Summer is Here!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! In July we begin celebrating our 20th year at IslaMar Villas! Seems like only yesterday we opened the doors for the first time to greet travelers! It's been an honor and such fun to host all of you over the years and we hope you'll come down soon to help us celebrate our big year!
We send our heartfelt thanks to all of you who use and recommend COZUMELINSIDER for your Summer vacation planning. We appreciate your business and wish for you a totally awesome Summer!

~ Sherri & Mauricio ~

Self-Catering Accommodations
IslaMar Vacation Villas located in the heart of historic Midtown District. Now with WI-FI throughout the complex!
Owner/Operator Sherri Davis says "Thank You" to our many valued customers for over 20 years of continuous operation!
*For arrivals 7/15/2018 - 10/31/2018
Hey! ... What's Happening in Cozumel?
What's happening right now? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM!
Live Webcam Image 9:02AM (EST) Monday, Jul 23
Throughout the year, from Monthly Museum Events, to our world famous Cozumel Carnaval, Independence Day and Ironman you can plan your Cozumel vacation around our annual Calendar of Events. We always have something fun happening here on the island!
Weekly Cruise Ship Schedule
Click here for Cruise Ship Arrival Info!
Finally! Hassle Free Cancun Transport!
Enjoy private vehicle transport from Cancun Airport direct to Playa del Carmen ferry pier with this great value service! Frequent travelers know the best airfare deals arrive to Cancun rather than Cozumel. So take advantage of the savings and let us get you to Playa del Carmen hassle free!
Toyota Hiace Seats 10 - Ride in Ultimate Comfort!
Round Trip Private Cancun Airport / PDC Ferry Pier Shuttle Service
Now Open in Cozumel!
Let the Cozumel reefs dazzle you as Phocea Mexico dive shop gives you the grand tour of all that Cozumel scuba diving has to offer!
Welcome to Phocea Mexico Cozumel
Phocea Mexico Cozumel Dive Trips
Secrets to Getting Around Cozumel
Let us tell you the secrets with our link to car rentals and information about taxis, buses, the ferry and airlines.
Rentadora ISIS Car Rentals - NO HIDDEN CHARGES!
Great Value ~ "Local" Operator!
Providing good quality rental cars at great prices for over 20 years, BoneFish Rentals (formerly LESS PAY) is an island favorite!
Have Fun in a Great Traditional Style VW's!!
BoneFish Car Rental Cozumel - VW Convertible (4 Pax)
Relax in a Lovely Garden, Surrounded by Tropical Butterflies!
Since 2006 the island of Cozumel offers visitors another beautiful experience! Patas Y Alas (Wings & Feet) Butterfly Sanctuary Come and take a leisurely stroll through a lavish tropical garden, smelling the fragrant jungle flowers and watching butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes in free flight. You and your family can take photos, learn about butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Afterwards enjoy snorkeling or hanging around the fresh water pool. Visit Patas Y Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
The Cozumel Community
For locals and visitors alike, Cozumel Volunteer Connection (CVC) was created as an information resource for the Foreign Community visiting and living on the island. CVC is active in many local charities and events including the Blood Donor Registry, Chrysalis Group, Turtle Salvation Volunteer Program, Humane Society, Cozumel Lifesaving & Aquatic Rescue Program and much more!
Fishing Anyone?
Fishing Charters - Fish Pictures - Charts - Book Now!
Cozumel Fishing Expeditions are are somthing that the whole family could enjoy!
More Value for Your Vacation!

Sea Temperature Now!
Sea water temperature
Swim with the Dolphins
For those disembarking in Costa Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Calica or crossing over to Cozumel we have dolphin specials you will find no where else! Check the Tours & Activities pages for your location and reserve now.

