With its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and welcoming locals, Cozumel has all the ingredients for a spectacular getaway. In the past decade, the diminutive island had undergone something of a tourist boom transformation, with high-end hotels and new properties springing up at an incredible rate. Yet that doesn’t mean you need to pay through the roof for the privilege of visiting – there are still plenty of options for travelers watching their wallets. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the very best budget hostels Cozumel has to offer.
A centrally-located hostel, Hostelito Cozumel is perfect for travelers on a budget who are looking for clean and comfortable accommodation options. Private rooms are available and the hostel also offers a spacious dormitory with 26 comfortable orthopedic beds. The sundeck roof boasts several relaxing hammocks, the kitchen is fully-equipped and the swimming pool is great for cooling off. For travelers who are unable or unwilling to splash out on expensive accommodation, this is a welcoming spot that provides great bang for your buck.
Amigos Hostel Cozumel
This well-placed hostel has basic but cheery rooms and comfortable communal areas. The impressive fruit garden features a large swimming pool that is very inviting for guests who have spent the day soaking up the sun. The communal palapa hut has a fully-equipped kitchen, complimentary tea and coffee and a cable TV. Free Wi-Fi is available and scuba diving and snorkeling trips can be arranged from the property.
2Tank Dive Hostel Cozumel
Budget-conscious divers should check out Cozumel’s 2Tank Dive Hostel. Staff are helpful and welcoming and the large, air-conditioned rooms come with an individual plug next to each of the comfy beds. Dive trips and classes can be easily arranged from the hostel and you will pay much less for your accommodation than in other diving schools.
Alicia's Bed & Breakfast
This cozy bed-and-breakfast offers five simple but spacious rooms in downtown Cozumel. The property ticks all the boxes when it comes to amenities. With air-conditioned rooms, as well as free breakfast and Wi-Fi, guests can enjoy a comfortable vacation at budget prices. Alicia’s is also conveniently located just a mile (1.65 kilometers) from the beach and less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from Cozumel’s International Airport.
Beds Friends Hostel
Set in an elegant, bright property, Beds Friends Hostel is located just a short walk from the ferry and beach zone. Both the shared and private rooms offer garden views, a ceiling fan and air-conditioning. The garden lounge area is a great place to meet fellow guests, enjoy a book or lay back in one of the hammocks. The hostel also has an excellent restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as refreshing natural juices.