WHY CHOOSE Cozumel for Spring Break?
One of the top choices for a Mexico Spring Break for college students is Cozumel, Mexico.
- Amazing dive spots
- Free snorkeling lessons
- Exciting nightlife
- Soft sandy beaches with scenic views
- Historical sights dating back to the Mayan civilization
Lest you think that only divers flock to Cozumel, it is interesting to note that college students on spring break love also love this area. It has a small-town feel while catering to the needs of thousands of tourists. For people who just want to take a break from it all, the eastern side of the island may be more appealing. This is because it is isolated, wild, and almost uninhabited. But there are still beach bars and restaurants.
If you get tired of endless swathes of beach, there are also many other options. Jet ferries can quickly take you back to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins at Coba, Tulum, Chitzen, and Xcaret.
Since ancient times, the beauty of Cozumel has been recognized. The Mayans referred to it as the “Island of the Swallows”. During the classic period 300-900 AC – Cozumel became one of the most critical religious sanctuaries of the Yucatan region. It was common among women, who either want to get pregnant or area already pregnant, to make a pilgrimage to this site. They pay homage to the deity of the moon, Ix Chel.
In 1200 DC, Cozumel became an important link in Middle America trading. This island receives all kinds of merchandize from different places. Goods were stored before being sent to distribution points. This was the scenario that greeted Juan de Grijalva who arrived in 1518. He ordered Juan Diaz, a chaplain to give mass on the same temple where the locals used to worship.
Nowadays, divers from all over the world flock to this destination to hone their skills and see amazing underwater sights. The abundant sea life, coral reefs, and clear waters make it the perfect getaway for diving enthusiasts.
During daytime, snorkeling is a must for spring break vacationers. There are actually free snorkeling lessons available at the Corona Beach Club and Dzul Ha. But of course, the students are "obliged" to buy some food when there. If you arrive during the peak season, be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Diving and snorkeling is a must while you’re here. Among the most popular dive spots include Tormentos, Punta Tunich, Chankanaab,Paraiso, Punta Sur, Maracaibo, Paso del Cedral, and Colombia.
For shopping, the best areas to buy stuff are around the Plaza del Sol in San Miguel. The zócalo is along the waterfront. Some of the best buys here are the embroidered clothing, lace fabrics, silver jewelry, ceramics, carved wood, Yucatecan hammocks, and of course, wood carvings
There is no doubt that the nightlife in Cozumel is alive and happening during Spring Break. While there are less clubs and bars here compared to Cancun, the choices won’t disappoint. Most tourists head for Carlos n Charlie’s for some dancing before going to a Mexican restaurant for some food afterwards. If you want to mingle with the locals, the place to be at is Scaramuche and Neptuno.
No matter your taste in music, be it new age, rock, or hip hop, you will definitely find a great place to hang out in. Both locals and tourists have a lot of alternatives as well. It is also easy to go from one place to another by walking. If you don’t feel like walking, taxis are available
DINING AND DRINKING
Cozumel has a wide variety of cafes and restaurant you can choose from. You are certain to find something to your liking. Of course, no visit to Cozumel Spring Break will be complete without sampling authentic Mayan dishes. If you wish to stick closer to home, the area also has an endless stream of international restaurants.
Many dining establishments including Hard Rock Café, Acuario, and Senor Frogs also offer nighttime entertainment. For people on a budget, it would be a comfort to known that the area also has its fair share of familiar fast food joints and pizza places.
Dress code, what dress code? In Cozomel, feel free to be yourself.
Cozomel has an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Between July and August, it can rise up to 30 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the months of December and January have lower temperatures. Its subtropical climate makes it the perfect place to visit for college students on spring break.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS
Citizens of the United States are required to present a valid passport . A tourist card (provided at the airport) must also be completed, presented upon entering Mexico, retained during one's stay, and surrendered upon leaving the country
The official language in Mexico is Spanish. But there are hundreds of Native American languages still spoken in various parts of the country. Some of the more popular dialects include the Nahualt, Mixteco, Maya, and Zapoteco.
If you are going to Cozomel without a tour package, it may be best to rent a car on your first day. On the other hand, if you choose to take a taxi, make sure to negotiate the rate with the driver before setting off. Travelers on a tight budget should probably take the bus or van to Playa del Carmen before taking the ferry to Cozomel
Currency in Cozumel is the Mexican peso. The denominations of its bank notes come in 20, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. Coins come in the denominations of 20, 10, 5, 2, 1, 20 centavos, and 50 centavos. It is difficult to get small change so be sure to change some of your larger bills at the hotel.
The electricity used in Mexico is 110volts/60 AC.
The time zone in Playa del Carmen is Greenwich time -6 which is also Central Standard Time (CST) in some parts of the US.
In Mexico, tipping is almost a must. Usually referred to as propina, it can also be mandatory in some restaurants. It will be included in your bill as servicio. A lot of Americans tip generously but 10 to 15 percent of the purchase is usually standard.
ABOUT THE WATER
Although the water supply in Cozumel is chlorinated, it is highly recommended to avoid drinking tap water. Most accommodations in the area provide bottled water. Budget hotels have five gallon water jugs while luxury hotels give small water bottles to guests each day. Keep hydrated!