influence of the nearby ocean causes the formation of petrified coral in the lagoon and a large community of fish moves between the ocean and the lagoon through two underground caves.
  • Explore the cultural past of Mexico in the archeological park where 60 exact replicas of works of art in stone take you on an extraordinary magical tour of Mesoamerica. A lush and aromatic botanical garden surrounds the lagoon.
  • The beach at Chankanaab is the best place to try water sports such as snorkeling and diving. On-site shops provide everything you need to explore the marvelous coral reefs and watch the multicolored fish. The beach offers fun for everyone as well as lounge chairs, palapas, restaurants, stores and bathrooms.
  • Dolphin Encounter, Swim, Snorkel and Scuba are also featured inside the park along with Sea Lion shows. Read more/book dolphin activities!
Visit Various Beaches at Leisure for activities outlines on the Beach Chart!

Cedral ~ Off tour path on interior island road across from Mr. Sancho's beach.
  • This small village in the southern interior of the island is the agricultural and farming center of Cozumel. There is also a small Mayan Ruin in the area. Another easy way to see this area is on the horseback riding tour.
Southern Tip of the Island
Island scenery changes dramatically as you reach the "windward" side of Cozumel. The east side of the island from south to north is desolate, pristine beach where turtles nest each year due to the lack of development and activity.

Paradise Cafe
  • Make like a "local" ~ hang in a hammock and enjoy the tradewinds, an order of ceviche mixtos and a cerveza!
Punta Sur Ecological Park
  • Island Locals - IguanaThe ecological park called Punta Sur is located in the southernmost point of the island. Here nature shows its unity and diversity in the interaction of various elements like Columbia Lagoon, mangrove swamps, birds, reptiles, fish and vegetation.
  • People have inhabited this area since Prehispanic times. A Mayan ruin in the shape of a shell was probably used as a lighthouse. This unique structure has shells imbedded in its walls that whistle in different tones depending on the direction of the wind.
  • The Punta Sur Ecological Park is dedicated to the preservation of local flora and fauna. Tour the park's museum, whose theme is the history of navigation around the island. There are various beaches for swimming and organized excursions into the jungle.
  • Past the museum, closer to the beach, are the remnants of a 19th century masonry structure with a circular staircase leading to a rectangular tower which would have been equipped with a lantern to warn ships of the hazards of the coral infested coast. It would also have served to indicate the entrance to the safe harbor of Columbia Lagoon and the piers of the hacienda of the same name, which exported the agriculture produce of the island.
  • On the way back to Celarain Point along the access road bordered by white sand dunes, Sothern Island Beach the remains of the small temple "El Caracol" continue to resist time and weather.

    A Prehispanic Mayan structure probably built in the 12th or 13th century, this temple appears, from its technologically advanced architecture, to have been used for navigational as well as religious purposes. This building would have played an important navigational role during the height of Mayan maritime commerce, which, at the time, extended to other parts of Mexico and Central America.

    This fortunate combination of architectural elements led the Cozumel Foundation of Parks and Museums to focus the thematic content of the marine museum on bringing the memories and cultural heritage of the island to life. The museum is housed in what was originally the lighthouse keeper's residence.
  • Thus, the Celarain Lighthouse Museum unites several functions: preservation and conservation of the lighthouse keeper's home and nearby ruins, information and education; while maintaining the monument in its original state. The museum incorporates bilingual material and displays directed at various age groups and comprehension levels in order to provide an interesting and enriching experience for each visitor.
East Side of the Island
Blow HoleUse the beach chart and/or drive and stop along the way at your leisure for photos of beautiful beaches that inspire you!

Coconuts and a big Photo Op
  • Don't miss this highest vantage point on the island for a great photo of Cozumel's undeveloped, pristine, beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Mescalito's Bar
  • The official turning point of the highway as you head back into downtown San Miguel.
Mescalito's BarPunta Molas Road
  • Check your rental car contract before taking this "jeep only" sand/dirt road because most agencies prohibit rental cars from leaving paved surfaces. This road behind Mescalito's Bar leads to the northern lighthouse and passes several great beaches and a Mayan Ruin (Castillo Real) along the way. AGAIN, most all rental agencies prohibit passage on this road with their vehicles. Typically the best way to see this region of the island without getting in trouble with rental car agency contracts is to do the incredible Jungle Jeep Tour!! If you happen to get stuck in the sand on this tour at least you have help getting out!!
Heading West Toward Downtown San Miguel
Mayan Ruins at San Gervasio
  • Pronounced san-her-BA-see-o, this is a major excavation site of a Mayan Ruin covering about 10 acres. Experience first hand the mysteries of Mayan culture by visiting San Gervasio, the largest archeological site on the island. A strategic location from both a commercial and political point of view, San Gervasio was also a sacred place for the Maya.

