Greetings All…Planning on being in Cozumel in February. Although the island is ‘fairly’ small it still will require transportation to get around and I understand there is no Uber or such. Renting a car would not be a problem except for the potential legal repercussions of any kind of accident in Mexico. What are your experiences of getting around in Cozumel?
The last time two times I was there we walked the first time and took a taxi the second time. How are you arriving to Cozumel? Each time was via a cruise which drops you off at this port next to an outdoor shopping area, and the taxis were on the opposite side of the building. Once in a taxi, we just got dropped off at a popular public beach and walked along that. The time we walked, we walked too far in the wrong direction and hit an impassable checkpoint of some sort, so don’t do that.
Depends on where you are staying? There isn’t a lot to see on the Island outside of the main tourist area downtown, many of the hotels are between there and the area where the cruise ships come in. If you are flying in and staying somewhere in that area you will be fine with taxis. Having said that, the last time I was in Cozumel several years ago, we did rent a car to drive around the island - the rental process at that time was spotty - the first car they tried to give us had no seatbelts. Enjoy Cozumel!
Ok, been there now, done that! My fears were unnecessary. There are over 800 taxis on Cozumel. It is easy to wave one down on just about any street in San Miguel. Fares were reasonable, and drivers did not try to “rip us off”. Leaving Buccano’s Beach Club at 5PM (great place) we had a short walk to the main highway but no taxis going our way. A short time later, one pulled up. He had been radioed by another taxi that we were waiting. Taxis from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen are expensive, almost $100 US for the trip if you get a cab at the airport. Going the other way its half that price.
Glad to hear that the trip went well despite any worries! Thanks again for reporting back!
Glad you had a good time in Cozumel! If you ever go again (or if anyone else is reading for advice) do not take a taxi from the airport to Playa del Carmen or the other way around! Take the “ADO” bus, it costs a tenth of what you paid (around 200 pesos).
We like to get an apartment and spend a week on Cozumel. There’s SO MUCH to see and eat away from the port, and you’ll enjoy much better prices the further away you go. There are beautiful public beaches that are free and almost empty on the other side of the island, and the city (again, away from the central square) is lively. It’s fun to go out at night when most of the tourists have jumped back on their cruises. Rent a car or a scooter and explore!