Give Thanks!
OK ~ waited all year ~ now it's time to thaw that turkey and to get those airline tickets for winter vacation so you can escape the cold, come our way and enjoy the lush tropical green foliage and warm, crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean that surround us here in Cozumel!
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We appreciate your business and love talking to you every day about your vacation plans!
~ 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 7/15/2019 - 10/31/2020
Weekly Cruise Ship Schedule
Click here for Cruise Ship Arrival Info!
Great Value @ US$ 50 !!
Join this sunset cruise, relax and enjoy a cold beverage along with the beauty of Cozumel's spectacular sunsets!

Cozumel Sunset Cruise Charters
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!
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 6:16PM (EST) Tuesday, Dec 1
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
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
  • 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!
  • Dolphins - SAVE 25% !!
    Reserve ANY COZUMEL dolphin activity via INSIDER website
    SUSPENDED 2020 Discounts~

    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 30

    Another Successful Ironman 2020
    Possible Cancellation of Carnival Cozumel 2021
    Local Bat Populatioin at Risk
    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

    Spectacular !!!

    Watch this Space for Official 2021 Dates !!!

    Anticipated 2021 Dates: February 10 - 17, 2021

    Carnaval 2020 - Incredible Fun!Carnaval 2020 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 2020 Photos to see all the fun!

    Or for up to the minute photo postings visit our Cozumel Carnaval Facebook Page!
    Delicious Breakfast & Lunch Specials!
    Sit down to fresh made bread & doughnuts even before you order! Join owner/operator Rene in her delightful open air garden style restaurant for coffee and breakfast at very reasonable prices! THE place to be for breakfast on the island!
    Welcome to Island Cozumel Restaurant & Bar!
    Islander Cozumel Restaurant & Bar
    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
    Sea Temperature Now!
    Sea water temperature
    A Personal Note from Sherri "COVID19 - Stay safe!!"
    Sherri Davis - CozumelInsider Owner/Operator It's really hard to know what to say during times like these when it seems the world has turned sideways on its axis for reasons that none of us have any control over at all. Everyone is having to wrap their heads around this irrevocably changed state of affairs we are facing now with the spread of COVID-19.

    Here on the island last week (3/10) we were in the midst of one of the best High Seasons we've experienced in many years with hotels near full capacity and 35 ships in port. Then, in less than 72 hours (Friday to Monday) we had virtually no ships in port for this week and hotels processing cancellations as quickly as they could check emails or answer the phone. Restaurants and tour providers have sent most workers home and hundreds of taxi drivers have parked their vehicles and are working on a rotational basis to spread around what little business there is.

    APRIL 1, 2020 UPDATE: The economic shutdown of the island has continued the past two weeks with only "essential" businesses open and free movement about becoming more and more restricted as time moves on. Public transport is now only operating until 8pm, ferry crossings to/from Playa are down to 1 trip daily and police are patrolling the streets with loud speakers advising everyone to stay in their homes. Thus far only a few cases reported here on the island.

    MAY 1, 2020 UPDATE: So we are still shut down here in Cozumel. As the weeks progressed in April, the State and local government imposed more and more restrictions and closed more and more businesses as they were deemed "non-essential." Public transport was suspended the first week of April and only 1 occupant is allowed per vehicle or moped on the street and face masks are required anywhere one goes. The nightly curfew was moved from 10pm back to 7pm a couple of weeks ago and then just today, the Mayor announced the curfew is now 4pm until 5am. City Hall also announced today that they would not be opening on Monday as planned but have now pushed to JUNE 1, 2020.

    JUNE 1, 2020 UPDATE:: The State of Quintana Roo which includes Cozumel, is beginning its gradual reopening process today. Many types of "non-essential" businesses are ready to reopen gradually and as COVID cases are monitored throughout the State, everyone is hopeful the reopening process is complete within 6 - 8 weeks without a relapse into quarantine. In general, the population is doing an amazing job of wearing masks and social distancing while businesses are doing their part here to adapt to suggested new health guidelines for customers.

    JULY 1, 2020 UPDATE: The Statewide area and the island of Cozumel continue in earnest to reopen and re-activate the economy here. A 9pm curfew remains in place as well as social distancing and face mask requirements. Temperatures of everyone are checked before entering any business and hand gel is provided (for now) upon entering establishments. Hotels have recalled some staff to begin the reopening process. Effective July 1, 2 planes are now arriving daily - one from Mexico City and the other from Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas so there is a trickle of tourism arriving daily from the airports. At the moment there are 3 ferry crossings daily from Playa del Carmen which are also bringing travelers to Cozumel. Beaches remain closed for now but some beach restaurants have opened and are providing service. Restaurants are reopening for some hours daily with most refocusing their efforts on take out orders and earlier hours due to the curfew. The Marine Park has opened the reefs for diving and water sport activities, fishing charters are underway and other activities are also beginning to be available again such as ATVs, bikes, horseback riding, etc. Like everywhere else in the world right now, it's a slow process to re-activate but everyone is eager to get underway to provide a fun and SAFE travel destination for everyone!

