When visiting the island of Cozumel from Cancun, the only way of accessing the island is from the ferry in Playa del Carmen. It’s a 50-minute drive from the resorts of Cancun to the Playa del Carmen bus terminal, and then a two-block walk to the ferry terminal for the 50-minute crossing to Cozumel. Independent travelers can arrange a taxi or bus to Playa del Carmen, whereas travelers on an arranged day trip to Cozumel can have vans collect them directly from their resort and transfer directly to the ferry. Whichever option you choose, ferries depart approximately every hour beginning at 6am.
Once on shore, most visitors on a Cozumel day trip from Cancun have three different options for the day: Shopping, snorkeling, or exploring the island with a rental car or motorbike. For travelers on a tour from Cancun to Cozumel, it’s common to enjoy snorkeling, drinks, and activities at one of the island’s beach clubs.