What is the Best Cozumel Dive Resort?

Cozumel dive resorts and dive hotels are a popular option for many of our guests. Most of these dive resorts are large properties with sprawling beach fronts that provide gorgeous holidays views and easy-access swimming. These Cozumel dive hotels do differ by many considerations, and in this blog I’ll attempt to break it down for you. 

But which of the many great choices of dive resorts is the best Cozumel dive hotel for you? That is not an easy question to directly answer, but hopefully after reading this blog you’ll have a much better understanding of what each Cozumel dive resort offers, and which dive resort is best for you. In fact most of the properties listed below are not in fact a dive resort at all. Many of the properties discussed below are actually Cozumel dive hotels. The qualifiers to make this blog mostly centered on oceanfront location. From there, I try my best to offer amenities as offered. 

Salty Endeavors is happy to provide you with assistance on booking any of these properties. Feel free to ask us more details about any Cozumel dive resort or dive hotel! 

What Are All the Cozumel Dive Resorts?

As I’m listing every dive resort or dive hotel of Cozumel in this list, and not wanting to list a “Top 10” or seem biased, I’ve decided the best way to present this list is geographically starting from the north and moving south. In case you are curious there are 28 properties listed here that I felt qualified as a dive hotel.

Cozumel oceanfront is also divided into several sections – namely the North Hotel Zone, Downtown, South Downtown, and South Hotel Zone. i present all information to the best of my knowledge. If you own, manage, or visit a property and care to make a correction, please do contact me with said corrections. 

Cozumel Dive Hotels of the North Hotel Zone

Typically, the Cozumel dive hotels in the north hotel zone are quiet, peaceful properties. The north side of Cozumel is very clean. It consists of a single road running north-south along the coast with all hotels along the coast line. All dive hotels in the north zone will have quick access to the Puerto Abrigo harbor, making it easy for you to dive with us. Beaches vary in the north. Most common are the beaches which are man-made with a retaining wall. This does allow for them to maintain a pristine beach. To the far north is a large, beautiful natural beach. 

Suites Turquesa

Location – North of downtown by maybe a 5 minute walk. This is the nearest location for lodging to downtown without actually being in the downtown area.  
Property – A small property of just 19 rooms promises a peaceful waterfront getaway. 
Focus – Couples. Each unit has one King Size bed in it, plus the sofa is a sleeper if room is needed for a third person.  
Food – No food available on location, though the nearest restaurant is a 2-3 minute walk down the waterfront. 
Ocean Access – Sand beach with access via ladders provide easy swimming opportunities. 
Snorkeling – Easily available. A small ledge dropping to 10 – 15 feet offers easy and good viewing opportunities. 
Scuba Access – Currently no pier access available though the owner is looking to rebuild their damaged pier, all guests staying at Suites Turquesa  will be required to walk or taxi to our harbor. It is about a 5 minute walk or 2 minutes taxi ride. Beach diving is available when conditions permit. Check out the Stay & Dive Package with have with this property!  

 

Suites Turquesa

Coral Princess Golf & Dive Resort

Location – North of downtown by a few minutes, offering easy walking distance to our boat.  
Property – A large property overall, but well maintained, 
Focus – General family-friendly hotel property that advertises itself as a golf, scuba and spa resort. 
Food – Several restaurants available but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best diving options. 
Ocean Access – sand beach access allows for easy swimming. 
Snorkeling – Available but overall not the best. Better than sitting in the office, though! 
Scuba Access – This dive hotel is a short walk to our harbor. Beach diving is available for students.  

Coral Princess

Hotel B

Location – North of downtown by about 5 minutes in a car. 
Property – A beautiful property offering a more European hip feel to the experience.  
Focus – Everyone welcome, but seems to attract more of the European 30 and older crowd. 
Food – Several restaurants available but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best dining options. 
Ocean Access – Easy access via a ladder that enters into a semi-sheltered cove.. 
Snorkeling – Easy and good. 
Scuba Access – Having no pier access available, all guests staying at Hotel B will be required to taxi to our harbor. The taxi ride is less than 2 minutes. No shore diving available. 

