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Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver

San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver

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With your select group of family and friends, get to know Cozumel on a private shore excursion. In addition to learning about the island’s history, see how people and local industries there operate today. Visit the San Gervasio Mayan ruins as well as a chocolate factory, and enjoy a tequila tasting. Snorkel and relax at Palancar beach. Experience some of the best of what Cozumel has to offer, without having to follow a rigid schedule. Port/ferry pier pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private shore excursion of Cozumel
  • See Cozumel’s landmarks and learn their history on a city tour
  • Visit a chocolate factory, a tequila bar, and a local beach for swimming and snorkeling
  • Check out the San Gervasio Mayan ruins
  • Tour accommodates up to nine people
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned van from the cruise-ship or ferry pier included
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Private tour
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
San Gervasio Mayan Ruins fee ($10.50 USD per person),
Guide inside San Gervasio ($20USD)

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Please arrive 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Enjoy a broad and pleasant overview of Cozumel island on this private shore excursion. After pickup from the cruise-ship or ferry pier at a time of your choosing, your personalized guide takes your group (up to nine people) by air-conditioned van to a variety of sights on Cozumel, which translates in Mayan as the ‘Island of Swallows.’

Hear the history behind the landmarks downtown on a city tour. Then, stop at a chocolate factory to learn about how the Maya people made and used chocolate. Follow your chocolate lesson with a tasty tequila tasting and a visit to Pueblo del Maiz to learn how to make corn tortillas.

Next, opt to explore the San Gervasio Maya (entry at your own expense) ruins. Continue along the coastal highway, stopping for photo ops as you like. This stretch of the tour is a good time to purchase lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants, and your guide has recommendations on hand.

Finish your outing at the beach of Palancar, where you can swim, snorkel, or just relax in a hammock under the coconut palm trees. Your shore excursion ends with return transport to the pier.
Stop At:  
Fuerza Aérea
Learn about the planes that flew in the Second World War and their history told by your guide
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaokao Chocolate Factory
Discover the Bean to Bar Chocolate making process inside a little great Chocolate Factory and tasting. Chocolate factory it´s a place to discover the origins of chocolate in the same land of their creators: The Mayas.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mi Mexico Lindo Tequila Tour
A Cozumel trip would not be complete without tequila – that liquor from the agave, sacred to the Aztecs, has a rich history in Mexico. The blue agave’s tequila is still sacred to Mexicans and tourists alike – and should not be missed. In an open-air building sit rows and rows of tequila bottles. The tour is interesting and you will love the tastings, and children Will have honey-based drinks from melipona bees which is an endemic species of Yucatan that has no stinger.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site
As of today, these Mayan ruins are the #1 archaeological site in Cozumel. As of today San Gervasio is the most important mayan site in the island. San Gervasio was a sacred mayan site dedicated to the goddess Ixchel (goddess of fertility) plus a estrategic site for commerce and politics in the area. You can become part of the mayan culture and its mysteries.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
El Mirador
See the east side of the island and take photos of the beautiful nature.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club
Nice beach away from the big crowds, This is a nice beach with a good bar and snacks to help make your day near the ocean fun and enjoyable! The dive/snorkel shop and your driver can arrange snorkeling from shore or by boat. Chill out on the loungers with a cool Margarita and some ceviche and enjoy the beautiful turquoise water!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important: At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Important: Departures are available every 30 minutes from 8am to 5pm. Please contact the local tour operator to advise of your chosen time.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tours Plaza
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cozumel Shore Excursion: 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Traveler Tips

  • "Insist they meet you at your cruise pier (there are many) so you do not have to walk or take a taxi to meet your driver" See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour versus the larger group tours offered off the cruise ships!" See review
  • "We then visited the San Gervasio Mayan ruins, based on Leo's recommendation we purchase a tour guide for the ruins, this was well worth the extra money." See review


