Cozumel is an aquatic dream, an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. Cozumel was first established as a ceremonial centre and commerical port for trade by the native Mayans and today still continues to welcome ships, particularly popular cruise lines. The main town of San Miguel offes a selection of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and shops with souvenirs and handicrafts, and still retains its laid-back tranquility. A lovely boardwalk runs along the seaside with sculptures and monuments. You can easily escape the tourist areas if you would like more blissful isolation. The island is only 48km by 16km in size, and only about six percent is developed, leaving a jungle-like interior and deserted beaches for rest and relaxation.
Beach lounging features high on the to-do list of visitors to Cozumel. Most of the calm western side of Cozumel has rough rocky beaches not suitable for swimming or sun bathing, however some suitable areas have been turned into small parks, some of which are free; however some charge and include a beach chair, umbrella and access to shower facilities. The beaches on the east side of the island are beautiful for walks and sunbathing, but can be dangerous for swimming. They are popular with surfers, kite surfers and locals. Chankanaab National Park, 9km south of town, has a great beach, restaurant, and other activities. Paradise Beach is a lovely sandy beach and the park has a pool and many activities available. Playa Palancar is a west-side park with a quiet white-sand beach, lounge chairs and hammocks under shady palm trees, and a restaurant.
Snorkelling & Diving
A premier destination for scuba diving and snorkelling, Cozumel is renowned for its remarkable clear waters, with up to 60m visibility, and in 1961 Jacques Cousteau declared it to be one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. Most dives are drift dives, where you cruise along with the current. Highlights include seahorses, eagle rays and turtles. For snorkelling, beaches with a rocky limestone shoreline on the west coast are best. Ecological parks Chankanaab and Faro Celerain (Punta Sur), offer popular snorkel and dive sites for all levels. Shore-based snorkelling is an option at Playa Palancar with schools of colourful fish even in the shallow waters, and Palancar Reef is also great for diving.
Aside from snorkelling and scuba diving you can swim with dolphins, take catamaran and glass-bottom boat tours, deep sea fishing, Jeep and ATV tours to the well preserved Mayan San Gervasio ruins, including Tequila Hacienda and the Ecological Reserve of Punta Sur. Alternatively, trek through rainforest with brilliantly coloured iguanas, lush flowers and foliage to San Gervasio. Trips to Tulum and Xel-Ha are also possible. At Paradise Beach a FunPass is available for unlimited access to over 14 land & ocean activities, including snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, waterslides, water trampolines, bungee trampoline, coconut tree climb, a 4m climbing iceberg, and more.
El Cedral ruins, a fertility temple, is the oldest on Cozumel. It is thought to have been a ceremonial site and still holds religious significance for locals, It is a tiny ruin with a small church next to it. The more well-known San Gervasio is Cozumels only preserved ruin and is said to have been the sanctuary of Ixchel, goddess for fertility. The Ecological Reserve of Punta Sur is rich in coastal dunes, mangroves, reefs, lagoon systems and beautiful beaches. For the admission price, you can visit a lighthouse, small nautical museum and a Mayan ruin.
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