Cozumel Resorts - Things to Do
Although Cozumel resorts have a lot to offer, there is life beyond the all-inclusive world of hotels and white sand. If you're staying in the area for longer than a few days, you may want to go beyond Cozumel resorts and visit the surrounding area. This usually means a ferry trip to the mainland, and is well worth it if your aim is to explore as much as possible.
The seaside town of Playa del Carmen is a forty-minute ferry ride away from Cozumel. The town is small enough for you to wander around on foot, but large enough to have a variety of restaurants and some interesting stores. The beaches are lovely too. The Quinta Avenida promenade is where you'll find most of the nightlife.
The Xcaret nature park is about six and a half miles south of Playa del Carmen. There is plenty to see and do here, including scuba diving and horseback riding. You can see some Maya remains, a botanical garden and a tropical aquarium, too. There is also a recreation of an ancient Maya ball game. The only disadvantage of the Xcaret park is that it doesn't offer the "natural" experience mentioned in the advertising literature. It's aimed at getting money out of tourists, which is why you're not allowed to bring in your own food and have to use the overpriced on-site restaurants. However, if you're not looking for a wild, unspoilt nature reserve, you should have a great time. For an admission fee of around $50, you get use of all the facilities, including snorkeling equipment and lounge chairs. However, you will have to pay extra to swim with dolphins and ride horses. Some Cozumel tour operators offer trips to Xcaret, including the ferry ride, the drive to the park and the admission fee. These work out at about $90.
The Chichén Itza ruins are considered among the most important Maya remains. Chicén Itza is about five hours from Playa del Carmen by bus. People staying in Cozumel resorts have the choice of visiting Chichén Itza by air or by ferry and bus; travel agencies arrange day trips with both methods of transport. Expect to pay at least $200 (including taxes) to go by air and around $100 to go by ferry and bus. If you're going for a day trip, you should go by air, because the ground-transport journey will take you around six hours. But tourists going to Chichén Itza for a few days should enjoy the cheaper and more scenic journey by ferry and bus.