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Self Guided "On Your Own" Island Tour
1: Book a rental car now ...
Since Cozumel has few paved roads around the island, you can rent a car and strike out on your own island tour with very little chance of getting lost. Circling the island via paved road can take as little as 2 hours or as many as you want depending on how many stops you decide to make at the beaches and points of interest.


2: Order an Island Map now ...

3: Print the Beach Chart and review it along with the map to familiarize yourself with the area.

4: Pick points of interest to you from the beach chart or these other points of interest in Cozumel. This trek outlined assumes you head SOUTH first from downtown.

5: Have fun & enjoy your day in Cozumel!!
Downtown San Miguel Area
Cozumel Island Museum
  • The history of Cozumel is represented by its museum, which is located in the building that was originally the first luxury hotel opened on the island in 1936. Four large exhibition rooms take residents and visitors into daily life on the island and in the waters around it, from the past to the present. The Museum is located on the corner of Melgar & 8 Norte
Central Lighthouse
  • Located just past Hotel Cozumel at Playa Calatita, this is the island's newest lighthouse completed in 2000. There are 2 other lighthouses as well around the island: one inside Punta Sur Ecological Park and one on the far north end of the island called Punta Molas.
Heading Southward out of San Miguel Downtown
Be sure to take the old highway turn-off where a sign says CALETA because this road stays close to the sea for beautiful views and beach access.

Estate Beach Club and Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
For snorkeling and to see Cozumel's butterflies!
Chankanaab Park
  • The principle attraction of the park is Chankanaab Lagoon, which means "small sea" in Mayan. A result of rain and seawater eroding the porous limestone, the lagoon is considered to be a unique ecosystem on a global scale. The influence of the nearby ocean causes the formation of petrified coral in the lagoon and a large community of fish moves between the ocean and the lagoon through two underground caves.
  • Explore the cultural past of Mexico in the archeological park where 60 exact replicas of works of art in stone take you on an extraordinary magical tour of Mesoamerica. A lush and aromatic botanical garden surrounds the lagoon.
  • The beach at Chankanaab is the best place to try water sports such as snorkeling and diving. On-site shops provide everything you need to explore the marvelous coral reefs and watch the multicolored fish. The beach offers fun for everyone as well as lounge chairs, palapas, restaurants, stores and bathrooms.
  • Dolphin Encounter, Swim, Snorkel and Scuba are also featured inside the park along with Sea Lion shows. Read more/book dolphin activities!
Visit Various Beaches at Leisure for activities outlines on the Beach Chart!

Cedral ~ Off tour path on interior island road across from Mr. Sancho's beach.
  • This small village in the southern interior of the island is the agricultural and farming center of Cozumel. There is also a small Mayan Ruin in the area. Another easy way to see this area is on the horseback riding tour.
Southern Tip of the Island
Island scenery changes dramatically as you reach the "windward" side of Cozumel. The east side of the island from south to north is desolate, pristine beach where turtles nest each year due to the lack of development and activity.

Paradise Cafe
  • Make like a "local" ~ hang in a hammock and enjoy the tradewinds, an order of ceviche mixtos and a cerveza!
Punta Sur Ecological Park
  • Island Locals - IguanaThe ecological park called Punta Sur is located in the southernmost point of the island. Here nature shows its unity and diversity in the interaction of various elements like Columbia Lagoon, mangrove swamps, birds, reptiles, fish and vegetation.
  • People have inhabited this area since Prehispanic times. A Mayan ruin in the shape of a shell was probably used as a lighthouse. This unique structure has shells imbedded in its walls that whistle in different tones depending on the direction of the wind.
  • The Punta Sur Ecological Park is dedicated to the preservation of local flora and fauna. Tour the park's museum, whose theme is the history of navigation around the island. There are various beaches for swimming and organized excursions into the jungle.
  • Past the museum, closer to the beach, are the remnants of a 19th century masonry structure with a circular staircase leading to a rectangular tower which would have been equipped with a lantern to warn ships of the hazards of the coral infested coast. It would also have served to indicate the entrance to the safe harbor of Columbia Lagoon and the piers of the hacienda of the same name, which exported the agriculture produce of the island.
  • On the way back to Celarain Point along the access road bordered by white sand dunes, Sothern Island Beach the remains of the small temple "El Caracol" continue to resist time and weather.

    A Prehispanic Mayan structure probably built in the 12th or 13th century, this temple appears, from its technologically advanced architecture, to have been used for navigational as well as religious purposes. This building would have played an important navigational role during the height of Mayan maritime commerce, which, at the time, extended to other parts of Mexico and Central America.

    This fortunate combination of architectural elements led the Cozumel Foundation of Parks and Museums to focus the thematic content of the marine museum on bringing the memories and cultural heritage of the island to life. The museum is housed in what was originally the lighthouse keeper's residence.
  • Thus, the Celarain Lighthouse Museum unites several functions: preservation and conservation of the lighthouse keeper's home and nearby ruins, information and education; while maintaining the monument in its original state. The museum incorporates bilingual material and displays directed at various age groups and comprehension levels in order to provide an interesting and enriching experience for each visitor.
East Side of the Island
Blow HoleUse the beach chart and/or drive and stop along the way at your leisure for photos of beautiful beaches that inspire you!