    AUGUST 1, 2020 UPDATE: Efforts to re-start the local economy here are continuing but the island remains under constant threat of having to return to lockdown mode if certain benchmark numbers are reached concerning number of COVID cases vs. number of hospital beds. Such is the case with most of the planet these days. American Airlines continues its daily flight from DFW and Interjet continues to arrive daily from Mexico City both bringing small amounts of tourists looking to enjoy the island without so many people. In about a week, United Airlines will be restoring their flights from Houston, Texas so that will also help the island economy a little bit. Each year at this time, all of us on the island have to remain vigilant concerning the weather and potential damaging storms as we enter the peak of our hurricane risk season. Let's hope we emerge another season unscathed since no one can afford any further economic damage this year! It's now been 15 years since we had a direct hit in Cozumel ~ here's hoping for another 15!!

    SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 UPDATE: Good grief! Who knew 6 months later I would STILL be updating snippets due to COVID! What a crazy world we live in these days! Everyone here on the island has adapted to the new reality of online school (for now), social distancing, wearing masks at all times, hand sanitizers at every turn and diligent, enhanced cleaning regimens everywhere. No one here wants to be the cause of delaying tourism's return because the island depends on tourism to survive and right now everyone is suffering immensely economically. A lot of businesses (including mine) have continued paying employees and kept them occupied BELIEVING this situation would end within a reasonable timeframe but it has not so it's come to the point where very hard decisions are having to be made: feed my own family or keep employees and their families in food. All of us are trying to hold out with the hope that ALL OF YOU will return to the island SOONER rather than later! SO PLEASE ~ MAKE SOME RESERVATIONS!!! GIVE US HOPE!! Things are picking up a bit as full planes now arrive daily and hotels begin to get some bookings ~ slowly we are coming back to life! IRONMAN is just around the corner and then the holidays ~ we're all hopeful for no more hurricanes this year and that we can make it to the start of high season!

    OCTOBER 15, 2020 UPDATE: Well I clearly missed the October 1 update as we were staring down the barrel of a tropical storm and I was a bit preoccupied! Sort of at the last minute, the tropical storm turned into a hurricane DELTA as it headed straight for us and we all had very little time to prepare! It was forecast to be a Category 4 by the time it reached us so we were all reliving our 2005 WILMA experiences while trying to prepare. Fortunately it was fast moving and with divine intervention of some sort, the hurricane actually LOST some strength as it approached the island and it swerved a bit north with the eye bypassing us slightly and hitting the mainland north of the island at Puerto Morelos. Cozumel did suffer damage and flooding but it could have been so much worse than it was so we are all grateful for the blessing! Fortunately, power was not lost all over the island and was restored in just a few hours for those areas that were affected so clean up efforts were able to begin immediately. As for COVID ~ of course it is still part of our lives here on the island as it is everywhere but in general everyone is learning to live with the enhanced safety protocols as no one wants to return to a lock down situation.

    OCTOBER 27, 2020 UPDATE: So here's another one none of us in Cozumel had on our 2020 bingo card ~ 2 direct hit hurricanes in less that 3 weeks! This tropical storm was lolly-gagging around in the big sea beside the island for days and then as it got closer, it was heading straight for us and there was simply nothing to stop it ~ no cold front or anything coming down from the north so here we go once more! Fortunately once again, the storm turned into hurricane ZETA just a day before hitting Cozumel so it was not able to gain that much strength. Still, ANY hurricane is dangerous and we have to prepare all the same way because we never know! As it stands now, over all there was very little damage to the island this time although some areas are still without electricity and water. But the city is working quickly to restore everything. Businesses are open, the seas have calmed and once again we are all focusing on clean up and the hope that high season brings us good things in a few weeks!

    NOVEMBER 21, 2020 UPDATE: I never imagined 9 months ago as I began inserting these little updates into the same blog post, that I would still be doing so in November! I'm ready to turn the page and make a new blog post ~ but there seems to be no turning the page on COVID. Things get better, then worse, then good again ~ a roller coaster it seems we will all ride from now on in many ways. As Thanksgiving and the Holidays are quickly coming upon us and we are faced with new limitations on how and where we can safely gather, there is no better time to reflect not on what's missing but rather on the many GIFTS this life gives us each day. We are all hoping for a better, safer, healthier year ahead but now begins our time of reflection and giving thanks for all that we have in this life! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    It goes without saying that the economic effects of COVID19 ravaging the globe has already been devastating to our little island paradise ~ the economy here has been rocked to the core. Please keep in mind that here in Mexico, there is no "stimulus check" on the way for families and an unemployment benefits program simply does not exist in this country. Families have had to survive and get by on what they were lucky enough to have saved up by March 15, 2020 and there's been no earnings for them since then. That being said, everyone fully realizes that countless others are suffering immensely right now and the best course of action is safety for all.

    We appreciate all of you who visit the island and help keep our little tourism economy going and all we can ask for now is that you do whatever it takes to keep yourself and your family safe and away from COVID-19 exposure so that you can be here with us again in Cozumel as soon as possible!!

    Meanwhile, we'll keep the Dos X's on ice, the tequila cold and our fishing line in the water until you can get here again!
    Stay safe!
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