Useful information about Cozumel

Overview

Cozumel is an island of countless attractions in the middle of a sea of excitement. Your Cozumel vacation will be full of surprises and adventures as you explore its wonders as well as a great variety of activities and ooutdoors sports. Warm, friendly people live in the small town of San Miguel, where a waterfront boulevard offers spectacular views from its restaurants, cafes, and stores.

A Cozumel vacation is ideal for putting up your feet and unwinding, and since its waters are tranquil and transparent, it is also perfect to practice water sports. Just offshore, you find the world's second largest coral reef and you will feel compelled to scuba dive and snorkel.

Description

The second largest island in Mexico is located in the Caribbean ocean, and is approximately 10 miles wide by 30 miles long. San Miguel de Cozumel is its main town and it is located on the west side of the island. It is where Downtown Cozumel is located. El Cedral is located 10 miles south of San Miguel and it consists of a small a rural community.

People visiting Cozumel have a great variety of accommodation types from which to choose: hotels, All-Inclusive resorts, oceanfront villas & condos from rustic to overly luxurious.

Cozumel means paradise for those who love nature, those who scuba dive or snorkel and for romantics: ancient Mayans worshipped Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility, on this island. Cozumel seduces the budget traveler as well because it has just about anything a Caribbean vacation haven could offer at reasonable prices.

Fun under the sun

The clear waters around Cozumel shield part of the second largest coral reef barrier in the world, where you can see underwater plains, walls that suddenly drop hundreds of feet, limestone caverns, tunnels, and the rare black coral. The Cozumel Reef National Park has been a protected area since 1996. Its colorful marine life attracts divers from all over the world.

Practicing other sports is possible, whether they are in the water or on land: fishing, windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing, horseback riding, tennis, or golf. Cozumel's east coast has long, virgin, white-sand beaches and a strong surf where, when swimming is not recommended, the views are dramatic. San Gervasio is an archaeological site in the center of the island where a temple is dedicated to Ixchel. There are frequent tours departing from downtown.

Snorkeling is a popular activity as well. For beginners, there is no need to swim a great distance nor take boats to admire the reefs. Opportunities for snorkeling are awesome even at your hotel's beach.

Cozumel Downtown

San Miguel de Cozumel, the main town on the island, with all the charm of the Mexican Caribbean. Its provincial flair does not make it less comfortable or modern. There are a variety of accommodation options, from great luxury hotels to budget hostels. Local cuisine features excellent seafood famous all over the Yucatan. Nights are ideal for those in the mood for clubbing, as there is something for just about everyone.

Being in a duty-free zone, San Miguel carries a large assortment of genuine silver and gold jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones, renowned clothing brands, perfumes, Mexican handicrafts, liquors and mementos.