Blazing sun. Warm, clear waters. Perfect tropical beaches. Cozumel is a paradise island which lies a short distance off Mexico’s Caribbean coast. A honeymoon in Cozumel is the dream of newlywed beach and nature lovers, diving enthusiasts and the wedding-tired from around the globe.
Because while Cancun might get all of the fame, Cozumel is both affordable and still fairly quiet. The island only has one town – San Miguel. And only around 3-4% of it has been developed.
The rest is all there for you to relax in. Explore. And enjoy your well-earned honeymoon…
Choose a starter (and a place to stay)
There’s accommodation on the island to suit every budget. From all-inclusive packages at the larger resorts to quieter yet still everything-included deals to DIY trips using Airbnb. Whatever you have in mind, you’ll be able to find.
One of the major advantages of taking your honeymoon in Mexico is the price. Unless you’re choosing one of the five-star, AAA resorts and are coming at the peak of tourist season, you’ll almost certainly need a smaller budget than you might expect.
All you need to do is:
- Book at least six months in advance
- Be aware that the main tourist season is December through March. That’s when prices tend to rise but when the weather is hottest. March to September is the off-season. The weather may be marginally worse during this period. But as it’s a tropical island, that’s only relatively speaking!
Take your main course of relaxation
Okay, you’ve chosen your perfect accommodation. Now it’s time to get down to some hardcore relaxing. After all the wedding planning and the stress of making everything happen (if you’re like most couples, this can be an event you’ve been worrying about for more than a year), you deserve a bit of a lie down in the sun.
Cozumel is famous for its white-sand beaches and perfectly translucent waters. As well as its waterfront bars serving great cocktails and mouth-watering Mexican food. Many resorts have their own restaurants and bars. Plus, San Miguel town won’t exactly leave you struggling for nightlife. Especially in the holiday season!
A little aperitif (and amazing food!) is good for the soul
One of the little Cozumel drinking delights which many visitors remark on is the coconut cocktails. Your drink will be mixed actually made inside the freshly opened coconut while you watch. Great fun, and strangely more satisfying than anything served in a glass!
That’s a nice little aperitif. But the Mexican cuisine served in San Miguel is where your main course is going to be. There are plenty of restaurants catering to all budgets and desire for ambiance.
Add a little spice of adventure
After you’ve relaxed to your heart’s content, there’s plenty of scope for adventure on and around the island. You might be happy to spend all of your time horizontal on a beach towel. But there’s a whole lot you could be doing if the mood takes you…
People from all over the world come to Cozumel for scuba diving alone. There are over thirty explored reefs in the immediate area and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (the second largest in the world after the Greater Barrier Reef near Australia) lies just offshore. The variety of tropical fauna and flora beneath the waves here has to be seen to be believed.
You could try:
1) Cozumel scuba diving
The best time to dive here also happens to be the quietest time to visit as far as tourists are concerned. June to August should be your favored timeframe if diving is on your agenda. Towards the end of that period, you’ll be heading into hurricane season, but the rest is hotel off-peak season. That means cheaper rates.
Some of the best scuba diving in Cozumel can be found at:
- Columbia Wall
- Punta Sur Reef
- Santa Rosa Wall
- Punta Tunich
- Barracuda Reef
But there are dozens more to choose from. Just find a reliable dive shop and ask away!
2) Reef snorkeling
Another reason why people from around the globe regularly visit Cozumel, reef snorkeling is hugely popular here. There are a vast number of places you can try it in the local area (Cozumel Reefs National Park covers more than 30 000 hectares of the sea floor around the island’s southern tip), including the easy sites at:
- Paradise Beach – is an ideal beginner snorkeling location. The coral formations are only just offshore.
- Palancar Reef – has many different parts and a massive amount to offer.
3) Swimming with dolphins (and sea turtles and whale sharks)
A romantic dream of choice for many honeymooning couples, Cozumel offers you several places where swimming with dolphins is a great experience for both these amazing creatures – and for you.
You also have the opportunity to swim with the giant whale sharks and various species of sea turtles during their set annual migrations. March to September is when the whale sharks visit the coast of nearby Playa del Carmen. (Playa del Carmen is the town directly across from Cozumel on the mainland. You’ll almost certainly have passed through it on the way unless you flew direct!) It’s only a short boat ride distant and the ferries depart and return very regularly indeed.
You can also try out parasailing, windsurfing and fishing if any of these take your fancy. Before retiring back to a glorious sunny beach for the remainder of your day.
For dessert, try something a little different
Go horse riding around the island. Rent a moped or four-wheel drive jeep and be sure you see everything Cozumel has to offer. Tour the lighthouses for the most stunning views. Visit the ancient Mayan ruins. The wondrous Chankanaab National Park. Or take the 45-minute boat ride across to the Yucatan Peninsula of the Mexico mainland and really expand your honeymoon horizons.
A honeymoon in Cozumel has everything you might dream of in a tropical paradise getaway.