Cozumel, located east of the coast of Quintana Roo, is Mexico’s largest island. The destination boasts a warm and humid climate, an impressive coral reef with abundant diversity of marine life, an excellent golf course, first class hotels and spas, a thriving nightlife and is one of Mexico’s most important international cruise docks.
Cozumel Travel Directory
“It’s Mexico’s largest inhabited island, located 20 kilometers of the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula across from Playa del Carmen. Cozumel is a world-class diving Mecca and major port of call for international cruise ships.“
In addition to diving, snorkeling and sport fishing, the marinas offer windsurfing, water skiing, jetskiing, kitesurfing, sailing and even an underwater tour on a real submarine.
Chankanaab Park has a variety of attractions, including a cenote and a botanical garden. Other attractions in the island are San Gervasio archaeological site, Cozumel Country Club and its 18- hole golf course, Isla de la Pasion, horseback riding and ATV jungle tours, the museum and the Faro Celarain Ecological park. San Miguel de Cozumel has excellent shopping and restaurants.
The reefs in Cozumel are rated among the top five dive destinations in the world, thanks to the condition, number and variety of its reefs, the range of its marine life and the warmth and clarity of its waters.
Some area attractions are model theme parks leading the sustentable tourism trend. In the Riviera Maya, you’ll find Xcaret, an eco-archaeological paradise; Xel-Ha, the biggest natural aquarium; and Xplor, a unique underground world.
Top 10 reasons to visit Cozumel
1. Diver's Mecca
The famous Palancar coral reef and the deep turquoise blue waters and vast marine life of the Caribbean make Cozumel one of the greatest dive sites in the world. The dive spots are renowned by thousands of expert and novice divers that tirelessly visit the island every year for its natural beauties.
2. Beach lovers joy
The island boasts a wide variety of gorgeous beaches to enjoy. From smooth white sand beaches through the rocky, limestone variety sometimes referred to as "iron shore" to a man-made hybrid version of both – beaches are hard to miss if you visit Cozumel.
3. Sea trekkers heaven
The island location makes for fantastic water sports. Most popular activities besides diving include snorkeling, deep sea fishing, sailing, dolphin encounters, a submarine adventure and kayaking. More adventurous may enjoy wind surfing, cross-jets and broncos.
4. Explorers dreamland
Chankanaub is a beautiful water park and a great way to spend time in Cozumel. Other attractions include the city museum, rich in history and culture, or stroll through the astonishing forest by jeep, bike or on horseback and enjoy its assorted fauna. San Gervacio, a former Mayan city, the largest archaeological site on the island.
5. Vacationers wonderland
Hotels are plenty and range from five-star all inclusive resorts to simple beachfront cabanas. Similar to the variety of the sea life that can be found in the crystal blue waters of Cozumel, the lodging and accommodations alternatives come in every size, shape, and color.
6. Cruise ship haven
Over the years Cozumel has grown to be one of the top cruise line destinations in the Caribbean. With 3 cruise ship piers as well as 1 smaller pier which serves the Playa del Carmen ferry, Cozumel plays host daily to thousands of day visitors looking for a glimpse of paradise.
7. Shoppers delight
If you like to shop--you could spend several days working your way through the combination of upscale and funky shops in Cozumels downtown tourist district, here it has everything from high-toned waterfront jewelry stores to little holes in the wall crammed with hand-painted batik hangings, carved wood crafts and paper animals.
8. Sun devotees retreat
The average temperature of 26-28 degrees Celsius all year round is perfect for relaxing days at the beach or pool. Although recently discovered by the international "jet set", Cozumel still retains the traditional essence and calm setting of an island.
9. World's second longest coral reef
A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya is the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, largest in the Americas and second in size worldwide. Also known as Belize Barrier Reef, it begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala.
10. Golfers ease
The islands’ only golf course, Cozumel Country Club, is proud to be the first course in Mexico to achieve the certification as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The ancient Mayan name of “Cuzamil” meant Island of the Swallow. Golfers will now be finding even more birdies on Cozumel.