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Practical Information

Telephone
Mexico's area code is (001) 52.

Exchanging Currency
Most of Cozumel's Banks with ATM machines are found within the commercial centre of the main town.

Divers Certificate
If you're planning to dive make sure you bring your diver's certificate with you. If you want to get your diver's certificate, contact an instructor and this can be done in as few as 3 days time.

Recompression Chamber
Cozumel has a branch of the foremost network in the world, SSS network, it is DAN sanctioned. 24 hr. phone number is 872-1430.

Internet Access
Internet cafes are commonplace in Mexico - new ones open and old ones close all the time - but you won't have to look too hard to find one downtown. There are 2 within 2 blocks of villa oasis.

Restaurants

Cozumel has a wide range of restaurants and eateries offering traditional Mexican food as well as international menus. For well-priced local food try La Choza or Pancho’s Backyard. Guidos also offers excellent pizzas and Italian food, or try Chi if your are looking for some Asian flavors. As well as the larger tourist food places there are many smaller taco restaurants where you can savor traditional maize tortillas filled with a variety of local specialties such as Mayan marinated pork – conchinita pibil – or breaded fried shrimp. There is a "lobersteria" 1 bock away, located in a 19th century "chic" hut.

When Night Falls

Cozumel is not such a big party center as neighboring Cancun, but offers a good selection of bars and clubs nonetheless.
Carlos'n'Charlies, Señor Frogs and Fat Tuesdays are loud and popular with tequila slamming tourists. If you are looking for live music you could try the Hard Rock Cafe, Mis Charros, Tiki-Tok or Kelleys, all usually have a band playing on weekends. THere is a retro champagne and tequila bar on the beach called "1.5", located 2 blocks from the house.

What to Buy In Cozumel

Shopping in Cozumel features a lot of duty free items, and clothing, jewelry, plus other 'duty free' goods are sold in abundance here, targeted principally at cruise ship holiday makers. If a cruise ship stays late (most leave early evening), these shops stay open to late.   You can also find a few Mexican arts and craft shops here. If you shop even 2 blocks from the ocean shopping street you'll find silver, onix, mother of pearl, weaves, and other mexican handicrafts at half the price.

Local Climate

The climate in Cozumel is very much like that of anywhere in the Caribbean and ranges between 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit: Hot and humid, but the humidity is not as drenching as it can be in some non-island places, because of the breezes. August through October is hurricane season in this part of the world - and the weather becomes more changeable and less predictable during these months. The rainy season is May through September. November through April is the milder period with temperatures ranging from 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

 
 
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