Coconuts and a big Photo Op
  • Don't miss this highest vantage point on the island for a great photo of Cozumel's undeveloped, pristine, beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Mescalito's Bar
  • The official turning point of the highway as you head back into downtown San Miguel.
Mescalito's BarPunta Molas Road
  • Check your rental car contract before taking this "jeep only" sand/dirt road because most agencies prohibit rental cars from leaving paved surfaces. This road behind Mescalito's Bar leads to the northern lighthouse and passes several great beaches and a Mayan Ruin (Castillo Real) along the way. AGAIN, most all rental agencies prohibit passage on this road with their vehicles. Typically the best way to see this region of the island without getting in trouble with rental car agency contracts is to do the incredible Jungle Jeep Tour!! If you happen to get stuck in the sand on this tour at least you have help getting out!!
Heading West Toward Downtown San Miguel
Mayan Ruins at San Gervasio
  • Pronounced san-her-BA-see-o, this is a major excavation site of a Mayan Ruin covering about 10 acres. Experience first hand the mysteries of Mayan culture by visiting San Gervasio, the largest archeological site on the island. A strategic location from both a commercial and political point of view, San Gervasio was also a sacred place for the Maya.

    Inhabited from 200AD to the Spanish conquest, San Gervasio was the sanctuary of the Goddess X'chel as well as an important commercial, political and cultural center.

    Engravings at the site relate to events all over the Mayan world.
    The ruins are located off the transversal Highway between Mezcalitos & San Miguel.




The Foundationís new "Passport card"available at Chankanaab, Punta Sur or the museum, allows you to visit all four locations listed above for the low price of just US $20.00.

Sounds fun but .... don't want to drive yourself around?
Prefer to just enjoy the view?


and let some else drive with our guided island tours (LISTED BELOW)!
~ ~ After all, you ARE on vacation!


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 Cozumel Butterfly Sanctuary Tour & PalMar Beach Club
Visit Cozumel's only Butterfly Sanctuary! See multitudes of colors, learn about butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Take photos and then stay to enjoy snorkeling and the other ammenities of the Beach Club. Great family fun & excellent value!
US $13 Adults /US$8 Kids Educational Family Fun!
 Design Your Very Own Custom Mainland Tour!
Tired of visiting the sights as part of the "herd?" Not seeing an excursion that exactly fits how you'd like to spend your day on the mainland? No problem! COZUMELINSIDER can custom design a mainland excursion just for you and your group!
From US$168
 Cozumel's Most Complete Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
You'll see more in one day than others see in a lifetime!
$ 85 Adults/$ 50 Kids
 Cozumel Design Your Own Island Tour!
Have a big group and want to charter a bus or van to do your own thing? Not seeing an excursion that exactly fits how you and your family would like to spend your day here in Cozumel? No problem! Design an island sightseeing excursion just for you and your group!
From US$ 300 for 4.5 Hours!
 PalMar's SMALL Snorkel Beach Club
Bring your group and spend the day at PalMar's small, private beach facility and enjoy a day of snorkeling at Cozumel's premier beach entry snorkel spot! No crowd here and gates close daily with a maximum of 50 people on site!
US $13 Adults /US$8 Kids Includes FREE Beverages!
 Cozumel Marine Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation Events with FP&M
Sign up for an observation and education session about Cozumel's nesting sea turtles and the volunteer brigades that help in their conservation. Learn about these amazing creatures in the Fundacion de Paques & Museos program and help release hatching baby turtles as they make their way to the sea.
From $ 40 - 70 / person donation

Design Your Very Own Custom Mainland Tour!

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Dear Sherri - I just wanted to tell you how much my friend and I enjoyed spending the day at Palmar when we were on a cruise last week. Your staff are some of the most gracious, polite, and accommodating gentlemen I have ever met. This was my second visit to Palmar and the first for my friend. She was overwhelmed by the hospitality, and we both enjoyed the tour and explanation of the butterflies as well. Thank you again for a wonderful day at Palmar. Sincerely, JG J Gourley ~ N/A

Sherri and Mauricio thanks for a great day at Palmar Beach Club. We loved the SMALL size of your Beach Club and you made us feel special. The Snorkeling was wonderful. The Snacks were perfect. We loved your swimming pool and the ability to change our clothes after swimming in the clean bathrooms. We will return! Andy & Patti ~ USA

Just returned from Cozumel where we participated in the FP&M Turtle Salvation program and it was the highlight of our trip. Our guides picked us up at our hotel right on time. They were very nice and one spoke fantastic English. Being able to participate in the extraction of newly hatched baby sea turtles from their nests and then watching them scurry into the ocean was so amazing. There were 4 nests hatching that evening so we were interacting with baby turtles for several hours. Those little turtles are SO adorable and so VERY determined to get to the water. This activity exceeded our expectations. I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature and wants to help this endangered species. It is awesome that cozumelinsider.com donates its resources to handle the bookings for this activity to help raise funds for this great cause. Thanks for an awesome experience! T. Daily ~ Arizona

Just wanted to thank COZUMELINSIDER for getting us booked for our activities while we were in Cozumel. The dolphin swim was fantastic! I'd do it again in a minute. We didn't get to do the SNUBA diving ..... we ended up doing the Helmet dive instead for the same price. We plan on visiting Cozumel again possibly next year and will be contacting you to book some excursions prior to our vacation. We saved a significant amount of money booking the excursions through COZUMELINSIDER instead of the cruise line. Thanks again! S.Forgette and G Wichtowski ~ Not Given

We chose PalMar to spend our day in Cozumel. It was fantastic because there were no crowds at all! We rented some snorkeling gear and had a great time. We're going on another cruise next March and have already decided to come back to PalMar. Your staff was terrific and they DID make the best guacamole we've ever had!! Thank you again for opening up your place. The Bailey's ~ Melbourne FL


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