SCUBA Diving - Cozumel, Mexico

Isla Club Cozumel

Alt text

The Club is a brand-new all inclusive resort which opened in December of 1997. The hotel is located about 15 minutes south of town directly on the beach. The entire club is of a stucco-cabana style. The rooms are clean, spacious, and each has its own balcony. The english-speaking staff is very friendly and accomidating. At the resort all meals and beverages are included. There is a nice sit-down restaraunt, and buffet style dining room, and a snack bar along with three bars. The food varies in type among the three eating areas but it is all very good. The bars supposedly close at two but if you're kind to the bartender he may be willing to extend his hours. If you like to drink the hard stuff straight, you might consider buying your favorites in duty free as the bar may not have your preferred brand. The nightlife at the hotel is far from wild but there is usually an entertaining crowd; lots of fun if you're with a group of friends. The hotel provides free snorkel gear, kayaks, windsurfers, and sailboats available on the beach during the day. A hint for snorklers; directly out from the equipment rental desk about midway to the swim area buoys there is an engine block and some rocks in about 8 feet of water. I found lots of fish, two eels, and two lobsters there. Furthermore the swim area is a great place to find sand dollars and you can frequently find stingrays (bad to step on, cool to watch) and sole. In addition, there is a great dive shop on the premises (see the dive shop page below) and boats leave from the hotel pier. I was unable to locate any contact information for the Club but your travelagent should be able to put you in touch.

Alt text A swimming ray

There are many other lodging options on Cozumel. Many Cozumel veterans and locals have told me that the El Presidente Hotel is the nicest on the island but I have never stayed there. El Presidente also has a nice sand beach and supposedly good shore diving. I also talked to many divers who went the no frills way and were staying in cheap but clean hotels downtown, once again try your travel agent. Finally if your going with a group you may want to consider renting a villa. Most come with a full staff (houseman, cook, and laundress) who will help you get around the island. The cooks are usually incredible and capable with providing regional specialties. This is often a less expensive route as the staff will buy the food and drink at local markets, avoiding outrageous hotel prices. A quick nightlife tip - make sure to hit Carlos and Charlie's downtown when the cruise ships,especially Carnival, are in (it gets insane!).

El Presidente Alt text

Relevant Links

Travel Notes Hotel List
Cozumel Net's hotel page
El Presidente's page

[Yocab] [Paraiso] [San Francisco] [El Paso del Cedral] [Tormenots] [Airplane Flats]

[Dive Shops]


This page created and maintained by Jonathan Bryant.
Feel free to email me with questions, comments or anything else at