Having already travelled the mainland of Mexico several times, I was beyond excited for my FIRST visit to the island of Cozumel! Cozumel, the largest of Mexican islands, is located just off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula. For visitors staying in Cancun and Riviera Maya, it is a great snorkelling and shopping destination located just a 45 minute ferry ride away. Cozumel is also a very popular cruise port, with two different piers on the island. With nonstop, charter flights running from Milwaukee and Chicago direct to the Cozumel airport – I couldn’t wait to spend seven whole nights exploring this unique destination.
In my adventures, I found Cozumel to be incredibly tourist friendly, very safe, and even more beautiful than I imagined. The snorkeling, which is available right off of the beach at many resorts and also through official tours and excursions, was amazing! I was able to see sea turtles, sting rays, rock fish, and more tropical fish than I could name! Cab rides into town were fairly inexpensive, allowing the opportunity to go out and experience all that the downtown area of Cozumel has to offer. The food was some of best I’ve encountered – freshly caught seafood and authentic Mexican dishes were widely available and are not to be missed! And of course, no visit to paradise is complete without “wasting away again at Margaritaville”! It may be a “tourist trap” but it’s just too fun to skip – and the calamari was delish!
I fell head over heels for this beautiful little island and can’t wait to return. With plenty of All-Inclusive Resorts to choose from and seasonal direct flights running from the Midwest – I would recommend this budget friendly destination to anyone looking for an island getaway. If you are interested in taking your next vacation to Mexico, contact me and I would love to help plan your next adventure!