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 and other taxi stands
Taxi drivers are famous for never, ever having change. Bring plenty of small (Mexican peso) 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
Make sure you understand the layout of one-way streets
Be aware of No Parking areas, including painted curbs
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
Sidewalks are often uneven and can have obstructions such as guy wires. Use special caution with walkers or canes. Wheelchairs can be challenging on smaller sidewalks.
Our son often gets around town on a longboard