Cozumel is a beautiful island in the Caribbean just off Mexico’s coast, south of Cancun and across from Playa del Carmen. It’s a gorgeous beach resort that delivers a laidback, tropical vibe. Featuring stunning white sands, dazzling turquoise water, tasty Mexican food, and excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling, Cozumel feels remote and quiet (although it still offers plenty to do).
Is Cozumel good for honeymoons? Yes, Cozumel is perfect for your honeymoon if you like to take it easy, lie on the beach, and snorkel or scuba dive; if you want a more casual, intimate feel; or if you are honeymooning on a budget.
If you’re looking for a relaxing and affordable honeymoon in Mexico, read on to learn all about Cozumel honeymoons, including the best beaches, things to do, places to stay, and Cozumel honeymoon packages.
How to get to your Cozumel honeymoon
You can fly into Cozumel’s airport from many U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago, or you can fly into Cancun and then take a connecting 15-minute flight to Cozumel. As Cozumel isn’t very large, it isn’t a long trip from the airport to your hotel.
Another option is to take a bus to Playa del Carmen and then a ferry to Cozumel, but this will take you about 2 ½ hours.
When to plan your Cozumel honeymoon
Cozumel has tropical climates and great weather much of the year. During the dry season of December through April, average highs are around 82 degrees. There are about 250 sunny days a year.
High temperatures average around 88 degrees in the hottest month, which is June. Hurricane season in Cozumel is from June to November, so this is not the best time to visit. However, prices will be a lot lower during these months.
The rainy season in Cozumel is late summer and early fall. September and October are the rainiest months on Cozumel.
The best time to honeymoon in Cozumel is between March and June when the weather is warm and dry and prices are lower. The high season is December to April.
Cozumel honeymoon beaches
Cozumel’s beaches are gorgeous and uncrowded, with pristine sand and palm trees. If you like peace and quiet on your beach honeymoon, Cozumel is the perfect choice for you.
The nicest beaches in Cozumel are on the western side of the island, where the water is calmer. There are some lovely beach clubs on this side that offer amenities like lounge chairs, watersports equipment, beach bars, swimming pools, and restaurants for an entry fee (although some beach clubs are free).
One of the best beach clubs in Cozumel is The Cabana Beach, which has 12 private luxury cabanas along the ocean. This is an excellent spot for snorkeling, as it’s in the Chankanaab Eco Park; guests here get complimentary snorkeling equipment.
Another great beach club in Cozumel is Paradise Beach Cozumel, which offers a huge swimming pool and beachfront restaurant plus watersports activities and fun toys like floating trampolines and inflatable water slides.
A beautiful unspoiled beach in Cozumel is Punta Sur Ecological Beach Park. Once you pay the inexpensive entrance fee to the park, you have access to a long stretch of white sand fronting sparkling turquoise water. You can swim or snorkel here, lie in the sun and relax, or explore the park’s protected lagoons and wildlife habitats. There are restaurants and lounge chairs on one part of the beach in case you get hungry or want some shade.
A romantic thing to do on your Cozumel honeymoon takes a short trip to an idyllic beach. Isla de Pasion is an island connected to Cozumel by a sand bridge that features swaying palm trees, lounge chairs and umbrellas, and a restaurant.
You get here by taking a 45-minute boat ride from the Punta Langosta cruise terminal. If you make sure there aren’t any cruise ships docked when you go, you may have the place mostly to yourself.
Where to eat on your Cozumel honeymoon
Restaurants in Cozumel are mostly found in the downtown San Miguel area, at resorts, or at beach clubs. You can find a range of places in Cozumel, from casual spots serving authentic Mexican dishes and fresh seafood to innovative pizzas at a microbrewery to Italian specialties. Be sure to sample local dishes like frijol con Puerco, chicken in mole poblano, and papadzules. Some highly recommended local spots are Chilangos Taqueria, Los Seras, El Moro, La Choza, and Kinta.
What to do on your Cozumel honeymoon
Although this is a laidback destination, there’s still plenty to do in Cozumel. As a less developed and less touristy spot, there’s an authentic cultural vibe here. The downtown area of San Miguel is easily walkable and offers interesting shops and restaurants to check out.
Since the island is just 30 miles long and 9 miles wide, it’s easy to get around with a rental moped, bike, or Jeep. You can explore some wild, remote spots of beach and jungle. (You can also take a taxi if you prefer.)
Historic sites on Cozumel include the El Cedral Mayan ruins and the Zona Arquelogica San Gervasio, which has 9 temples connected by stone paths. There are two lighthouses on the island that you can visit, at Punta Sur and Punta Molas.
Visit the newly renovated Cozumel Island Museum to learn more about local history, culture, and ecosystems (it was first settled by Mayans, and they considered it to be a sacred spot). Be sure to have lunch at the Restaurant Novena Ola, which features a terrace overlooking the ocean.
