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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
    Lovely pool at Hotel Barracuda!
    Cozumel Dive Paradise & Hotel Barracuda - Dive Package
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    Cozumel - Bello Caribe Hotel & Suites
    Personal Experiences
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    This is our 6th time at IslaMar Villas! This is our home away from home in Cozumel. Sherri, thank you so much for all you do. Zuri is fabulous. We will be back again! Gilda & Warren S. ~ Houston, TX

    It is very cold here, it snowed last night. Welcome home to us right?! Just wanted to send an email thanking you for making our experience the best ever in sunny Cozumel. We wanted to let you know that the day we spent at your PalMar Beach Club we had your homemade tamales, (which are my favorite, by the way!) and they were excellent. Also we think that you have very good employees, Juan (there at the beach club/your house) we especially appreciated him, he treated us very well and we just wanted you to know that. Thanks again for the ride to the ferry, we made the 10:00! Also we were very thankful for your advice to stay there in Playa. We were able to get a room and just enjoy our last day on the beach which is what I really wanted. We were within walking distance from the bus that took us to the airport the next morning so it was all very convenient. You were very helpful and we will definately recommend your villas to anyone going there in the future. K & J Gilbert ~ Unknown

    Thank you SO MUCH for all the valuable information! I know we are going to have a wonderful time. We will be in Cozumel until 12:00 midnight so I am sure we will have plenty of time to visit the places you have mentioned. I hate we will not have the pleasure of meeting you! You have been so helpful with everything! The company you work for if very fortunate to have an employee such as you! You are truly an asset to them! Thank you again for everything and I hope you have a wonderful day!
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    Debbie Long :-) D. Long ~ Hampstead, NC

    Stay (04/18/2012) - After twelve (12) years of staying at the Villas, they are still the perfect place to call home! We are away from the madness of the cruise ships and centrally located to restaurants and activities. The updating is beautiful and the pool is wonderful. Our next trip will be in May 2013. We are looking forward to it! Zuri and Miguel are wonderful! Warren & Glenda S. ~ Houston, TX

    Sherri ~ WOW!!! We just returned from our cruise! What a wonderful time we had!! Your COZUMELINSIDER.com bookings for our Dolphin snorkel adventure and Sea Trek were the highlight of the cruise. They were easy and saved us about half the cost of booking through the cruise line. We simply hopped into a cab and spent the day at the Park (we could have spent a week there.) They were even able to work us into the Sea Trek early. All the people were friendly, helpful and overall just treated us great. While we were standing around waiting a short little man came up and ask if we wanted a snorkel tour. I instantly remembered what you had said and looked at his name tag. It was Mario! His tour was fantastic! If you see him ask him if he remembers Señor Ed and his family (he never caught that my name was Ted, but that’s okay!) I had a waterproof digital camera and he snapped lots of pictures of us. We had a wonderful time and much of it was thanks to you, your website and staff!

    I know you probably get lots of pictures but I had to send you three. Look at the smiles on my boy’s faces. That says it all! Thank you so much for all your help and advice. We can’t wait to return. Your website is the first place we will stop! I wish we could have met in person. We will next time! T. Mahler Family ~ Howe ,TX


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