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www.everythingCozumel.com is a new website that offers in-depth information about Cozumel, Mexico to visitors, residents, and prospective residents who are thinking about moving to Cozumel.

Maps of Cozumel 
This takes you to a collection of maps of Cozumel, including:
            A city map of San Miguel
            A map of the beaches of Cozumel
            A map of Chankanaab

            A Cozumel zip code map 
            A map of bus routes of Cozumel
            A map of the colectivos (collectives, or fixed-route, shared taxis) of Cozumel
            A map of the Ruins of san Gervasio
            A map of the colonias (neighborhoods) of Cozumel

Our eBooks and Paperbacks about Cozumel
           Cozumel Survival Manual (everything you need to know about moving to and living in Cozumel)
           Yellow Guide to the Mayan Ruins of San Gervasio, Cozumel  (the one and only guidebook to the ruins)
           December 21, 2012: Everything you need to know to understand what all the fuss is about (no BS)

Other eBooks and Paperbacks from Ric Hajovsky
           Tulum: Everything you need to know before you go to the ruins 
           The Secrets of Xcaret: The surprising secrets that lie beneath this famous Mexican theme park
           The Secrets of Xcarets
           Mexico Survival Manual
           Spain: Hidden Secrets and Dirty Tricks
           The Adventures of Trader Ric, part 1: Kuna Yala
           The Adventures of Trader Ric, part 2: On the trail of Cristobal Colon
           The Adventures of Trader Ric, part 3: Toward the headwaters of the Tapanahonie river
           The History of Horseshoes

Currency exchange rate calculator
This takes you to a live, automatic currency exchange calculator which will convert US dollars to Mexican Pesos and vise-a-versa at the current, up-to-the-minute rates. The calculator also converts Canadian dollars, Belizian dollars, and over 70 other currencies to pesos as well.

Automatic Spanish to English translation (written word)
This takes you to a translation tool that will automatically translate any Spanish word into English, or any English word into Spanish instantaneously.

Automatic Spanish to English translation (spoken word)
This takes you to a translation tool that will automatically translate any Spanish word you type in and repeat the word in English over your computer’s speakers, or automatically translate any English word you type in and repeat the word in Spanish over your computer’s speakers.

Guide to the Mayan Ruins of San Gervasio
The publishers of
www.EverythingCozumel.com are also the publishers of the guide to the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio. This large Mayan ruin site is located in the heart of the island of Cozumel and consists of a main plaza group, outlying elite residential areas, and Mayan temples, including the famous Temple of Excel, the Mayan goddess of the moon.

Car and Motor-scooter Rental agencies
This takes you to a comprehensive list of all the rental agencies in Cozumel offering motor-scooter rentals, Jeep rentals, car rentals, and moto-car rentals.

This takes you to a series of well-researched articles written about the true history of Cozumel that do not just repeat the same old, worn-out fairytales that most guide book and web pages offer as “the history of the island.” Some of the articles are:
 Cozumel and the Slave Trade
      When Cozumel was Part of Texas
      The Very First Dive Operation in Cozumel
      The Story of Juan Bautista Vega
      The Documentary of Cozumel that Jacques Yves Cousteau Never Made
      The Spirit of St. Louis and Cozumel
      George Fisher, the Man Who Tried to Buy Cozumel
      Abe Lincoln and Cozumel
      President Sam Houston and Cozumel
      The True Story of the Cozumel Airport; Bases, Bulldozers, and Bullshit
      The Gonzalo Guerrero Story
       Miguel Molas was not a Buccaneer; he was a Pirata
      The True Story of the St. Michael Statue in San Miguel’s church
      The Rosado Salas monument
      El Grito de Dolores, not a cry of pain
      A Priest with a Cement overcoat
      How did the State of Quintana Roo get its name
      How tourism came to Cozumel
      From Hell to Cozumel
      The Birth of the Cruise Ship industry
      The Niños Heroés monument
      The real story of how tourism came to Cozumel
      Favorite Mayan Recipes for Canis Familiaris
      Lee Harvey Oswald in Cozumel
      Prince William of Sweden visit Cozumel
      Cozumel was selling fake Cuban cigar in 1887
      Ever wonder about those planes flying in formation over Cozumel?
      The two faces of Ixchel
      The day our ship came in
      How French was almost the official language of Cozumel
      How Xcaret got its name
      Casting Shadows
      Mayan Sea-Trade Routes
      How Yucatan got its name

