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The island of Cozumel is located in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and is one of ten municipalities within the state of Quintana Roo. The island has always been a popular tourist destination, and it receives thousands of visitors every year from neighbouring islands as well as cruise ships. From snorkelling to scuba diving, the balnearious beaches provide a wealth of entertainment.

A number of industry-leading cruise line companies, such as Carnival cruise lines, Crystal cruises and Disney cruises, make regular visits at Cozumel, not least due to the amazing weather and friendly locals. The largest remaining historical ruins on the island are located at San Gervasio, however many have suffered severe weather damage from numerous hurricanes over the years.

Charter fishing is one of the biggest industries on Cozumel, and most cruise ships that dock at the island’s harbour insist on day tours for their passengers. Although cruises can be expensive, day tours allow you to experience the culture of an island, and there are a number of excursions to take advantage of on the island of Cozumel. You can often find cheap cruises at,  especially if you book at the last minute which will help you keep the cost of your holiday down.

Chankannabe Park
This spectacular park is over five and a half miles long, and a great tourist destination if you’re looking to experience some Mexican culture. From bars and clubs to restaurants and swimming pools, Chankannabe Park backs onto the shore line offering a tranquil beach for those wanting to chill out by the sea. There are also lots of historical features in Chankannabe Park, including various monuments and replicas of Mayan homes. For only $10 a day ($8 for children), the park is an inexpensive and secluded paradise that’s well worth a visit.

Carlos and Charlie’s
This restaurant is a must see if you’re feeling a little peckish on your island excursion, especially if you’re looking for something quick, easy and cheap! Carlos and Charlie’s may look a little touristy, but it comes equipped with a well-stocked cocktail bar and their margaritas are world famous. Carlos and Charlie’s offers burlesque shows in the evening as well as a host of other entertainment, so if you’re not impressed by the food, stick around for the dancing!

San Gervasio Ruins
San Gervasio Ruins is dedicated to the Mayan goddess Ixchel, who had the powers of fertility, weaving and midwifery, and is located in the northern third of Cozumel. Not only is the San Gervasio Ruins an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, but there are over seven structures that are thousands of years old. If you are a tourist and you like your ancient buildings, then the San Gervasio Ruins is a must see. At $5, the entry price is pretty cheap, and if you want a guide to take you around the structures it will only cost you $20. Some of the structures even date back to 1000 AD, so don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see some incredible archaeological history!

12 Replies to “How to Keep the Spend Down on Your One Day Cozumel Cruise Ship”

  1. Nasa bucket list namin ng asawa ko ang makapagbakasyon sa isang cruise ship.. Pero, ewan lang namin kung afford pa ang lima.. Hehehe..

  2. Never heard about this island of Cozumel, seems a nice site to visit. Sarap siguro marating ang Chankannabe Park and explore the rich Mexican culture.

  3. Cozumel is my brother in law and his girlfriend's favorite place for a get-away, for snorkeling and scuba diving. the presence of the ruins added more attraction to the place. Hopefully, I get to visit this place someday too, since it is on the East side of Mexico.

  4. I dream of going on a cruise with my hubby, i hope this dream will be a reality soon. Thanks for the post, very helpful especially for those planning to go on a cruise.

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