Cozumel

Mexicos largest Caribbean island, Cozumel, with 478 km2 (184.5 sq. mi) is just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, adjacent to Playa del Carmen within a 45 minutes ferry ride. Cozumel appeals to the masses; from cruise ship passengers, triathletes, Ironmen and experienced divers, to families and honeymooners seeking relaxation and fun. San Miguel town is where the majority of the island population lives. With a Mexican heart and Caribbean soul, San Miguel offers a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, boutiques and colorful shops but yet, still retains its sense of laid-back tranquility and island charm. Native Mayans first established Cozumel as a ceremonial center and commercial port for trade. Today, Cozumel is the most important touristic port in Mexico. The island is covered with mangrove, home of many endemic animal species and is also renowned for its incredible snorkeling and diving due to the seas remarkable clarity and marine life. Cozumels underwater life is so rich that in 1961 Jacques Cousteau declared it as one of the most spectacular diving sites in the world. Whether visiting the Museum of the Island, the Archaeological site San Gervasio, the National Park Chankanaab, the famous beach El Cielo or any of Cozumels underwater wonders you are undoubtedly guaranteed of having a great vacation experience. Photo: Sectur