If you’re planning your dive vacation, it sometimes can be a challenge to decide on the best location for your next trip. There are so many places around the world where excellent scuba diving can be found. But there are several reasons that make scuba diving off the island of Cozumel, Mexico, one of the best choices in the world. Here is a quick look at what it’s like going Cozumel scuba diving.
In Cozumel the weather is warm and enjoyable year-round. The location is close to the equator, just off of the Yucatan peninsula in Caribbean waters, so there is less variation year-round when it comes to the temperature both in and out of the water. In fact, the average water temperatures range from 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 85 degrees in the summer. This means that Cozumel scuba diving offers a constant comfortable temperature for everyone. Year-round, the temperature outside of the water stays at 80 degrees or higher. It can be very humid, and the heat can feel intense because of this. If you think this might be an issue for you, try to plan your vacation during a cooler time of year such as December or January. However, most divers won’t mind the heat in Cozumel.
You’ll find Cozumel to be a very welcoming and relaxed place. Tourism is a huge revenue source for the area, so they value their visitors and treat them well. If you don’t speak Spanish very well, don’t worry about it. The hotels, restaurants and dive shops are very likely to have plenty of English speakers on staff, and sometimes other languages as well. If you can, try to learn at least a few Spanish phrases before your trip. It can be especially helpful to learn how to say “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish,” because you’ll be surprised how quickly many of the residents of Cozumel will smoothly switch over to English once they know you don’t understand Spanish. And while you may have read some news stories about crime in Mexico and gang related activity, these concerns are not an issue on Cozumel Island, (or across much of the Yucatan Peninsula for that matter). Just follow the same safety procedures you would while at home, and you will be fine.
Because Cozumel is geared towards tourism, your Cozumel scuba diving trip can quickly get expensive. But it doesn’t have to be! There are several things you can do to keep your costs down. For one thing, don’t do any gift shopping at the pier or terminal – the prices are highest there.
Consider staying in nearby Playa del Carmen on the mainland, which is approximately 11 miles away and is easily accessible by ferry boat. Playa has several hotel options, many at very reasonable prices. If you are looking to save some money, you can even find hotel options with fully equipped kitchens. This can help you reduce food costs by allowing you to prepare some of your own meals and drinks. There are several inexpensive markets where you can buy groceries and supplies nearby, plus the activity options (outside of diving) are excellent in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas.
If you’re interested in diving in Cozumel, but would prefer to stay on the mainland, contact Diversity Diving to discuss your options! We’re passionate about diving and will gladly help you make the arrangements.