 

Hotel B

Playa Azul

Location – North of downtown by a few minutes, offering easy access to our boat. . 
Property – A rather small property overall, but well maintained. 
Focus – General family-friendly hotel property that advertises itself as a golf, scuba and spa resort. 
Food – Several restaurants available but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best dining options. 
Ocean Access – Sand beach access allows for easy swimming. Free to the public and quite a nice, albeit small beach area. I do not believe they offer shore diving. 
Snorkeling – Available but overall not the best. Better than sitting in the office, though! Many people swim north to the Buccannos area. 
Access – Having no pier access available, all guests staying at Hotel Playa Azul will be required to taxi to our harbor. The taxi ride is less than 2 minutes. 

Playa Azul

The Westin

Location – Not quite as far north as Hotel Melia and El Cozumeleno, but still a fair ways to the north. 
Property – Not overly large. This is much more of a hotel style location than a full-fledged resort. 
Focus – The Westin hotel chain is well developed and known internationally for being high-end hotel accommodations. 
Food – A restaurant or two is on-site, but you will most likely want to head into the town of San Miguel for dining options. 
Ocean Access – Easy. Most the property is limestone shoreline, but there is a small beach area offering walk-in swimming access. I do not think scuba from the beach is an option.
Snorkeling – Not so bad. The turtle seagrass of the north is mostly gone directly in front of this Cozumel hotel giving way to white sand bottoms and small coral patches. 
Scuba Access – There is pier access and we can pick you up at your pier. 

The Westin

El Cozumeleno Beach Resort

Location – Immediately south of Hotel Melia (meaning far to the north) and sharing the same beach. 
Property – Very large. This might be the largest property of Cozumel based on room numbers. 
Focus – Family-friendly beach resort catering to the average tourist. 
Food – All-inclusive plan is available
Ocean Access – With its large beachfront area swimming is a few steps away. 
Snorkeling – Not that good. Same as Hotel Melia where it is shallow turtle grass directly in front of the resort. 
Scuba Access – We do require you to taxi to our harbor. The taxi ride to our harbor is less than 2 minutes. No beach diving available. 

El Cozumeleno

Hotel Melia

Location – This is the furthest north resort of Cozumel. Motor transportation will be required to get to / from San Miguel (the city of Cozumel). 
Property – Large oceanfront property with beautiful white sand beach. 
Focus – The property is very near the Cozumel golf course and Hotel Melia advertises itself as a golf resort, although it seems to be enjoyed by a wide ranging mix of families. 
Food – All-inclusive food plan. 
Ocean Access – Large sand beach makes water access a breeze. Beach diving not available to my knowledge.
Snorkeling – Not impressive. The area in front of the resort is shallow for a long way out and almost entirely covered in turtle grass. There is not much to see out there. 
Scuba Access -There is no pier on property so you are required to taxi to our harbor. There is no beach diving. 

Hotel Melia

Cozumel Dive Resorts of the Downtown Hotel Zone

Downtown offers a ton of convenience. All the dining, shopping, and entertainment you desire is all within an easy walk around the area. As a bonus there is a public pier which we have access to meaning you are never more than a couple minutes walk to our pick up location for scuba. Sometimes this area can be loud or crowded with people, however. From live bands to morning boats getting tanks loaded onto them, not to mention street traffic; it is always loud in this area. It also lacks any beaches or snorkeling, minus Hotel Barracuda. 

Suites Bahia

Location – Right in the center of downtown.
Property – A small hotel overall, directly across from a bar with live music on the weekends. 
Focus – Comfortable, but basic accommodations for the budget minded travel but still wanting an ocean view. 
Food – Breakfast included, but requires walking to Casa Mexicana about 1 minute away. Otherwise, surrounded by Cozumel restaurants. 
Ocean Access – Not really. You could cross the street and jump in the ocean, but the area experiences heavy boat traffic and it would be ill-advised to swim here.  
Snorkeling – No. You’ll need to transit somewhere to snorkel. 
Scuba Access – We pick you up at a public pier located immediately in front of your hotel.

