Destination guide

San Miguel: an island which has it all

The city of San Miguel is a major hub for travelers crossing over from the Yucatan mainland to the island of Cozumel. By day, the cruise ship crowds disembark and hit the town, but when they've left, it returns to its laidback Caribbean self. The island might be small compared to the rest of Mexico, but you'll find a little slice of everything here – luxury San Miguel vacation rentals, more water sports along its glorious coastline than you could possibly manage in one trip and ancient Mayan ruins. When the sun sets, you can grab a cold one and sway to the sounds of live music in the waterfront bars.

Things to do

Discover the Mayan civilization of San Miguel

For nature at its best, try to clear some time to visit the undeveloped eastern coast, where you'll be rewarded with stretches of beautiful beach and crashing waves which feed blow holes. If you're can tear yourself away from this spectacular part of the island, there are several fascinating remains of the Mayan civilization to see. The largest is San Gervasio, a ceremonial center which once saw followers come from all over the Mayan world to pray more than 1,000 years ago. Small, but even older, is El Cedral, which dates back to 800 A.D. and was once the capital of the island.


The sea is calling in San Miguel

When it comes to water sports, what you can't do on Cozumel Island isn't worth doing. Scuba diving and snorkeling are big here and you won't be disappointed by the underwater life if you head out on one of the daily charters during high season. For those who don't want to get wet, you can hop aboard a catamaran and soak up the ambiance of the sailing vessel while cruising along the coast, or charter your own private family boat to go deep sea fishing for marlin and sailfish. If all that sounds like too much effort, you could always just kick back on the beach.


Escape the cold in San Miguel

The months between December and April mark the peak season for San Miguel vacation rentals. During this time, folks jet in to escape the colder climes back home. If you're planning to visit over Christmas, New Year or between mid-March and April, when the spring-break crowds mop up all the Cancun-bound flights, you'll want to get in there early. When you arrive, the weather will be near perfect with endlessly blue skies, very little chance of rain and a temperature that hovers around the mid-80s. The prices on rentals take a nosedive the rest of the year, but there are a few tropical rains to contend with.

Natural features

Come to San Miguel to swim with whale sharks

While there isn't much in the way of land-dwelling life on Cozumel, the surrounding waters are not short on critters to spot. The list is seemingly endless, but when you're snorkeling or scuba diving look out for brightly-colored species like parrotfish and trumpetfish. If you're in luck – and your goggles don't steam up – you might catch a glimpse of a sea turtle or harmless nurse shark and if you've come to stay in a San Miguel vacation rental at the right time, you can head out to swim with giant whale sharks that come to the warm waters off the Yucatan to breed and look after their young.

Where to stay around San Miguel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 498 vacation rentals near San Miguel. From 101 Houses to 285 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Miguel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Miguel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Miguel:

  • Zona Hotelera Norte: 85 vacation rentals
  • Colonia Andres: 143 vacation rentals
  • Colonia Centro: 211 vacation rentals
  • San Miguel I: 116 vacation rentals
  • Colonia Repobladores: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Miguel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Miguel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • La Plaza Cozumel: 5,173 vacation rentals
  • Palacio Municipal: 5,189 vacation rentals
  • Punta Langosta Pier: 5,197 vacation rentals
  • Museo de la Isla de Cozumel: 5,200 vacation rentals
  • Dolphinaris: 5,241 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Miguel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Miguel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 101 Houses in San Miguel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Miguel include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 285 rentals available
  • Villas: 65 rentals available
  • Resorts: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Miguel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 350 vacation rentals with pool available in San Miguel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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