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Lodging & Accomodations Overview
What Sort of Accommodations are Available?

Similar to the variety of the sea life that can be found in the crystal blue waters of Cozumel,  the lodging and accommodations alternatives of Cozumel come in every size, shape, and color.

With everything from hotels, all-inclusive resorts, boutique inns and hostels to B&B's, condos and vacation home rentals, travelers are sure to find a lodging option to suit their vacation needs.

The hotels tend offer a more "touristy" view of the island simply because vacationers do not have to venture far from the hotel for anything. The flip side would be vacation rentals and condos which tend to encourge visitors to explore Cozumel beyond the tourist zone for restaurants, shopping and activities.
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Where are Accommodations Located?

Cozumel's vacation accomodation choices are located in various sectors of the island but in general, these sectors break down into 5 areas:
  • Southern zone
  • Northern zone
  • Downtown area
  • Midtown (San Miguel) area
  • Corpus Christi area

    It goes without saying that there is a good selection of lodging options in the area which is excellent if travelers want to be near the main shopping and dining and nighlife areas. However accommodations in downtown are not large, spreadout, resort type properties but rather 3 - 6 story facilities with limited (if any) garden / outdoor areas.

    Both the and Southern zones have an excellent variety of lodging to choose from but both areas suffer the dilemma of their relative isolation from Cozumel's main downtown district. It turns out the majority of leisure activities including shopping, dining, and nightlife can be as much as a $10-$20 cab ride away way.

    Corpus Christi area (located between downtown and the southern district) while closer to downtown still involves a taxi ride to get there since it's a good distance from the main plaza where everything tends to happen. This added distance doesn't offer the ability to leisurely stroll among the many daily and nightly activities typical of the Cozumel experience. In addition, this area is subject to some zoning laws that prohibit the location of shopping, restaurants, and many other types of tourist driven businesses. That being said, the Corpus neighborhood is home to one of the largest supermarket and shopping plazas on the island: Chedraui and visitors can easily walk to this commercial center from anywhere in Corpus.

    Midtown district of Cozumel is now one of the most desirable locations for travelers wanting to immerse themselves more into Cozumel's culture. Because of the growth and expansion of the city over the last 5 - 10 years, Midtown doesn't seem as "far back" as it used to seem to some vacationers. Since the city developed the historical district downtown in 2007 and all streetside parking in the main downtown area, folks are venturing farther back into town looking for restaurants, shopping and such where parking is FREE and not such an issue. Because of this, Cozumel's midtown area is emerging as the islands best value in terms of accommodations and restaurants which don't sport "tourist zone" pricing. It is possible to reach Cozumel's main plaza from anywhere in the midtown area with a quick 10 - 15 minute walk through some of the safest streets on the planet.



    For the best deals in lodging look to venture to Cozumel in the off-season. Mid-August to mid-November, and then again during the months of May through July offer the best prices for accommodations. Don’t be surprised by the 12% hotel tax.
    Vacation Home Rentals, Condos & Guest Houses
    Beach and Pool AreaThe many beautiful vacation villas, condominiums, and guesthouse that line Cozumel's streets offer an excellent alternative to the commercial area hotels and resorts.  Fortunately for visitors, vacation properties are scattered throughout most of the zones described above. Some are beachfront properties while others are located in town in regular neighborhoods to allow for a more "island living" experience. There is such a variety of options available in fact that travelers typically have little difficulty finding a property within their budget. Many of these vacation properties offer their own swimming pools, jacuzzi's and meal plans and are definitely worth considering for those travelers anxious to move beyond the tourist zone hotels and really get to know the island better.

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    All Inclusive Resorts
    Two of the most popular all-inclusive resorts include Allegro Occidental Grand (southern district) and Melia Maya (northern district).  Both of these self-contained resorts offer meals and  beverages within the all inclusive price in the restaurants located on their property.  In addition, they offer daily activities both in and out of the water including scuba, snorkeling, and tennis amongst other activities.  Beyond that, the all-inclusive resorts have nightly entertainment with local talent and staff members.  Remember, all of this falls under the umbrella of one convenient price.
    All Inclusive properties are an excellent choice for first time travelers not familiar with the area enought to want to venture beyond the hotel and they are also great value options for vacationing families. Some folks just like the convenience of not having to worry about anything once they arrive ~ everything is already paid for and ready for use!
    Hotels
    The hotels of Cozumel have something to suit every type of guest possible.  Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, 5 star luxury inn, small bed and breakfast, or proximity to entertainment and shopping, you can find something to suite your needs.  All districts have a variety of hotels to choose from as well.

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    If considering an "all-inclusive" resort, remember that to fully take advantage of your dollar you should never leave the resort. Unfortunately, with the convenience of one price comes the lack of exposure to the many wonders (entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and culture) that Cozumel has to offer. With the location of each resort being roughly a $15-$20 cab ride away from town when staying at a southern island resort ($5-10 from northern resorts), your dollar might be better served by staying closer to the heart of Cozumel if you truly want to experience the island culture.