Check out Chankanaab National Park, which is a beach adventure park featuring all sorts of attractions including swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, a saltwater lagoon wildlife sanctuary, a botanical garden, a crocodile farm, sea lion shows, an archaeological park, and more.
And of course, probably the most popular activities in Cozumel are snorkeling and scuba diving. Cozumel was called one of the world’s best places to dive by none other than Jacques Cousteau. The world’s second-largest reef, the Mesoamerican Reef, lies just offshore, and the water around Cozumel has great visibility.
The water around Cancun and Cozumel is warmest from May to September, but even in the winter, it averages about 78 degrees. Not only can you snorkel from the beach in Cozumel, but you can also see amazing coral and vibrant marine life all around and in Cozumel Reefs National Park. Or snorkel with stingrays at Stingray Beach.
Scuba divers can choose from a wide assortment of dive sites around Cozumel, including the Palancar Reef which has giant caverns you can swim through. Other excellent snorkeling and diving sites in Cozumel are Santa Rosa Wall, Colombia Shallows Reef, El Cielo, Villa Blanca Reef, Dzul Ha Reef, and Punta Sur Shallows, Two Boats, Chankanaab Park (which has two underwater sculptures), and Paradise Reef.
You can also go on area excursions including ATV tours in the jungle.
Nightlife on your Cozumel honeymoon
Most of the clubs and bars in Cozumel are in downtown San Miguel. There’s a Señor Frogs, which is a popular lively bar and dance club, but there are also some intimate and laidback cocktail lounges. The Thirsty Cougar overlooks the Caribbean.
A fun thing to do in Cozumel is to go dancing at a salsa club. On Sunday evenings, you can stroll the main square of San Miguel and listen to mariachi bands playing.
Cozumel Honeymoon Resorts
You can find luxury adults-only all-inclusive honeymoon resorts in Cozumel in addition to reasonably priced boutique hotels, traditional hacienda style hotels, villas, and dive resorts as well as budget hotels. Choose from beachfront, jungle, or in-town properties. There are plenty of all-inclusive Cozumel honeymoon packages to choose from.
Here are a few of the top Cozumel all-inclusive honeymoon resorts, as well as a boutique hotel option.
Secrets Aura Cozumel
A great Cozumel adults-only all-inclusive resort is Secrets Aura Cozumel, a Caribbean oasis with a gorgeous beach and calm waters perfect for snorkeling. The onsite dive center is perfect for scuba divers, and there’s a world-class spa as well as a full fitness center. There are 7 dining options to choose from, including several oceanfront restaurants, and none require reservations. Bars include a music lounge, a swim-up bar, and the rooftop Skybar.
One of the most affordable Secrets resorts, this is a wonderful Cozumel honeymoon resort due to its adults-only policy and romantic setting. Swanky accommodations include beachfront swim-up suites and a rooftop suite with a private plunge pool. Plus, honeymooners here receive a welcome letter, fresh fruit and sparkling wine, a special turn-down service, breakfast in bed with mimosas, and a 15% discount on spa services.
Inclusions at Secrets resorts include unlimited gourmet dining (all meals and snacks); unlimited nonalcoholic and premium brand alcoholic drinks; 24-hour room service; a mini-bar stocked with beer, soft drinks and water and refreshed daily; free WiFi; pool and beach service; “endless entertainment” including daily and nightly activities; non-motorized watersports; a full fitness center and classes; tennis; and tips and taxes. You can also get a free wedding at Secrets resorts with a 7-night minimum stay in certain room categories.
Cozumel Palace Resort
This “awe-inclusive” resort offers honeymooners luxurious oceanfront rooms with double whirlpool tubs and private balconies, world-class dining at 4 restaurants plus 24-hour room service, 3 bars, a huge array of activities including non-motorized watersports and snorkeling, nightly entertainment, and pampering extras at the spa.
The honeymoon package at Cozumel Palace Resort includes champagne, a fruit basket, a romantic candlelight dinner, and late check-out upon request.
Occidental Grand Cozumel
This luxurious all-inclusive resort is close to the Palancar Reef, which is one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world. Nestled on a beautiful white sand beach and surrounded by mangroves and palm trees, the Occidental Grand Cozumel offers snorkeling, swimming, scuba clinics, dance lessons, tennis, cooking demonstrations, and lessons, nonmotorized watersports including windsurfing, and nightly shows and entertainment. There are 7 restaurants, 4 bars, 3 swimming pools, a jacuzzi, a gym, and a full-service spa, as well as access to a nearby golf course.
Hotel B Cozumel
An affordable Cozumel honeymoon resort, the Hotel B Cozumel is a boutique hotel located close to both downtown and the airport. Situated on a bay with a gorgeous infinity edge pool overlooking the Caribbean, this hotel offers plenty of onsite watersports including snorkeling. Everything has ocean views, from the spacious rooms have balconies to the open-air restaurant to the daily outdoor yoga classes.
Now that you’ve read our guide to Cozumel honeymoons, what do you think? Is Cozumel a good choice for your honeymoon? Let us know in the comments!