Downtown Cozumel is a great option if interested in shopping, eating, or partying (not necessarily in that order). One of the most notable attractions in the down town area is Plaza del Sol. This is Cozumel’s major town square and known by locals as “zocalo.” The other significant landmark is the International Pier (SSA Mexico Dock). Both areas offer hours of entertainment and the coldest beers we’ve found on the island.
For the nature-lovers out there, Cozumel offers a variety of opportunities to explore the diverse environment. Interact with dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, manatees or sharks offshore. Or, play with monkeys in the jungle if you’d prefer to stay on land.
The Mayans rich cultural history is fascinating. For instance, did you know that they’d built their own saunas and ball courts? These can still be seen in the ruins today. You’ll find a number of excursions focused on exploring the rich history of the Mayans.
There are multiple smaller beaches near Cozumel Cruise Port, including Park Royal Cozumel and Playa Azul Beach Club. Or, you can get a ride to a larger more popular beach, like Playa Palancar or Paradise Beach. Check out our “Beaches near Cozumel Cruise Port” section below for specifics. Cozumel offers some amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities with visibility in the hundreds of feet. You’ll find natural reefs, caves, and even a sunken airplane. Other water options include horseback riding, submarine tours, jet boats and more.
This will provide the most options for shopping while in Cozumel Cruise Port. You’ll also experience a much more authentic experience than when shopping directly in the cruise terminal areas. You’ll find traditional items like clothing, hammocks, blankets, and more. You can also expect an abundance of higher-end jewelry stores and retailers looking for your consumer dollars.
If you’re coming into Punta Langosta terminal, and looking to shop, then you’re in luck. Of the three Cozumel cruise docks, you’re the closest to the downtown area and its many retail options. See above for “San Miguel” info.
Once you leave the immediate cruise pier, you’ll see the Royal Village Cozumel Shopping Center. This upscale retail plaza features jewelry stores (Diamonds International), high-end clothing (Lacoste, Nike, Marti, etc), and premium dining (Hard Rock Cafe). The Royal Village also hosts shows and events, so check the local calendar to see if there’s anything unique going on.
This terminal and retail plaza is the newest to the area. Built by Carnival, it boasts more than 50 retail shops. From high-end jewelry to smaller sundry stores, you’ll find what you need. But, you’ll likely pay more than you would if shopping downtown. If you’re hungry or looking to throw back some tequila, you’re in luck here. Pancho’s Backyard and Fat Tuesday will be happy to wet your whistle. Directly across the street from Punta Langosta Port is the accompanying mall. Here you’ll find Starbucks (yay internet), Diamonds International, and other more prominent retailers. There’s also a Hooters, Hard Rock, Carlos n’ Charlies, and Senior Frogs if you’re interested in a bar tour. Just don’t miss the ship.
The nearest beach option to Puerta Maya Dock and International Pier is the resort at Grand Park Royal. You can walk there in less than 20 minutes from either access point. You’ll be required to purchase a resort pass, which is $40 per person. But, it’ll get you more than beach access! That includes other amenities like pools, chairs, etc.
This is the closest beach option to Punta Langosta Terminal. It's also the nearest free beach. Although, it's not entirely free. there’s a restaurant and bar on the beach which you’ll be expected to patron if using their facilities.
This terminal is closest to Downtown Cozumel (San Miguel). It’ll take roughly five minutes (depending on how hard you hit the buffet) to reach the town center area from Punta Langosta.
Slightly further south from San Miguel is Puerta Maya Pier. It’s about 3 miles from the downtown area. Puerta Maya hosts Carnival branded ships brands owned by Carnival (Princess, Holland America, etc). It’s the newest development of the three Cozumel cruise ports. You’ll find shops, restaurants (like Fat Tuesday), and sundry stores here. Prices will trend higher than found outside the terminal area.
International Pier (a.k.a SSA Mexico Dock) is roughly 2.5 miles south of San Miguel. In a taxi, it’s a 5-10 minute drive along the coast. Or you can take a leisurely 45-minute walk along the promenade. The largest cruise ships require this dock so you’ll typically see Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships parked here. The immediate surrounding areas include smaller shops and restaurants. Prices will be higher here than downtown.