Are you craving for a place you can just relax and enjoy nature’s beauty?
Isla Cozumel should be your first pick. The beaches here have crystal clear blue waters and most of the island is untouched and covered with jungles just as Mother Nature left them. You can also go to the City of San Miguel to interact with friendly locals and buy souvenirs.
Sounds like heaven, right? Let’s not get way ahead of ourselves. You might want to go through these traveling tips before you can say you are ready to go explore and enjoy Isla Cozumel’s beauty.
Important Things You Must Remember:
1. No Tap Water For You
Consider this as the first commandment of Isla Cozumel. Never drink the tap water here, it doesn’t matter if you are going to spend your vacation in a five-star hotel. Just don’t drink the tap water. The best alternative is bottled water which is sold at just about any restaurant, hotel or grocery.
2. It’s always better to buy with Pesos
Pesos is the local currency used in Isla Cozumel. In as much as most tourist merchants around here accept American dollars and credit cards, you’ll get a better deal if you first convert your money to pesos.
However, if you decide to pay in U.S dollars then expect your change to be in pesos.It is also important for you to remember to write the amount of money spent, currency, item, date, and place of purchase on the change slip. This will help you in settling your accounts when your monthly statement comes. You need to do this because the ink used in change slips usually fades easily.
3. Buy your souvenirs in the City of San Miguel
I don’t have to tell you to spend your money wisely when going out. Don’t get tempted to buy your souvenirs at Cozumel’s piers. Most cruise ships will drop you off there, but you should consider going to San Miguel to buy your souvenirs and other supplies at relatively cheaper prices.
Please keep your clothes on at all times! The culture here is very conservative and you will get some stern looks if you are seen swimming nude or tanning without your top on. In fact, you might even find yourself in cuffs!
Other than that, you should be comfortable going around in casual clothes. A t-shirt, pair shorts, and comfortable sandals should be enough.If you are going to spend most of your time at the beach then you will need a swim shirt to protect you from the scorching sun. In as much as you might enjoy walking barefooted, please try having your swim shoes on at all times because the coral reefs here are pretty sharp. Even though it’s usually not that cold around here, you can still carry your favorite sweater just in case.
Spanish is the local language in Cozumel. Don’t worry, many locals in the city and other tourist spots can communicate in English. But this doesn’t mean you should be rude, be polite enough to use some Spanish when talking to them, holla (hello) and gracias (thank you).
I believe it’s time you go looking for your high school Spanish dictionary just to improve on your pronunciation.£It is important you get to know some basic Spanish because all the traffic signs around here are in Spanish and different from what you are used to in your home city. You can choose to ask for directions from the locals or even ask for a manual from the car rental shop you’ll be dealing with. It’s not that hard.
Things you’ll need to take care of.
6. Your health
This is pretty much common sense. In as much as you’ll be on foreign soil where things are slightly different from what you are used to back at home, you’ll still have to take care of yourself.Go easy with the food experimentation. You don’t want to end up with stomach upsets after eating some funny foodstuffs on the street. Make sure you always stay hydrated before, during, and after your stay in Isla Cozumel.If you start feeling a headache coming on, then you need to drink an electrolyte replenishing drink. Keep off Gatorade and Powerade because they contain refined sugars that will just make things worse.
If you are on medication then carry your prescribed pills from home.
Get yourself the grape flavored Pedialyte especially if you are the type that is always up and about busy in some outdoor activity. It’s also a good drink to help you deal with hangovers if you are planning on drinking yourself silly.
Most of the hotels in Cozumel offer tourists with safe boxes where they can keep their jewelry and important documents. Don’t walk around with everything that is dearly yours just to end up losing them somewhere.We tourists just love our cameras.
It’s still a mystery why we always have one hanging from our necks even though we could easily use our smartphones to the job done. If you love your digital camera that much then don’t leave it laying around at the beach because the sand will damage its optical zoom lens.
8. Tips if you plan on bringing your kids with you
Come on! Let the little guys tag along. Cozumel is open to everyone and the people here have a special place in their hearts for kids. It would be even better if you brought them during the Dia del Nino festival.
This is an equivalent of Mother’s Day but only for children. Remember to buy them enough sun block lotion, sunglasses, and hats to shield them for the blazing sun.You don’t have to pack diapers, lotions, and stuff because you’ll be able to buy them here. But if there are any special creams or medicine your child might need then please just buy and pack them.
Items you must to pack.
I understand that airports authorities can be a little strict when it comes to the size of luggage they allow you to carry. This why you need to have a list of must-haves before you start packing extra stuff you’ll probably never use. I don’t even know why we must always insist on carrying some of these extra things.
9. Some few important items you shouldn’t board the plane without:
- Travel documents, credit cards, and money. You don’t need a Visa but you’ll have to carry your passport. You can just put them in a carry-on bag or purse.
- Mosquito repellent. Unless you want to keep them company through the night
- Clothes and other personal items you’ll need.Water resistant sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat.
- All necessary medication.
- Small first aid kit.
- Travel flashlight.
- Ziplock bags.
- Camera, memory cards, and batteries.
You should now be ready to travel to Isla Cozumel if you are done going through these important tips. Say goodbye to your ordinary home and hello to the magical Caribbean life!