The youngest state in Mexico, it nonetheless occupies the fifth place in Mexico in terms of economic size and development.
Nearly all of its economy derives from tourism; other economic activities include wholesale and retail sale, construction, transportation and warehousing.
Temperatures average around 80ºF (26ºC) with highs in the low 90s (32ºC) and lows in the mid-60s (16ºC).
The Cozumel International Airport (CZM) receives nonstop flights from Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, Atlanta and Houston, with seasonal nonstop from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Newark. You can also fly in directly from Mexico City (MEX) or on a 20-minute flight from Cancun International Airport (CUN) via MAYAir. A ferry to Cozumel also departs Playa del Carmen for a 45-minute ride.
New in 2017, the Westin Cozumel opened on San Juan Beach with 156 rooms, all with ocean views. The oceanfront, All-Inclusive El Cozumeleño Beach Resort is located on a privileged powder-white sandy beach on the Northern Hotel Zone, offering 251 spacious rooms with breathtaking views and nearly 5,380 ft² (500 m²) of meeting space.
The five-star Park Royal Cozumel features 348 luxurious rooms with balconies with a view just across from the famous Paraíso reef. It offers spacious halls and multifunctional areas to host meetings, conferences and banquets for up to 300 people. Secrets Aura Cozumel, is an adults-only all-suite resort with its high-end brand of all-inclusive, Unlimited-Luxury. It has 238 one-bedroom suites, swim-out suites, and a new Preferred Club section, all with terraces or private balconies, as well as 3,600 ft² (334 m²) of meeting space.
The Meliá Vacation Club Cozumel All Inclusive provides 143 spacious rooms with an events room for up to 100 people. The InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa has 220 rooms and suites, with three spacious on-site meeting rooms for up to 250 attendees and a wide variety of outdoor venues for any of your events. The smaller 60-room El Cid La Ceiba Beach has a function room for up to 60 guests banquet-style or 110 for cocktails.
With its completely renovated mod-meets-Mexico style, the Fiesta Americana Cozumel All-Inclusive boasts a private beach perfect for snorkeling and diving, 224 guestrooms and 1,528 ft² (142 m²) of intimate meeting space. Also by Fiesta Americana, The Explorean Cozumel is perfect for adventure seekers, with 56 spacious “Explorers Bungalow” guest rooms and a roster of activities that includes cycling, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, and driving dune buggies—all included in the room rate. It also has 1,528 ft² (142 m²) of meeting space. The 4-star All Inclusive IBEROSTAR Cozumel Hotel features 294 guestrooms and a great laid-back family atmosphere. Its meeting rooms have space for up to 100 people.
The Cozumel Convention Center is 15 minutes from the airport and has three main salons for exhibitions, special events, congresses, banquets, cocktails, etc. with a total area of 38,212 ft² (3,550 m²).
Cozumel’s spectacular coral reefs, immortalized on film by Jacques Cousteau, have made the island a pilgrimage for scuba divers from around the globe. But though the island is famous for dive sites such as the Palancar Reef, part of the world’s second largest reef network, the cenotes of the spectacular Dos Ojos Cave System, the Cozumel Marine Reef National Park and Chankanaab Park and Lagoon, non-divers have plenty to do and enjoy on land. Ancient Mayan ruins can be explored at San Gervasio on the north side of the island and at El Cedral to the south.
More can be learned at the Museum of the Island about Cozumel’s colorful displays and exhibits in San Miguel, the only town on the island. Consider planning your event during the months of May through September, when attendees will be able to observe giant sea turtles laying their eggs or take in the exotic migratory bird life. Cozumel has its own golf course, the Cozumel Country Club, an 18-hole Nicklaus design, championship course. And, of course, there’s always the beach!
Coming Up: The Sheraton Cozumel is scheduled for a 2018 opening, with 120 rooms, including six suites and 8,500 ft² (91,493 m²) of event, meetings and convention space.