The island of Cozumel is located off Mexico's eastern coast. Cozumel sits within the Caribbean Sea, south of Cancun and near Playa del Carmen on the mainland. Part of the Mexican Mayan Riviera, tourists like to go to Cozumel primarily for the beaches and water recreation.
Cozumel holds several ancient Mayan ruins sites. San Gervasio is the largest site on the island and the shine of the goddess of fertility Ix Chel. The island contains 24 sites discovered thus far, including El Cedral and the coastal watchtower Castillo Real. Visitors may also join a larger tour including sites on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The list of Cozumel's beaches is an impressive one for an island only 32 miles long and 9 miles wide. The beaches include Passion Island Beach, Playa Uvas, Playa Corona and Paradise Beach. San Francisco is a family beach, Palancar Beach is a quieter area and Playa San Martin offers unspoiled beauty on the eastern side of the island. Paradise Beach serves as an example of all of Cozumel's beaches, lined with coconut palms, featuring white sands and clear water. Paradise Beach also has a heated pool, restrooms and changing rooms.
Scuba Diving Natural Areas
Experience the world famous reefs of Cozumel, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest coral reef system in the world. Even though almost the entire island of Cozumel is surrounded by coral reefs, the park only encompasses the reefs on the south side of the island. It begins just south of the International Pier and continues down and around Punta Sur and up just a small portion of the east side of the island.
Punta Sur Eco Park, a 2,700-acre reserve, allows visitors to snorkel Chunchacaab reef, enjoy a catamaran ride or kayak tour of Colombia lagoon and explore the Celarain lighthouse or the Mayan ruin El Caracol. The park brings visitors close to wildlife and tropical flowers. Punta Sur Beach has restrooms and showers for those who want to go swimming and sunning.
Cozumel's parks offer visitors a wide variety of activities in and out of the water. At Chankanaab Park, guests can try water recreation such as snorkeling, scuba, snuba, sea-trekking, parasailing and, kitesurfing. The park offers hammocks, beach chairs, huts, restrooms and showers for those who want to relax on the beach.
At Playa Mia Grand Beach Park, guests may learn to prepare Mexican cuisine; visit the shopping center for crafts, clothing, jewelry and beach supplies; snorkel, scuba dive, take a banana boat ride or enjoy an outdoor massage. The park offers beach games, a swimming pool and free parking. For kids, the park contains puzzles and giant-sized games. Craft sessions, sand castle contests and Spanish language lessons are also available. The park rents lockers, towels and umbrellas to guests for use on the nearly 500 feet of sandy beach.
Fine Dining & Street Food
Are you a Foodie? Cozumel offers a wide variety of dining options, from Street Stands, famous night time Taco spots like Tacos Los Seras which is conveniently close, to fine dining such as world class restaurant Buccanos At Night.
Get ready to salivate, Cozumel has got it all!