Taking a family vacation to Cozumel is absolutely wonderful. The atmosphere is laid back with the right amount of fun mixed in. The island is very low key and you can do, however much or little you want to. They’ve got enough activities to ensure you are never bored, but the beaches are so beautiful you may not want to leave them.
Day 1: Fly to Cozumel, Relax, and Visit a Planetarium
After you’ve landed head to your hotel. Many hotels will pick you up, if not catch a taxi. I recommend staying at Allegro Cozumel a secluded family-friendly all-inclusive resort. Try to get to Cozumel Island as early as possible in order to make the most of your first day at the beach.
If you do not want to stay at Allegro Cozumel I also recommend Explorean Cozumel All-Inclusive Resort.
Tonight Visit to Cha´an Ka´an Planetarium
Cha´an Ka´an is a Planetariums. Cha´an Ka´an has the most sophisticated planetarium dome in Mexico. From the name, which means “to observe” or “to enjoy the sky”. Cha´an Ka´an has the first and only planetarium in Latin America with a 3D dome. If you visit during the fall you might just see the milky way! If you do not get in early enough to do this activity be sure and add it to a different day.
Day 2: Sleep in, Visit Pueblo del Maiz
Kids are always tired the day after traveling so let them sleep. After a leisurely breakfast at the resort’s buffet head over to Pueblo del Maiz.
This is an interactive pre-Hispanic town where you can experience the Mayan’s real-life day and it is brilliant. Your guide takes you from one educational section to another where you and your kids will discover firsthand the Mayan history while doing activities like making corn tortillas, making cacao chocolate, learning where gum came from, and more. I highly recommend visiting here.
Day 3: Visit Punta Sur Park
Punta Sur Park has a lot going on. There’s a lighthouse you can go to the top of with an educational museum next to it. There are experts floating around that can tell you all kinds of interesting info. Make sure to ask about the Mayan’s hurricane alert. It is fascinating.
They also have a Turtle Search & Rescue you can participate in. At 5 P.M. you can watch baby turtles emerge from their nests and head out to the ocean.
Dinner: Tonight, have dinner at Casa Mission Restaurant. The Casa Mission restaurant is in a beautiful colonial-style building, surviving from the Yucatan glory days. While you dine you will enjoy live music, including marimba players and mariachi. Be sure to save room for dessert. They prepare it lavishly table side with fire.
Day 4: Down Day or Vist a Cenote
I find that traveling with kids means there should be a down day every 2-3 days. Yes, it’s exciting to see and do as much as possible, but kids need some time to chill out.
If you do not want a full down day you can visit a cenote. Cavernas de Jade aka Cenote Chempita is a lovely sinkhole with unbelievable stalactite formations. This quaint oasis has orchids and palm trees. The water is about 40 feet deep and there is freshwater and saltwater in it. The only way to visit it is to go on an excursion with Wild Tours.
Day 5: Hang out at Playa Mia Grand Beach Park
Take the plunge at one of Cozumel’s grandest beach park. Soak up the sun, surrounded by fun activities, authentic cuisine, and soothing spa treatments. Explore the cultural sights and sounds of Mexico with tours celebrating tequila, chocolate, and other local flavors. Swim along Cozumel’s coral reefs on a snorkel tour. Feel your heart race as you plunge down our 200-foot long Twin Twisters water slides. Set your kids free to become pirates at Buccaneer’s Bay. Or kick back under a shady palm on our beach or at our own swim-up pool bar and restaurant.
The food is included so you will want to make sure and have lunch here.
Mr. Sanchos is another fun day beach club in Cozumel with lots of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, wave runners, parasailing, horseback riding, and ATVs. It’s situated along 1500 feet of pristine sandy beach.
After you are done for the day at Mr. Sancho’s head over to downtown Cozumel. It’s a super cute area with loads of little boutiques. San Miguel is a duty-free zone and most of the streets are car-free. This is also where you will find Senor Frogs and Margaritaville.
Take this itinerary and create your own trip with it. There’s enough here to create your ideal Cozumel vacation.
Get Travel Insurance
Remember to get travel insurance! I’m a fan of Travelex insurance, because of the variety of options. Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad. I have gotten extremely sick twice now out of the country and Noah has had seizures in other countries, so I always recommend getting some sort of coverage. Read more about why you should always carry travel insurance here.
If you are looking for a car rental I recommend getting the car at the Cancun Airport. It will make things easier. This entire area is easy to drive around in. Get a Cozumel car rental for $11 a day!