Fly To Cozumel, Mexico
The largest island belonging to Mexico, Cozumel is still relatively small at 45km long and 18km wide. Located 19km off the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula directly opposite the resort of Playa del Carmen, it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Central-America country, mainly because of its superb coral reef, which offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in Mexico. In fact, Cozumel has been listed as one of the top five diving destinations in the world.
The island’s west coast is home to the town of San Miguel, which is full of restaurants, bars and shops selling souvenirs and diving equipment. The island offers numerous beach resorts where people come to laze on its superb white sand beaches, as well as to explore Cozumel and its Mayan heritage, including famous Chichen Itza.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Cozumel do require a Visa for Mexico. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Mexico City. Andres Bello 10 Forum Building, 9th Floor, Colonia Polanco, C.P. 11560, Mexico. Phone: + 52 55 1100 4970 Fax: + 52 55 5282 9259.
See and do
Cozumel is all about enjoying the beautiful beaches, and the most popular are Playas San Juan and Pilar in the northwest, and Playas San Francisco Palancar and Santa Rosa in the southwest. There are more beautiful beaches on Cozumel’s east side, including Playas Encantada, Hana, Puntta Morena, Bonita, Chen Rio and Chiqueros.
A highlight of a holiday here is exploring Cozumel’s magical underwater world. A favourite spot is Laguna Chankanab, a small freshwater lake just 7km from San Miguel that is linked to the sea by underground channels. It’s a paradise for swimmers and snorkelers and is now also home to a nature reserve and botanic garden. Then there’s Chankanaab Marine Park, with its unique, spectacular coral floor, a popular diving and snorkeling location.
One of the best diving spots is Palancar Reef at the southwestern end of the island, where a bronze statue of Christ has been erected under the sea. Other favoured diving spots include the reefs of Francisco, Paraiso, Columbia and Maracaibo as well as the Santa Rosa Wall.
For some land-based activities, why not explore the island’s capital, San Miguel, and visit the interesting Museo de la Isla, with displays that tell the story of Cozumel’s history and its magnificent underwater world in the coral reef surrounding the island. There’s also the archaeological site of San Gervasio, which dates all the way back to around 800AD.
Cozumel International Airport – CZM
Cozumel Airport (code CZM) is located near the city of San Miguel. It handles local and international flights and about half a million passengers pass through its terminals each year.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Cozumel International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: None at the airport. Nearby: Blue Angel Resort, Casa Viento, Casita de Maya, Cozumel Palace, Hotel B Cozumel, Villas Las Anclas.
Car Hire: Avis, Thrifty and various local car rental companies.