Happy Fall!
As the leaves turn reddish brown and the first snows fall up north, all we can do on the island is beg you to come our way and enjoy the lush tropical green foliage and warm, crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean that surround us! It's time to get those airline tickets for winter vacation as the bargain prices won't last much longer and the Holidays are just around the corner!
A big "Thank you!" to all who use and recommend COZUMELINSIDER for your vacation planning.
We appreciate your business and love talking to you every day!
~ Sherri & Mauricio ~


Self-Catering Accommodations
IslaMar Vacation Villas located in the heart of historic Midtown District. Now with WI-FI throughout the complex!
Owner/Operator Sherri Davis says "Thank You" to our many valued customers for over 20 years of continuous operation!
*For arrivals 7/15/2019 - 10/31/2020
Hey! ... What's Happening in Cozumel?
What's happening right now? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM!
Live Webcam Image 8:09AM (EST) Sunday, Oct 17
Throughout the year, from Monthly Museum Events, to our world famous Cozumel Carnaval, Independence Day and Ironman you can plan your Cozumel vacation around our annual Calendar of Events. We always have something fun happening here on the island!
Weekly Cruise Ship Schedule
Click here for Cruise Ship Arrival Info!
Incredible 6 Hour/60 Mile Adventure!
See more on this tour than some see in a lifetime of visiting Cozumel!
Snorkel & Relax @ Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
Cozumel's Complete, Private Island Jeep & Snorkel Tour
Secrets to Getting Around Cozumel
Let us tell you the secrets with our link to car rentals and information about taxis, buses, the ferry and airlines.
Rentadora ISIS Car Rentals - NO HIDDEN CHARGES!
Great Value ~ "Local" Operator!
Providing good quality rental cars at great prices for over 20 years, BoneFish Rentals (formerly LESS PAY) is an island favorite!
Have Fun in a Great Traditional Style VW's!!
BoneFish Car Rental Cozumel - VW Convertible (4 Pax)
Relax in a Lovely Garden, Surrounded by Tropical Butterflies!
Since 2006 the island of Cozumel offers visitors another beautiful experience! Patas Y Alas (Wings & Feet) Butterfly Sanctuary Come and take a leisurely stroll through a lavish tropical garden, smelling the fragrant jungle flowers and watching butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes in free flight. You and your family can take photos, learn about butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Afterwards enjoy snorkeling or hanging around the fresh water pool. Visit Patas Y Alas Butterfly Sanctuary
The Cozumel Community
For locals and visitors alike, Cozumel Volunteer Connection (CVC) was created as an information resource for the Foreign Community visiting and living on the island. CVC is active in many local charities and events including the Blood Donor Registry, Chrysalis Group, Turtle Salvation Volunteer Program, Humane Society, Cozumel Lifesaving & Aquatic Rescue Program and much more!
Swim with the Dolphins
For those disembarking in Costa Maya, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Calica or crossing over to Cozumel we have dolphin specials you will find no where else! Check the Tours & Activities pages for your location and reserve now.

