What's the weather like in Cozumel in December
If you're looking to spend your Christmas somewhere hot, sunny and simply gorgeous, then Cozumel, Mexico is the place for you!
With average temperatures of 24°C (75°F), and cool breezy nights at a low average of 20°C, this splendid island is the perfect spot for those who wish to enjoy summer in the heart of winter. The estimated average high temperature expected, for the first half of the month at least, is 28°C.
You get up to 8 hours of sunshine in the day and 21% chances on average of full and bright sunny days.
December is one of the dry months of the year in this sub-tropical hot and humid climate. Humidity levels are steady at 70% on average, with the dew point oscillating between a comfortable 18°C and 21°C, hence you won't depend on the air conditioning to have a great holiday!
Rainfall is reduced to just 36mm spread over a total of 5 days of cumulated light showers, and just 18% chances of rain, on average this is one of the lowest amounts all year. Chances of cloudy days also drop down to just 15%, giving way to clear blue skies and excellent weather for all kinds of marine activities.
The winds continue to cool down gradually, allowing for pleasant breezes to further alleviate any side effects of humidity across the island. Chances of windy days are quite steady at 29% on average, with mostly eastern, northeastern and even northern winds blowing consistently at speeds varying from 3 to 7m/s on average.
This makes for a wonderful environment all over Cozumel's coastline, complete with an azure Caribbean Sea maintaining its temperature at a soft and friendly 27°C (81°F). Like we said earlier, if you want Christmas on the beach, basking in the sun' then definitely consider Cozumel as one of the top destinations.
Cozumel Hotels in December
The absolutely stunning beachfront Hotel Cozumel Resort boasts 5-stars of absolute wonder, from complete and exceptional amenities including outdoor pools, spa and wellness center, on-site tour desk for activities, restaurants, beach clubs and access to a private pier. All of this, along with sumptuous and splendid double suites is included in a deal of just £54 per night, if you book in advance.
Another great option and excellent deal for December is the Park Royal Cozumel, another 5-star giant soon to be called Grand, boasting a stupendous private beach all-inclusive resort, including outdoor pools, a spa, a gym and tennis courts; you'll also find a string of bars and restaurants to cater to your every taste! Alternatively, the lovely Amaranto Bed and Breakfast offers comfy suites for just £32 per night, if you're on a tighter budget.
And if you're interested in lowering the prices even more and focus more on touring the island and paying for some extremely useful tours and diving courses, you can hook yourself up with a dorm for just £9 per night at the Amigos Hostel, which also has privates going for £10.50 per night. Another good option is the Beachouse Dive Hostel, which has single rooms going from £15.61 per night.
Cozumel Beaches for December
In terms of beaches, pretty much any of them are absolutely perfect for sun tanning sessions and swimming, particularly on the west coast. East coast beaches are less recommended for swimming in the deep and often treacherous waters, but offer equally stunning views and good facilities.
One beach on the west coast in particular is highly recommended during December: the Patas & Alas Butterfly Sanctuary, a splendid stretch of white sand poured over rocky limestone, perfect for snorkeling and swimming, as well as crossing the azure water on jet skis and kayaks. The beach also features parasailing equipment and excellent amenities, including a lovely restaurant and restrooms. Most importantly, you will find a precious butterfly sanctuary, riddled with splendid winged creatures which thrive on the dry and warm weather of Cozumel's winter.
Further along the coastline lies the beautiful Playa Corona, its clear waters and rich coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and swimming. You'll also find kayaks and parasailing options here, along with a very good restaurant serving Mexican food and cold beers. Most importantly, Playa Corona is considered to be one of Cozumel's precious gems, due to its gorgeous seascapes and soft sandy shore.
If you're looking for a secluded corner of paradise on the east coast of the island, the incredible Playa Bonita will not disappoint you. If you didn't discover it during your tour of local Mayan ruins, you can still get to it and enjoy the whole day there, basking in the sun and splashing in the shallow waters. Just don't go out too far, as the underwater currents are tricky.
Bars and Restaurants
La Candela is where you want to go if you're looking for delicious fish tacos and a margarita for lunch. This quaint little restaurant boasts a superb authentic Mexican menu complete with fresh seafood and nothing but locally grown (or caught!) ingredients. They normally serve breakfast and lunch but they also do takeaway. We are serious about the fish tacos, though delicious!
The Thirsty Cougar obviously specializes in cold drinks, from Mexican beers to chilly margaritas and mojitos, as well as lemonades and fresh smoothies, but most importantly, the Cougar is absolutely wicked when it comes to feisty succulent wings with all sorts of fries and salsas. Casa Cuzamil stays loyal to the local traditions and serves a wonderful variety of Mexican dishes and seafood; its Mayan chef likes to also delight his guests with original twists on classic American recipes, and the atmosphere is always something that makes you come back to this place, over and over again.
On Dzul-Ha Beach you will find the lush and welcoming Money Bar and Restaurant. Looking past the delicious food that they serve here, we'd like to draw your attention to the drinks menu a variety of local beers and tequilas, as well as hearty wines and smooth cocktails for your enjoyment, all served on the Miramar Terrace, the perfect spot to admire a Mexican sunset.
And certainly not least on our list of suggestions, the No Name Bar is nestled in the wonderful Barracuda Hotel the entrance is free and the staff is friendly and eager to look after you, while the splendid views and consistent drinks menu make your stay there truly worthwhile. And most importantly, nothing compares to relaxing over a game of backgammon, while watching the boats sail by in the distance
Things to do in Cozumel in December
You most certainly have to try the Caribbean Combo Sailing, Snorkeling and Sunset Tour, which takes you on an amazing voyage across the superb reefs of Palancar and Columbia. Fully equipped and aided by professional and certified tour guides, this tour gives you the opportunity to explore the amazing Mesoamerican reef and colorful ocean bed, and even bump into some of the wonderful endemic species of fish and other creatures, including the rare and precious sea turtle. Note that you get access to a free bar after all the diving, complete with cold beers, zesty margaritas, frozen drinks and cool refreshing water and lemonades, the perfect companions to a breathtaking sunset over the azure Caribbean Sea.
Don't miss a chance to embark on the Snorkeling Tour and Cozumel Beach Party, on a 19 meter custom-built catamaran, cruising along the coral reefs of this beautiful island. Obviously, you'll have a lot of fun diving and snorkeling in the presence of certified professionals, but you'll also get to enjoy an open bar, fully stocked with cold beers and cocktails, as well as access to some of the fun beach equipment available, including the Aqua Jump trampoline on the sea, the Ocean Iceberg and the wicked Watermat!
And last, but certainly not least, take the Buggy or Jeep Adventure. We like the buggy more but the jeep is wicked fun when you're cutting across rocky roads through lush jungle. This tour includes free entry to the fascinating Mayan Village, the Tequila Museum and the splendid Punta Sur. Get ready for an adrenaline rush, breathtaking views and just heaps of fun and local flavors!
December is also a very important month in terms of religious and national holidays. Most notably, the Mexican people celebrate Dia de la Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, with numerous parties, parades and even fireworks around all of San Miguel. And let's not forget Christmas, when everyone on Cozumel wishes you a warm and heartfelt "Feliz Navidad", and gifts and good will are given to one another as a symbol of joyous celebration. Also, you might want to stick around for New Year's Eve as well, as the people of Cozumel sure know how to throw a good party, complete with stunning firework displays and sumptuous dinners.