Suites Bahia

Hotel Vista del Mar

Location – Directly downtown. 
Property – A rather small property overall, but well maintained. Slightly hard to find if you do not know where to look. 
Focus – General tourist without much focus.  
Food – They provide a breakfast croissant each morning. Otherwise you are surrounded by good restaurants.  
Ocean Access – .Not readily available. Same as Suites Bahia. 
Snorkeling – Same as Suites Bahia – not advised.
Scuba Access – Public pier in front of hotel makes it easy for us to pick you up! 

Hotel Vista del Mar

Casa Mexicana

Location – Directly downtown. 
Property – Modern and clean. Requires an escalator entry to the second floor lobby.  
Focus – Welcome to all but the cost seems to attract Couples in the 40 and up crowd. 
Food – Breakfast included with the room each morning. Otherwise you are surrounded by many restaurant options. 
Ocean Access – Same as Suites Bahia – not readily available. 
Snorkeling – Same as Suites Bahia – not recommended. 
Scuba Access – A public pier immediately in front of the hotel property allows easy access for us to pick you up.  

Casa Mexicana

Barracuda Hotel

Location – On the south edge of downtown, directly across from the Mega grocery store. Unlike all our previous downtown locations, this is located on the waterfront.  
Property – Aging and no-frills but gets the job done.  
Focus – Cruise ship employees are encouraged to attend for discount food and drinks, which keeps the afternoons lively and young.  
Food – A bar / restaurant is on property, the Mega grocery store is across the street, and all the downtown restaurants are a short walk away. 
Ocean Access – Easy access entering in their protected cove.  
Snorkeling – Decent along the coastline which drops to around 10 – 15 feet. 
Access – The on-site pier allows us to pick you up at your dive hotel property. 

Barracuda Hotel

Cozumel Palace

Location – Slightly south of downtown. 
Property – A large property located directly on the waterfront.  
Focus – An up-scale family dive resort. 
Food – Several restaurants available on-site but also the Chedraui grocery store directly across the street and all downtown Cozumel restaurants within an easy walk. 
Ocean Access – Easy with on-site ladders. 
Snorkeling – Decent snorkeling is available along the coastline. 
Scuba Access – Their on-site pier makes it easy for us to provide you with pick up service at your hotel property.  

Cozumel Palace

Cozumel Dive Resorts of the South Downtown Zone

The few properties scattered south of downtown are the focus of the Cozumel dive resorts. They are just outside of the downtown area, and would be a nice 5 – 25 minute walk back to the center of town. These are good for people wanting to avoid the noise and people of downtown, but be close enough for easy access. 

Scuba Club Cozumel

Location – South of downtown by just a minute a few minutes walk. 
Property – Well-designed and comfortable. 
Focus – Scuba diving. This is the long-time favorite location for many divers of Cozumel. 
Food – Comes with breakfast and lunch. All-inclusive package available. Not far from good restaurants.   
Ocean Access – Very easy. They have a staircase that leads down into a protected cove. 
Snorkeling – Decent along the coast line. 
Scuba Access – Shore diving is available. We do not provide diving services to guests staying at Scuba Club Cozumel. Compare our Dive & Stay package instead.  

Scuba Club

Hotel Cozumel & Resort

Location – Still very close to downtown. within a quick walk of the Chedraui grocery store. 
Property – A large property that sits off the ocean on the inside of the road. They do have a beachfront area you can cross to.  
Focus – Family-friendly. 
Food – They offer both a European and an All-Inclusive meal plan, but downtown and its plethora of dining options are nearby.
Ocean Access – Very easy from their beachfront area. 
Snorkeling – Decent along the shoreline. 
Scuba Access – They have an on-site pier which we have been granted access to so we can get you from your Cozumel dive resort property. 