Book Your Dolphin Swim, Encounter, Swim Adventure or Scuba as well as Sea Lions & Manatees right here with us at any location ~ same price as direct booking! Plus
Book Your Cozumel Dolphin Activity with us now for FREE Chankanaab Park entry, lunch buffet & 2 beverages all included in price!!
And DON'T FORGET to apply an EARLYBOOK discount to your reservation!!
Chankanaab Park $2 Entrance Discount Coupon
Download and Print $2 off discount coupon on Entrance to Chankanaab Park! Chankanaab Coupon (PDF Format)
Free Swim with Manatees!
Reserve Dolphin Royal Swim or Swim Adventure Programs and swim with Dolphin Discovery Manatee  Encounter!
MANATEES FREE for 15 Minutes! At least 8 day advance purchase required and is available in conjunction with "EARLYBOOK" promos!
Book & check the FREE MANATEE 15 box on the res form!
Hey! ... What's Happening at the Beach?
What's happening right now at the beach? Check out our Cozumel WEBCAM at PalMar SMALL Beach Club!
Live Webcam Image 8:09AM (EST) Sunday, Oct 17
Throughout the year, the water is beautiful around Cozumel and this webcam shot illustrates just that! And we always have something fun happening out here at the beach! Make plans to visit and snorkel yourself! See PalMar Beach
Fishing Anyone?
Fishing Charters - Fish Pictures - Charts - Book Now!
Cozumel Fishing Expeditions are are somthing that the whole family could enjoy!
Back by Popular Demand! Reserve Now-Limited Space!
Join in the fun with these entertaining and affectionate creatures - give and receive a sea lion kiss (watch out for those whiskers - they tickle!), pet them, watch them jump over you, and be prepared to laugh at their amazing sense of humor!.
Dolphin Discovery Sea Lions Reserve online here!
Cozumel Sea Lion Discovery
Want Away from the Crowds? This is it!
The cruiser beaches all pay incentives to taxi drivers and tour providers to stop at their locations all along the new highway route but many small beach operators can't afford these premiums and get little traffic. Located just minutes from downtown and the ship piers but on the OLD beachfront highway, PalMar Beach offers excellent snorkeling and a beautiful fresh water pool! Gates close after 50 people ~ reservations a must! So go & relax away from the crowds!!!
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  • FREE WI-FI !!
    Just another great day at PalMar Beach Club in Coz
    PalMar Snorkel Beach Club
  • Perspectives from Cozumel Insiders
    Freelance writers & photographers C.J. Gustafson and Fox Hill both share a passion for Cozumel. CJ travels to the island as often as possible while Fox actually lives on the island. Both colorful writers describe their adventures and inside secrets of Cozumel! Visit Spicy Travels, Photographing Cozumel for CJ's island travel tips/adventures and Fox Hill's Cozumel for island living experiences and perspectives.
    Cozumel Weather & Sea Conditions
  • Weather Report
  • Water Conditions
  • Hurricane Bulletins
    We keep the information up-to-date on a daily basis with info collected from local divemasters!
  • Dolphins - SAVE 25% !!
    Reserve ANY COZUMEL dolphin activity via INSIDER website
    SUSPENDED 2021 Discounts~

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    Weekly NEWS & Events
    Island NEWS In English. We choose and translate selected weekly news articles that we think may be of interest to our English speaking residents and visitors!

    Top News Stories for week Oct 11

    Cozumel Arrivals: 10 Ships this Week
    Cozumel Moves To Green in COVID
    Cruise Ship Arrivals Increasing
    A Hotbed of Activities!
    Top 5 Cozumel Tours!

    Private Charter Vans $300
    Swim with Dolphins $149
    Private Charter Island & Tequila Tour $ 75
    Electric Bike Punta Sur $ 89
    ATV Jungle Adventure $ 59

    Spectacular !!!

    Officially Cancelled !!!

    Watch this Space for Official 2022 Dates !!!

    Anticipated 2022 Dates: February 23 - March 2, 2022

    Carnaval 2020 - Incredible Fun!Via a press conference held December 7, 2020 Cozumel Carnaval 2021 events were officially cancelled in the interest of continuing to fight against COVID19 and saving lives. If you missed Carnaval 2020, reserve early to get the best accommodations for 2022! Music, Food, Dancing in the Streets, Parades ... all non-stop excitement! Combined with diving and all sorts of other island and mainland adventures during the day, it simply can't be topped!

    Cozumel Insider has the ORIGINAL, biggest and best archive of Carnaval Photos available spanning over a decade!

    Check out the Carnaval 2020 Photos to see all the fun!

