Where to Stay in Cozumel, Mexico: 9 Best Hotels & Areas

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Hot sun, blue skies and the Caribbean Sea – Cozumel really does have it all, so don’t be surprised if by the end of this article you’re looking at flights to take you to this perfect destination. If unsure about the different areas to stay in Cozumel, then don’t panic as you’re in the right place – we’re going to be sharing where to stay in Cozumel.

We’ll be telling you all about the nine best places to stay, so whether you’ve got a high budget, low budget, want somewhere near the beach or was to book a hotel with a swimming pool, we’ve got you covered!

So, let’s get straight to it and see the first hotel of where you could be staying in Cozumel.

Cozumel Hotel and Resort:

Cozumel Hotel and Resort
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Our first hotel is the four-star Cozumel hotel and resort and this resort is perfect for couples! Situated right on the beach with their very own beach club. With the beaches white sand and luscious blue warm Caribbean Sea water, it may be hard to remember that this hotel also offers a lot of things to do.

This resort offers the option of all-inclusive or bed and breakfast – all-inclusive may seem more expensive at the time of booking but in the long run it will work out cheaper. There are five different restaurants to feast your eyes on as well as room services which comes at an additional charge.

If having a luxurious room is what you enjoy about going away then this Cozumel hotel certainly won’t disappoint as there are five different rooms to choose from including a standard room, standard partial ocean view, superior room, family superior room and a junior suite.

This hotel is only one mile away from the newly renovated center square where you will find dozens of authentic local shops, restaurants, and bars, so don’t forget those all-important Mexican Pesos.

As well as all of this there’s also a massive range of swimming pools to dive into and a good range of sun beds so that you can top up that increasingly important tan.

Secrets Aura Cozumel:

Secrets Aura Cozumel
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Our second hotel to stay in Cozumel is the Secrets Aura. Prices for a holiday at this hotel are at the more expensive end and this is definitely a place to come with your partner and not kids. Situated on the Cozumel island, this five-star hotel really is a place of luxury.

One thing that really sells this hotel are the views of the hotels private beach and the beachfront bars, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a fresh pina colada or lemonade (included in the price) whilst looking over the Caribbean Sea.

If you like getting stuck into water activities, then the Secrets Aura has you covered on this too! You’re able to pre-book a range of exciting activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, Beach and pool volleyball, tennis, aqua aerobics and paddle boarding.

If you’d prefer to lounge by the pool all day then we don’t blame you! Choose from an infinity pool, an exclusive club pool and an outdoor whirlpool. There’s also a choice of 11 different hotel rooms to choose from, some of which have a view of the swimming pool, a view of the beach, rooms with your own outdoor pool and suites.

Hacienda San Miguel:

Hacienda San Miguel
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Our third Cozumel hotel is for anybody who’s on a budget but still wants to remain close to the amenities. The Hacienda San Miguel is a three-star hotel that has a traditional Mexican feel. What you’re paying for in this hotel is simply just the room as there is no outdoor pool or own private beach.

There are three different rooms to choose from, all of which are studio rooms meaning that you’ll get your very own kitchen and fridge in the room as well as kitchen utensils, so you can save a fortune on eating out and you’ll get to cook your own authentic Mexican food.

The Hacienda San Miguel hotel is situated in the perfect spot, right in the center of Cozumel and only just over a mile from Cozumel International Airport! If you fancy a walk and getting to discover more of this Mexican island then luckily enough, the beach is just a few minutes’ walk from this hotel.

If the heat is getting too hot, then you can always take a taxi to explore other areas of Cozumel. The Museum of the Island of Cozumel is just a four-minute walk from the hotel, and this is a trip which we definitely recommend! You’ll get to learn more about the islands history and after you’ve finished, why not have a bite to eat in the oceanfront restaurant?

Fiesta Americana Cozumel:

Fiesta Americana Cozumel
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Our fourth Cozumel hotel is the Fiesta Americana Cozumel which is a four-star all-inclusive hotel situated in San Miguel. This hotel has everything you could want in a hotel and it’s a great place for families to come with young children.

