Cozumel Vacation Overview
Twelve miles off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is the small island of Cozumel. It is just 30 miles long and about 10 miles wide; yet, it is home to some of nature’s most coveted treasures. Known as the Island of the Swallows to the Mayans, the island is today a major draw for visitors to the region. Crystal waters and soft sand beaches are protected by one of the world’s largest (and renowned for diving) coral reefs. In the middle you will find undisturbed jungle, dry arid flatlands and swampy lagoons. San Miguel is the main town and home to the majority of the residents of the island as well as the daily home of dozens of cruise ships and their passengers who call on the island.
- Water is a key theme for any visit to Cancun and neighboring Cozumel. From scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kite-surfing and deep-sea fishing, you will find it all. Cozumel is home to a number of indigenous species of birds, mammals and marine life. If diving and the beach are not your thing, you can explore the Mayan ruins, trek through the jungle paths and even take a dip in the cenotes—the island’s underground rivers and pools. And surprisingly enough, you can even ride a camel on the beach in Cozumel!
- Climbing Adventure Park. If the kids – or big kids – in your family are looking for something new to try in Cozumel, then the Climbing Adventure Park may be just the challenge for you. Operated by Alaska Mountain Guides from Haines, Alaska, the park boasts climbing walls, a zipline, abseiling towers and a great beach club with snorkeling for relaxing afterwards.
- Punta Sur Park. Stunning white sand beach with reef for drift snorkeling and crystal clear water at Punta Sur Park ecological reserve.
- Chankanaab Park. Famous natural park with lagoon, white sand beach, archaeological gardens, bar and restaurant.
- San Gervasio Mayan Ruins. San Gervasio is the most important Mayan archeological site on Cozumel Island. The religious center was built as sanctuary to the Goddess Ixchel. It was popular for many Mayans to visit once in their lifetime on a type of pilgrimage.
- El Mirador Lookout. Take in the rugged natural beauty of Cozumel’s east coast at El Mirador lookout. The sea has carved an arch in the rock which you can climb on top of for great views.
- Kiteboarding. Whether you’re new to the sport, or an unhooked pro, Cozumel Island in the Mexican Caribbean offers endless possibilities for kiteboarding.