    Or for up to the minute photo postings visit our Cozumel Carnaval Facebook Page!
    Delicious Breakfast & Lunch Specials!
    Sit down to fresh made bread & doughnuts even before you order! Join owner/operator Rene in her delightful open air garden style restaurant for coffee and breakfast at very reasonable prices! THE place to be for breakfast on the island!
    Welcome to Island Cozumel Restaurant & Bar!
    Islander Cozumel Restaurant & Bar
    Giant Sea Turtles
    Long before the first diver set fin in Cozumel, Giant Sea Turtles have made their way to the beaches year after year. Learn more about the Turtle Salvation Program
    Fantastic Snorkeling!
    Cozumel SnorkelingCome read all about Cozumel Snorkeling! Unbelieveably clear, warm water reefs - known to be the best in the world!
    Spectacular Day Trip ~ Incredible Value!
    Save $$ by getting yourself across on the ferry to Playa del Carmen and meeting up with the tour there! Learn about the ancient Mayan culture at Chichen Itza's enormous ruin site. An educational tour suitable for the entire family!
    So much ancient Mayan history here!
    Riviera Maya - Chichen Itza Classic
    Sea Temperature Now!
    Sea water temperature
    A Personal Note from Sherri "Welcome to 2021!!"
    Sherri Davis - CozumelInsider Owner/Operator Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed a delightful holiday season and topped it off with kicking 2020 down the sidewalk on New Year's Eve! I know everyone has been eager to turn the page on 2020 and so, it is done! For the good or the bad it's now history and I for one thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the leaving in earnest! And while moving pages of a calendar hasn't really changed our reality perhaps it has changed our attitudes a bit as we all think positive and hope for much better things to come in this new year of 2021!

    JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: The island has managed to see a trickle of tourism these past weeks of the holidays and now a bit into this month as well. The most recent development of course is the new mandatory COVID testing requirement for US Citizens and foreigners flying into the USA. The new CDC regulation goes into effect January 26 and the State Department is urging all US Citizens abroad to return immediately if COVID testing is not available where they are as there will be no exceptions for the regulation. As this was announced on January 14th, Mexican authorities and tourism related businesses acknowledged the importance of foreign tourism to the country by stepping up to help develop and coordinate testing locations for tourists. This is all in process at the moment determining how and where to have tourists tested so as to interfere the least with their vacation times. Many Cozumel businesses have already developed testing mechanisms for their guests for as low as US$50 per person and some big resorts are providing free testing to their guests as well. We will continue to update on this as things develop.

    FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE: So what little tourism the island was experiencing from US and Canadian visitors has pretty much slowed to nothing since the mandatory COVID testing requirement of the USA CDC went into effect January 26, 2021 and Canada now requiring all international travelers to quarantine upon return at their own expense in facilities designated by the Canadian government. For what it's worth, COVID testing is readily available here in Cozumel both in hospitals, some clinics as well as mobile facilities that have popped up. The "same day" antigen test seems to be what most are promoting and it is the most affordable at between $35 - 50usd. At the mobile clinics customers receive their results in about 15 minutes as they wait. As for businesses and such ~ those related more to cruise ships still remain closed and many have simply shut down entirely and left the island. An island curfew of 11pm is still in effect so bars have had to convert to opening earlier and serving food in order to survive. Everyone is still following safety protocols here of course as no one wants to become ill or to jeopardize affecting tourists or tourism. It's become a beautiful Winter season with warm tropical days and fresh, cool evenings to enjoy! We hope all of you can come down sooner rather than later to enjoy it with us!

    APRIL 2021 UPDATE: It's hard to believe April is already here and that COVID has been a part of our lives now for over a year! We still have not caught sight of ANY cruise ships here in Cozumel even though rumors and press releases come out every few weeks indicating SOME line will begin sailing in "60 days." Those indications have all turned out to be wishful thinking over the past year and now with so much time passing, many businesses are simply throwing in the towel. Sadly, one local dive shop with a 20 year history shut down just this week. Once travelers are able to return to Cozumel, sure the facade and buildings will all look the same and yes, there will be lots of businesses open and providing goods and services but chances are many of those places will not be the same as pre-COVID. Some of the fundamental building blocks of the island economy have crumbled and likely will not be recovered for a very long time if ever. Those businesses and families that depended on cruise ship travelers have left Cozumel completely and simply won't return until the ships do. So now, Cozumel is back to a smaller 1990's level economy ~ "pre-cruise ships" where most all the focus was on extended stay travelers and their needs. And while it's been 2 decades of mach 5, hair on fire service of an ever growing level of cruise ship passengers (until 2020), there are still many of us who remember and cherish the 1990's version of Cozumel where there was only 1 ship pier and just a trickle of ship passengers daily. So returning to that level of economic activity, while painful and devastating to many, is not entirely a bad thing: our coral reefs are thriving (fewer divers/snorkelers), fish have returned (no boat motor noise), the air is clearer (no cruse ship smoke stacks) and less trash is going to our landfill. Even though we haven't been able to enjoy seeing all the "regular" extended stay travelers from the US and Canada who visit us each year, our hearts and days have been filled up serving tons of new travelers who have discovered not only us but Cozumel for the first time. Seems they come from all over the globe, speak dozens of different languages and are slowly traveling the world now that work/jobs have been redefined so the presence in an office or business setting is no longer required to earn a living. These digital nomads are redefining travel and tourism in new and exciting ways! There is always light at the end of a tunnel but the key is just to keep moving forward and survive until you reach it....and so it goes here in Cozumel.

