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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 $ 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 $ 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
    Froml $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 $ 635 Weekly per Diver D/O ($ 790 Value!!)
     Puesta Del Sol Condo
    Relax in the magic of Puesta Del Sol where your dream vacation comes true!
    From US$2100 Weekly January through June

    IslaMar Villas & Dive Paradise - Dive Package B - 7 Nights

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    Personal Experiences
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    Stay (03/29/2013) - Wonderful time, accommodations were just what we needed – perfect little jewel in the middle of the city. Thanks to Sherri, Zuri & Miguel for all your help and valuable information. Already planning our next trip. P.S. – Snorkeling @ Palmar was excellent! Rob R. & Kathy K. ~ Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Stay (03/06/2012) - Our first time at IslaMar and we enjoyed it very much! Loved having a home base that felt like home and we loved the fact that we were away from the cruise ship crowds. Midtown people and places to eat were wonderful. Our new favorite is Pescada Carllito’s. Great food at a great price. Please feel free to add a few new chaise lounges to the pool area as we are hoping to be back soon and with enough sunny days to enjoy the pool more. Thank you for the use of the cooler as we had a nice picnic outside of Playa Bonita. Gracias and adios – for now! Scott & Kathy R. ~ West, TX

    Dear Sherri,
    Our family met you just a week ago when we arrived in Cozumel, a little overwhelmed and in need of a hotel. You gave us great suggestions and we had a lovely week at Hotel Cozumel. I wanted to write and thank you for all your time and consideration. We also followed your beach suggestions and had wonderful snorkeling. Thank you, Sherri, for taking the time with us. And thank you for your wonderful website. We wish you the very best in the New Year and always. Foley Family ~ Minnesota

    Just returned from Cozumel where we participated in the FP&M Turtle Salvation program and it was the highlight of our trip. Our guides picked us up at our hotel right on time. They were very nice and one spoke fantastic English. Being able to participate in the extraction of newly hatched baby sea turtles from their nests and then watching them scurry into the ocean was so amazing. There were 4 nests hatching that evening so we were interacting with baby turtles for several hours. Those little turtles are SO adorable and so VERY determined to get to the water. This activity exceeded our expectations. I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature and wants to help this endangered species. It is awesome that cozumelinsider.com donates its resources to handle the bookings for this activity to help raise funds for this great cause. Thanks for an awesome experience! T. Daily ~ Arizona

    Sherri, my boss wants you to take down your webcam! It seems it is preventing me from getting any work done! I just stare at it all day. haha I will be there in two weeks. It's been since March since we spent a week there and I'm going through withdrawals. I hope Mezcalitos has the 'ritas ready for me. Jennifer ~ Louisiana


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