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Alternatively, you can fly into [[Cancun]] (Airport Code: '''CUN''') which generally has more flights, then take a bus or van south to [[Playa del Carmen]] and take the ferry across to Cozumel. A shared van from Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen will cost around 300 pesos per person one-way, where a bus will be around 130 pesos (or $12 USD if you do not have pesos handy) per person one-way.
 
You can buy online your transport in advanced. Here are two companies:
 
'''Amstar DMC''' [http://www.amstardmc.com/mexico/destinations/cozumel/cozumel_transport.php] offers private and group Airport Transfers
 
'''Gray Line'''[http://www.graylinecancun.com/index.php] shared cozumel shuttle.
Also you can take a small plane to Cozumel from Cancun airport's domestic terminal. It takes just 15 minutes and the trip is an amazing experience for about $75 USD per person one way.
* There are hourly rides to and from [[Playa del Carmen]], costing about 156 pesos ($13.50 USD) per adult each way. There are two companies, so buy a single ticket because you may need to use the other ferry company coming back and the tickets aren't transferable (two one-way tickets cost the same as a return anyhow).
* A car ferry leaves from Calica, a few kilometers south of Playa del Carmen (pass [[Xcaret]]). The car ferry from Puerto Morelos no longer exists! There are 4 ferries each day, but the first at 04:00 AM and the second at 08:00 AM are specially for supply and logistics of the locals and islander. So take the ferry at 12:15 AM PM and 06:00 PM. From Cozumel back to the mainland you can take all ferries: 06:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 04:00 PM and 08:00 PM. It should be noted that rental cars are not allowed on the car ferry and you wouldn't want to do it in any case as taking the car ferry is a huge hassle involving a lot of waiting on both ends. Not recommended for anyone on a one to two week vacation.
'''Cruise ships''' often visit the island. A few can dock virtually downtown. A larger pair of piers lies about two miles south of downtown San Miguel, and primarily serves Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships. If many ships arrive the same day (occasionally in "high season"), some may moor offshore and tender passengers to docks virtually downtown.
===SCUBA Diving===
Cozumel is one of the premier [[scuba diving]] destinations in the western hemisphere. The island abounds with dive shops, most willing to give you a scuba class (resort course) and take you out if you are not yet certified. A boat dive for certified divers (two tanks) will cost around $70, plus any equipment rental feesand Marine Park Fee. Most dive sites are located well south of the city proper, as are a number of dive shops if you want a short boat ride. Most diving in Cozumel is drift diving, where you are dropped off by the boat at the beginning of the dive, are carried along the reef by the current, and picked up at the end of your dive by the boat. There is some shore diving, but it is limited compared with what you can enjoy further out and places like Palancar Reef and the walls. Along with other marine life Divers are able to see Seahorses and Eagle Rays and Turtles especially during Turtle Nesting season sees large numbers of Turtles on Cozumel's beaches during nesting seasons.
*'''Aldora Divers''' [http://aldora.com/] — training, certification and fast 6 person boats with high capacity steel tanks and long surface intervals, usually at Palancar Beach Club. Rental equipment. Night Dives. Nitrox available. Villa Aldora room and suite rentals.
*'''Buena Ventura Diving''', [http://www.buenaventuradiving.net] is a small, personable dive outfit dedicated to the specialized needs of its diving clients.
 
*'''Chucho Divers''' [http://www.chuchodivers.com/] — Dive Master/Owner - Jesus "Chucho" Vivas We offer small groups, personalized diving to fit your needs...NO cattle boat diving here!! Located at the Caleta Marina, pickup at many hotel piers depending on if private pier and safety. Multi Day Packages, Single Day 2 Tank or 3 Tank, Refresher, PADI Certification, Rental equipment, Night Dives. We also offer snorkeling or a snorkeling/diver combo trip and can help arrange fishing charters.
*'''Deep Blue''' [http://deepbluecozumel.com/] — training, certification, nitrox, technical and known for fast boats. At most 8 divers with 2 divemaster or as few as 4 divers with 1 dive master. Rental equipment. Night Dives. Hotel and dive package is available through numerous hotels. Dive shop is located in town across the street from La Choza. Divers are usually called the day before diving to arrange dive location and possible divemaster.
*'''Snorkeling''' — logically enough, the second most popular activity after diving. Many beach-side dive shops rent equipment for $7-10. Even though all beaches in Mexico are public some require fees to enter and use the facilities. Beaches with a rocky limestone shoreline on the west coast are the best for snorkeling or shore dives since less sand is disturbed so visibility and coral growth are better.
 