  Natural History
      Over & Under Cozumel photo album
      The Boa Contrictor of Cozumel
      Chicxulub Crater, dino killer
      Aluxes and Duendes
      Cozumel Pygmy Racoon
      The American Crocodiles of Cozumel
      Coatis, Pizites, or Coatimundis
      Kinkajou or Honey Bear
      Geology, Pedology, and Hydrology of Cozumel
      Cozumel Harvest Mouse
      Cozmel Fox
      What kind of boa do we have in Cozumel
      The venomous moths of Cozumel
      Mayan toad lickers
      Hurricanes vs Cozumel
      A Cozumel without Coconut Palms
      What is wrong with this picture?

Hotels in Cozumel
This takes you to a list of all the hotels on Cozumel.

"Off-the-Wall" Photo album vol.1
This takes you to an “off-the-wall” photo album of funny and odd signs and sights around Cozumel.

"Off-the-wall" Photo album vol.2
A photo album of more funny photos of Cozumel

Over & Under Cozumel
A photo album of images taken above and below the island

Miscellaneous articles about Cozumel
Newspaper and magazine articles about the island

Rick's Picks
An Expat’s guide to his favorite restaurants on Cozumel.

Weather reports
This will take you to a live, up-to-the minute, Cozumel weather report.

On-line resources
These are websites we think may be of interest to you

My blog about moving to Cozumel, living in Cozumel, and Cozumel life

INDEX of the Cozumel Survival Manual 
This index of 35 chapters of information about Cozumel appears on the bottom of the home page of
www.EverythingCozumel.com and clicking on some of these sample chapters will take you to that chapter’s information. The chapters and their sub-chapters are:
1. Important Phone Numbers
Important numbers

