One of the wildest places on Cozumel is the north side. It is remote and difficult to get to, which only adds to its charm. The main “highway” which loops around the island doesn’t go everywhere. From where the road meets the coast mid island – at Mezcalito’s – there is one dirt road that travels along the north side. It quickly becomes impassable for cars and soon after non 4x4s will be forced to turn back.
There are a few ways to visit this remote side of the island, and we found one that could take us further than our little car could. This adventure allowed us to see a whole new side of Cozumel, far away from the crowds. That was until the group of Jeeps arrived on an excursion from a cruise ship. We had it pretty good for a while. There were some incredible oceanside views here, especially with the big waves crashing up against the shore.
What makes Cozumel’s North-East Side so amazing?
The North-East of Cozumel is quite remote. Just by looking at a road map of the island, you will notice there is only one circular route that loops around the island, leaving many parts isolated. Most of the North half of Cozumel is basically untouched. Hard to get to places always offer a bigger reward.
There is one dirt road that goes past the main road, and it very quickly requires a specialized vehicle. The destination of this trip is a small Mayan temple, situated on the coast with some spectacular scenery. The key word here is small.
The location was out of this world. Where the Mayans had failed to impress us, mother nature took over. The wild coastline here was incredible, with crashing waves putting on quite the show against the rocks. This little Mayan ruin is only one of the things we came to see, and nature won this battle hands down.
Where is Cozumel’s North-East Side and how do you get there?
We’re always seeking a little bit of adventure, so when we found out one of the ways to explore this side of the island was an ATV tour, we quickly jumped at the possibility. Were never ones to shy away from adventure, so this was perfect for us. We went with Dune Buggy Adventour.
This was definitely one of those adventures which the journey shares equal importance with the destination. It was about an hour of driving each way and an extremely fun way to spend an afternoon on Cozumel. After our ATV trip, we spent the afternoon snorkeling on the west side of the island. It was the perfect way to spend the day on Cozumel.
There are many ways to visit this side of the island – either by Jeep or larger sized dune buggies – which take you along this famous dirt road. Someday we would love to visit the lighthouse at the North of the island, but we will most likely visit there by boat, and that’s a story for another day. From what we’ve researched, there is only one group that does the full land trip to the lighthouse. Hopefully someday soon, we will be able to explore here again.