by Mac Candee
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Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Cozumel, Mexico - a beautiful island known for the scenic landscape, scuba diving, white sand beaches and so much more. There is no shortage of reasons why you should go here. I decided to spend a month enjoying everything it has to offer. In that time, I created a list of 10 best things to do in Cozumel Mexico, so that you can make the most out of your experience. The things I share are what I personally loved, and are in no specific order from best to worst. So read all the way until the end so that you don’t miss out on anything.

1. Visit Mezcalito's beach for Sunrise

For this, you will need to set an alarm. Wake up bright and early at 6:30 (this will vary throughout the year), and you can begin your adventures. I took a local’s recommendation when deciding to do this, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a stunning sight, and definitely something you have to do at least once while staying there. Aside from the picturesque view, the beach offers privacy, as there are not many people there at that time. It’s a calming way to start off the day. I’m certain you will enjoy it, even if you don’t like waking up early. Depending on where you are staying, the ride there can be a bit long - 20-30 minutes, but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re taking a moped, make sure you drive carefully.

2. Surf Lessons with Bernie's Board house

I have to tell you, I wasn’t too keen on learning to surf at first, but after I got on board (pun intended) I was really happy I did it. It’s a unique experience, especially since I hadn’t done it before that. If you’re a beginner like me, that will make it even more special. Something I really appreciated is that they took the time to teach me the basics before getting into the ocean. This really helped make me feel comfortable and prepared to tackle the strong waves. Because of this, I spent the full morning surfing. There’s still a lot to learn - but it was amazing nonetheless. I greatly appreciated my first lesson being with Bernie, because he made sure I knew the techniques and set a solid foundation for me to gain the confidence needed to enjoy myself.

3. Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

You can expect a day full of fun and excitement if you decide to visit this park. We were there during the pandemic, so there weren’t too many people. This ultimately turned out in our favor - we got to visit the attractions without having to wait in line. The entrance fee is $26 for an adult, and $18 for kids between 4-12 years old. It’s a huge place, so there are a myriad of things to do - from the Sea Lions show, to the Mayan Ruins, not forgetting the amazing beaches and restaurants.

4. Try out scuba diving with MJ's Aquatic

Cozumel is world renowned for its scuba diving, and you will definitely miss out if you skip this. Even if you’ve never done it before, I recommend you challenge yourself and get the most out of this experience. You can do “Discover Scuba” and find out if it’s the right thing for you, and from then on you will have much more confidence in yourself and your diving abilities. If you opt for MJ’s Aquatic, you will meet Sergio, who was my instructor, and he will help guide you 8 meters deep in the beautiful, crystal clear water. The beginning instructions are a great way to learn about the techniques you need to do, what to beware of and how to scuba dive properly. This will give you an extra sense of safety and will help you enjoy yourself more. The sights you will witness underwater are like something out of a movie, so you will definitely remember this experience, especially if you’ve never done this before.

5. Thing to do

As you’ve probably noticed in any beach town, mopeds are in vogue. And for a very good reason- they are extremely comfortable! My dad and I both rented a moped for the duration of our stay, and we used them all the time. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to circle the entire island, without any stops. But you can easily take your time, stop at some cool destinations and enjoy yourself. Some other ways to explore Cozumel is by bicycle, or with a car.

I recommend you do this, because you’re going to see a different side of the island which isn’t as obvious if you don’t take the time to explore it. It takes you away from the tourist areas, and into the wilder side, where you can enjoy miles and miles of beaches and stunning nature. The stops along the way have some nice lookout points and a break from the touristic areas.

One really cool stop is El Mirador Beach, which is on the Eastern side of the island.

It’s a 40-minute moped ride from the main ferry port. Here you will find incredible views and the untouched Cozumel nature all around you. If you want some solitude while enjoying the stunning beach, this is a great place to visit. I have to say however, be extra cautious here, this is not the place you want to go swimming with the waves and currents.

6. Visit Punta Sur

This amazing white-sand beach area is right at the coastline of Cozumel, and it has a lot to offer. The beach paradise sits about 45 minutes from El Centro, where all the ferries come in. This place was recommended to us as one of the best beach areas, and I can definitely agree that it’s a great place to relax and spend some time in the sun. There is an entrance fee of $16 per person, which gets you access to the lighthouse(3 miles from the entrance) and the beach which is a further 3 miles away. You can get food and drinks directly served to you, so you’ll have a great time relaxing by the water.

7. Try out my favorite tacos in the world - Mr. Taco

As you can imagine from the title, this is a place I visited multiple times and have enjoyed thoroughly. If you decide to try it out, the best on the menu in my opinion is “Chuleta Fresca”, so if you’re there - definitely don’t miss out. The flavor is amazing, but so are the prices, which will make your wallet happy. If you’ve been following my content for a bit, you might know that I talked about my favorite Tacos in Tulum - and after trying Mr. Taco, it has become my new “best in the world”. After more than 15 visits to this place, I can confidently tell you I love this place, and I’m certain you will too.

8. Catch a sunset on the west side of the island

While the east coast is perfect for a sunrise, the west is amazing for a sunset. You can’t go wrong with it - just pick a spot near the water and enjoy the view. All along the way, you can find different places like restaurants and bars to sit down and take in the beauty around you. We went to “The Monkey beach”, which offers outdoor seating and has great staff, but there are other venue options in the vicinity.

9. Full day snorkel and booze cruise

We went down to the ferry port with a moped and got ready for a day full of fun. For the following 6 hours, we got to cruise around with a boat, which includes food, drinks, and best of all - snorkeling. In total, it cost about $67 per person, and was an incredible time. If you’ve never done a booze cruise before, make sure you don’t miss out, because it’s one of the most fun things you can do while enjoying your stay. We went to two different stops to snorkel, both with their unique charm. The first one was super deep, so you can do some free diving, and the experience was fantastic - we saw the sea life, enjoyed the crystal clear blue waters and the sun. Keep in mind that it’s a pretty popular tour with many people, so it can get a bit crowded.

The next stop was a place called El Cielo, where you can see a lot of starfish and enjoy a beverage at the sandbar near the beach. After all of this, you get to enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the mainland, so you’ll finish off with some tasty dishes.

10. Make a trip over to Isla de la Pasion

This place is on the northern side of the island, a 25-minute moped ride away from El Centro. Once you get to the ferry port, there are many people that can take you to Isla de la Pasion with a short boat ride. The transportation costs about $10 per person. Once you get there, you can have a bite to eat, walk around, or just simply enjoy the serene beauty of the island’s atmosphere. Because we visited during the pandemic, the island was almost completely empty. It has incredible bright blue water - one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in the Caribbean. If you’re looking for the perfect picturesque white sand beach all for yourself - Isla de la Passion has exactly that!

Closing Thoughts

This concludes my list, but that’s not to say there aren’t many more things to do on the island. I really hope you visit, and if you have - I can’t wait to hear your stories about this wonderful place. If you try out any of the things mentioned in this blog post, please let me know!

Other than that, I wish you happy travels.