612577 Cozumel Island
Cozumel is a small island located on the eastern side of México in the caribbean sea. It is east of the Yucatan Peninsula, and forms part of the state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cozumel is the largest of the Mexican islands in the Caribbean Sea, as well as the most inhabited island in the country. It is located 18 km (11.25 miles) off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. You can get to Cozumel by air flying directly to Cozumel International Airport or to Cancun International Airport. Take the shuttle to Playa del Carmen, a small town 30 miles south of Cancun International Airport, and then take the forty minute passenger boat to Cozumel. Boats depart almost every hour on the hour and arrive at the downtown pier, right in front of the main plaza. Cozumel

Cozumel has three international piers: Punta Langosta, Puerta Maya and the International Pier. Cozumel is a top cruise destination in the Caribbean hosting several of the most important cruise lines every day. Cruise ships represent the main tourist source for Cozumel with more than two million passengers disembarking on the island last year.

If you are in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, and you wish to visit the island you may either get one of the many one day tours to Cozumel or come by yourself. Cozumel The island is described by the Mayans as Tzeke - that is, calcified rock covered with a thin layer of soil. The high lime content in the rock makes it very permeable which facilitates the formation of caves and underground rivers. Lime is also responsible for the whiteness of the sand on the beaches and the clarity of the water in the adjacent sea.

There are five main plant communities on the island: mangroves, tasistal, medium height forest, chit palm groves and coastal bush. These together contain some 400 plant species and 140 species of land vertebrates.

Cozumel Approximately ten hurricanes form every year in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean sea. At least two or three of these may touch the Quintana Roo Coast. Hurricane season begins in August and lasts until the end of November.

The mean annual rainfall is 1,458 mm. (57 in.), mean relative humidity 75% and mean temperature is 35°C (95°F).
612577 Where to stay in Cozumel
We hope you find a hotel that suits your needs. We try to maintain listings on all the quality hotels available in Cozumel so you have options. The hotels vary widely in price and room style as well as location on the island. In time, we will be including detailed pages on the smaller hotels located closer in town so there will be even more to choose from.

Being close to dive shops, snorkel centers, car rentals and downtown restaurants is a big deal. Some people do not want to stay way out on the far end of the island because it makes it difficult to arrange your activities with service providers located in town.

So for those who want seclusion and pampering, there are all-inclusive hotels listed in our directory. And for those who want to be closer to the downtown action, we offer listings in or near downtown with more to come very soon. Cozumel

Cozumel's Beaches and Beyond
The island is covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by a rocky coastline, interrupted only by ivory colored beaches, stunningly beautiful lagoons, and dense mangroves. The warm turquoise waters of Cozumel are incredibly clear and they shelter the second largest reef system in the world. It is known as the Mayan Reef and it's full of chalky stone, tunnels and unusual black coral. The variety of marine biodiversity attracts scientists and the most famous divers in the world, including the likes of Jacques Cousteau. The Marine National Park of Reefs in Cozumel and the Chankanaab Park, Cozumel are both places where diving and eco-touristic activities can be enjoyed simultaneously.

Snorkeling is the second most popular activity on the island. For novices, there is no need to swim far or take a boat trip to take advantage of the reef. Great snorkeling opportunities await just meters from the beach.

Whilst on your vacation you can enjoy swimming, fishing, windsurfing, and parasailing. The west coast of Cozumel boasts long stretches of white-sand beaches lapped by the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Cozumel Popular spots include Playa San Francisco, Chankanaab and Colombia Lagoons, Palancar Reef, and Playa San Juan. Cozumel is not just about the beaches, there is also horseback riding, tennis, golf, and hiking available.

Cozumel was considered by ancient Mayans to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. Each year between May 30th and June 1st, the Sacred Mayan Crossing is held here. The participants start out from Xcaret in wooden canoes and paddle across to the San Gervasio's archeological site, in order to worship Ixchel.


612577 Activities & Things to Do
Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, is located near the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. In the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Cozumel is approximately 10 miles wide and 30 miles long. Cozumel's only town, San Miguel, stands on the western side of the island, which is home to most of the island's hotels.

