Cozumel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, for many incredible reasons! Deemed one of the most beautiful areas to scuba dive, Cozumel is noted for its beautiful beaches, diverse watersports, and is rich with ancient Mayan history. Plus, it is also renowned for its many duty-free shopping opportunities! Once you reach Cozumel’s downtown area, you will find that it is very walkable (though many opt to rent mopeds as a means to get around). Aside from beaches, watersports, and ancient Mayan ruins, Cozumel is filled with many unique attractions and opportunities. If you’ve ever wanted to visit a lighthouse, pearl farm, tour a tequila factory, or swim with the dolphins, you can do all of that and more! Plus, you will discover delicious local cuisine that reflects the flavors and spices of the region!
Windstar Cruises is the only cruise line that currently features Caribbean cruises from Cozumel. Their tall-masted sailing yacht, Wind Surf, features a couple of fabulous cruises that depart in Cozumel. Depending on your itinerary, ports of call may include Georgetown (Grand Cayman Islands), Port Antonio (Jamaica), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Philipsburg (St. Marteen), and many more! Cruises range in length from 11- to 18-nights, providing you with plenty of time to explore one of the most beautiful regions of the world. A great time to visit Cozumel is between March and June, when you can enjoy the most ideal weather.
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These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Cozumel, along with a brief description:
There are so many incredible beaches in Cozumel that you certainly won’t have a hard time finding one that suits your tastes! One of the most popular beaches is Playa Mia Grand Beach Park. Perfect for the whole family, Playa Mia features a huge inflatable water park, a huge stretch of white-sand beach, a few pools (including a kids’ pool), water slides, and more! You will also have the opportunity to kayak, snorkel (gear rentals available), parasail or take out a pedal boat or wave runner. There’s also a kitchen, bar, and massages available. Another popular beach is Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, which provides opportunities to swim with the dolphins, scuba dive, take an eco-archaeological tour, water shows, and more! There is also Punta Sur, a beach that’s famous for its colorful reef, beaches, lagoons, and lighthouse (which now serves as a museum).
Cozumel is a popular destination to try your hand at some fun watersports! Particularly noted for being one of the most beautiful scuba spots in the world, you can find many opportunities to dive. Some of the most popular diving spots include Punta Sur Reef, Palancar Garden, Santa Rosa Wall, and Columbia Wall. You will also discover a ton of snorkeling sites where you can swim among native marine life and admire the city’s beautiful coral reef systems. You will also discover plenty of opportunity for parasailing, paddle boarding, jet-skiing, fishing, boating, and just about any kind of water sport you can imagine!
♦ Ancient Mayan History
History lovers will have an especially great time learning about Cozumel’s deep roots to ancient Mayan history. You will discover tons of ruins and historic sites, including San Gervasio (a shrine worshiping the Goddess Ixchel), Chichen Itza (one of the 7 Wonders of the World!), Tulum (fortress remains), Coba (ruins located deep in the jungles of Cozumel), and El Cedral (village ruins). You can tour these sites yourself or join in on a guided tour, where you can learn more about the history and significance of each site.
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