Cozumel is one of the best places to scuba dive in the Caribbean. It has the second largest barrier reef in the world, which attracts many divers.
Relatively undeveloped, there are pristine beaches, beautiful turquoise water and so many things to do in Cozumel that do not require scuba diving. Check out some of the best things to do:
The wildlife that the coral reef attracts is no limited to the deep ocean. Cozumel has incredible snorkelling all around the island. Take a break from sitting in the sun and jump into this impeccably clear water.
If you’re a bit timid about swimming in the ocean try one of the beaches on the west side which is a bit more calm.
Take a Food Tour
With Senior Frogs and other tourist restaurants it can be difficult to find the local flavours. Fortunately Cozumel Chef Tour offers small group tours taking visitors to the local markets, restaurants and other shops that only locals know about.
Private Jeep Tour
If you’re looking to hit a number of attractions in one day there’s no better way than one of the many jeep tours available on the island.
Tour guides can take you to see just how diverse the island is, visiting lesser known spots like the ruins, lighthouse or visit the more well known Tequila Factory.
San Gervasio Ruins
While the Mayan ruins are found throughout Mexico, many people leave Cozumel without knowing you can visit one here as well.
Much smaller than Tulum or Chicken Itza, San Gervasio is thought to be the place to worship Ix Chel, the goddess of the moon, fertility and medicine amongst other things.
The roof and upper walls are missing, as they were destroyed over time and by the Spaniards. But it is still worth a visit and is also a wildlife habitat for local iguanas.
Punta Sur Ecological Park
Nature lovers must take a trip to the southern tip of the island to visit Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, which is also known as Faro Celerain Eco Park.
It’s easy to spend a day here visiting the sea turtles and local birds in this ecological reserve then visit the Lighthouse and Mayan ruins and ending the day on a hammock at the beach.
Stroll San Miguel
The only town on Cozumel, many visitors mistake the tourist shops facing the waterfront as the only thing San Miguel has to offer. Those looking for a more local experience walk toward the northern end of the waterfront and away from the water. You can find more local restaurants and shops here that cater to locals to get a sense of what island life is like.
While Cozumel is one of the largest islands in Mexico, it only spans 50 kilometres, yet there is a beach for everyone. Want to avoid a crowd? Choose tranquil Playa San de Martin on eastern Cozumel. Beaches with a bit more energy and people include Paradise Beach, Passion Island Beach and Playa Corona. Playa Palancar is only 20 minutes from the cruise ships and has free entry.