Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cancun to Cozumel

Since we changed our hotel plans, we had to revise our transportation reservation. Originally, we were just going from Cancun Airport to the Intercontinental Cancun in the Hotel Zone (about 30 minutes north of the airport).

Now, we were heading to the island of Cozumel off the coast of Playa Del Carmen (about 50 minutes south of the airport). Thankfully, we had someone put together all the information we needed on a website with photos (click here).

We could have opted to fly 20 minutes from Cancun Airport to Cozumel Airport, but (a) the connecting flight times were inconvenient and (b) my mother is horribly afraid of those little "puddle jumper" planes. After the one we took in Puerto Rico to Vieques Island in 2013, she vowed never to step foot on a tiny plane again.

So that left us with some options. After landing at the airport, we had to make our way down to Playa Del Carmen's ferry terminal (about 50 minutes). Then we'd have to take a 45 minute ferry to Cozumel Island, then another 10 minute taxi to the Intercontinental Hotel.

Assuming we time everything perfectly and minimize waiting time, we'd have the following travel schedule (all times Central):
  • 6:00AM - Take an UberX to Newark Airport ($65)
  • 8:30AM - United flight to Cancun ($220/person one-way)
  • 12:30PM - Arrive in Cancun
  • 1:30PM - USA Transfer to Playa Del Carmen ($55)
  • 3:00PM - Ultramar Ferry to Cozumel ($11/adult)
  • 4:00PM - Taxi to Intercontinental Hotel ($10)

Sometime during all that traveling, I'm supposed to eat lunch and nap. Let's just hope my father remembers to ask me if I need the potty before we get on each vehicle.



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