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Area Code -- The telephone area code is 987.

ATMs, Banks & Currency Exchange -- The island has several banks and casas de cambio, as well as ATMs. Most places accept dollars, but you usually get a better deal paying in pesos. HSBC has an ATM machine on the corner of the main plaza at Av. 5 Sur and Calle 1 Sur; the fee for withdrawing cash here is less than at other ATMs along Avenida Melgar.

Climate -- The weather is most pleasant from late October to December and March to June. January and February can bring strong winds and sudden rain. Hurricane season has become unpredictable; strong storms can occur any time between June and October.

Consulates -- The U.S. Consular Agent is in the Villa Mar Mall in the Plaza, Parque Juárez between Av. Juárez and 5th Av. Norte (tel. 987/872-4574); open Monday through Friday from noon to 2pm.

Hospital -- Médica San Miguel (tel. 987/872-0103) works for most things and includes intensive-care facilities. It's on Calle 6 Norte between avenidas 5 and 10. Centro Médico Cozumel (tel. 987/872-9400) is an alternative. It's at the intersection of Calle 1 Sur and Avenida 50.

Internet Access -- Most hotels and many cafes now have internet. In addition, Several cybercafes are in and around the main square. If you go just a bit off Avenida Melgar and the main square, prices drop. Rates at Mexatel, between Av. Juárez 15 and Calle 2 Norte, are 10 pesos per hour. It’s open daily from 9am to 10pm.

Post Office -- The correo is on Avenida Rafael Melgar at Calle 7 Sur (tel. 987/872-0106), at the southern edge of town. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm, Saturday from 9am to noon.

Recompression Chamber -- Cozumel has three cámaras de recompresión. The best are the Hyperbaric Chamber and Clinic (www.sssnetwork.com; tel. 987/872-2387, -1430), open daily 9am to 6pm, with a 24-hour emergency line, at Calle 5 Sur 21-B, between Avenida  Melgar and Avenida 5 Sur; and the Costamed Hyperbaric Center (tel. 987/872-5050), at Av 25 Sur 50.

Seasons -- High season is from Christmas to Easter and August.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.