Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Isla Cozumel - The island of Peace

Mayan Explore has produced a brief Cozumel Travel Guide in order to give you the best things to do on this island, where to stay and vacation deals.

Sea view in Cozumel
Where is Cozumel Island? 

Cozumel is located 56 miles south of Cancun and 12 miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island and stretches about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. 

Cozumel has some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the whole of the Mexican Caribbean. On the island, you will also find some All-Inclusive hotels. Remarkably, you will be able to fly directly to the International Cozumel Airport from many US cities.

Cozumel means "Land of the Swallow" in Mayan language, and was named after the indigenous graceful birds that can be seen regularly patrolling Cozumel's beautiful beaches and coastline.

Cozumel was sacred to Mayan women who crossed from mainland to the island in open canoes to worship Ixchel, the Goddess of fertility and present offerings at her altar.

Only few decades ago Cozumel was a quiet fishing village that received only a handful of visitors each year. In the sixties, French explorer Jacques Cousteau introduced the remarkable local reefs to the diving world. Nowadays, the island is declared one of the world’s top diving destinations thanks to the unusually clear waters and more than 200 species of marine wildlife. Dazzling white sandy beaches, the multi-hued azure Caribbean Sea and soft subtropical climate make this place particularly enjoyable.

Diving in Cozumel
Despite the tourist boom and residential development in the past few years, the center of Cozumel Island is still covered by a thick and untouched jungle. The renowned Chankanaab National Park, the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve Park and the famous Colombia Lagoon are located there.

Chankanaab Lagoon in Cozumel
The combination of great diving, fishing, paradisaical isolated beaches and the friendly city of San Miguel, full of shops, markets and restaurants, make Cozumel an unforgettable vacation destination well worth to visit.

Best things to do in Cozumel (tours to Cozumel)

  • Visit the Mayan ruins of El Cedral and San Gervasio.
  • Visit the town’s only church Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel.
  • Three blocks from the church is the Museo del la Isla, which has a great display of Mayan artifacts.
  • Have a tasty lunch in the world’s smallest Hard Rock Café!  
  • Shopping in Cozumel is tax free! 
  • Be sure to see the giant statue of the 3 swallows at Cozumel's port.
The most famous beach club in Cozumel is Mr Sanchos with the famous all you can eat and drink option. Mr Sanchos is also one of the best restaurants in Cozumel.

What's the weather like in Cozumel? 

The weather in Cozumel is the same as in all the Riviera Maya

Where to stay in Cozumel? 

You will find many All-Inclusive resorts, small hotels and villas and condos for rent.

If you're looking for cheap hotels or hostels in Cozumel, we recommend you the Beachouse Hostel Cozumel, Amigos Hostel Cozumel and hotel La Casona Real Cozumel.