We always stay at the Occidental but if you are looking for cheap I hear the Hotel Cozumel is good and with a dive shop.I know Tina stayed there last year I think. The Scuba Cozumel resort is also no frills kind of place and you may get a great price there with diving.
In September you may find other deals at some of the all inclusive if that is what you like.
The south side is close to the reefs as Scubarpincess says which is great but is is farther from town and if you want to get there at night you will need to rent a car or spend $25.00 on taxi.
If you do stay north the best bet is to dive with a hotel with a dive shop that will do the trek back & forth. There are also alot of dive ops that leave off the marina in town so you would have no problem being boated back & forth and you would have easier access to the diving on that side of the island.
Good luck and let us know what you decide!
Edited by: MICHELAR at: 6/16/2010 (12:05)
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Thanks for the input. When I lived in Texas my dive club went to Cozumel several times a year. We dove with a guy named Ricardo that had a very nice boat and great dive staff. We stayed at diff places from Plaza Las Glorias, La Cieba, to my favorite a little place across the street from the water called Casa Blanca(back then it was $12/night. But I now that things have changed. There were only a couple of American businesses then, I think maybe KFC and SUBWAY. But have here lots more American restaurants have gone in. Used to eat a BIG meal at the local joints for like 3 to 6 dollars. I think those days are over. So we're looking at maybe going back to Utila instead of Mexico. Much more laid back diving.
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The Cozumeleno is a nice property, but I would recommend staying somewhere south of town (closer to the reefs). When we stayed there it was a cab ride south both ways or a long boatride, if the operator would even pick you up that north. I've had good luck staying at the Wyndham if you like cheaper all inclusives(used to be the Reef Club). Many dive operators will pick you up from their dock and it is right by Palancar reefs. I find that you can get a lot more diving in if you stay at an all-inclusive.
We've also rented a house in town which was really cheap if you cook yourselves (again, cab rides or rental car are added expense). I probably will not ever rent a car again on Cozumel because of the insurance expense and crazy drivers.
We always use Roberta's Dive Eco (aka Blue Bubble and Scuba Shack). Small, fast boats that have shade and professional dive masters. Never more than 7 dives in a group.
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