Best Cozumel Sunsets
What’s the one major problem with Cancun, Playa del Carmen, & Tulum ~ three of the most popular beachfront resorts in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula? It’s that, unless you’re on a rooftop: you won’t see the sunset in ANY of them!! They all face east, not west ~ which means they don’t face the sunset. Which is a travesty. Because the sunsets in Mexico are some of the best in the world. Is there somewhere in the Yucatan that DOES face west, though? Yes ~ COZUMEL!! And in this post, I’ll tell you where to find the best Cozumel sunsets on the island…
So…Where is Cozumel?
Cozumel is a little island (well actually, it’s the biggest island in Mexico) off the coast of Playa del Carmen ~ just a 45-minute ferry ride from the mainland. The entire western side of Cozumel faces due west, making it prime-time sunset real estate. Virtually anywhere on the west side of the island, you’ll be able to catch the sunset.
Locations for Best Cozumel Sunsets
Like I said, you can catch some of the best Cozumel sunsets pretty much anywhere on the island. The spots on the map below happen to be where I repeatedly captured some of my best shots. So use this as a jumping-off point ~ I know you’ll discover plenty of Cozumel sunset magic all on your own!
The Money Bar
My Cozumel Sunsets Routine…
Every night, no matter what, I found myself drawn outside to witness the spectacular Cozumel sunsets. I’ve never seen anything like it. For one month, night after night, I witnessed one phenomenal sunset after another.
Below, we’ll take a little photo tour around town to some of the places listed on the map above. Our tour starts just north of town, & from there, we’ll work our way south.
The Locals-Only Spot
Our first sunset stop is just a few minutes from town, but it feels miles away. I call this the “Locals-Only” spot, because if you end up there at sunset, you’ll find a bunch of locals cliff-diving & hanging out along a rocky wall, watching the sunset & shooting the shit. This spot is a 5-minute drive north of town, past Cozumel’s International Airport. You’ve got to take a little dirt path down to this spot, & head thru a few bushes ~ then you’ll end up at a long, rock wall with a ledge. Climb up, join the locals, & cliff dive if you dare.
Along the Promenade…
Now let’s walk along the main drag ~ but on the ocean side, so as not to be bothered by shopkeepers. If you start near the International Airport & head south, you’ll come across interesting fountains & statues ~ which make great backdrops for sunset shots. Head south & take photos at your leisure while the sun sinks.
Next Stop ~ El Palomar
El Palomar is a restaurant & bar set in one of Cozumel’s oldest, loveliest buildings, about a 5-minute walk north of the main ferry terminal. You’ll know you’ve reached El Palomar when you see a graceful white building with a huge, wrap-around porch, that simply beckons you to come up & have a drink. Their margaritas are the best in town: top-flight tequila with fresh lime juice ~ no sweet & sour B.S. here! Grab a margarita & enjoy the sunset from the porch, or take it to-go for your sunset stroll.
Sunset at the Ferry Terminal
Best Cozumel Sunsets at Jeannie’s
Jeannie’s is a popular restaurant, & a 10-minute walk south of the ferry terminal, where I captured my favorite photos of the trip. And the good news: Jeannie’s is typically busy at lunch (with the cruise ship crowd), & much quieter at sunset (when most cruise ships have left). Which makes it heaven for YOU ~ & the perfect place to capture amazing sunset shots.
Sunset after the Storm
Turquoise Bar, across from Villablanca Garden Resort, & a 30-minute walk south of town, has great Moscow mules, swings, & a perfect vantage point for sunset viewing. Like most places in Cozumel, they’re busier during the day ~ but at sunset, you can eat & drink in peace, minus the majority of tourists.
So Long, Best Cozumel Sunsets…
Have you been to Cozumel? Did you visit as part of a cruise, or did you stay longer than a night or two? Let me know your experience of the island & if you managed to catch any crazy Cozumel sunsets in the comments below!
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Fun stories about the sunsets! I write Local Knowledge Travel Guides/Best of Isla Mujeres, and the Cozumel book should be out April/May. Love El Palomar. Regards, Kip