Some­thing for Ev­ery­one

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Con­sid­ered sa­cred by the Maya In­di­ans who have lived here for over 2,000 years, Cozumel is an eclec­tic des­ti­na­tion that ap­peals to all sorts of tourists. From na­ture, his­tory and cul­ture to sports, cui­sine and shop­ping, Cozumel has it all.

In the 1960s, renowned oceanog­ra­pher Jac­ques Cousteau lmed a show in Cozumel, in­tro­duc­ing the area’s pris­tine un­der­wa­ter habi­tat to the world. Cousteau’s en­dorse­ment was all Cozumel needed to emerge as a premier div­ing and snor­kel­ing des­ti­na­tion where un­der­wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity ex­tends as much as 250 feet.

At Palan­car Reef are gi­ant ele­phant-ear sponges, red coral, deep caves and canyons. At Chankanaab Na­ture Park, where land and sea come to­gether, a sunken ship at­tracts un­der­wa­ter ex­plor­ers. Chankanaab also fea­tures a salt­wa­ter la­goon, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal park, botan­i­cal gar­den, wildlife sanc­tu­ary and a fa­cil­ity where you can swim with dol­phins.

Also among the park’s at­trac­tions are 35 va­ri­eties of plant life; 60 species of marine life, in­clud­ing sea tur­tles; and re­pro­duc­tions of Mayan dwellings.

Other fun-in-the-sun ac­tiv­i­ties in Cozumel in­clude bird-watch­ing, wind­surf­ing, deep-sea shing, bone­fish­ing, horse­back rid­ing, kayak­ing and bik­ing.

The is­land’s old­est struc­ture, El Ce­dral, has traces of orig­i­nal Mayan wall paint­ings. It’s just east of Playa San Francisco. Vis­i­tors can take the ferry to Playa del Car­men. From there it’s easy to reach more ex­ten­sive ru­ins, such as the an­cient city of Tu­lum.

Taste of Cozumel

As an al­ter­na­tive to a bor­ing salad, try an En­sal­ada de nopales, also known as Cac­tus Salad. This na­tive Yu­cate­can dish con­sists of ten­der­ized, thorn-free cac­tus, sliced on a bed of chiles, onions and toma­toes.

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