    Inhabited from 200AD to the Spanish conquest, San Gervasio was the sanctuary of the Goddess X'chel as well as an important commercial, political and cultural center.

    Engravings at the site relate to events all over the Mayan world.
    The ruins are located off the transversal Highway between Mezcalitos & San Miguel.

The Foundationís new "Passport card"available at Chankanaab, Punta Sur or the museum, allows you to visit all four locations listed above for the low price of just US $20.00.

Sounds fun but .... don't want to drive yourself around?
Prefer to just enjoy the view?

and let some else drive with our guided island tours (LISTED BELOW)!
~ ~ After all, you ARE on vacation!

For those that need a little guidance ... on their vacation!
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 Cozumel Butterfly Sanctuary Tour & PalMar SMALL Snorkel Beach Club
Visit Cozumel's only Butterfly Sanctuary! See multitudes of colors, learn about butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Take photos and then stay to enjoy snorkeling and the other ammenities of the Beach Club. Great family fun & excellent value!
US $14 Adults / US $8 Kids Includes FREE Drinks!
 Design Your Very Own Custom Mainland Tour!
Tired of visiting the sights as part of the "herd?" Cannot find an excursion that exactly fits how you'd like to spend your day on the mainland? No problem! COZUMELINSIDER can custom design a mainland excursion just for you and your group!
From US$168
 Cozumel ATV Jungle Adventure Tour
Cozumel Jungle ATV Adventure will take you through specially carved out trails through Cozumel's Mayan jungles is just for you, your ATV and nobody else. Let us take you on an adrenaline pumping ATV tour to explore the exotic Mayan jungles of Cozumel Island accompanied by a fully trained and experienced guide.
From US $59 (1 Rider) to US $79 (2 Riders)
 Cozumel ATV Snorkel by Boat Adventure Tour
Cozumel ATV Snorkel by Boat Adventure combines two (2) of the most popular activities here in Cozumel! You will experience first the off-roading ATV fun on the specially carved out trails through Cozumel's Mayan jungle and then will leave for a breathtaking snorkel adventure in our world-renowned coral reefs
From US $90 (1 Rider) to US $130 (2 Riders)
 Cozumel Beach Bum Bikes - East Coast Bike ONLY Road Tour
Come join us for a unique bike tour experience in Cozumel. Our Beach Bum Bikes' tours will take you from the hustle and bustle of downtown to beaches and places of beauty on the island. On these Cozumel bike tours, you can ride a Pedego electric bicycle along a designated tour route that will showcase the best sights along the coast Cozumel has to offer!
US $59 Per Person
 Cozumel Beach Bum Bikes - Punta Sur Eco Beach Park Tour
Come join us for a unique bike tour experience in Cozumel. Our Beach Bum Bikes' tours will take you from the hustle and bustle of downtown to beaches and places of beauty on the island. On these Cozumel bike tours, you can ride a Pedego electric bicycle along a designated tour route that will showcase the best sights along the coast Cozumel has to offer!
US $89 Per Person
 Cozumel Beach Bum Bikes - Rentals
Come check out the available Beach Bum Bikes' Pedego electric bikes available for rent. The best way to tour the island and see our pristine, turquoise, Caribbean ocean with white sand beaches and stunning rock formations or just to get around town during your stay.
From US $20 to US $30 Rentals
 Cozumel Beach Bum Bikes - West Coast Bike AND Snorkel Tour
Come join us for a unique bike tour experience in Cozumel. Our Beach Bum Bikes' tours will take you from the hustle and bustle of downtown to beaches and places of beauty on the island. On these Cozumel bike tours, you can ride a Pedego electric bicycle along a designated tour route that will showcase the best sights along the coast Cozumel has to offer!
US $39 Per Person
 Cozumel Deep Sea Fishing Adventure Tour
Cozumel Deep Sea Fishing Adventure provides 1/2 day and Full day fishing excursions for the sport fishing enthusiast! Your captain and first mate will take you to the best fishing spots surrounding the island and with five (5) rods and reels going at the same time, you will be sure to catch "THE BIG ONE"!
From US $70 to US $90 Per Person
 Cozumel Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Adventure Tour
Cozumel Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Adventure provides participants a visually stunning view of the world famous Cozumel coral reefs as you are boated to two (2) popular reefs, El Pariaso Reef and Chankanaab Reef. Experience the vibrant colors of our pristine Caribbean waters, the coral and the wide variety of marine life!
US $40 Per Person
 Cozumel's Complete, Private Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
You'll see more in one day than others see in a lifetime!
Starting at US $75 Adults / US $70 Kids
 PalMar SMALL Snorkel Beach Club
Bring your group and spend the day at our PalMar small, private beach facility and enjoy a day of snorkeling at Cozumel's premier beach entry snorkel spot! No crowd here and gates close daily with a maximum of 50 people on site!
US $14 Adults / US $8 Kids Includes FREE Drinks!
 Rentadora ISiS Car Rentals Cozumel - Compact (Manual) 5 PAX
Compact Class - Volkswagen (VW) Gol has a manual transmission, A/C, five (5) door hatchback and will hold a maximum of five (5) passengers.
US $50 Daily (Max = 5 pax)
 Rentadora ISiS Car Rentals Cozumel - Convertible (Manual) 4 PAX
Convertible Economy Class - Chevrolet (Chevy) Pop Convertible has a manual transmission, comes in a two (2) or four (4) door option, no A/C and will hold a maximum of four (4) passengers.
US $45 Daily (Max = 4 pax)
 Rentadora ISiS Car Rentals Cozumel - Economy (Manual) 4 PAX
Economy Class - Chevrolet (Chevy) Matiz has a manual transmission, comes in a five (5) door hatchback, with air conditioning (A/C) and will hold a maximum of four (4) passengers.
US $45 Daily (Max = 4 pax)
 Rentadora ISiS Car Rentals Cozumel - Subcompact (Manual) 5 PAX
Subcompact Class - Both Chevrolet (Chevy) Aveo or Nissan Tiida have a manual transmission, comes in a four (4) door sedan, with air conditioning (A/C) and will hold a maximum of five (5) passengers.
US $55 Daily (Max = 5 pax)
 Cozumel Sea Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation with FP&M
Sign up for an observation and education session about Cozumel's nesting sea turtles and the volunteer brigades that help in their conservation. Learn about these amazing creatures in the Fundacion de Paques & Museos program and help release hatching baby turtles as they make their way to the sea.
From US $43 to US $73 Per Person DONATION
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Personal Experiences
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If you want the best beach entry snorkel experience, you have to come out to PalMar Beach Club for the day. We came out on Wednesday, 12/02/2015 and not only saw thousands of Brightly Colored fish (yet to be identified), 2 rays, an octopus, and a sturgeon. Don't miss the Beautiful Purple Sea Fan Forest just to the right of the beach entry. But the best find of the day was a Moray eel who was nice enough to smile for the camera :) The staff made us feel like family and the food was delicious. If I had known how GREAT a snorkeling spot this was I would have booked a spot for 2 straight days......Definitely Next Time!!! Nick & Tori - December 2015 ~ Frisco, TX USA

Hello Cozumel Insider - Just wanted to thank you very much for organizing the tour to Coba and Tulum and the snorkel at Akumel for our family on December 27th. We had a wonderful day and would like our appreciation for our driver and guide to be noted. We understood our tour was for 8 hours and after spending too much time at the sites of the ruins (they are amazing and, with our daughter who is in her 3rd year of archaeology, spent longer than most visiting Coba) our day was running a bit short of time. We thought we would have to forgo our planned snorkel at Akumel, but both our driver and tour guide agreed to put in an hour and a half extra to allow us to swim.

We truly appreciated this - Mexico is a beautiful country with many diverse treasures and to have people so eager for us to see and enjoy them made them all that more special!!

Thank you!! Julie Bose Family ~ Salmon Arm, BC Canada

Best Little Hideaway - We were there on April 15th of this year. What a wonderful little find in the business of the other beach resorts that are full of cruise ships folks. We had the place almost to ourselves. The grounds were wonderful, the pool clean and inviting, the snorkeling was GREAT and the wait staff were so accommodating and gracious. Got to meet the owner and told her how wonderful it was for her to open her home and make it an oasis for us to enjoy. We wanted a more peaceful place without all the people. Great drinks, and great snacks. Spent the whole day there and glad we did. Josie & David B. (April 2016) ~ Cottage Grove, MN USA

Hi Sherri!! We are back home now and just wanted to say thank you for your kind hospitality!! It was my first time snorkeling and I have to say it was the most amazing experience ever!!!! The water there was perfect and the sea life plentiful !!! Thank you so much!!! And would also like to add your staff are amazing!!!!! E. Dennis - September 2015 ~ Galveston, TX USA

What a wonderful day we had at your little piece of heaven! We arrived early and were greeted by your staff and invited to go ahead and enjoy the beach and snorkeling. We had an amazing time in the water with no one else around for about 2 hours. The drinks and food were wonderful! The staff was friendly and attentive! We loved the privacy and relaxing atmosphere. D. Conner-May 2015 ~ Little Elm, TX USA

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