Happy Holidays!
As yet another spectacular year ~ that of 2022 comes to a close, we send our heartfelt thanks to all of you who use and recommend COZUMELINSIDER throughout the year. We appreciate your business and wish for you and your family all the joys of this holiday season!

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 24 years of continuous operation!
*For arrivals 7/15/2023 - 10/31/2023
Incredible 6 Hour/60 Mile Adventure!
See more on this tour than some see in a lifetime of visiting Cozumel!
Snorkel & Relax @ Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
Cozumel's Complete, Private Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
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)
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!
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!!
Weekly Cruise Ship Schedule
Click here for Cruise Ship Arrival Info!
2022 Cozumel Parks Entrance $2 OFF Discount Coupons
Download and Print $2 OFF discount coupons on Entrance to Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, Chankanaab Adventure Park & the Cozumel Museum! PLUS $ 1 OFF at San Gervasio Mayan Ruins site! Chankanaab Coupon (PDF Format)
Sea Temperature Now!
Sea water temperature
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 7:14PM (EST) Sunday, Dec 4
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
Fishing Anyone?
Fishing Charters - Fish Pictures - Charts - Book Now!
Cozumel Fishing Expeditions are are somthing that the whole family could enjoy!
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
Natural Habitat for Wildlife Observation!
Enjoy miles of unspoiled natural habitat and beach on Cozumel's southern tip of the island.
Cozumel Punta Sur Lighthouse
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park & Lighthouse
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.
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!
  • 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!
    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 Nov 28

    Cozumel Arrivals: 28 Ships this Week
    Three Of Cozumel’s Busy Scenic Viewing Points Reopened After Months Of Repairs
    INM Processing 14 Cubans Who Made Landfall On East Side Of Cozumel
    Hey! ... What's Happening in Cozumel?
    What's happening right now? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM!
    Live Webcam Image 7:14PM (EST) Sunday, Dec 4
    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!
    Don't Miss It !!!

    February 15 - 22, 2023

    Carnaval 2022 - Be Here!Via a press conference held mid August 2022, Carnaval 2023 Dates are official! Book early to get the best lodging! 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 can't be topped!

    Cozumel Insider has the biggest, longest running and best archive of Carnaval Photos Available!

    Check out our Carnaval 2020 Photos to see all the fun you'll be missing!

    Or for up to the minute photo postings visit our Cozumel Carnaval Facebook Page!
    Fantastic Snorkeling!
    Cozumel SnorkelingCome read all about Cozumel Snorkeling! Unbelieveably clear, warm water reefs - known to be the best in the world!
    A taste of Argentina!
    Step off the well worn path of Cozumel's downtown plaza area and venture a couple of blocks away to experience a refreshing taste of Argentinian cuisine in the tropics. Known around the globe for their beef, this quaint cafe with an outdoor brick grill doesn't disappoint in delivering flavorful, tender meats Argentina style and incredible side dishes that compliment. Excellent wine selection, too!

    Al Pie del Carbon Restaurant
    Dolphins - SAVE 25% !!
    Reserve ANY COZUMEL dolphin activity via INSIDER website
    SUSPENDED 2021 Discounts~

    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

    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
    A Personal Note from Sherri "Welcome to 2022 !!"
    Sherri Davis - CozumelInsider Owner/Operator Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday celebration during December with family and friends and that you were able to ring in the new year with vigor and gusto! As one year ends and another begins, it’s always a time of reflection for everyone and in some ways I think more meaningful since the pandemic. All of us have had to learn to deal with the very real possibility of our own demise as well as endure the loss of so many family and friends dear to us from an illness thrust upon us by no doing of our own. The stress and anxiety of the situation has caused family and friends to literally turn against each other in fear. People seem to be on a short fuse these days not even able to make it through a 2 hour flight somewhere without an emotional meltdown of some sort. I sincerely hope that 2022 will bring us all more peace and joy in our lives. As family, friends and communities we have to begin to set our fears aside and reach out to each other ~ safely of course! Yes, survival is everything….it’s the ONLY thing really that occupies us all right now but if you alone survive, what good will that do?! It takes a village!! So as we start this new year with great hope, be kind, be grateful and be compassionate ~ to others, to animals, to our planet. These are all we really have in this life! I wish nothing but the best for each of you in 2022!!

    JANUARY 2022 UPDATE: While tourism has improved somewhat on the island with more flights coming in for the Winter season, the new covid variant Omicron is working its way around the world wreaking havoc everywhere it goes with Cozumel being no exception. As mentioned before, Cozumel has continued throughout the entire pandemic to observe social distancing, used facemasks and hand sanitizer as well as perform temperature checks on everyone before they enter ANY retail establishment. As a result, Cozumel remained an area of low infection rate for months and months. However now that islanders have mixed and mingled with outside family during the holidays and ramped up tourism has people arriving from all over the place ~ vaxxed and unvaxxed ~ the covid variant Omicron has migrated here. To err on the side of caution, many businesses have closed for a week or so if one of their employees catches it but these closures are just temporary “few day” events. Schools have gone virtual again part time and then on January 11, 2022 the Presidenta of Cozumel announced that Cozumel Carnaval 2022 scheduled for the last week of February has now been postponed. New dates for Carnaval 2022 will be posted when available.

