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Cozumel | Vacations and Travel to Cozumel
Cozumel, also known as the Island of Swallows, is famous for its beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and colorful coral reefs that attract thousands of scuba divers from around the world. It is the busiest cruise ship port in all of Latin America, and tourism drives the local economy. Furthermore, it’s one of the few places along the Caribbean coast of Mexico where you can see the sunset from the shore.
This wonderful destination is also a shopper’s paradise, with Duty Free stores specializing in jewelry and perfume lining the Malecon, or boardwalk. With a Mexican heart and Caribbean soul, this small island will captivate your senses with its quiet streets, friendly people, and spectacular natural beauty.
Diving and Snorkeling
Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities on the island, and the underwater world of Cozumel is truly amazing. It’s here that you’ll find the second longest barrier reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Stingrays, manta rays, sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and a variety of coral make up the incredible landscape at the bottom of the sea.
Snorkeling in Cozumel is a more relaxed way to get to know the diverse marine life of the island. Head for any of the beaches on the island’s west side where you’ll find calm, clear waters perfect for snorkeling. You’ll be amazed by how many fish you can see just a few yards from the shore!
- Home to beautiful beaches and turquoise waters
- Ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as it makes up part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second longest barrier reef in the world
- The busiest international cruise ship port in Latin America
- One of the few places in the region where you can see the sunset from the shore
- A great place to shop for Duty Free jewelry and perfumes
- The largest inhabited island in Mexico
Things to do in Cozumel
- Go scuba diving, snorkeling, or take a glass bottom boat tour and admire the island’s impressive marine life
- Spend the day at one of the beach clubs on the west side of the island and enjoy a variety of water sports
- Rent a car and tour the east end of the island, where you’ll find an expansive stretch of semi-virgin beaches
- Admire the sunset from the Malecon, one of the few places along the Caribbean coast of Mexico where you can see the sunset from the shore
- See the majestic cruise ships that visit the island
- Stroll through Parque Benito Juarez and along Rafael E. Melgar Avenue (the Malecon) to find all of the best souvenirs
- Visit the Duty Free jewelry and perfume shops
- Dedicate a day to exploring the natural attractions at Punta Sur Eco Beach Club and Chankanaab National Park
- Explore the San Gervasio archeological site, a mystical ancient city of great importance in the Mayan culture
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