If you’re looking for a tropical Caribbean island getaway,look no farther than Cozumel,Mexico! Recently named the “Best Island Destination” by Travel Weekly,Cozumel is easily one of the world’s most beautiful locales.
“Featuring pristine turquoise beaches,snorkelers and scuba divers will rejoice in this island off the coast of Quintana Roo,” wrote Travel Weekly. “Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park and Chankanaab Eco Park are home to diverse marine wildlife that includes dolphins,manatees and sea turtles.”
As one of the Caribbean’s most popular cruise ports,Cozumel is also just a short ferry ride away from the ancient ruins of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Situated just offshore from the ultra-chic city of Playa del Carmen on the mainland,the island of Cozumel is fun to explore all year long.
“Cozumel also features numerous underwater caverns,pristine coral reefs and the Museo de Arte’s submerged sculptures,” Travel Weekly added.
The great Mesoamerican reef is the world’s second-largest barrier reef and it lies just offshore from Cozumel island. The waters here are home to countless other marine life,including whale sharks,seahorses and eagle rays. Not comfortable with the idea of deep-sea diving? Book a guided snorkeling tour,or consider trying SNUBA instead,which is a no-experience-required way to explore the ocean depths using an oxygen supply that floats above you on the surface. Still not sure about getting in the deep water? Underwater ship the Atlantis Submarine will take you down among the colorful coral and fish that call these warm Caribbean waters home.
Take A Drive
While visiting Cozumel,consider renting a vehicle in the capital city of San Miguel and take a scenic drive out of town along the main road that loops around the island’s southern end. Stunning from beginning to end,the drive will take you past lush tropical palm trees,enormous Ceiba trees and a variety of flowering shrubs. Also,head over to the many long white-sand beaches on the wilder eastern side of Cozumel,which are often pretty empty during the week,but can get semi-crowded on weekends.
Even if you can’t make it onto the mainland for a trip to the ruins of Tulum or Chichen Itza,Cozumel is home to its own ancient Mayan sites,which date back to before the Spanish conquistador Herman Cortes landed here and set off on his conquest of Mexico. After Cortes and his men left Cozumel in 1519,the island remained deserted and the Mayan sites were reduced to ruins. The most impressive ancient site found on Cozumel island today is San Gervasio,which is located on the northern end of the island amid the thick natural jungle and once served as the island’s capital.
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