Getting to Cozumel
Mexicana flies to the island from Mexico City daily. A number of US airlines also fly directly from airports. At press time US scheduled carriers are AA, CO, NW, DL- and service is from DFW, Miami, Houston, Newark, Nashville, Detroit, Tampa, and Atlanta. Charters operate seasonaly out of Denver, Chicago, Toronto (CA), Manchester (UK), Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham. This list gets regularly updated. Check when you wish to make your travel plans for the current options.
You can travel to Cozumel on a passenger ferry from Playa del Carmen, or if you have a car, drive to Puerto Morelos for the Passenger/Car Ferry (limited services - check locally). The price is around US$11 each way.
During daytime hours, passenger ferries from Playa del Carmen depart just about every hour. Check locally on timetables as they are subject to change - and also check the time of the last ferry back. The ride takes around 45 minutes each way.
The Car Ferry from Puerto Morelos (a few miles north of Playa del Carmen) is less frequent and takes longer to cross. Car parking is difficult in Cozumel, so unless you really have to, leave your car on the mainland take the passenger ferry.
See Car Ferry, above.
Getting Around Cozumel
From the Airport
The airport is about 1 mile (1.6km) north of downtown San Miguel de Cozumel. Take the Airport transit vans (buy your ticket at the terminal) into town - they drop off at the two main "hotel zones" in Cozumel.
Most of the San Miguel downtown area is accessible on foot; but if you want to visit other areas of the island, like the naural park, the beach clubs and the ruins, you'll need to hire a taxi or rent a car.
Agree your price before you get in as they are not metered. Taxis provide tours for a 'fixed' price to the major attractions around the island. If you speak Spanish, you will have a distinct advantage and be able to negotiate a better price!
Rent a Moped or Jeep
Mopeds can zip you around Cozumel, but beware - they can be dangerous too. We strongly recommend you consider the alternative: an open air Jeep, which will only be a little more expensive, but much safer.