Cozumel, Mexico

Mexico’s Cozumel Island is an upscale tourist destination that will not disappoint those who are looking to relax and be pampered. Once a rustic hangout for divers, Cozumel has become a more well-rounded and family-friendly island. Located just off the Yucatan Peninsula in the south east part of Mexico, the island has a lot to offer including gorgeous beaches and fascinating Mayan ruins.

Cozumel-MexicoThe underwater world around Cozumel is one of the main attractions on the island. This is the reason why diving and snorkeling are the main tourist activities here. Cozumel’s clear sapphire waters and coral reefs will make your snorkeling experience very memorable. You can easily arrange for a snorkeling tour while on the island. Most tours provide transport and equipment. Sand Dollar Beach is a popular starting point for snorkeling excursions.

One must- visit attraction in Cozumel is the Chankanaab National Marine Park, home to a wide range of marine animals, including the always adorable dolphins. Another national preserve worth visiting is the Punta Sur National Park, which is located on the southernmost end of the Cozumel Island. This protected habitat houses a number of animals and birds. Flamingoes, crocodiles and herons are commonly sighted.

The southernmost point of the park is marked by a lighthouse-turned navigation museum named Faro de Celarain. The best thing about this lighthouse museum is it allows visitors to climb its 134 steps all the way to the top. Once you conquered these steps, you will rewarded by getting some of the best views of lovely Cozumel.

Playa Mia Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cozumel. It enchants weary travelers with its soft powdery sand, and crystal clear Caribbean waters. Here, you can relax, sunbathe the entire day without any worries. You can even treat yourself to a massage on the beach. There are also activities and aqua sports that you can do on Playa Mia if you want to burn some calories while having fun.

Carnival-Cruise-shipsThere is no reason to be stuck doing the same routine during your visit to Cozumel. There are plenty of activities that will maximize your vacation extravaganza on this Mexican island. Golfing on the championship course of the Cozumel Country Club is simply world-class not only because of the quality of the course but also for the outstanding surrounding views.

If you enjoy shopping, then you are definitely in luck as Cozumel is regarded as one of the best duty-free shopping ports in the region. The various shops on the island specialize on gift items such as jewelry, watches, perfumes, gold, housewares, precious rugs and handicrafts. If rugged adventure is what you are looking for, take a jeep safari tour and explore the lush tropical terrain of the island’s eastern section. This type of tour features sand dunes and mysterious trails that will make your driving experience truly exciting.

Other great points of interests on the island include the El Caracol lighthouse, the observation towers close to Laguna Chunchacaab or Laguna Colombia, and the Mayan site called El Cedral. To go around the island, it is best to rent a motorcycle or car. If you are up for it, renting a bicycle is also a great and healthy way to explore Cozumel. Taxi fares on the island are expensive, especially if you expect to make a round trip to and from San Miguel, the island capital.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!