Cozumel (or Isla Cozumel) is a beautiful island just off the coast of Playa Del Carmen. Cozumel holidays are a popular option for those looking for unspoilt splendour, excellent standard accommodation and plenty of restaurants and bars.
If you’re looking for your dream holiday to Cozumel, here’s everything you need to know in advance and where to get the deals!
Cozumel in a Nutshell
- This is Mexico’s biggest island
- Cozumel is home to some of Mexico’s most beautiful scuba diving hotspots
- Home to incredible beaches
- There are Mayan ruins on the island
- Cozumel has its own international airport
- Plenty of all inclusive hotels and luxury resorts for tourists
Weather in Cozumel by Month
Of course, if you’re going to spend any time enjoying a holiday in a tropical paradise, you’ll want the weather to go with it. So here is the weather month by month to help you to plan the best time to visit.
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So while the summer months are typically wetter, British wintertimes make for hot and drier weather in Cozumel. This is a weather pattern very typical of the Caribbean coast destinations of Mexico.
Which Travel Agents Sell Holidays to Cozumel?
You can book holidays to Cozumel through a host of providers and agents including Thomas Cook, First Choice and Thomson. Don’t just rely on the big names for the best prices though – shop around to get the best deals on Cozumel holidays. We’ll share a few suggest comparison sites at the end.
What are the Best Hotels in Cozumel?
If we’re basing it on TripAdvisor’s rankings table, then the best hotels in Cozumel are (at the time of writing) as follows:
- Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive
- Sunscape Sabor Cozumel
- Hotel B Cozumel
- Grand Park Royal Cozumel
- Coral Princess Golf and Dive Resort
- Playa Azul Golf, Scuba and Spa
- Cozumel Palace
- Blue Angel Resort
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel
- Casa Mexicana Cozumel
But check out reviews from other sites as well and make your mind up based on what you want from your Cozumel holiday.
Cozumel for Families
A popular family holiday spot, Cozumel has a lot of appeal for those with children of all ages. Aside from the copious all inclusive options and beautiful beaches, here’s what else families can expect from Cozumel:
- Water parks! Many of the hotels have water parks or in the very least slides. Of course, you can book into one of those. But if you didn’t book one, head for Playa Mia Beach and Water Park. This is an all inclusive park with prices from around $60 for an adult and $50 for a child
- Snorkel or scuba dive. Give the kids chance to get up close and personal with a beautiful variety of marine life. Educational and fun!
- Atlantis Submarine – if the little ones don’t fancy dipping their toes in the water, then a submarine trip could be an alternative and “drier” way to see the marine life
Cozumel for Nightlife Lovers
Make no mistake. Cozumel is not as popular with those looking for nightlife as Cancun is. But that’s not to say it’s early nights and slippers on holiday here. There are clubs and bars, like Bar Hop, Habana Bob’s and Señor Frogs. In addition, the hotels have late night options in many cases for those looking to enjoy their holiday to the early hours of the morning.
Cozumel for Foodies
There’s a good chance you’ll be on an all inclusive holidays in Cozumel and on that basis might not venture out to eat every single day. But if you do get out and about, it’s definitely worth enjoying a bite to eat in one of many fantastic restaurants the island has to offer. Some to consider include:
- Baccanos by Night – somewhat on the pricier side but an eating experience to remember. Specialities include freshly caught seafood.
- Jacinta Cozumel is another fine dining style restaurant serving food native to Mexico and the Caribbean
- For budget bites, Lobster Shack is a firm favourite
- Similarly, the cheap Burritos on offer at Burritos Gordito’s are very, very satisfying
What’s on in Cozumel by Month
If you plan to time your holiday with an event or festival, here are a few of our recommended favourites:
What’s on in January?
- Three King’s Day is celebrated nationwide in Mexico, including in Cozumel. You can expect festivities and Catholic celebrations
What’s on in February?
- Across the country, February is Carnival time. Cozumel has celebrated Mardi Gras in phenomenal fashion for over a Century. Expect loud, proud street parties, celebrations, food and drink! Don’t forget your dancing shoes
What’s on in March?
- Spring Break season is in full swing in March. So do bear this in mind. You can expect groups of largely US college students and plenty of parties. Cancun is certainly a busier Spring Break hotspot than Cozumel, but nonetheless do expect some Spring Break groups in Cozumel too.
What’s on in April?
- It’s either April or May each year when the El Cedral festival takes place. El Cedral is to the South of the island and the annual festival involves dancing, parties and celebration. It’s worth checking the specific dates for the year you plan to travel
What’s on in May?
- In either May or June each year, the locals hold a canoe crossing from the mainland to Cozumel and back. It’s a 3 day event in which hundreds of oarsman make the journey in traditional wooden canoes to recreate the ancient ritual pilgrimages undertaken by the original inhabitants of Yucatán.
What’s on in June?
- Dia de la Marina (or ‘Navy Day’) falls on the first of the month. In many coastal areas, this is often celebrated with fireworks and a bit of a party. You’ll find fireworks in Cozumel for this celebration too.
What’s on in July, August and September?
Despite the fact that July and August mark the school summer holidays for those of us in the UK, this is the rainy season on Cozumel and Mexico’s Caribbean coast in general. As such, it’s not the busiest time for visitors. There isn’t as much going on, but of course, the hotels, bars, restaurants and many of the attractions in Cozumel are open for business as usual.
What’s on in October?
- Otoño Cultural Cozumel is an annual festival that takes place each October in Cozumel to mark the cultural heritage of the island. Think arts, performances and other various events. Check out specific listings before you go for venues and specific events
What’s on in November?
- November marks Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead.’ Across the country, this is a time when people leave food and gifts for the dead in the hope the spirits will visit them. In some parts of Mexico, like Mexico City, this is quite a big deal with some public parades and events. In Cozumel, it’s less of a marked event. There may be things happening in Cemeteries and some exhibitions around about the day itself though.
What’s on in December?
- Merry Christmas! Cozumel is a popular hotspot for those looking to spend Christmas on the beach, largely down to the area’s dry and hot weather in December. Hotels will often hold Christmas related events.
Cozumel Holiday Deals
Wherever you plan to go in Mexico, it’s always a goo idea to compare. Icelolly lets you compare prices from loads of agents: