Cozumel Travel Tips
Traveling to Cozumel is significantly easier than traveling to other foreign destinations. While Cozumel is very much a Mexican island and even its downtown feels like a typical village in Mexico, the island draws hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors every year. Therefore, it is very welcoming and prepared for travelers. It is relatively safe and most of the people who work in a tourism-related job have decent conversational skills in English. You could easily come to Cozumel without knowing a word of Spanish and without knowing the first thing about the island. We recommend, however, to acquaint yourself with Cozumel and know what to expect before you arrive. Here are just some basic tips we have for you as you start making your plans for Cozumel.
For starters, while we have already said that Cozumel is very safe, make sure to always be very aware of your surroundings and always wander around in a group, or at least with a partner. Never walk around by yourself. For one thing, you don't know the area very well and you might get lost. And for another, there is safety in numbers.
When dealing with currency, the overwhelming majority of establishments accept US dollars. Many of them also accept major credit cards. Some people say that you will save some money if you use Mexican pesos instead of dollars, but if changing your currency is a hassle, stick to US dollars. What you may or may not save is not really that large an amount.
If you want to explore parts of Cozumel other than the Downtown area, you have a few options. If you know exactly where you want to go (like, say, a specific Mayan ruins site), then it's best to book a tour and enjoy their complimentary transportation. If you are in the mood to do some simple exploring, there are plenty of accredited car rental agencies located right in Downtown, close to the cruise ship docks. There is one major road in Cozumel that cuts across the island from Downtown to the island's windward (east) coast and then all the way south and back up to Downtown. It's best to stick to this major road than to go off-road. You might be tempted to go off road but keep in mind that the insurance for most rental cars do not cover any damage that happens off the major roadways.
As far as drinking tap water in Cozumel goes, you probably won't get sick if you drink it. But it's always better to be safe than sorry. You can easily find bottled water in the majority of establishments, including restaurants. So opt for bottled water if you have the option.