2. 2012 Cozumel Calendar
Cozumel Events & Holidays

How to read dates in Mexico
Even & odd days
Time Zone/Daylight Savings Time
3. Traditions in Cozumel
Día de su Santo (Your patron saint’s day)
Día de los Santos Reyes (Three Kings Day)
Semana Santa (Easter Week)
Feria de Cedral
The Sacred Mayan Canoe Journey
Día De La Independencia & “El Grito”
Festival de San Miguel Arcángel
Día de los Inocentes and Día de los Muertos
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe
Las Posadas & caroling “La Rama”
April Fools’ Day is in December in Mexico!
Kiteboarding & Windsurfing Tournament
Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas
Annual International Golf Tournament
Great land crab migration
Sea turtle egg-laying season
Whale Shark migration passes by Holbox
4. The Island of Cozumel
Geographical & Geopolitical Location
Colonias, fraccionamientos, & parroquias
Zip codes
Street names & numbers
Map of the colonias of Cozumel
Cozumel’s claims to fame
5. Government in Cozumel
Local government
State government
Federal government
Federal Government Secretariats & Commissions
The Mexican National Anthem
6. Government Offices in Cozumel
PROFECO (Consumer Protection Agency)
Department of Tourism
Department of Ecology & Environment
Parks & Museum Foundation
Animal Control
Port Captain
Migración (immigration)
Civil Registrar
Main police station
7. Laws in Cozumel
Mexico’s system of laws
Alcohol sales
Age of consent
Public nudity
Illegal drugs
Prescription drugs
Pepper spray, tear gas, stun guns
Mexican military draft
Carrying proper identification
8. Marriage & Divorce in Cozumel
Getting married in Cozumel
Common Law marriage
Same-sex marriages
Divorcing in Cozumel
Names, surnames & family names
9. Police in Cozumel
10. Visas & Immigration in Cozumel
11. Working Permits in Cozumel
12. Other Documents in Cozumel
Consular passport registrations
Mexican Driver’s License
CURP Number
RFC Number
13. Moving your stuff to Cozumel
Items allowed in with a Visitante visa
Prohibited items
Items allowed in with Residente visa holders
Bringing your pet to Mexico
Importing your vehicle into Mexico
Applying for the Temporary Vehicle Import Permit
How long can you keep the car in Mexico?
Authorized drivers
14. Pets & Wild animals in Cozumel
Keeping wild animals as pets
Injured wild animals
Animal Control
Endangered species found on the island
Cozumel Humane Society
15. Banking in Cozumel
Currency & coins
Traveler’s checks
Checks drawn on US banks
Cash transaction limits
Currency exchanges (Casas de Cambio)
Banks in Cozumel
Bank hours
Account types
Interest-bearing accounts
Money transfers
Credit cards
Money laundering laws
Bringing cash into Mexico
IDE tax on bank deposits
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
16. Business & Finance in Cozumel
Mexican business entities
Forming a Mexican business entity
Facturas and notas
Electronic facturas
US dollar cash transactions over $250
Notarios Publicos
RFC number
17. Taxes in Cozumel
Tax residence
Mexican income tax (ISR)
Assets tax (Impuesto al Activo)
RFC number
Tax on cash deposits (IDE)
Interest bearing accounts
Rental income
Stock trades
Acquisition tax
Predial (property tax)
Tenencia (car tax)
IVA (value added tax)
IEPS tax
US FBAR requirements
FATCA’s impact on Mexican Fidecomisos
FATCA’s impact on Corporations
FATCA’s impact on LLC’s & Partnerships
18. Buying a Home or Condo on Cozumel
Buying property
Ejido land
Notario Publico
Title searches
Certificado de Libertad de Gravamen
Certificado de no Adeuedo
 Manifestación Catastral.
Predial tax
Capital Gains Tax (ISR)
19. Renovation & New Construction in Cozumel
Jobsite workers
20. Employees in Cozumel
IMSS insurance (Social Security insurance)
Firing an employee
Minimum wage
Maternity leave
Labor board
21. Utilities in Cozumel
Electrical service
Contracting new service
Receiving & paying a bill
How CFE billing works
Tarifa intermedia
Tarifa excedente
Taxes on electricity
Reading your own meter
City water (CAPA)
Billing for water service
Paying the water bill
Pre-payments on water bill
Water quality
City sewer service
Sewer service billing
Reading your water bill
Bottled water
Garbage pick-up
Trash hauling
22. Public Transportation in Cozumel
Passenger ferries to mainland
Plan Locale, the discount plan for locals
Car/truck ferry to the mainland  
Maps of Collectivo Routes
Uniper city buses
Map of the routes of Uniper city buses
Commercial & private aviation
National flights
International flights
Airlines with Cozumel airport offices
Air charters
23. Private Transportation in Cozumel
Mexican driver’s license
Registering a foreign-plated vehicle
Buying & registering a Mexican vehicle
Vehicle liability insurance
Mexican auto insurance providers
Overstaying Temporary Vehicle Import Permit period
Text of Article 106
How to extend a Temporary Vehicle Import Permit
Authorized drivers
Selling a foreign-plated vehicle
Traffic flow
Traffic lights
Things that slow traffic flow
Traffic laws
Helmet law
Seat belts
Calles & Avenidas
Traffic circles
Stops for traffic violations
Parking downtown
Parking violations
Towed & impounded vehicles
Police station
Rental vehicles & motor-scooters
Insurance for rental vehicles
24. Medical in Cozumel
Home-country health care plans
IMSS insurance
Seguro Popular
Pay as you go
Private insurance
Air medivac services
Red Cross emergency services
Hospitals & clinics
English-speaking doctors & dentists
25. Communications in Cozumel
Land-line phones
Wireless Internet service
Cable TV& land-line Internet providers
Satellite TV providers
Satellite radio
Internet TV
Broadcast TV
VoIP providers
Free Wi-Fi hot spots
Outgoing emails from WiFi locations
Incoming prepaid card calls from the US
Cell phones
Cozumel cell phone service providers
Contracting Mexican cell phone service
Registering your cell phone
Calling Mexico from the US or Canada
Toll free numbers & 900 numbers
Public phones
Pre-paid public phone cards
26. Mail & Delivery Services in Cozumel
Postal Service (Correos Mexicanos)
Home delivery
Post office location & hours
General Delivery
P.O. boxes
Cozumel zip codesZip code map
Delivery services (paqueterias)  
27. Media in Cozumel
Cozumel radio stations
Local newspaper
Local TV stations and channels
Internet radio
Satellite radio
Cozumel oriented websites
Cable TV providers
Satellite TV providers
Satellite radio
Internet TV
Broadcast TV
28. Your Home in Cozumel  
Household help
Handy men
29. Renting Out Your Home or Condo in Cozumel
IVA tax on rent
Reporting rental income
Rental contracts
Evicting a renter
30. Shopping in Cozumel
Plan Locale local discount plan
Senior discount card
Liquor laws
Home furnishings
Shopping in Cancun
Cancun/Playa bus, van & taxi rides
31. Art, Culture, & Parks in Cozumel
Cozumel Library
Park & Museum Foundation
Museum of Cozumel
Navigation Museum
Casa Cultural Ixchel
Punta Sur Eco Park
City parks
DIF Parks
San Gervasio Mayan Ruins
Chankanaab Park
National Underwater Park
32. Clubs & Associations in Cozumel
Humane Society
Fundación Comunitaria Cozumel
Carrie’s Heart
Salsa Cozumel
Churches, synagogues, etc.
33. Physical Fitness in Cozumel
Public pools
Public tennis courts
The Sacred Mayan Canoe Journey
Annual Kite- & windsurfing championships
Annual International Golf Tournament
34. Beach & Ocean in Cozumel
Beach access
Federal Zone
National Maritime Reef Park of Cozumel
Fishing licenses
Protected aquatic species
35. Metric Conversion Tables
Dry & liquid Weight
Surface area


