Getting Around Cozumel
The best way to get around in Cozumel is on foot, as most of the attractions are centrally located. Moped rentals are popular, but they can be dangerous for novice drivers. Although you can easily rent cars in San Miguel, through many hotels, and at the Cozumel International Airport (CZM), we recommend taking one of the many taxis. They're cheap and government regulated, so you won't have to barter for the fare.
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.
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 can be a good investment. If you do decide to drive, your U.S. driver's license is valid in Mexico. But travelers should note that their own car insurance will likely not extend to Mexico, and to be safe, they should purchase the collision and liability insurance through the rental company.
Taxis provide cheap and easy transportation around town, and rates have been standardized to curb rip-offs. Taxis operate on a zone system, and it costs anywhere from 25 to 35 pesos to travel within each zone. You'll also be charged extra if you're hopping in a cab with more than one other person. If you don't know a lot of Spanish, it's wise to write down your destination and show that to your driver.
Mopeds are a particularly popular mode of travel, but hectic and pushy local traffic can be dangerous for novice drivers. Wear a helmet – getting caught without one can earn you a hefty fine.
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