Port Review: Cozumel, Mexico

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The Facts

Location: An island off the Yucatan Peninsula on the eastern Gulf coast of Mexico (Caribbean).

Language: Spanish, but English is also quite widely spoken.

Currency: Mexican peso, but US dollars are also accepted everywhere.

Docking/anchoring: There are three cruise ship piers on the island, with the primary one being Punta Langosta Pier in the centre of San Miguel, the main town on the island. The TMM International Pier is approximately eight kilometres south of downtown, and the Puerta Maya Pier is just south of there.

Transport: If you dock at Punta Langosta you are within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and bars. At the other two piers shuttles are usually provided by the cruise line, and there are plenty of taxis for heading up to San Miguel, or venturing further afield to local beaches. If you’re feeling energetic you can also rent a bicycle, scooter or motorcycle.

Itineraries: Western Caribbean cruises and some Panama Canal cruises.

Overview

This is arguably one of the most popular port of calls on many Western Caribbean cruises and for good reason. It's Mexico’s largest island, quite flat and around 20 kilometres off the Yucatan Peninsula, and it is famous for year-round summer weather, great diving and snorkelling, and, of course, quality Mayan ruins. It’s also a great destination for relaxing on the beach and chilling, but if you want to delve into Mexico’s ancient culture, tours to important cultural and historical sights are always on offer..........

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