*'''Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Excursion''' — a great excursion operated by Cozumel Water Sports taking you snorkeling to 2 reefs with music, open bar, snacks of fresh fruit and guacamole, 2 daily departures.
*'''Glass Bottom Boat Tour''' — a twist to snorkeling. You visit about two or three reefs, which are small parts of the second largest coral reef in the world. It costs at the most about $40 a couple but you can get it a little cheaper depending on where you buy your tickets. While heading to the snorkeling sites you have the privilege of looking through the glass bottom of the boat to see all the sea-life you pass on your way. Very fun to do as a couple or a family.
*<do name="Deep Sea Fishing" alt="" address="Puerto Abrigo Marina" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.cozumeloffshore.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cozumel is rated as one of the top ten sport fishing "hotspots" in the world. Fishing is enhanced by the deep-water channel between the Yucatan Coast and the Cozumel Island. The channel "squeezes" the Gulf Stream as it passes by Cozumel on its journey northward. This "funnel" effect causes an upwelling and an abundance of fish. The nutrient rich Caribbean waters around Cozumel support a vast array of sport fish with exceptional fishing opportunities all year long.</do>
*<do name="Paradise Beach " alt="" address="Carretera Sur Km 14.5, Cozumel, Q.Roo" directions="5 miles South of Int.Cruise Ship Pier, 7 miles South of downtown" phone="011 52 987 872 6177 " url="http://www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com/" hours="9am-5pm daily" price="Free Entrance" lat="" long="">Free admission, beach chairs $2. Beautiful sandy beach, one of Cozumel´s largest swimming pools opening Dec.15th, 2010, a $12 FunPass is available for unlimited access to over 14 land&ocean activities, including snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, waterslides, water trampolines, bungee trampoline, coconut tree climb, a 14-ft. climbing iceberg, and more. Fabulous food and drinks served right on the beach or at the restaurant. Clean bathrooms, showers, change rooms and lockers. Beachwear boutique, parasailing, waverunners, massage, etc. also available. Located 9 miles south of San Miguel (Downtown) - Cozumel, 5 miles south of the International Cruise Ship Pier.</do>
*<do name="Playa Palancar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="10AM - 5PM" price="" lat="" long="">This west-side park features a quiet white-sand beach, lounge chairs and hammocks under shady palm trees, and a well-stocked bar and restaurant. It's about a $20 taxi ride south of San Miguel, but you'll be free to spend the day with the purchase of food. Equipment for shore-based snorkeling can be rented for $10, and it's not difficult to find schools of colorful fish even in the shallow waters. </do>
*<eat name="Alberto's Beach Bar" alt="" address="Carretera Costera Sur km 18, Cozumel 77600, Mexico" directions="a few km north of Playa Palancar" phone="" url="http://albertosbeachbarcozumel.blogspot.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This isolated beach-side bar and restaurant distinguishes itself by catching its own seafood daily. The grilled Mahi-mahi filet is a definitely a worthy experience. Tables are literally setup on the beach, so it's also a great place to watch the sunset. Atmosphere is very informal, with a live DJ most nights. (Although not officially recommended, it's possible to walk the 1-1.5 miles up the beach from Playa Palancar if you're not afraid of a small hike.)</eat>
 
*'''El Capi Navigante''', Avienda 10 between Calles and 5 Sur. One of the oldest seafood restaurants on the island and still going strong by reputation! Nothing bad to be had here. Get them to finish off your meal with one of their flaming desserts!
*<eat name="Casa Denis" alt="" address="" directions="Near San Miguel main square" phone="" url="http://www.casadenis.com/" hours="" price="$10-$20" lat="" long="">This self-declared "oldest restaurant in Cozumel" has very good, reasonably priced entrees featuring some Mayan and Yucatan specialties, along with more conventional Mexican fare like tacos and enchiladas. The Mayan Pork is an interesting take on conventional barbecue - tender with a slightly sweet marinade, and no sauce needed - and margaritas are freshly made and strong. Dinner comes with a free Tequila shot at the end.</eat>
*<drink name="Tony Rome's" alt="" address="" directions="Ave 5 just south of plaza, Next to Black Shark Dive Shop" phone="" url="http://www.tonyrome.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent food and entertainment. Imported Kansas City Beef, Italian, and Fresh Seafood.</drink>
*<drink name="Wet Wendy's" alt="" address="#53 Avenida 5, Entre Calle 2 y Juarez" directions="" phone="872-4970" url="http://www.wetwendys.com/" checkinhours="" price="" checkoutlat="" pricelong="" latcheckin="" longcheckout="">All American staff is very friendly, laid back. They have their own house-brand of tequila that is astonishingly good for the price. Excellent margaritas the size of Mt. Everest.</drink>
==Sleep==
* <sleep name="Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel" alt="" address="Costera Sur Km 3" directions="3km south of town" phone="+52 (987) 872 0730" email="" fax="" url="http://www.villablanca.net/" email="[email protected]" checkin="" checkout="" price="$50-$150 per night">Located outside of town, this hotel is adjacent to three SCUBA shops (Dive Paradise, Scuba Mau, Papa Hogs), making it a good option for divers. Hotel amenities include a pool, tennis courts, restaurant, free (albeit slow) wireless internet in the lobby, air-conditioning, and an appointment-only spa/gym.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Villas Deja Blue" alt="" address="Calle 21 Sur esq. 5av #101" directions="" phone="+52 (987) 872 4883" url="http://www.villadejablue.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Villas Deja Blue provides twin, queen, king, double , deluxe and deluxe villa deja blue villas with central air-conditioning, cable TV and wireless DSL internet access. Its facilities and services include salt-water pool, pool deck, scuba driving arrangements and housekeeping services.</sleep>*<sleep name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>*<sleep name="Casa Colonial" alt="Mexican Colonial Architecture" address="Ave. 35 Entre 8 Y 10" directions="" phone="US/CA 1-866-437-1320" url="http://casa-colonial-cozumel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Casa Colonial; Cozumel vacation rentals in the heart of San Miguel, Cozumel Mexico. These vacation villas represent Luxury without the price tag.</sleep>*<sleep name="El Cid La Ceiba Beach" alt="" address="Carretera a Chankanaab KM 4.5" directions="" phone="+52-987-872-0844" url="http://www.elcid.com/ceiba_beach/" checkin="" checkout="" price="ADR: $81" lat="" long="">A Cozumel resort on the beach located on the southern shoreline. This oceanfront hotel features newly renovated accommodations, El Cocay Spa, a brand-new eco-park and a private dive center.</sleep>

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