Hotel Cozumel & Resort

Blue Angel Resort

Location – Off by itself outside of town. 
Property – A rather small property overall, guests refer to it as “rustic” as it has not been updated in many years.  
Focus – Scuba divers. This is another old-time popular Cozumel dive resort. 
Food – A restaurant is on property, otherwise a taxi or rental car will be required. 
Ocean Access – Very easy right from their dock area. . 
Snorkeling – Decent. Neighboring the property is the captive stingrays so you are promised a view of them at the very least.
Scuba Access – We have been granted permission to use their on-site pier making it easy for us to pick you up from your Cozumel dive hotel room. 

Blue Angel Resort

Villa Blanca

Location – South of downtown, nearly to the International Pier for cruise ships.  
Property – A rather small property overall, but well maintained. The main street separates it from being waterfront property.  
Focus – I can’t quite tell hahaha. It seems to suite a wide variety of guests. 
Food – A restaurant does exist on the property. Other restaurants are not a far walk to the south cruise ship zone, but I recommend you head back north into downtown for better dining options.  
Ocean Access – Cross over the street and there is a limestone shoreline. Not easy to traverse. A few bars exist with piers to make access easy, but I believe they will ask you to purchase a beverage to access the water. 
Snorkeling – Enter the water and swim south and you’ll encounter a field of artificial reef balls and more. 
Scuba Access – Shore diving is available in front of the property if you can find air tanks. We ask you to meet us a nearby pier for easy pick up.  

Villa Blanca

Casa del Mar

Location – South of downtown near the shopping district for the southern cruise ship piers. 
Property – Located off the beach on the inside of the highway.  
Focus – All are welcome. 
Food – Several restaurants available but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best diving options. 
Ocean Access – Cross over the street and there is easy access at a number of locations. 
Snorkeling – Good snorkeling exists in front of the property. Ask us for more details. 
Scuba Access – A short walk from your dive hotel property is a pier we can pick you up at.  

Casa del Mar

Grand Park Royal

Location – South of downtown, in the thick of the southern cruise ship zone. 
Property – A large expansive property that sits on the inside of the highway but has underground access to small, private beach area. 
Focus – Very popular time share location. Generally a family-friendly hotel property.. 
Food – Restaurants available on property and many others nearby, but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best diving options. 
Ocean Access – Easy via their private beach area. . 
Snorkeling – Good if you swim north. Ask us for more details!  
Scuba Access – They have a pier on property which we have permission to use. We make it easy for you! 

Grand Park Royal

El Cid la Cieba

Location – Directly in front of the International Pier for cruise ships. 
Property – A rather small property overall, but well maintained and scenic. 
Focus – General family-friendly hotel property. 
Food – Several restaurants available but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best dining options. 
Ocean Access – Very easy off their pier
Snorkeling – Decent, better if you head north. Ask us for more details. 
Scuba Access – We have permission to use the on property pier, making it easy for us to pick you up at your Cozumel dive hotel . 

El Cid la Cieba

Cozumel Dive Resorts of the South Hotel Zone

All the properties in Cozumel’s South Hotel Zone are All-Inclusive resorts. They offer massive, beautiful properties with expansive beaches. However, there is no snorkeling or shore diving available at these locations. You will need a taxi or rental car if you wish to leave the property as it is many miles from town. There are no dedicated dive resorts, but all the properties have an on-site pier we can access. 

El Presidente Intercontinental

Location – Outside of town heading south. First Cozumel dive resort on the old highway. 
Property – A large, beautiful property. 
Focus – A very posh resort catering to the upscale guest.  
Food – Several restaurants available which are good.  
Ocean Access – Easy from their beach
Snorkeling – Available but overall not the best. Better than sitting in the office, though! 
Scuba Access – We will pick you up at their pier. Couldn’t be easier!  