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Request Jerry as your Driver.... You won't be disappointed!!
, Aug 2021
Jerry was amazing. He took us to places that only the locals would go to. Everyone was friendly and welcomed us at every stop. He even stopped to grab us beer for the road. A++
1 traveler found this review helpful
Chocolate factory and organic tequila tour!
, Feb 2020
Sergio was an amazing tour guide and al 4 of us were totally impressed. We will absolutely request his services on any and every trip we take to this destination. Just a great job!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cozumel fun
, Feb 2020
Gerry was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the island and it’s history. He even took us to a great local taco place.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cozumel experience
, Feb 2020
Gerry did a great job showing us around the island. Since we were solo he allowed us to set the pace and destinations. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and history, and seemed well connected to the community. Would highly recommend.
A Private Cab Tour of Cozumel with Gerry
, Jan 2020
My wife & I really enjoyed our 5 hour Private Tour of Cozumel. Our Driver & Tour Guide was Gerry (Geraldo) who met us at the International Dock. Gerry drove a very clean, 4-door Cab. I'm 6'2" but the Cab had plenty of leg room. My wife uses a Lightweight Transfer-type wheel chair which we brought and Gerry was very attentive in loading and unloading the wheel chair and insuring that all of the places that we visited were wheelchair accessible. Gerry drove us all around the Island pointing out all of the significant landmarks. He spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable of Cozumel and its history. We visited a small family run Chocolate Factory and got to sample over 25 different chocolates that they made. It was a marvelous tour lasting over 45 minutes. Next we stopped at the Mayan Village in which there were over 12 actors in colorful Mayan costumes who reenacted what life might have been like in the days of the Mayans. We were guided through the Village by Belam (The Jaguar) and each of the actors worked extremely hard to entertain and educate us. Next Gerry took us to a Tequila Tasting Tour and we got to sample 6 different grades of Tequila as well as a delicious Margarita. We didn't buy any of their Tequila and the Guide was very understanding and did not pressure us to do so. Finally, Gerry drove us along the Wild East side of the Island and we stopped at a beautiful natural formation of a Coral Bridge. The day flew by and both my wife and I really enjoyed the tour with Geraldo. He is the BEST!
Cozumel Tour
, Jan 2020
Gerry was our driver/tour guide. He was great. Love having the locals as guides. Asked if we were buying anything specific. We said yes and he took us to a place that had the best price. He said it was our tour and if we wanted to spend more time at one place than another he would accommodate us and he did. Loved the chocolate and tequila tours! Also told him wanted to get drinks and appetizers at a place on the water and he took us to Coconuts. Great place! Would recommend this tour!
Very disappointing trip
Cindy B
, Jan 2020
We were quite disappointed! I read so many great reviews and expected to have a well informed guide who enjoyed sharing their knowledge. We had Antonio who, despite my attempts to customize our tour (as described in advertisement) took us to places he chose. He told us the ruins were small and never allowed us to decide if we wanted to go, he just drove past it and took us to Trquila Tasting.....seems like a set up between Antonio and the store. We wanted to go to Coconuts and he insisted on taking us to a different restaurant/beachclub. When we told him we wanted to leave that place and go to Coconuts, he insisted that we have his friends play music for us tableside. Of course this ended up with us feeling we had to tip them. He took us to Coconuts and when we finished eating we could not find him anywhere! Multiple people searched and he finally showed up 15 minutes later. Next, he took us to Choc Factory tour , which was the biggest ripoff of the day! We spent $30 for a very quick and uninspiring tour. That was it! We spent over $300 for a day of being used to aaaist Antonio in some type of kickback?? Never again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
, Jan 2020
Very nice 5 hour tour of Cozumel. Lots of good history info, reasonably priced souvenir shopping, tequila tasting, real mexican tortillas, and relaxing on the beach with margaritas Antonio was very nice to our family. Our only hiccup was the meeting location. Insist they meet you at your cruise pier (there are many) so you do not have to walk or take a taxi to meet your driver
Day trip in Cozumel
Heather S
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide, Jerry, was wonderful. He met us at the cruise terminal and started off with a shirt city tour. Next up was a chocolate tour. Learned about chocolate and did a tasting. Next was a Myan ruin tour. Our tour guide at the ruins have us the history. Then on to a tequila tasting and to learn about the process of making it. This was awesome. I am not a big tequila drinker and I loved this. Since we had an overcast day we just stopped by the each for some pictures. Jerry recommended a restaurant for dinner that was walking distance to the cruise terminal. What a wonderful experience we all had.
Good driver!
, Oct 2019
Gerry, our driver, has lived on the Isla d of Cozumel for decades & had much knowledge about it. We chose the Isla d tour as the day was overcast and not beach weather. We visited a family owned chocolate making business, a family owned tequila business, tasting at both. Then we got a private guide at San Gervais Mayan ruins, where the guide was quite good, but beware of mosquitos at this place.

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