Getting Around Cozumel
The best way to get around in Cozumel is on foot, as most of the attractions are pretty centrally located. Moped rentals are popular, but they can be dangerous for novice drivers. Cars can be easily rented downtown, at your hotel and even at the Cozumel International Airport (CZM), located two miles from San Miguel, the downtown area, but we recommend taking one of the many taxis. They're cheap and government regulated, so no bartering over fare is required.
|On Foot||Cozumel's downtown streets are well-organized and easy to navigate. But be careful as you walk: The traffic can be hectic, and vehicles don't usually stop for pedestrians.|
|Car||Because so many activities are centralized in San Miguel, there is very little need for a vehicle. But if you're going beyond the downtown area or staying in one of the hotels on the west side, a rental car is a good investment.|
|Taxi||Taxicabs provide cheap and easy transportation around town, and rates have been standardized to curb rip offs. Even so, it's wise to agree on fare before getting into a taxi.|
|Moped||Mopeds are a particularly popular mode of travel, and cheap at about $20 USD a day. But hectic and pushy local traffic can be dangerous for novice drivers. Be sure to wear a helmet—getting caught without one can earn you a $300 MXN fine.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need a passport to visit Mexico, plus a tourism card (or FMM) that can be issued at any Mexican consulate, border-crossing point, Mexican tourism office, or directly from your airline. FMMs are usually issued free of charge upon arrival (and if not, the price is absorbed into the cost of your plane ticket). Be sure to hold onto this card for the duration of your trip, as you will need to present it upon departing the country. It's also a good idea to leave your passport and FMM in a secure location and carry a photocopy of both documents with you at all times. For additional information, visit the U.S. State Department's website.