Mexico’s largest Caribbean island, Cozumel, is hard to miss if you’re on the country’s Yucatán coast – it’s a top destination for divers and sun-worshippers, with ferries and flights ready to zip you across to its lazy palms and white sands. But the paradisiacal backdrop doesn’t have to cost the earth. The island is popular with young couples, and affordable-yet-on-trend hotels abound. Tighten up those purse strings with our top picks of hostels and hotels for wallet-friendly travelers.
Basic but cheery rooms and comfortable communal areas make this well-placed hostel a great bet. The impressive fruit garden has a large pool – perfect for soaking up the sun surrounded by tropical plants and palms – and there’s even an outdoor barbecue to put your Mexican cooking skills to the test. The communal palapa hut has a kitchen, free tea and coffee, and cable TV. As its name suggests, Amigos is a great place to make new friends, and scuba diving and snorkeling trips can be arranged from the property – including to the island’s Great Mayan Reef and neighboring Isla Holbox for whale-shark diving in season (May to September).
Additional reporting by Joe Varley.