Beautiful island: Whilst being a separate resort island for holidays in its own right, Cozumel is also ideally positioned for boat trips for people having holidays in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The majority of the island actually consists of dense swathes of rainforest, but the main town of San Miguel has more than enough attractions to keep you occupied for entire holidays here.
Diving holidays: The main popularity of Cozumel holidays lies in the excellence of its diving. The numerous deep sea dives in the area lead to untold treasures beneath the sea – it’s a watery world of vibrant corals, playful fish and exotic plants.
Attractions in Cozumel
San Gervaiso: The temples at this ruin site a few miles inland may be small, and completely dwarfed by the bigger structures at Chichen Itza, but they’re still worth the (very low) admission price. Many of the temples were actually built to honour the Mayan god of fertility and Mayan women would travel here to pray in the hope of getting pregnant. Look out for the giant iguana lizards here too; they’re well worth taking pictures of to impress your friends and family when you’re back home from your holidays.
Templo del Caracol: This often overlooked gem is hidden in the Parque Punta Sur, to the south of the island. It’s actually a very interesting ruin to see on your holidays in Cozumel, because even though it’s only a rather small, square structure it’s believed the Mayans used it as a lighthouse. This would certainly make sense, as it’s in the perfect position for viewing possible invaders from the sea.
Activities in Cozumel
Chankanaab National Park: This beautiful natural park has lots of activities for you to engage in during your Cozumel holidays, ranging from swimming with dolphins in its sapphire lagoon, to snorkelling and diving to deeper depths to see all the riches underneath the water.
Diving holidays: For such a small island, there’s a staggering array of dive sites on Cozumel holidays. The majority of them are within easy reach of the main town of San Miguel too. Punta Tunich is a good choice for viewing snappers, sea fans and sponge corals, whilst Villa Blanca is exciting to see the vibrantly coloured (and quite rare) starfish and (not so rare) parrot fish.
Beaches in Cozumel
Playa Uvas: One of the most stylish and pleasantly presented beaches on Cozumel holidays, Playa Uvas consists of supremely soft white sand and gentle turquoise waters. There is a number of charming beach bars here too.
Playa Palancar: Cozumel holidays have many beaches to choose from along the island shoreline. Playa Palancar is another great choice on the ‘main side’ (the western side facing the airport and ferry links) as it has clean white sands and rustic thatched parasols and beach bars.
Playa Bush: One of the most charming beaches on the ‘Other Side’ (the side facing the Caribbean Sea), Playa Bush has a much loved Rasta Bar playing the smooth sounds of reggae all day. The relaxing music comes served with ice cold beer and super hot Habanero sauce.
Restaurants in Cozumel
Casa Mission: An authentic Mexican restaurant with traditional wooden decor – just the sort of place you’d expect to find on holidays to Mexico! You’re sure to be delighted by the dishes on offer here and their cheap prices too! Try tasty classics such as lime soup, coconut shrimps and Mexican spicy chicken.
Prima Trattoria: If you fancy a change from the tacos and fajitas so prevalent on Mexico holidays, you won’t go far wrong with this Italian inspired restaurant. It serves tasty dishes like seafood linguine, blue cheese salad and the classic surf and turf. You’ll be impressed by the freshness of the locally caught fish here too.
La Mission: La Mission is another vibrant Mexican restaurant with all the famed warm hospitality of South American people. The reliability of quality ingredients thanks to the favourable climate really adds an extra dimension to the food, of which you can expect to find chicken tortilla soup, spicy beef and prawn tacos.
Nightlife in Cozumel
Vibrant bars: Even though Cozumel holidays are considered pretty quiet compared to Cancun holidays, there are still more than enough bars here to enjoy when the sun goes down. The Tequila Bar and Lounge has a rowdy atmosphere which attracts a good mix of locals and tourists, while Wet Wendy’s is an American bar with a surprisingly large range of tequilas, often served in the old favourite cocktail – the margarita.
Shopping in Cozumel
Souvenir shopping: Cozumel holidays are great for picking up those all-important holiday souvenirs. Specifically, we’re thinking of genuine silver jewellery for incredibly cheap prices, as well as handmade hammocks, locally produced tequila and carefully crafted cigars. Although some of it could easily be dismissed as tourist tat, silver is actually a rich natural resource of Mexico, and there are many silver mines with rich reserves of the shiny metal. It’s possible to purchase 92.5% pure silver (incredibly high purity) for a very cheap price, just look out for the ‘925’ stamp etched on the back of the jewellery as this should indicate its purity.