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This hotel has its very own private beach club with soft as icing sugar sand, an array of crystal blue water all of which comes surrounded by tropical palm trees which feels great when the breeze is blowing through your hair. The beach is a great place to go diving and snorkelling as you’ll be guaranteed to see tropical fish and maybe even turtles!

There is a choice of four different standard rooms to choose from and eight suites at the Fiesta Americana Cozumel! Of course, the standard rooms are a lot cheaper than the suites, it depends on how far the budget can stretch or if you want to treat yourself as to what room you decide to book.

If you’re wanting to get out of the hotel then how about going on a day trip to Chankanaab National Park? Just a nine-minute drive or a 25-minute walk (if feeling brave in the heat) you’ll be able to swim with dolphins, sea lions and manatees as well as enjoy the beautiful Caribbean surroundings.

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Hotel Barracuda:

Hotel Barracuda
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Our fifth hotel is a three-star budget hotel. Located south of Punta Langosta Pier, Hotel Barracuda is the only hotel located in a town and on the waterfront without being an expensive luxury resort which makes it one of the best places to stay when money is tight.

There are 42 standard rooms at Hotel Barracuda and two kitchenette suites which is good to save even more money by buying and cooking your own food. The majority of these rooms also have a view of the Caribbean Sea as there is a beach just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. When looking out of the hotel room you may also see cruise ships as the hotel is close to a shipping port.

If the heat is getting too much, then there is a swimming pool to cool down which is surrounded by sun beds. On the beach front you’re also able to rent out diving gear so you can scuba dive and snorkel in the sea.

There are close by amenities including a spa, cinema, coffee shop and Señor Frog’s which is a party restaurant – great for taking the kids, or even if you’re holidaying with adults and you want to release your inner child again.

Occidental Cozumel:

Occidental Cozumel
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Our sixth hotel is the Occidental Cozumel which is situated at just a 45-minute ferry ride from Playa Del Carmen. This four-star resort is clean, modern and filled with friendly staff who are always on-hand to help.

There are four different rooms to choose from, all of which have free Wi-Fi as well as a minibar, tea and coffee maker and all of the other essentials found in resorts.

The resort has plenty of things to do, especially if you like water activities! Occidental Cozumel’s marine surroundings are one of the top five scuba destinations in the world! You may have heard of Palancar reef before and if you are going to be holidaying in this area then we strongly suggest that this is a place you visit as you may get to see dolphins and turtles!

This resort is all-inclusive so if you do get hungry, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a range of seven different restaurants to choose from to keep those hunger levels down, all of which serve delicious food from around the world.

If keeping fit on holiday is important then there is an on-site gym packed with the latest equipment. Or if maybe you would prefer some relaxing time for yourself then treat yourself to a massage or a manicure at the resorts very own spa.

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Casita de Maya Boutique Hotel:

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Our seventh hotel in Cozumel is the two-star Casita de Maya Boutique Hotel which is located in San Miguel. Just because this hotel is a two-star, we don’t want you to rule this one out just yet as it offers great rooms and in a good location.

There are eight different rooms to choose from and each one has their own different name! You can stay in either earth, wind, sun, breeze, ocean, sand, sky or moon – all of these rooms are designed for different personal needs.

Although this isn’t an all-inclusive resort, the rooms are a great price and there is an on-site restaurant where the chef will prepare a delicious breakfast and yummy dinners. The chef has over 35 years of restaurant experience so there’s no need to worry about the food not being up to scratch.

Just a ten-minute drive down the road is Playa Azul beach, which is one of the closest beaches to the hotel. Pop the sun cream in your bag and start tanning on the picturesque beach, or if you would prefer to get straight into the water then how about having a go at water activity? Choose from kayaking, snorkelling, diving, parasailing and jet skiing!

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InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa:

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa
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Our eighth hotel is the five-star InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa which is one of the most expensive resorts we have spoken about in this article. This clean and contemporary resort is the perfect getaway for couples.