A haven for nature lovers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and romantics, Cozumel was considered by ancient Mayans to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. Cozumel is also seductive to Mexico travelers on a budget: Cozumel was recognized by a U.S. News & World Report Travel Agent Survey as the North American and Caribbean destination offering the best vacation value. In the poll, Cozumel topped the list for providing good value for money, being a safe destination, and offering unique vacation experiences.

Cozumel activities Cozumel's Beaches and Beyond
Cozumel's warm, clear, turquoise waters hold the world's second-largest reef network, filled with limestone caves, tunnels, and rare black coral. Its vivid sea life attract scuba divers from around the world. Cozumel Reefs National Park, a protected 30,000-acre national area at the southern section of Cozumel, encompasses 85 percent of the island's dive sites.

Other water sports couples can engage in include snorkeling, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, and parasailing. The west coast of Cozumel boasts long stretches of golden-sand beaches beside calm waters. Cozumel activities Popular spots include Playa San Francisco, Chankanaab Lagoon, and Playa San Juan. For landlubbers, there's horseback riding, tennis and hiking.

Seeing the Sights of Cozumel
The average daily temperature in Cozumel is 80 degrees. Another reason travelers choose Cozumel is because it's rich in history and natural wonders.

Popular destinations include:
- Ancient Maya ruins on the north side of the island
Cozumel - Sanctuary of the fertility goddess Ixchel at San Gervasio
- Museum of the Island of Cozumel
- El Cedral, the oldest Maya structure on Cozumel, built A.D. 800
- Punta Celarain lighthouse, featuring a 360-degree view of the island
- Cozumel Marine Reef National Park
- Chankanaab Park and Lagoon
- Punta Sur eco-tourism park in the Colombia Lagoon
- Chankanaab Park Botanical Gardens
- Dolphinorium, for dolphin encounters
- San Miguel's zocalo (town square) Plaza del Sol and downtown pier
- Day tours to Maya ruins and other attractions on the Yucatan peninsula
612577 Dining and Nightlife Experience
Just like New York, Paris or Montreal, Cozumel offers great food of every kind. There are many places where you will be able to try a broad selection of food and discover the amazing spice of life in Mexican and Mayan cuisine. You will be able to find restaurants just by walking around the main plaza and these places offer international cuisine at very affordable prices. There you will also find specialty restaurants with a very romantic atmosphere and delicious platters. Here are some of the "MUST VISIT" places while in Cozumel.

Golf in Cozumel
The Cozumel Country Club's 18-hole, 6734-yard, par 72 golf course provides challenges for players of every level of skill, while preserving the surrounding mangrove marshlands and tropical rainforest. The golf course is not long by modern-day standards, but offers four sets of tees to let each player choose the yardage and challenge that best suits them. Golf in Cozumel The Nicklaus Design Group has successfully balanced the construction of a first-class championship golf course with the need to keep the area's delicate ecosystem intact. The Cozumel Country Club has formed partnership with several hotels in the island, extending varying golf privileges to their guests. Founder hotels, the Playa Azul aGolf & Beach Hotel and the Meliá Cozumel All-Inclusive Golf & Beach Resort offer unlimited golf privileges, while associates hotels, El Cid la Ceiba , Coral Princess, Presidente InterContinental, The Reef Club, El Cozumeleño and Sol Cabañas, extend from 30 to 50 percent discounts for green fees.

Scuba Diving in Cozumel
Scuba Cozumel Imagine you were diving through the swim-throughs of a Coral Garden in warm clear waters, drifting along deep walls covered with sponges, fans and macro life, surrounded by colorful schools of fish, turtles, lobsters and crabs… Stop dreaming and join our team at Pro Dive Mexico to make it come true!!!

Did you know?

With vibrant, bright yellow fins and a distinctive patterning, the COZUMEL SPLENDID TOADFISH is a species of toadfish entirely endemic to the island of Cozumel. Commonly found under coral outcroppings.

Polamco He is sharing his home with Butterfly Fish, French Angels and Snappers, playing around in the shallow depth of this tropical aquarium, as well as turtles to be found everywhere along the reef.

E.E.TRAVEL MEXICO features their own fleet of boats, possesses all required permits, employs multilingual staff onsite and holds the necessary licenses for this famous Marine Park. There are no further licenses granted to new applicants by the Mexican authorities to protect this ecosystem!

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