    MARCH 2022 UPDATE:Seems I had nearly forgotten how quickly the Winter Season passes when everything is really busy and travelers are coming and going! Suddenly I look up and we’re approaching the end of March even though I only recently got all my Christmas stuff put away! Cozumel has been blessed and showered with lots of extended stay travelers this season and of course we got our share of them at our properties as well. If you look at the cruise ship calendar we post weekly, you might be thinking that everything is sort of back to normal now on the island ~ but really it isn’t. Yes, it’s true there are 25+ ships arriving weekly in Cozumel which is a good thing but don’t forget that most all are still carrying only 25 - 50% of their pre-COVID passenger load. And of that small number of passengers even fewer are opting to leave the ship for the day ~ most just stay on board all day and fatten the wallets of the cruise lines. Over the past 2 decades as 3 ship piers were constructed and amplified, the Cozumel economy became very dependent on cruise ship business and as the pandemic situation improves this year, it’s likely that next season will be even closer to the “old normal.” That being said, I actually am enjoying the island more now with LESS day visitors. To me this season has been a throw back to the 90’s when there was only 1 ship pier and the island buzz involved extended stay travelers getting out and shopping, doing tours during the day and visiting restaurants and bars at night. ?Did you get that statement? Think about it in terms of what is most valuable to the island economy. Extended stay travelers pay LOCAL businesses for lodging, transport, activities, meals and drinks…..EVERY DAY. A ship passenger (while numerous) pays a FOREIGN company for transport, lodging and meals and then has only hours to shop, do a tour and possibly eat a snack or something. Hence these days the excursions typically visit places where visitors can shop and eat while there….in ONE PLACE....typically owned by a big tour company. So I guess my message this month is ~ things are improving on the island every day and we’re so glad the ships are slowly returning to normal! But what we really want and need as an island is for all of you to come down and stay awhile!! You mean a lot to us by booking lodging and tours and eating at our restaurants so come on down this Summer!! The weather will be great!!

    MAY 2022 UPDATE: Well it goes without saying that Spring sprung this year on the island and we’re headed now full force into a glorious Summer season! Our weather has been fantastic this Spring with relatively light breezes and calm seas for snorkeling and diving. But before we get to all the Summer vacations, we must first finish May! Normally May is a pretty quiet “shoulder” month for us ~ between 2 seasons so we get to catch our breath and relax a bit. But this year Cozumel Carnaval was bumped to May due to a pandemic spike in January. For those of us who “bleed color” (for our love of Carnaval) it’s truly been weird this month to adjust to the date change. I guess the circadian rhythms of Carnavaleros are just out of whack a bit now! But the show must go on as they say and everyone is really excited and doing their best to make it a great Carnaval celebration this year especially since we didn’t get to have Carnaval at all in 2021!! But please as you are watching and enjoying the events ~ keep in mind, the costumes, the dancing, the allegria ~ are all very demanding for those participating and it will be especially taxing this year due to the heat of May! Normally all of these activities take place in Winter months when it’s much, much cooler. So please have a few extra small bottles of water to offer up those doing the entertaining ~ no doubt they will be greatly appreciated! You still have time to come on down and enjoy our Cozumel Carnaval 2022 celebration ~ get some tickets and get here quick ~ you’ll be glad you did!! Enjoy the upcoming Carnaval week!

    JUNE 2022 UPDATE: One year ago this week (June 16, 2021) we celebrated the return of cruise ships docking in Cozumel. The ships left us in March 2020 so it was a bit more than a year we had zero cruise ships in port and everyone was elated that the big “come back” had finally begun last June! It’s been a long, slow year since then! Gratefully the number of ships docking each week continues to climb back to our “normal” levels; however, it seems passenger behaviors are still quite altered. A lot of folks just don’t get off the ship now or if they do, it’s for a ship sponsored excursion hence we don’t get as many “explorers” and “adventurers” wandering around the island as we used to get every day! That’s OK though, it’s just nice to see the world is traveling again some now! We’ve had a hot, dry Spring for the most part and now this first month of Summer we’re hoping for a bit more rain. But the weather has been gorgeous and the sea….well, it’s just beautiful and crystal clear like always! You really should come down and enjoy for awhile!

    OCTOBER 2022 UPDATE: Oh my! Where did the Summer go?!! Needless to say we’ve been very busy these past few months and time just flew by for us! Aside from our normal tour clients, beach club visitors and vacation rental guests, once again I signed up for some self-inflicted torture by embarking on the remodel of 2 ocean view spaces I have down on Melgar. Accomplishing anything along the lines of construction down on Melgar (our beachfront street) is challenging because there is no parking allowed on the street at all so it’s a hike just to get to /from the job site. Then off-loading materials and such becomes an issue as well what with transit police eager to write up tickets even for a 3 minute stop. Every time I complete a remodel or construction project I always SAY it’s my last but this time ~ I mean it! At least here in Cozumel anyway! These were my last 2 spaces to finish in Cozumel so I consider myself done ~ yippee!! Guess I will celebrate and relax a few weeks before ramping up the condo development project we have going on down in Mahahual (Costa Maya)! As you can see, my work here is never done but YOU can take a vacation any time!! So it’s about time you start looking for some flights and come on down ~ our Fall Season is always beautiful even though it’s not multi-colored! Just lush greens and vibrant blues but very much worth a visit!!
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