Vacationers staying in the Yucatan will find ferries and boats to be an enjoyable way to experience all the region offers. Water travel is generally very affordable and provides visitors an opportunity to experience the beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery of the Caribbean waters and Mexican shoreline.
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|--||Blue Reef Island Resort - 8.7 mi. (14.1 km) North-Northeast of San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||Captain Morgan's Retreat - 3.7 mi. (6.0 km) Northeast of San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|(501) 226-4646||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|(501) 226-2007||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||Downtown San Miguel||Cozumel|
|--||4.9 mi. (7.8 km) East-Southeast of Cancun||Mexico|
|--||Grand Caribe Belize - 2.9 mi. (4.6 km) Northeast of San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|(998) 877-0065||1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|(501) 226-2194||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||2.2 mi. (3.5 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
|--||Cancun Beach Hotel Zone||Mexico|
|--||3.7 mi. (6.0 km) East-Northeast of Cancun||Mexico|
|(983) 832-1648||1.8 mi. (2.9 km) South of Chetumal||Mexico|
|(501) 226-3535||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||San Pedro||Ambergris Caye|
|--||Downtown Isla Mujeres||Isla Mujeres|
Isla Mujeres is a small island off the coast of Cancun and is only accessible by water. Those who can't afford to hire a private yacht charter, or really have no desire to, can take a public ferry instead. There are two main options available, one car ferry, and one water taxi available.
Magaña Express Service is perhaps the most trusted option, as it has been in operation for generations. This service is available from Puerto Juarez in Cancun, and offers rides for 35 pesos, or about $3(USD), every half an hour starting at 5:10 a.m. Two blocks south of this pier is Gran Puerto, where the newer UltraMar ferry service operates. These catamarans are more modern and allow pets aboard the vessel. They don't run any faster than Magaña Express, and they cost 80 pesos, which is about $6.20(USD). It takes about 20 minutes to cross.
Even further south at Punta Sam, you can take the car barge. Tourists do not generally have much use for this service because rental car companies will rarely allow their vehicles to cross to Isla Mujeres. The ferry takes about 45 minutes to cross and can cost between 18 and 220 pesos depending on the size of your vehicle. Check the chart below for schedules and fees.
The final option for travel to Isla Mujeres is a water taxi that leaves from El Embaracadero at Playa Linda in the Hotel Zone. It costs $15(USD) for a round trip ticket, and the schedule changes depending on the demand. In the height of tourist season, you can expect to see eight crossings available.
Cozumel, a well-known vacation destination, is an island just off the coast of the city of Playa Del Carmen. Two ferries run almost continuously, providing access to the island from the shore. Schedules tend to change frequently, and travelers should always ensure posted schedules are accurate. As a rule, however, the ferry schedule will look like the following:
|To Cozumel||To Playa del Carmen|
|5:00 a.m.||4:00 a.m.|
|7:00 a.m.||6:00 a.m.|
|8:00 a.m.||7:00 a.m.|
|9:00 a.m.||8:00 a.m.|
|10:00 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|11:00 a.m.||12:00 p.m. (noon)|
|1:00 p.m.||3:00 p.m.|
|3:00 p.m.||4:00 p.m.|
|4:00 p.m.||5:00 p.m.|
|5:00 p.m.||6:00 p.m.|
|6:00 p.m.||8:00 p.m.|
|7:00 p.m.||10:00 p.m.|
The trip lasts just under an hour and the fare for each one-way ticket is $1(USD). A separate return trip ticket will have to be purchased upon departing the island.
In Playa Del Carmen, tickets are sold at several locations throughout the city and are almost always available. Leisure travelers are advised against taking the early morning and late afternoon boats because they tend to be packed with workers making their way to and from the island. The best time to catch a ferry is midday or evening, when the weather will be pleasant and the boat uncrowded. Tickets for the return trip may be purchased at the departing dock on Cozumel.
Regardless of which ferry service you choose to use, be aware of scam artists who will try and convince you that the ferries are not currently running. They will offer to take you for almost double the price and will take double the time to cross. Although you are welcome to hire these sailors to take you across if you'd like a private ride, their boats are generally unable to handle to waters when they turn even slightly rough so it is not a recommended option.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Cancun||Isla Mujeres Car Ferry||Puerto Juarez Dock||Magaña Express||many times per day|
|Cancun||Isla Mujeres Car Ferry||Punta Sam Car Ferry||Punta Sam Car Ferry||several times per day|
|Caye Caulker||Chetumal Ferry Terminal||Jet Express Dock Caye Caulker||San Pedro Jet Express||7 days per week|
|Caye Caulker||San Pedro Belize Express Dock Chetumal||San Pedro Belize Express Dock Caye Caulker||7 days per week|
|Holbox||Chiquilla Ferry Dock||Holbox Ferry Dock||many times per day|
|Isla Mujeres||Cozumel Ferry Terminal||Playa Caribbean Dock||Mexico Waterjets||several times per day|
|Isla Mujeres||El Embarcadero||Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock||Ultramar||several times per day|
|Isla Mujeres||Playa Tortuga Ferry Dock||Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock||Ultramar||several times per day|
|Isla Mujeres||Puerto Juarez Dock||Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock||Ultramar||several times per day|
|Playa Del Carmen||Cozumel Ferry Terminal||Playa del Carmen Ferry Dock||Ultramar||several times per day|
|San Pedro||Chetumal Ferry Terminal||Jet Express Dock San Pedro||San Pedro Jet Express||7 days per week|
|San Pedro||San Pedro Belize Express Dock Chetumal||San Pedro Belize Express Dock San Pedro||7 days per week|
Travel by ferry is essential for vacationers who want to explore both the coast of the Yucatan, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel. Luckily, the ride is pleasant and the fares are low, making it one of the most enjoyable methods of transportation in the Mexican Caribbean.
Learn the specifics of riding the ferry in the Yucatan Peninsula by reading one of our local ferry guides that focus on a specific part of the Mexican Caribbean
|Guide to Costa Maya Ferries|
|Guide to Cozumel Ferries|
|Guide to Holbox Ferries|
|Guide to Isla Mujeres Ferries|
|Guide to Playa Del Carmen Ferries|
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