Book Your Dolphin Swim, Encounter, Swim Adventure or Scuba as well as Sea Lions & Manatees right here with us at any location ~ same price as direct booking! Plus
Book Your Cozumel Dolphin Activity with us now for FREE Chankanaab Park entry, lunch buffet & 2 beverages all included in price!!
And DON'T FORGET to apply an EARLYBOOK discount to your reservation!!
Chankanaab Park $2 Entrance Discount Coupon
Download and Print $2 off discount coupon on Entrance to Chankanaab Park! Chankanaab Coupon (PDF Format)
Free Swim with Manatees!
Reserve Dolphin Royal Swim or Swim Adventure Programs and swim with Dolphin Discovery Manatee  Encounter!
MANATEES FREE for 15 Minutes! At least 8 day advance purchase required and is available in conjunction with "EARLYBOOK" promos!
Book & check the FREE MANATEE 15 box on the res form!
Hey! ... What's Happening at the Beach?
What's happening right now at the beach? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM at PalMar SMALL Beach Club!
Live Webcam Image 9:02AM (EST) Monday, Jul 23
Throughout the year, the water is beautiful around Cozumel and this webcam shot illustrates just that! And we always have something fun happening out here at the beach! Make plans to visit and snorkel yourself! See PalMar Beach
Back by Popular Demand! Reserve Now-Limited Space!
Join in the fun with these entertaining and affectionate creatures - give and receive a sea lion kiss (watch out for those whiskers - they tickle!), pet them, watch them jump over you, and be prepared to laugh at their amazing sense of humor!.
Dolphin Discovery Sea Lions Reserve online here!
Cozumel Sea Lion Discovery
Nice Gift for Island Lovers!
These beautiful Cozumel artworks & dive site maps make excellent gifts for those special folks who love the island. Plus they are perfect to hang in your home, office or vacation rental property!
Click on the map to see more selections!
Incredibly Detailed Island Charts & Reef Maps
These beautifully crafted, hand-drawn maps take the mystery out of finding your way around Cozumel. A "must have" for island adventurers and divers!
Revised & Updated!
Franko Cozumel Insider Maps Peter Zwick's Cozumel Chart
Want Away from the Crowds? This is it!
The cruiser beaches all pay incentives to taxi drivers and tour providers to stop at their locations all along the new highway route but many small beach operators can't afford these premiums and get little traffic. Located just minutes from downtown and the ship piers but on the OLD beachfront highway, PalMar Beach offers excellent snorkeling and a beautiful fresh water pool! Gates close after 50 people ~ reservations a must! So go & relax away from the crowds!!!
  • Great Coupon Special Offer !!
  • FREE WI-FI !!
    Just another great day at PalMar Beach Club in Coz
    PalMar Snorkel Beach Club
  • The Hottest Packages Around!
    We know the island and here are some of the hottest combination summer diving/lodging packages to be found!
    Now is your opportunity to take advantage of Cozumel's Hottest Discounts, Promotions, and Special Pricing.

    Hotel Villa Blanca Dive Package
    From $ 763 pp/double
    Hotel Barracuda Dive Package
    From $ 766 pp/double
    Hotel Cozumel Dive Package
    From $923 pp/double
    IslaMar Villas Dive Package
    From $695 pp/double
    Cozumel Private Charter Buses & Vans!
    We are pleased to announce Cozumel private charter buses and vans are now available to travel groups for booking via INSIDER! See the sights in comfort and style ~ be efficient and move together in a group rather than split into multiple vehicles! With decades of experience on their resume, you'll find these bus and van charter guys to be professional and service oriented ~ July 2018 40Pax Bus Promo ~ US$ 500!
    Another Group Ready to See the Sights of Cozumel!
    Design Your Own Cozumel Chartered Van or Bus Island Tour!
    Cozumel Weather & Sea Conditions
  • Weather Report
  • Water Conditions
  • Hurricane Bulletins
    We keep the information up-to-date on a daily basis with info collected from local divemasters!
  • Dolphins - SAVE 25% !!
    Reserve ANY COZUMEL dolphin activity via INSIDER website
    July 2018 Discounts~

    USE DISCOUNT CODES ON INSIDER RESERVATION FORM
    A Hotbed of Activities!
    Top 5 Cozumel Tours!

    Private Charter Vans $300
    Swim with Dolphins $149
    Private Charter Island & Tequila Tour $ 75
    Electric Bike Punta Sur $ 89
    ATV Jungle Adventure $ 59

    Weekly NEWS & Events
    Island NEWS In English. We choose and translate selected weekly news articles that we think may be of interest to our English speaking residents and visitors!

    Top News Stories for week Jul 23

    Cozumel Arrivals: 18 Ships this Week
    Authorities Say: "Drive With Care, it’s Blue Crab Season"
    Over 16 Tons of Sagasso Collected on Eastern Beaches
    Spectacular !!!

    Watch this Space for Official 2019 Dates !!!

    Anticipated 2019 Dates: February 27 - March 6, 2019

    Carnaval 2018 - Incredible Fun!Carnaval 2018 events have officially ended! If you missed this year, reserve early to get the best accommodations for next year! Music, Food, Dancing in the Streets, Parades ... all non-stop excitement! Combined with diving and all sorts of other island and mainland adventures during the day, it simply can't be topped!

    Cozumel Insider has the ORIGINAL, biggest and best archive of Carnaval Photos available spanning over a decade!

    Check out the Carnaval 2018 Photos to see all the fun!

