||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. Don’t 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.
Stay (12/29/2011) - Great stay here at Cozumel – IslaMar! Sherri, we wish we could have met you! You were so much help through emails! Zuri & Miguel were helpful and the villas were always clean and tidy! Thank you! I think the villas are a good distance from town as we don’t like too much tourist stuff. Having a nice walk home after a big meal was a relief! Anyways, we decided to get a scooter for 8 of the days and it was useful! Traveling to our favorite beaches on the east coast or to the southern ones like Playa Palancar was made easy! Great place to stay, we had a great time here. Thanks so much to everyone here! Cathy S. & Lickel W. ~ Detroit, MI
(05/24/2015) If you are looking for a place off the tourist trap area IslaMar may be the place for you. Located about 15 to 20 min walk to the main drag the waterfront. We had a second floor unit and the staff we had contact with were Nidia, Andrea and Yuan, all very helpful and speak good English. We used bicycles to get around that we rented and I tell you it sure was nice to get in the pool after a ride. The pool is not large but very appreciated by us and our vacation neighbors. The units are well appointed had everything we needed to cook, had to make a few changes to how you would cook, but that's ok we were on vacation. Some great local restaurants in walking distance please try to go to them I don't think you would be disappointed if your looking for value to your buck. I would recommend IslaMar to anyone who wants to stay away from the tourist area, great value for your dollar. F. & G. Nadeau-BungayMay 201 ~ Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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
We cannot begin to express our thanks to Sherri and the staff at IslaMar Villas for our wonderful 11-night stay. This was our third time staying at IslaMar Villas and for us it's the only place to stay in Cozumel. It has truly become our home away from home. We love the apartments, the courtyard and pool, and the warm and friendly neighborhood.
We also used "COZUMELINSIDER" to book our car rental with Avis. It went very smoothly and you guys also helped us trade in our little Chevy Pop for something a little bigger.
A big THANK YOU to Sherri for introducing us to a wonderful private driver on the mainland and for arranging our excursion to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Akumal. We were so happy that we decided to finally venture off the island and go to the mainland to see the ruins. The driver Sherri arranged for us was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we saw things we wouldn't have even known about had we taken the car ferry and driven on our own. To anyone looking for a private tour of places on the mainland, we highly recommend asking Sherri to arrange it for you. It was well worth it!
Thank you again, Sherri! Your kindness and warm hospitality makes us choose IslaMar Villas and your services over and over again. R & M Browning ~ Superior, CO
Stay (03/22/2011) - Enjoyed our visit to Cozumel and staying at IslaMar. It is nice to be off the beaten path, but a culture shock for Midwestern USA. You staff was GREAT. Thanks. Keith & Jane M. ~ Ohio & Florida