Getting Around Cozumel
If you're staying at Casa Suzana, I can provide map POI's in .gpx or .kml format upon request. Do not rely on Apple Maps in Cozumel! It can be comically inaccurate, with mislabeled streets and mis-placed POI's - you may eventually get lost if you try to use Apple Maps in Cozumel! Many streets in the vicinity of Casa Suzana are mis-labeled in Apple Maps. Google Maps is fine. Waze is sparse but fairly accurate.
- Taxis are the easiest way to get around
- Fares are set and published, using a zone system, but drivers might not follow the official fares
- No per-passenger or mileage charges apply, but larger groups get charged a small surcharge
- Confirm the fare before you get in the taxi
- Drivers usually use a 10:1 exchange rate for dollars, which is usually terrible for you - carry pesos
- The taxi syndicate has a lock on airport and ferry terminal transport
- Official taxi fares are highest from the ferry terminal
- Taxi drivers are famous for never, ever having change. Bring plenty of small bills.
- "Taxi" is the near-universal name worldwide, while "cab" is not always understood. Call it a "taxi".
- Rental cars let you take off and go whenever and wherever you like, night or day
- We recommend Rentadora Isis.
- The owner is scrupulously honest and has a great, cheerful personality
- Her prices are about as low as you'll find anywhere
- Those low prices include complete insurance
- Make sure you understand the layout of one-way streets
- Be aware of No Parking areas
- Watch out for topes! These speed bumps can be huge and cause significant damage.
- Credit cards that provide rental card insurance will do you no good at all on the island. Make sure you get full insurance any time you rent a car. Otherwise, a fender-bender can result in your being unable to leave until the other party is satisfied.
Gasolineras (Fuel Stations)
- There are 5 filling stations on the island, all Pemex with the same fuel prices
- Nearest to Casa Suzana is on Av. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell (30) at the corner of Av. Benito Juárez
- The entry is on Av. Benito Juárez, which is one-way toward 30a at that location
- You can turn left on Calle 2 Norte, then left on 25a Av. Sur, then left on Benito Juárez
- Or turn right on Benito Juárez from 10a Av. Sur or 20a Av. Sur
Rental Scooter (Motoneta or "Moped")
- Don't. Seriously. It's simply too dangerous. We enjoy riding our Vespa and Ducatis at home, but traffic and road conditions, topes, impaired or lost tourists, and scooters in poor repair make for a very high risk of ruining your vacation, or worse.
- A bicycle will get you most places you want to go in town, if you're up for pedaling
- There are practically no hills, all of them small. One of the few is right by Casa Suzana.
- Cozumel is well-suited for walking both around the neighborhood and downtown
- Our son often gets around town on a longboard