Cancun & Cozumel

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Cancun and Cozumel
tips & insights

Where do cruise ships dock?

In Cozumel, ships tie up to a pier. You step off the vessel onto the shore. However in Cancun, cruise passengers must be tendered to shore, a trip that takes about 20 minutes.

Is Cancun an  island?

Yes, partially so. Cancun is divided into two sections, one is on the mainland, the other is a bona fide Caribbean island. It's the latter section that's home to dozens of large resort hotels. Two bridges connect it to the mainland.

Cozumel's location

The island lies 20 kilometers off the Yucatan Peninsula coast and 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Cancun.

How Cancun came to be

It was a small, sleepy fishing village until the 1970s when the Mexican government decided to transform it into a world-renowned vacation destination.

Isla de Mujeres

Those seeking the opposite of Cancun's hyper-fueled lifestyle might wish to check out Isla de Mujeres, which lies just north of Cancun. Serious tourism hasn't yet knocked on its door.

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