So you have decided to take a Western Caribbean cruise. There is a good chance that one of your stops will be the Cozumel Port of Call. I know that when I go somewhere new, I like to do as much research as possible. So here are a few tips for you to get started before your feet hit the gangway.
Are you like me when it comes to doing something new? I love to do lots of research. Cozumel is something new for me & I thought it would be great to put it all in one location for my readers. Enjoy!
Where Is The Cozumel Port Of Call Located?
San Miguel de Cozumel cruise port is on the Cozumel Island, part of the Quintana Roo state (Mexico), located on the Yucatán Peninsula’s eastern part. This is the most visited port of call on cruises to Western Caribbean.
How Many Cruise Ports Are There?
There are 3 main ports of call in Cozumel:
- Punta Langosta is a public port found in the town of San Miguel, the largest city in Cozumel.
- The International Pier follows closely 3 miles south of the town.
- Puerto Maya pier is the furthest from the town found at the southwestern edges and nearly 5 miles away from the port.
You will find that all Carnival Cruise lines port at Puerto Maya, which is convenient for sightseeing and shopping.
No matter which cruise line you are on, just make sure you know which port you need to be at to get back on your ship and continue your journey.
Can I Book An Excursion Ahead Of Time?
You can absolutely book an excursion ahead of time. But keep certain things in mind: weather may cancel a port of call. If you haven’t booked through your cruise line, there is a good chance you will lose your money.
To be safe, wait until you are on the cruise ship to book your excursion to see how the weather is, depending on what you want to do. If it is super popular one, the only thing you can do is book it and hope everything goes smoothly. Like a mentioned in my post about the Grand Cayman cruise port, you need to make sure you are back to the ship on time so it doesn’t leave without you.
What Places Are There To Eat At The Cozumel Port Of Call?
One of the most well known places is the Hard Rock Cafe Cozumel. Grab a bite to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a short walk from the cruise terminal. It’s open daily, with live music every Saturday night, and serves up classic American fare like burgers, salads and sandwiches. Grab a table on the outdoor patio with views of the water for the best experience.
You can also find some eating establishments like:
Where Can I Find Places To Shop?
Let it be known, I am a souvenir junkie. T-shirts, shot glasses, magnets. You name it, I want it. So I started doing research on where to shop when you are in Cozumel during your port day. Here are a few things I came up with:
- Mayan Fiesta Rum Cake & Other Cool Stuff
- Milano Diamond Gallery
- The TShirt Place
Whatever you are looking for, you will surely find it. This lady will be in search of tequila cream, that is for certain. Remember, when you are heading back onto your cruise ship, they will take the alcohol from you and store it until debarkation day. I can’t recommend these alcohol travel bags enough. I then wrap those in my dirty clothes in a packing cube to keep them safe when flying.
Other Things To Do In The Cozumel Cruise Port
Besides shopping, you will also find Discover Mexico Park Cozumel. Discover Mexico Park Cozumel is a cultural theme park located only a few blocks from the cruise ship port. Book into a José Cuervo tequila seminar or Kaokao chocolate workshop, or enjoy the taco buffet.
There’s also a museum and gift shop, making it perfect for an afternoon off the ship. Consider booking tickets online in advance, especially when participating in special activities like the tequila seminar.
Silly Question: Do I Need To Know Spanish To Get Around?
This is definitely not a silly question. From the research I did, most people & places speak English. It is still good to know some basic phrases in Spanish in case a tour guide or cab driver isn’t fully fluent in English. Consider having a travel Spanish phrase book with you.
Another side note regarding money:
Mexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN) though US dollars are widely accepted. You may get change back in Pesos however. You can exchange money at any bank with ID.
A tip of 15-20% is expected when dining in restaurants. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped though a little extra is appreciated for good service.
What Is THE Most Important Thing I Need To Know About The Cozumel Port Of Call?
The most important thing you need to know when you are at the Cozumel port of call(well, really ANY port) is you should go by the ship’s time, not your phone’s time or the local time. I read in several different places that you should buy a cheap wristwatch and set it to the ship’s time. You don’t want to be left behind, and the captain doesn’t wait for anyone.
And really, the second most important thing you need to do to get ready for your land time is to enjoy the sights around you. Take in the sounds, enjoy the colors, bask in a new culture. You will be so glad that you did!
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