Located in the Caribbean Sea, across from Playa del Carmen and 85 km south of Cancun, Cozumel island, which in the Mayan-Yucatec language means "land of the swallows", is the largest inhabited island in Mexico. During Mayan power, the island was an important religious center dedicated to the mother goddess Ixchel and place of pilgrimage for all Mayan women wishing for a fertile life and happy deliveries.
State: Quintana Roo
Altitude: 1 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6
Population: 77,236 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 987
Today, Cozumel Island is a major cruise ship destination famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches framing the turquoise crystal clear waters. Cozumel Island has become a destination of national and international tourism. Cruise ships arrive to see its beautiful white sandy beaches and to especially see the Arrecife (coral reefs) de Cozumel National Park which houses part of the Great Belt of the Western Atlantic Reef; the same one that extends over 1,000 kilometers through Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The coral reefs are one of the most important natural resources of the island, and thanks to them, this island has achieved economic and conservation momentum in the use of the area.
Cenotes are another major attraction of the destination, as its formation between limestone and underwater tunnels that provide these majestic water springs make them a not-to-miss wonder.
Cozumel is also home to the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve Park, which cherishes the Mayan culture of the island with an ecotourism project called Cozumel Parks and Museums.
To the south of the island, you will find the lagoon Laguna de ChanKanaab National Park; a magnificent heaven for wild and aquatic flora and fauna which was declared a National Park in 1980.
In the theme park, Discover Mexico Park, you can see scale models of priceless monuments of pre-Hispanic, Colonial, and Modern Mexico.
Some of the activities that Cozumel offers visitors are watching wildlife, snorkeling, diving, golf, swimming with dolphins, boat rides, catamaran rides, horseback riding, and extreme sports and adventure.
Concentrated in the North and South Hotel Zones, the hotels on the island, most with ocean views, offer a choice of accommodation from a family inn, to a large all-inclusive tourist hotel or an exclusive hotel for adults and/or couples only. Getting There Cozumel is located in the Mexican Caribbean in the southeast of Mexico about 80 kilometers from the city of Cancun.
Access to the island is from the Ferry Terminal in Playa del Carmen. Departures are approximately every hour.
You can also fly into the Cozumel International Airport.
Distance from Cozumel to other destinations in Mexico
- Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: 30 km.
- Cancún, Quintana Roo: 85 km.
- Chichén Itzá, Quintana Roo: 176 km.
- Mérida, Yucatán: 290 km.
- Campeche, Campeche: 390 km.
- Villahermosa, Tabasco: 690 km.
- Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas: 775 km.
- Veracruz, Veracruz. 980 km.
- Puebla, Puebla: 1194 km.
- Oaxaca, Oaxaca: 1103 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 1285 km.
Cozumel has a humid climate, with an average annual temperature more than 18 ° C. The rainy season is from May to September.
What to pack?
As a beach destination it is recommended to bring a swimsuit, sandals, biodegradable sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and light clothing such as shorts or skirts.
Activities and Tourist Attractions in Cozumel
Punta Sur Ecological Reserve Park. Arrecifes de Cozmel National Park (Cozumel Reefs). Lagoon "Laguna de Chankanaab" National Park. Mexico Discovery Park. Grand Beach Waterpark.
Beaches. North and South Hotel Zone.
Flora and Fauna watching. Horseback Riding, Segway Ride, Catamaran Ride, ATV Tour through the jungle, Golf, Snorkeling and diving in the coral reefs.
Swim with dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles. Manatee Encounter.
San Gervasio Archaeological Site.
Feasts and Festivals
February: Cozumel Carnival.
February 2: Candlemas Day.
May: Feast of the Santa Cruz, Fair of the Cedral.
October 31 - November 2: All Saints Fair, Day of the Dead.
December 12: Celebrations in honor of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico.