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Streets & Addresses

Cozumel streets follow an easy pattern

Streets are laid out on a grid system

  • Avenidas
Avenidas (avenues) run parallel to the length of the island "north - south"
Avenida Rafael E. Melgar, or "el Malecón", runs along the waterfront
Avenidas are numbered by 5's (5th, 10th, 15th, etc.) counting away from Av. Melgar
Most are one-way in alternating directions
Large Avenidas that are divided are two-way
Some large divided Avenidas have "special" names instead of numbers:
Avenida Pedro Joaquin Coldwell = 30a Avenida
Avenida 8 de Octubre = 65a Avenida
  • Calles
Calles (streets) run across the island "east - west"
Calles are numbered with odd numbers counting south from Av. Benito Juárez
Calles are numbered with even numbers counting north from Av. Benito Juárez
Calle Dr. Adolfo Rosado Salas is between Calle 1 Sur and Calle 3 Sur
Most are one-way in alternating directions
The large divided Calles are two-way
Some large Calles have "special" names instead of numbers (and are called Avenidas!):
Avenida Andrés Quintana Roo = Calle 11 Sur
Avenida Xel-Ha = Calle 15 Sur
  • Avenida Benito Juárez, the Transversal highway
Divides Norte and Sur
Referred to as Avenida Benito Juárez "in town"
Referred to as Carretera Transversal outside of town
One-way from Melgar to Coldwell (30), two-way east of there
  • Carretera Costera Sur
Southern Coastal Highway
What Avenida Rafael E. Melgar turns into south of town
  • Carretera San Juan
San Juan (Northern Coastal) Highway
What Avenida Rafael E. Melgar turns into north of town

North and South

  • Streets are specified as being Norte (Nte) if they're north of Avenida Benito Juárez
  • Streets are specified as being Sur if they're south of Avenida Benito Juárez

Bis and C

  • Bis mean repeated, and these streets fall between other numbers
  • C streets exist in some places to make up for a further lack of street numbers
  • For example, there's 15a Avenida Sur, 15a Avenida Bis Sur, and 15a Avenida Bis C Sur

"Funky" Streets

  • Here and there, seemingly at random, named streets appear between the numbered ones or the regular numbering system isn't followed
  • In some areas the alternation of one-way directions isn't followed, especially around parks and schools
  • Google Maps typically has these correct (or nearly so)

Addresses follow conventions different from north of the border

  • Street numbers are inconsistent and are often not used even when they are assigned
  • Quite a few places officially have no number at all - s/n means "sin número", or "without number"
  • Addresses are often specified as being on a street between two others or at the corner of another one
    • con = with or at, entre = between, esquina = (at the) corner (of), frente = across from
  • Correct addresses always include the Colonia (neighborhood)

Parking

  • Red-painted curbs mean "No Parking" and tickets are likely
  • A sign on a post or painted on the road showing an E in a slashed circle also marks "No Parking"
  • "No Estacionarse" painted on a wall or gate denotes a private entry where you should not park
  • Even if not marked, don't block people's or businesses' driveways
  • A parking violation will result in removal of your license plate to ensure you pay up
    • On the waterfront, wheel-locking boots are applied with enthusiasm
  • Public parking lots (Estacionamiento) are plentiful and cheap
  • Parking lots typically cost 6-8 pesos an hour
  • Parking lots do close at night, so be sure you know when to return for your car - the last ferry arrives after nearby parking lots are closed for the night!