An Overview Of Why Go to Cozumel
By Tom Seest
Cozumel is an idyllic destination, perfect for those seeking relaxation on the beach or exploring its unspoiled natural landscape. Whatever you choose to do, Cozumel should not be missed!
San Miguel, Mexico’s main town, is a bustling tourist destination that can easily be explored on foot. Take a leisurely walk through Benito Juarez Park or along the waterfront avenue, and don’t forget to stop at one of the many cafes or local shops for refreshments.
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Cozumel is an ideal destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, boasting numerous sites along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that stretches from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula northwards all the way down to Honduras’ Bay of Islands.
Snorkeling in Cozumel is a breeze, with many resorts and hotels providing access to the beach for snorkeling. These areas tend to be shallow, so you can easily stroll out and observe an array of vibrant fish and other sea life.
For a more adventurous adventure, take your snorkeling gear to one of Cozumel’s popular dive sites and explore an intriguing wreck or swim-through. Popular dive sites include Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef.
Scuba divers will enjoy exploring the C-53 shipwreck. This WWII minesweeper was intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef, now home to various types of marine life.
Other popular dive sites in Cozumel for scuba divers include Chankanaab Park and Santa Rosa Wall. Both of these are situated within the marine park, and you may find a boat tour stopping here for snorkeling.
Another great option is joining a snorkeling catamaran trip, where you can unwind while admiring views of the Caribbean sea and spot starfish, turtles, and stingrays up close. Most boats offering this service provide snorkeling equipment so that you can have an exciting day underwater while staying within budget.
If you’re not feeling adventurous enough to spend your time swimming or surfing, there are plenty of other things to explore on the island. San Gervasio’s ancient Mayan buildings and mysterious altar are worth exploring while driving along the east coast with its wild beaches and turbulent waters is another option.
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If you’re in search of some tranquility by the water, Cozumel boasts some of the world’s most stunning beaches. From unspoiled natural stretches to resort-style crescents of soft sand, there is no shortage of spots to choose from.
Popular beaches on Cozumel’s west coast are situated close to hotels and cruise ports, but if you want a more seductive experience, there are some fantastic secluded spots along its east shoreline as well. Many of these eastern shores have less development than their western counterparts, and you might find yourself sitting alone on an isolated stretch for hours on end.
Playa San Francisco is another popular beach on the island, located a short taxi ride south of the cruise port. Here, visitors enjoy plenty of space on the sand with plenty of space for relaxation – perfect for families or couples looking for an idyllic day with drinks in hand.
This beach is ideal for snorkeling and you can rent equipment from the money bar. There’s also a restaurant and bar here, making this a worthwhile stop while on your island adventure.
This beach is ideal for kids, offering a gentle current ideal for younger swimmers. Plus, there’s a beach club with a pool and loungers – making it the ideal spot to hang out on sunny days!
Stingray Beach is an excellent option for families, offering visitors the chance to swim with friendly animals just offshore. It’s also an excellent snorkeling spot with plenty of coral reefs and marine life to discover.
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Cozumel is a culinary mecca, boasting an array of cuisine options from classic street tacos to fine dining experiences. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Cozumel has something delicious waiting for you here!
Mexican street food is a beloved option, featuring tacos with virtually any meat and vegetable combination you could desire! Empanadas are another beloved treat, filled with either savory or sweet fillings.
Mexico boasts a diverse cuisine, including mole, which dates back to pre-Hispanic times and is used in many dishes. Experience this delectable sauce during one of Mexico’s many tours, or stop by one of its many restaurants for a taste.
Avenida Licenciado Pedro Joaquin Coldwell boasts an array of restaurants, from casual to high-end. Here you’ll find everything from fried fish to gourmet ice cream – not forgetting some of the best antojitos in town!
El Mirador is one of Cozumel’s premier beachside dining establishments, boasting stunning ocean views and mouth-watering seafood dishes. Situated on the west side of the island, it’s known for its delicious seafood dishes served up.
Cozumel’s premier seafood restaurant, Catch of the Day Restaurant, is renowned for its fresh catch-of-the-day menu and creative cooking style. Enjoy a romantic meal or spend some quality time with friends at this calming coastal spot.
For the finest Mexican dining, Colores Y Sabores is one of the top spots to visit. Its stunning ambiance, sumptuous Yucatan flavors, and unique twists will have you coming back for more. Plus, everything here is made from scratch – even tortillas and mole sauce!
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Cozumel boasts a diverse culture that blends traditional Mexican customs and the timeless memories of Mayan life. Here, the energy of cruise ship anchorage is offset by an upbeat beachy atmosphere, cool breezes, and live music.
Experience Cozumel’s Mayan heritage firsthand by exploring San Gervasio, an ancient jungle park filled with the remains of homes and complexes. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about its history as a major trading hub for the Maya.
Another wonderful cultural activity is visiting the Mayan Cacao Company and tasting their delectable chocolate. This is an experience suitable for both adults and children alike.
Visit the Punta Sur Ecological Park and experience nature at its finest. This 800-hectare reserve stretches across 1,000 hectares of lagoon systems, tropical rainforests, and wild beaches – home to sea turtles as well as various birds.
Cozumel boasts numerous beaches and snorkeling spots, making it a prime destination for scuba divers who want to explore the vibrant underwater world.
If you want to explore Cozumel’s stunning coral reefs, book a cruise aboard either a catamaran or a small boat. These excursions provide drinks, snacks, and meals onboard for added luxury.
Take a truck tour to experience the best of Cozumel’s cultural, natural, and historical landmarks. This is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with Mexico’s diverse culture while having fun as you enjoy traditional songs, dances, costumes, and more with your guide.
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Shopping in Cozumel is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the island culture and find a memento of your stay. Whether you’re searching for branded goods or locally-crafted gifts, there are plenty of shops and markets to explore.
For chocolate enthusiasts, the Mayan Cacao Company is the perfect destination. Here you can learn how to craft authentic Mayan chocolate and sample an array of delectable treats.
At Mercado Municipal, a bustling market that captures the essence of Cozumel life, you can find fresh produce like fruits and vegetables as well as colorful clothing items like pottery or jewelry. This market also serves up delicious meals from its outdoor seating area.
Another popular spot in downtown San Miguel is Gallery Azul, which offers an eclectic collection of art pieces. Owner Greg Dietrich crafts engraved blown glass, candle art, and vases perfect for decorating your home.
Finally, be sure to visit Los Cinco de Soles (Five Suns), a market that sells an array of authentic Mexican handcrafts and souvenirs. It’s an ideal spot for picking up something unique from Mexico without breaking the bank; plus, it’s much cheaper than cruise ship piers or downtown malls!
Cozumel boasts many great shops that offer great bargains on Yucatecean hammocks, embroidered and lace clothes, table linens, silver jewelry, ceramics, decorative metalwork, carved wood, and leather goods – some more expensive than mainland prices but generally quite reasonable nonetheless. Furthermore, you’ll find high-end souvenirs like branded watches and perfumes at reasonable prices as well.
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