||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.
|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:
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. Donít be surprised by the 12% hotel tax.
The 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.
|Vacation Home Rentals, Condos & Guest Houses|
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And don't forget Sherri has places to stay, too!!
IslaMar Vacation Villas
Of course we can't end this section without asking you to consider staying with Sherri at IslaMar Villas! After all, Cozumel Insider was originally built to help Sherri's IslaMar Guests find their way around Cozumel!!
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!
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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Stay (07/10/2013) - I had a great stay, so quiet with the whole place to myself. I am sorry the diving didnít give me a chance to get to know you all a bit but Zuri kept the place so clean (I was almost afraid to leave any type of mess)! The dive package between here and Dive Paradise is a fantastic way to go and I enjoyed my entire stay will definitely recommend you to family and friends as well as online! Greg M. ~ Inuvik, N.T., Canada
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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
Thank you so much for your hospitality! After staying several places in Cozumel for the past 15 years, IslaMar Villas is the best place for us! We absolutely love Zuri! She is a great provider to us in all ways, helping us get a taxi and our room is always spotless and more than that, she always has a big smile on her face to greet us every year. When vacation planning comes around and we talk of a new country to visit, it seems we always both choose Cozumel and IslaMar Villas! Alan & Lori B. ~ Des Moines, IA