As one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean, Cozumel has more fun things to offer than you could possibly squeeze into one day. Read on to find out which Cozumel port excursions will help you get the most out of your day, and a few tips on how to save some money. You can find many affordable fun things to do in Cozumel, Mexico!
WELCOME TO COZUMEL PORT!
The Cozumel port is one of the most visited cruise ports in the Caribbean. What primarily differentiates it from its neighboring islands is its rich Mayan history and archeology, and its fundamental Mexican culture. Most Cozumel residents are concentrated in the island’s one town, San Miguel.
The island sits atop a large coral reef making it an ideal playground for divers and snorkelers from around the world. As for Cozumel excursions, visitors also have the opportunity to explore the jungle, lounge on the beach, try a wide range of water activities, or indulge in some adrenaline pumping adventure outings.
Cozumel regularly receives more than 2 million visitors each year. And, on any given day, you will probably find at least 6 ships visiting the island. On really busy days, there may be as many as 10!
Given the amount of cruise ship traffic, it is not surprising that the island has three different cruise ports: Puerta Maya, Punta Langosta, and the International Pier. Carnival and Princess use the Puerta Maya port. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity use the International Pier. The other cruise lines such as Disney, MSC and Norwegian utilize Punta Langosta. When the island is particularly crowded, the typical line up may change. Punta Langosta is located in downtown San Miguel. The other two piers are about three miles farther down the coast.
KEY TIPS ON COZUMEL PORT LOGISTICS
One of the most important logistical facts to know about Cozumel, Mexico is that it does not follow North American Daylight Savings Time. Thus, depending on which cruise line you are sailing, it is particularly important that you stay on “ship time” rather than local time when going ashore. You can find a handy cheat sheet on Cozumel local time vs individual cruise lines here.