Cancun vs. Cozumel, Mexico: Which is Right for You?

We absolutely love Mexico’s picture-perfect pristine beaches, sunny skies, tequila-clear waters, and well, you get the picture.

There’s just one problem. There are so many beautiful beach towns in Mexico, Cancun looks really appealing. Then again, what about Cozumel?

Don’t panic, we’re here to help. In this guide, we compare Cancun and Cozumel. Both are stunning locations, so read on if you’re wondering: Is Cancun or Cozumel better?

Getting from Cancun to Cozumel

The most convenient way to get from Cancun to Cozumel is to take a direct flight with Maya Air from the Cancun Airport to the Cozumel International Airport.

Weather in Cancun and Cozumel

The best time to visit Cancun and Cozumel is during the peak season, from December through April, when the weather is the driest.

Cancun beaches

The best thing about Cancun is that you’ll always be a stone’s throw away from a gorgeous beach. Made of powder-fine pieces of white coral, the sand is cool and soft underfoot.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Cozumel beaches

The beaches in Cozumel are smaller and rockier than those in Cancun. But they’re also closer to Cozumel’s reef system (part of the Mesoamerican Reef), which is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Photo: Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa

Snorkeling and scuba diving in Cozumel and Cancun

With the Mesoamerican Reef offshore, both Cancun and Cozumel are popular spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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