  Click on any image below for   more info about other books
  by Ric Hajovsky:


Info you will not get from a
   tour guide!  Be sure and read this
   before you see Tulum.

the Secrets of Xcaret
  Beneath the park of Xcaret lies an
   astounding amount of history.
  Read this before you go to
   understand where to look for it.

Mexico Survival Manual
  Thinking of Moving to Mexico?
  Read this first!

Sapin, Hidden Secrets and Dirty Tricks
  Save hundreds of dollars on your
   trip to Spain and have the best
   trip of your life!

You can't get there from here! by Ric Hajovsky
An account of the search for Paradise Lost.   

Trader Ric, part 1
  Non-fiction account Ric's
   experience with the Kuna Indians
   of the San Blas Islands of Panama.

Trader Ric, part 2
  More of Ric's adventures along the
   coast of Veraguas, Panama on the
   trail of Christopher Columbus.

Trader Ric, part 3
  The third installment of Ric's
   adventures, this time with the
   Ndjuka Maroons of Suriname.

The History of Horseshoes
  Ever wonder how horseshoes came
   to be?  Read this and you will

click any image below
for more info:


 Cozumel Survival Manual

  Whether you are looking to move

to Cozumel permanently, or just

part time, this is the book you

need to read!



Guide to San Gervasio 

Visiting the ruins? Get this guide before you go!



 the Free Big Yellow Beachmap of Cozumel

  A map with the city of San Miguel

on one side and the entire island

on the other side


The true history of Cozumel by Ric Hajovsky

 No myths, fables or legends.

Only the real history; most of which will surprise you!