Isla Cozumel Warnings and Dangers
Cozumel is a tourist magnet with its magnificent beaches, exotic wildlife and warm climate, and to ensure a pleasant vacation, heed the warnings and be aware of possible dangers.
Cozumel is Closed on Sundays
Avoid visiting Cozumel on Sundays, as many of the restaurants and shops are closed, or close early. Sunday is typically a day off for Mexicans, to relax and spend the day with their families.
Beware of Fake Jewelry and Aggressive Vendors
Have fun shopping at the many unique stores in Cozumel, but exercise caution. The main street vendor will reassure you the exquisite 14 kt Tanzanite diamond ring is real, and quite a bargain, but most likely it is a fake and will tarnish. The vendors can be pushy and extremely aggressive in drawing you into their store; they may try to earn your trust by claiming they recognize you, because they work part time at your hotel. They may try to pull you in with a basket of “free” earrings. Cozumel is full of fake jewelry, so be alert, and use credit cards instead of cash for extra protection.
Beware of Coral and the Undertow and Wear Sun block
When swimming at the beaches of Cozumel, beware of the coral beds. The coral is extremely sharp and can easily puncture your bare feet. In some locations, especially near lighthouses, the pounding surf is amazingly beautiful, but the rocks can be quite slippery, and the undertow is powerful and dangerous. The sun is strong and incredibly hot, so slather on as much sun block as possible, wear hats and stay out of the noonday sun.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Isla Cozumel warnings and dangers.