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You’re able to choose from either a standard room which has views of the pool or a suite which offers a lot more than a standard room including a balcony with swing hammock, views of the sea and plunge pools, so if you’re wanting to go all out, then definitely book a suite!

There are four different restaurants to choose from as well as outdoor bars near the swimming pool. This resort isn’t all-inclusive but there are options when booking to add on breakfast. This resort has its very own private beach which is surrounded by tropical trees, sun beds and pools.

Of course, this resort isn’t called the InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa for no reason and of course there is a spa on the resort which offers a variety of different treatments including facials, body scrub, manicures, pedicures and neck and foot reflexology.

If you do decide you want to leave the hotel for a day trip then you’re in a great location being near to fishing ports, diving centres and snorkel clubs.

Iberostar Cozumel:

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And finally, our last hotel is the Iberostar Cozumel which is another five-star hotel and you’ll be pleased to know that this is an all-inclusive resort! As well as having the Caribbean Sea right on the doorstep, this hotel also has its own diving centre with boats so you’re able to go out and explore the beautiful ocean.

You can choose from 11 different rooms to book up including double rooms and suites. Depending on the budget, the double rooms can offer garden, pool or sea views with balcony and hammock and the suites will offer a sea view and in the presidential suite you’ll also get your very own pool!

Feeling hungry? That’s good because there’s a choice of eight different bars and restaurants to choose from including a lobby bar, theatre bar, beach bar, pool bar, Japanese restaurant, Mexican restaurant and two different international buffets.

There’s also a range of different activities to choose from including beach yoga or if you would prefer to relax the take a trip to the on-site spa where you can get different treatments including a soak in the hot tub, a massage or a body scrub with coffee or chocolate or maybe even having a new haircut or pedicure.

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What is the Best Hotel in Cozumel Near Cozumel International Airport?

Cozumel airport
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The best hotel near Cozumel International Airport is the Hotel B Cozumel which is situated at just a nine-minute drive from the airport! This hotel is a four-star hotel which has views of the Caribbean Sea and beautiful outdoor swimming pools which overlook the water which makes this place one of the best hotels near the airport.

The price of this hotel is relatively standard for the facilities that the hotel offers, however, if your budget isn’t going to stretch very far then we recommend the Caribo Cozumel which has everything a hotel room needs but without the fancy price tag. This hotel is only a five-minute drive from the airport or a 22-minute walk.

Where is the Best Area to Stay in Cozumel for Families?

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The best area for families to staying Cozumel is Playa San Francisco. Playa San Francisco is an extremely safe area and there’s plenty of things to do that will keep kids occupied. This area is away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and it’s more than likely if you spend a day at the beach then you’ll have most of it to yourselves.

On the beach you’ll get to see tropical fish swimming in the Caribbean Sea, and you might even be lucky enough to see turtles and turtle eggs that might hatch! You can also go kayaking, sailing or jet skiing (depending on how old the children are).

Where is the Best Area to Stay in Cozumel for Couples?

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The best area for couples to stay in Cozumel is San Miguel. This area is great for luxury hotels and picturesque beaches and perfect for a romantic getaway that you won’t forget! Prices for these hotels can range from hundreds to thousands per night, so depending on the budget and what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone.

San Miguel is also full of restaurants and bars so if you fancy getting out of the hotel for a night then you’ll be spoilt for choice choosing somewhere.

Where is the Best Area to Stay in Cozumel for Backpackers?

The best area for backpackers to stay in Cozumel is also San Miguel but in areas that aren’t as close to the beach or local amenities as the luxury hotels. The prices for these hotels are seriously cheap! Some will even come with a swimming pool and breakfast thrown in, so it’s one less thing to worry about spending your money on when you’ve arrived.

So, that’s the end of article and we hope that we have helped you decide where you’ll be staying when you visit Cozumel. If you’ve enjoyed the read, then please leave a comment in the box below.