Something for Everyone
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.