Cruisers heading into Cozumel, an island just off the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, may have limited time to experience the small destination. Although most of the nice beaches are on the opposite side of the island and require a taxi, there is plenty to do within walking distance of the cruise port. Whether you're looking for some relaxing drinks or a cultural activities, Cozumel is full of fun (and family-friendly) things to do and see.
Hard Rock Cafe Cozumel
Grab a bite to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a short walk from the cruise terminal. It's open daily, with live music every Saturday night, and serves up classic American fare like burgers, salads and sandwiches. Grab a table on the outdoor patio with views of the water for the best experience.
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel is a cultural theme park located only a few blocks from the cruise ship port. Book into a José Cuervo tequila seminar or Kaokao chocolate workshop, or enjoy the taco buffet. There's also a museum and gift shop, making it perfect for an afternoon off the ship. Consider booking tickets online in advance, especially when participating in special activities like the tequila seminar.
The Money Bar Beach Club
There aren't really public beaches located in walking distance from the cruise ship dock on Cozumel, however it's possible to pay for day access to one of the nearby beach clubs. Walk south to the Money Bar Beach Club, a lively beachside hang with a restaurant and spa, as well as paddle board and snorkel gear rentals. It's important to note that the beaches on the port side of the island are rocky cliffs rather than sand, so those looking for some white sandy stretches will need to take a taxi farther away.
Liven things up at Senor Frog's, a party-inclined bar and restaurant chain popular in Mexico. It's adjacent to the cruise port and opens at 12 p.m. daily. The drinks are massive, so pace yourself when imbibing during the day, and consider reserving a table online ahead of time in case of crowds.
Planetario De Cozumel
Science lovers will want to spend some on-shore time at the Planetario De Cozumel (the Cozumel Planetarium). It's open daily except Sunday and welcomes visitors into the Dome, a 360-degree viewing experience that shows movies in 2D and 3D. It's a good activity for kids over the age of six, especially when it's rainy or too hot for the beach.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cozumel
Relax along the coast with a margarita at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cozumel, a laid back bar and eatery perfect for families, couples and solo travelers. Their "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" are iconic, but there are also delicious street tacos to satiate those looking for local fare. The spot often hosts special events and live music, so check the calendar online for upcoming happenings.