El Presidente InterContinental

The Landmark Resort

Location – Along the coastline south of town. More or less by itself.  
Property – A rather beautiful property on the inside of the old highway. 
Focus – Time share and owner-rented. 
Food – A restaurant exists directly in front of the property, otherwise you’ll need a taxi or rental car into town.  
Ocean Access – Via the beach club in from of the hotel. 
Snorkeling – Available but overall not the best. Better than sitting in the office, though! 
Scuba Access – The restaurant in front of your Cozumel dive hotel allows access to their pier making it easy for us to come get you. 

The Landmark Resort

Fiesta Americana

Location – South of town by about 15 minutes along the old highway.
Property – A rather small property overall, but well maintained. Sits on the inside of the old highway with beach access across the street. 
Focus – General family-friendly All-Inclusive resort. 
Food – Included in your stay. 
Ocean Access – Easy from the beach front area. 
Snorkeling – Available but overall not the best. Better than sitting in the office, though! 
Scuba Access – We are happy to pick you up at their on-property pier. 

Fiesta Americana

Sunscape Sabor

Location – About 20 minutes south of town.  
Property – A large, beautiful property with a fantastic beachfront location. 
Focus – General family-friendly dive hotel which is All-Inclusive. 
Food – Included in your stay. a Small, well-appreciated local place operates just outside the entrance to the property, too. 
Ocean Access – Very easy walking in from their beach. 
Snorkeling – Poor. Best advised to book a snorkeling tour with us. 
Scuba Access – We can pick you up at the nearby pier a short walk down the beach from your property. 

Sunscape Sabor

Secrets Aura

Location – About 20 minutes south of town. 
Property – A large, beautiful property on the ideal Caribbean beach.  
Focus – Adults only All-Inclusive.  
Food – Several restaurants available and included in your stay.
Ocean Access – Just walk in from the beach! 
Snorkeling – Poor. Better off booking a snorkel tour with us. 
Scuba Access – Pick up at their on-site pier makes it easy for you! 

Secrets Aura

Residencias Reef

Location – Int he same stretch of beach as Secrets and Sunscape. 
Property – This is actually a condominium association with units rented by owners. Large, beautiful location.  
Focus – Sales of condos. 
Food – Several restaurants available nearby but you’ll likely be heading into town for your best diving options. 
Ocean Access – Just walk in from the beach! 
Snorkeling – Poor. Consider booking a snorkel tour with us. 
Scuba Access – We’ll get you at on=site pier. Can’t get easier than that! . 

Residencias Reef

Allegro

Location – Far south of town, perhaps 25 minutes or more. 
Property – A large, beautiful property with a fantastic beachfront location. 
Focus – General family-friendly All-Inclusive resort. 
Food – Several restaurants available a part of your stay.  
Ocean Access – Just walk in from your beach!  
Snorkeling – Poor. Consider booking a snorkel tour with us.  
Scuba Access – Excellent. We will pick you up at their on-site pier. Can’t make it any easier for you! 

Allegro

Occidental

Location – The second farthest Cozumel dive resort from town. 
Property – A large property beautifully maintained right on an ideal Caribbean beach. 
Focus – General family-friendly All-Inclusive resort.  
Food – Several restaurants available as part of your package.  
Ocean Access – Couldn’t be easier – walk right in from your beach! 
Snorkeling – Poor. We suggestion booking a snorkel tour with us. 
Scuba Access – Very easy. We will pick you up at the on-site pier.  

Occidental

Iberostar

Location – The farthest Cozumel dive resort from town. 
Property – Beautiful, quiet, and large property on a perfect Caribbean beach. 
Focus – General family-friendly All-Inclusive resort. 
Food – Several restaurants available as part of your stay.  
Ocean Access – They make it easy for you – just walk right in from the beach!  
Snorkeling – Poor. We would be happy to take you on a snorkel tour though. 
Scuba Access – We come get you using the on-site pier. Simple! 

Iberostar

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