    The hotels of the northern and southern districts face the same issue as the resorts. With a variety of accommodations available, you are still a $15-$20 cab ride away from any form of cultural activity in town. In addition, with the best beaches located on the southern end of the island, plan on renting a car if staying in a hotel in the northern zone.
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     Cozumel - Bello Caribe Hotel & Suites
    Bello Caribe Hotel & Suites is one of the few survivors of the traditional, Caribbean style island hotels. Family owned and operated since 1999, Bello Caribe is a great value lodging option for Cozumel vacationers. Located in the heart of the town area but just on the edge of the main tourist zone for easy walking, Bello Caribe is only minutes from both the Cozumel Airport and the main downtown San Miguel ferry pier.
    Lovely family owned/operated Caribbean style hotel
     Cozumel Dive Paradise & Hotel Barracuda - Dive Package
    Special package combining scuba with Dive Paradise and accomodations at the Hotel Barracuda
    From US $637 Weekly Per Diver D/O
     Cozumel Dive Paradise & Hotel Cozumel - Dive Package
    Special package combining scuba diving with Dive Paradise and accomodations at Hotel Cozumel
    From US $776 Weekly Per Diver D/O
     Cozumel Dive Paradise & Hotel Villablanca - Dive Package
    Special package combining scuba with Dive Paradise and accomodations at the Hotel Villa Blanca
    From US $631 Weekly Per Diver D/O
     IslaMar Villas & Dive Paradise - Dive Package B - 7 Nights
    Vacation Package combining IslaMar Villa Vacation Rental and Dive Paradise Scuba Diving Total of 7 nights / 15 tanks.
    From $ 689 Weekly per Diver D/O ($ 851 Value!!)
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    Personal Experiences
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    (02/24/2015) - We had such a wonderful time here at IslaMar!! Perfection from the minute you arrive. Sherri & Mauricio are the perfect hosts – ever so welcoming and always making sure you are having the best time possible. IslaMar is a slice of paradise everyone should experience. Far enough away to escape the busy cruise/ferry ports but close enough to walk down to the waterfront to shop/dine. The staff at IslaMar were truly incredible. Always had a smile on their faces and always making sure we had everything we needed. Thanks to everyone at IslaMar for a holiday we will never forget! We will be back!!! M. Wood & K. Sweeney ~ Bowmanville, Ontario Canada

    (08/09/2014) - Found IslaMar on VRBO while looking for a place to stay for 3 weeks. Was very pleased to find the property was just as advertised. The staff was waiting for me on my arrival at the front door. The pool area is incredible and I enjoyed it very much during my time there. Hummingbirds frequently seen, and there is a local bakery close by, so the smell of fretted baked bread was often tempting me while at the pool. Sherri gave me the one bedroom condo upstairs and it again, was just as advertised. I found everything I needed and including the small touches such as the hammock. The apartment was immaculate! If there was anything missing, Zuri was there to help.

    This is living "local style" which is what I was looking for, away from the tourist areas. I spent time walking about the area and did not have any problems whatsoever. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to the main tourist area. Taxis, if needed, are plentiful, affordable, and reliable. There are small, local places to eat close to IslaMar where the food is very good, and affordable. Sherri has a helpful guide book detailing all the good restaurants broken down by location and price. I was very pleased with the choice of Cozumel and IslaMar. Sherri, I will be back ! Jeremy B. ~ Sarasota, FL

    Sherri, I did receive both email confirmations. Thank you again for your great customer support and service in getting these activities scheduled for me. I will recommend your site to all of my friends who visit the island. Thanks again!! A. Washburn ~ Not Given

    (01/02/2016) - IslaMar is a great place set back from the beachfront and big resorts. It is living in Mexico, if you get my drift. IslaMar is back perhaps 6 or 7 blocks from the resorts. We wanted something different this time. I loved being back with the local vibe. There are restaurants with amazing food back here. You walk to them. We walked at night through the narrow streets and visited with the friendly people. We felt safe. I'm not telling you what to do, I'm just telling you what we did. We also rented a small car and went to the beach every day. We found our dollars went a long ways in the grocery store. No place is too far away on Cozumel. Christmas Night we wandered into a park with an amphitheater. There was a clown performing. There were perhaps 200 locals there and we saw one other gringo. I loved being there and watching these beautiful people. They all seemed glad to see us. Is it for everybody? Probly not. There is a nice little clean pool, but nobody is going to bring you a margarita. If you have a hankering for fries at midnight, not going to happen. If you are set on a resort, this is not your place. But If you want to stay in a beautiful affordable villa with super cleaning and other services and run by great folks in the middle of town, you should try this. I love it and can't wait to go back! R. & C. Coburn ~ Terry, MT USA

    Stay (03/02/2014) - Every year I say the same, “We’re home” because it is our second home and a great one! Loved all the times spent with wonderful neighbors. Zuri is always such a joy to have around cleaning up after us and sharing her great smile! And very special (very special) thanks for sharing Jeju with me. See you next year, same time, same place! Alan & Lori B. ~ Des Moines, IA


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