    Or for up to the minute photo postings visit our Cozumel Carnaval Facebook Page!
    Great Bar ~ Live Music!!
    Great place to hang out in the Corpus neighborhood with great food and live music on some nights! Check it out!
    Welcome to Chillin' Bistro & Lounge Cozumel
    Chillin' Bistro & Lounge Cozumel
    Giant Sea Turtles
    Long before the first diver set fin in Cozumel, Giant Sea Turtles have made their way to the beaches year after year. Learn more about the Turtle Salvation Program
    Fantastic Snorkeling!
    Cozumel SnorkelingCome read all about Cozumel Snorkeling! Unbelieveably clear, warm water reefs - known to be the best in the world!
    Spectacular Day Trip ~ Incredible Value!
    Save $$ by getting yourself across on the ferry to Playa del Carmen and meeting up with the tour there! Learn about the ancient Mayan culture at Chichen Itza's enormous ruin site. An educational tour suitable for the entire family!
    So much ancient Mayan history here!
    Riviera Maya - Chichen Itza Classic
    Book Your Scuba Diving Right Here!
    We are linked up with some of the best run operations on the island. Book your diving We will help you find exactly what you are looking for - matching your skill level perfectly.
    We also have some great dive/accomodations packages!

    View the Reef Reports on what you can expect to see, being updated regularly by local dive masters!
    Perspectives from Cozumel Insiders
    Freelance writers & photographers C.J. Gustafson and Fox Hill both share a passion for Cozumel. CJ travels to the island as often as possible while Fox actually lives on the island. Both colorful writers describe their adventures and inside secrets of Cozumel! Visit Spicy Travels, Photographing Cozumel for CJ's island travel tips/adventures and Fox Hill's Cozumel for island living experiences and perspectives.
    7n/15tank Dive Package $695!!
    The IslaMar/Dive Paradise Package is always a winning combination! Dive with the name "You Know & Trust" for over 30 years and stay in a fully furnished apartment for a true island living experience. If you visit often and like getting to know the neighborhoods and friendly people while you dive Cozumel's incredible reefs then this package is for you!!
    Last Minute Review
    IslaMar Villas & Dive Paradise - Dive Package B - 7 Nights
    Sun & Moon Info
    Find more about Weather in Cozumel, MX
    A Personal Note from Sherri "Happy 84th Birthday Don Juan!"
    Sherri Davis - CozumelInsider Owner/Operator PalMar Snorkel Beach Don Juan turns 84!!I have been blessed beyond measure to have the honor of a very special person in my Cozumel life who just turned 84 years young in these past weeks! When you come to visit us here at PalMar Snorkel Beach, you may look around and see a gardener tending our plants or watering the grass because Don Juan has been a fixture around my properties for over 2 decades now. Not only does he tend our trees, plants, flowers and grass, he’s also my dog Gorry’s favorite person! Gorry lives with me and lets me feed him but the highlight of his every day is waiting out by the gate to watch Don Juan arrive each morning on his bicycle.

    PalMar Snorkel Beach Don Juan  turns 84!If the earth has spun another time for us all, then each early morning Don Juan rides his bike the 4 miles (one way) to PalMar Snorkel Beach to begin his day. My work day begins by stepping outside to unlock things and giving a shout, “Buenas Dias Don Juan!” Don Juan never fails to turn my way with a big smile and raised hand saying, “Buenas Dias!” Don Juan is of the “old school” workers ~ those that know FINDING things that need to be done and doing them rather than waiting for some one to tell you what to do…contributes greatly to job security. Without question, Don Juan is the most productive person on my properties each day and no one ever needs to tell him what to do. I’ve often thought that one day he’ll decide to relax and kick back more in these twighlight years. But he tells me that he prefers to stay busy and keep his mind occupied and he loves being outdoors amongst the plants and trees.

    PalMar Snorkel Beach Don Juan turns 84!Don Juan can’t hear so well these days and cataracts are taking their toll on his vision. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is receiving treatment although he’s opted out of surgery due to a harrowing experience he endured at the hospital a year or so ago as the socialized medical system of Mexico attempted to deal with his cancer diagnosis. Don Juan’s family was afraid last year for some reason that I might decide that he was no longer needed out here but I met with them and clarified the situation as best I could: So long as I own PalMar, Don Juan always has a place here and If it gets to the point where he is unable to ride his bike out here, we will go fetch him.

    PalMar Snorkel Beach Don Juan turns 84!He and I don’t really talk that much on a daily basis mainly because we’re busy….doing the tasks that need to be done each day to keep the doors open. But he’s been the elder rock around here that keeps my world steady day in and day out for decades. And every chance I have to hear stories about his childhood growing up in what was then only a “territory” of Mexico, I sit and listen spellbound, soaking up every word.

    I hope we are blessed with many more years of having Don Juan around PalMar Snorkel Beach and IslaMar Villas but Father Time has the final word on that. So come on out for a visit soon to snorkel and see the butterflies but mainly to wish our amazing Don Juan a HAPPY 84TH BIRTHDAY and snap a picture with him! He will be thrilled!
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