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Cozumel, an island famous for its snorkeling

Cozumel is a Mexican island in the Caribbean sea which lies close to the resort town Playa del Carmen. On the island there is one town called San Miguel which has largely developed itself around tourism. As a result it consists mostly of diving shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. It doesn't have many sights to see, but there are plenty of activities to do.

The main reason why most people visit this island is because of its excellent diving and snorkeling possibilities. Especially for diving it is one of the most popular spots in Mexico and even an untrained person can go for a dive with a well equipped and experienced instructor. The water is very bright and clear and there is a fair bit of tropical fish around. Throw some bread in the water to attract them and within seconds there will be plenty more. There are some places where artifacts have been thrown into the water to create an small artificial reef. At the pier where the ferry arrives there are many stalls where you can book a trip for the same day or the next. To get a good deal it is worth comparing a few ones. 

Another popular activity is to rent a scooter or a jeep and drive around the island. The scenery is not as breath taking as you might expect, but it is a nice way to fill a day. Traffic is very low so you can cruise along at a relaxing pace and stop at one of the bars you'll pass for a cold drink. Unfortunately the beaches are a bit disappointing, but there are a few small ones along the waterfront that are easily accessible. Many of the other ones have been taken up by luxury resorts. Before setting off, get a small map of the island that indicates where some of the temples and other sights are located. The whole island can be circled in roughly four hours.

Getting to Cozumel is as straightforward as it can get as you just need to hop on the ferry that departs from Playa del Carmen regularly. The crossing is enjoyable and is only a relative short ride away. With a bit of luck there is a band on board which plays some relaxing or uplifting Mexican music. Playa del Carmen does not have an airport, but the Cancun airport is nearby and well connected. Cozumel is also a popular place for cruise ships to stop along their journey. Most likely you will spot several of the massive ships which drop of a large number of tourists each time.

The high season of Cozumel is from December to April. A more attractive time to visit is from May to July as the weather is comfortable and there are fewer people around. From August to November there is considerably more rain and a chance of hurricanes making it difficult to guarantee holiday weather. 


Cozumel travel photo gallery

 
Tourist shops.

Tourist shops.

 
Restaurant and bar.

Restaurant and bar.


Near the waterfront.

Near the waterfront.



The photo albums of Mexico 
include: Agua AzulChichen Itza
Tulum and Uxmal.



 



Little square.

Little square.

 
Clock tower.

Clock tower.





Restaurant Plaza del Sol.

Restaurant Plaza del Sol.

 
Beach on the south-east side of the island.

Beach on the south-east side of the island.

 
Beach.

Beach.


Vegetation on the island.

Vegetation on the island.

 
Palm trees.

Palm trees.

 
Waves arriving at the island.

Waves arriving at the island.


Rocks on the beach.

Rocks on the beach.

 
Blue sea.

Blue sea.

 
Rocks.

Rocks.


Rocks near the water.

Rocks near the water.

 
Sandy beach.

Sandy beach.

 
Small palm trees.

Small palm trees.


Boulders in the sea.

Boulders in the sea.

 
Waterfront on the other side of Cozumel.

Waterfront on the other side of Cozumel.

 
Beach chairs.

Beach chairs.


Waterfront.

Waterfront.

 
Cliffs.

Cliffs.

 
Sand, rocks and water.

Sand, rocks and water.


Bar.

Bar.

 
Road that circles the island.

Road that circles the island.

 
Palm trees near the main road.

Palm trees near the main road.


Rocky waterfront.

Rocky waterfront.

 



Small beach with a tropical feel to it.

Small beach with a tropical feel to it.

 



Charming beach.

Charming beach.


Tourist shop.

Tourist shop.

 
Plaza del Sol.

Plaza del Sol.

 
Yellow building.

Yellow building.


The main square.

The main square.

 
Monument.

Monument.

 
Another tourist shop.

Another tourist shop.


Main street.

Main street.

 
Building with decorations.

Building with decorations.

 
Flag pole.

Flag pole.


Fountains and palm trees.

Fountains and palm trees.

 
Bar.

Bar.

 



Well designed fountain.

Well designed fountain.





Street that runs along the waterfront.

Street that runs along the waterfront.

 
Main street running through San Miguel.

Main street running through San Miguel.

 



Souvenir shop.

Souvenir shop.





Just another bar.

Just another bar.

 
Fountain.

Fountain.

 



Shops.

Shops.


Closed shopping street.

Closed shopping street.

 
Square and clock tower.

Square and clock tower.

 
Pelican.

Pelican.


Pelican near the water.

Pelican near the water.

 
Cruise ship.

Cruise ship.

 
San Miguel seen from a pier.

San Miguel seen from a pier.


Cruise ships which have arrived at Cozumel.

Cruise ships which have arrived at Cozumel.


Internet sites with travel information about Cozumel

Some of the general information about Cozumel can be found on Wikipedia and some info geared specifically towards traveling can be found on Wikitravel. There isn't much knowledge of the island as in the town San Miguel there are too many tour operators to help you out. To get to the island most people with fly into Cancun airport and then travel to Playa del Carmen. The bus company ADO is one of the easiest ways of traveling around Yucatan. For those who need some more information it is worth reading the Lonely Planet or look at some of the user reviews at Virtual tourist.


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Last update: 15/09/2013