American journalist Earl Wilson suggests that “a vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” Truer words may have never been spoken. We keep punching the clock, dealing with rush hour traffic, and putting up with unappreciative bosses all year long—taking punch after punch that life throws at us. When you’re tired of taking it on the chin, a vacation in Cozumel can help you restore your sanity and recharge your batteries.
With the second-largest coral reef in the world at your doorstep, you’re probably going to want to drive to the nearest beach, get in the water, and explore every colorful nook and cranny. Located just off the Yucatan Peninsula in the sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is a picturesque playground—both below and above the waterline. Snorkel in the shallows above the living seafloor or head out to more open waters and swim with the gentle giants known as whale sharks.
Next, step back onto dry land and get to know the island on a self-guided tour in your Cozumel rental car or visit Punta Sur Park to learn about the local ecological history. All of these adventures—and many more—are waiting for you when you purchase one of Travelocity’s Cozumel rental car deals.
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Cozumel?
Most of the best hotels on Cozumel are on the western side of the island, shielded from the open waters of the Caribbean. But there is plenty to do on the eastern side, like enjoying a cocktail at Señor Iguanas. That’s what makes it such a good idea to rent a cheap car in Cozumel. Plus, you’ll have more money to put toward your accommodations. Here are some of our favorite hotels on the island, all with free on-site self-parking:
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort All Inclusive – If you aren’t good at making decisions, the El Cozumeleño is going to challenge you. Golf or tennis? Pool or beach? Casual fare or fine dining? Snorkeling or standup paddleboarding? Your best bet is to just take it easy and do whatever comes naturally. No matter your activity, the comfortable guest rooms will help you rest up so you can take on again tomorrow.
Hotel Cozumel & Resort– Styled like an expansive Mexican hacienda, the Hotel Cozumel offers an elegant opportunity for a Caribbean getaway. With available hotel excursions like deep-sea fishing and scuba diving, there is plenty to do on the water. Landlubbers will appreciate the on-site spa and adult-only swimming pools. Show off your new do—or brag about the day’s big catch—over drinks at the hotel’s karaoke bar come sundown.
Playa Azul Golf Inclusive – This intimate resort is ideal if you desire the utmost in seclusion. With only 50 units, the “golf and breakfast hotel” promises you won’t have to fight the crowds at the morning buffet or on the fairway. The serenity keeps flowing at Playa Azul’s Savia Spa, on its private beach, in its five on-site eateries, and in its luxurious, well-appointed guest rooms.
Casa del Mar Cozumel Hotel & Dive Resort – Water-lovers are going to feel right at home at Casa del Mar. As a dive resort, the hotel has its own fleet of boats to get you to the reef faster than other properties can. Prefer to keep your head above the surface? Opt for the Jacuzzi or pool bar instead…or just while away the time under the palapas on the sugary sand. Best of all, there is a private beach club that you can reserve for your next event. Beach wedding, anyone?
Getting Cozy with Cozumel
You flight to the island will land at Cozumel International Airport in San Miguel, just a short drive from your resort on the beach. If you are going to rent a car in Cozumel, you can pick the keys up at the courtesy counter near baggage claim. Another option is to have it waiting for you at your hotel—the resort’s courtesy shuttle will pick you up. No matter the method of securing your vehicle, rental cars in Cozumel are a great way to get to all of the places on your itinerary.
It’s completely understandable that most of your time will be spent on, under, and next to the teal waters near your resort. However, there are ancient Mayan ruins, eco-tourism excursions, and other points of interest that can only be accessed by car, SUV, or dune buggy.
Crazy for Cozumel
Let Travelocity help you plan your Cozumel vacation. You’ll enjoy substantial savings when you bundle your airfare and accommodations together. And you’ll save even more with our cheap Cozumel car rentals. Make sure to check out the Travelocity app for mobile-exclusive offers, too. Stop taking life’s lumps and start making memories that will last a lifetime.