    JUNE 16, 2021 UPDATE:So I waited a bit to post what I hope is a final COVID update for Cozumel. After 15 months of false information concerning the return of ships to our island economy, I just wanted to be sure and see with my own eyes a cruise ship finally docking in Cozumel POST-PANDEMIC. Today it happened ~ RCCL's Adventure of the Seas docked around 6am at the International Pier with about 1000 passengers aboard. It was a welcome sight of course with even the Governor of QRoo on hand to welcome folks back to Cozumel. Between Cozumel and Mahahual (Costa Maya), the cruise line industry brings over US$15 billion dollars of economic impact to our area annually and represents thousands of jobs throughout the State of QRoo. Of course it is a small, humble beginning for a return to some sort of "normal" but it is just that: a beginning! Hard times are still upon us on the island and will continue for some time as a surely slow but gradual ramp up of ships and tourism in general occurs. With more and more people around the world receiving the vaccine, freedom of movement will not be far behind. Already in the USA almost 70% of the population 12 and over have been vaccinated and Canada is making steady progress on their vaccination efforts as well. They are welcome statistics since these are our 2 key sources of tourism in Cozumel. With the arrival of Adventure of the Seas today ~ the future indeed looks brighter!

    OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE:Here we are now in the final quarter of the year and high season is approaching quickly! Our island recovery has been slow going since I last posted in June. YES, some ships have returned to Cozumel and are docking each week but we are still well below our “normal” “low season” average of 15 ships weekly. Plus, the ships are sailing with nowhere near full occupancy of guests and those guests sailing are being pushed toward “ship sponsored” excursions rather than encouraging people to just get off the ship and go on their own to do things. So a ship coming here with 25% occupancy to start with means a much smaller percentage of people will even exit the ships to do excursions now. In addition, thousands of crew members are not even allowed off the ships now so that revenue piece is still missing completely from the island economy. All of these factors combined means that it’s still not possible to say things are back to the way they were. Dozens and dozens of stores and restaurants have simply pulled out of Cozumel completely because we no longer have the foot traffic at the piers or in town to support them all. On a brighter note, hotel occupancy is improving steadily pushed along by several special Fall events like IRONMAN. Islanders for the most part have been very compliant about getting vax’ed and everyone still observes mask, sanitizer, temp checks and distancing protocols since no one wants to return to a “lock down” state especially with high season approaching! It’s honestly a great time to be on the island if you have no issues following the health protocols because there are so many fewer people here than PRE-covid so things are not crowded, the traffic not as snarled, remaining restaurants have seating open, etc. So come on down and spend some time on our island paradise ~ Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Year’s Even maybe?! We need and want you here as soon as possible!!

    AND I HOPE FOR THE FINAL TIME EVER I WILL REMIND EVERYONE, it goes without saying that the economic effects of COVID19 ravaging the globe has already been devastating to our little island paradise ~ the economy here has been rocked to the core. Please keep in mind that here in Mexico, there is no "stimulus check" on the way for families and an unemployment benefits program simply does not exist in this country. Families have had to survive and get by on what they were lucky enough to have saved up by March 15, 2020 and there's been no earnings for them since then. That being said, everyone fully realizes that countless others are suffering immensely right now and the best course of action is safety for all.

    We appreciate all of you who visit the island and help keep our little tourism economy going and all we can ask for now is that you do whatever it takes to keep yourself and your family safe and away from COVID-19 exposure so that you can be here with us again in Cozumel as soon as possible!! If possible, do get the vaccine since travelling internationally means landing in countries where perhaps there is more chance of exposure to COVID for you and your family.

    Meanwhile, we'll keep the Dos X's on ice, the tequila cold and our fishing line in the water until you can get here again!
    Stay safe!
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