Cozumel, Safe, Historical and
Lots of Things to Do
Cozumel is a safe, friendly place to visit. And because tourism is such a big industry on the island, you'll be treated with politeness and decent service. From watersports to shopping to soaking up Mayan/Mexican culture, Cozumel is so packed with good stuff to do, that your only problem will be deciding how to cram it all in.
At every turn, there is something exciting to discover and explore. From the majestic archeological site in San Gervasio to the rustic, vivid green church in El Cedral, Cozumel has many stories to share. And their origins go back to 300 A.D. when the first Mayans settled on the island.
Since the religious pilgrimages of the past, Cozumel has flourished each and every year with visitors from around the world. Today, we see over two million visitors per year, making us one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico. Many travel here to dive, snorkel and enjoy long days of endless sunshine. But it's our rich traditions that make Cozumel a vacation like no other.
You'll experience it in our locally owned restaurants, our eclectic gift shops and our special events held every year. And with the annual Carnival, the festivals of Santa Cruz, the fair in El Cedral and more, there are many opportunities to come celebrate with us
Cozumel is home to the largest reef system in the Americas, the Mesoamerican Reef. Teeming with hundreds of tropical fish, turtles and other vibrant sea life, it is truly a diver's dream. But even if you don't explore down into the depths of the ocean, there is much to see for snorkelers too. There are as many as 250 different species of tropical fish including the queen angelfish and the illusive toadfish, seen nowhere else in the world.
Above the sparkling surface of the water, the trees are speckled with frigate birds, brown pelicans, olivaceous cormorants and others. If you look closely, you may catch a glimpse of a tree frog, a crocodile or the prehistoric iguana resting in the lush vegetation. But no worries, our locals are the friendliest in the world.
Cozumel Flats Fishing...The Angler's Flats, located on the northern side of the island of Cozumel where there are three large lagoons consisting of flats, mangroves, coves and shallow waters. The three lagoons are full of Bonefish, some baby Snook and other battlers like Lady fish, Jack, Snapper, Triggerfish, small Shark, Barracuda, etc. Also, during the months of March through December you can catch some big Permit weighing from 10 to 25 pounds
... Even if you are an experienced sailor elsewhere, you haven't lived until you've ventured out on the water in this part of the world. If you're not used to it -- and we hope we never get that jaded no matter how much time we spend on the island --the colors and the clarity are nothing short of exhilarating.
Mexican Cooking Classes...If you long to discover the secret of cooking authentic Mexican food, local chef Josefina Gonzales Luigi opens the door to one of the most magical and misunderstood cuisine in the world. Classes are small and affordable.
Mystic Snorkeling Tours..An exhilarating way to explore the Island's Best snorkeling spots. With crystal clear water you will not miss anything.
.., Cozumel has some of the world's best diving sites. Your can dive the Reefs, the famous Wall or many wrecks or just enjoy the incredible scenery. There are over 250 species of tropical fish as well as turtles, stingray and more. And the crystal clear waters allow you to see miles of Caribbean treasure. Many resorts offer scuba classes to help beginners get started
Deep Sea Fishing...As you already know if you're a sportsman, the fishing off Cozumel is spectacular particularly April through July when the billfish are running. But there's a lot of good stuff to catch all year round.
Downtown San Miguel...One of the things the founding families of Cozumel really did right was to build a broad sidewalk along the waterfront next to the sea wall. The seawall which is frequently white washed and trimmed in aqua has cement benches built into it. These make comfortable places to sit in the evenings to watch the sunset and passersby. The málecon is also great for exercise walking
Museo de la música mexicana...This is an important and rich collection of unique pieces de1017 more traditional musical instruments indigenous and mestizos of Mexico from its earliest times to the present day and representing some 37 countries (just as a comparative benchmark) a collection of traditional masks of Indian dances and "danced" and traditional objects of daily use, as some hats, sandals, work tools and everyday, all supported by videos, DVDs, slides, specialized library and a large music library of traditional music of Mexico and the world
Here are some great places to stay while enjoying the island of Cozumel: