Safety

Cozumel is very safe

Crime

  • The US Department of State has never included Cozumel in any of its travel advisories
  • The local crime rate is significantly lower than US cities of comparable size
    • We do not worry about walking around Cozumel at night
    • There is no local "narcoterrorism" threat at all
    • Almost all crime is theft rather than violent crime
  • Use common sense
    • Lock doors (house, car)
    • Don't leave valuables unattended
    • Don't let anyone but our maid and staff in the house (including your divemaster or that great guy you met at that place)
      • This is for both your safety and ours (to prevent someone returning later to steal stuff)
      • There are a few exceptions - tell us whom you'd like to invite and we'll let you know
  • Police normally drive around with their lights flashing all the time
    • This does not necessarily mean they're responding to a crime or pulling you over

Traffic Safety

  • Traffic presents the biggest safety risk to Cozumel visitors
  • Do not rent scooters
  • Don't speed
  • Do not rent scooters
  • Pay attention to one-way streets
  • Do not rent scooters
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Do not rent scooters
  • Look out for "topes" (large speed bumps)
  • Do not rent scooters
  • If you must rent scooters, don't ride them

Weapons

  • Mexico is very serious about controlling weapons. Do not bring them.
  • In particular, do not bring any firearms or ammunition at all. You're likely to end up in jail if caught.
  • Avoid carrying even pocket or dive knives around town, as these can be determined to be weapons.