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Adventures of Cozumel

About Cozumel
Cozumel ("Coh-zoo-mel") is Mexico's original "Caribbean" destination; an island about 40 miles (64km) south of Cancun and Mexico's largest Caribbean island with a total land area of approximately 308 square miles (798 sq km).

If you want to spend your holiday diving, snorkeling and relaxing away from the commercialized resort scene of Cancun, with occasional easy access to more active pastimes a short ferry ride away on the mainland, the island of Cozumel may be just what you are looking for.

Cozumel is one of the world's premier destinations for divers and fishing enthusiasts. We've been fishing and diving these waters for years. We've got experienced, professional and fun staff for our fishing boats as well as our dive and snorkel boats. Let us take good care of you when you visit Cozumel.

Cruise ships make regular stops at the port, and as a result of this, the island itself ranks among one of the top 10 most visited tourist places in the world. Despite this, the island is tranquil, laid-back with a traditional Mayan-Mexican feel about it.

There is only one main town on the island - San Miguel de Cozumel. During the daytime when the cruise ships are docked, the town becomes quite busy, although at night, when the cruise ships pull away, the feel and atmosphere of Cozumel changes remarkably.

Less than 5% of the island is developed; and most of the undeveloped land is rugged jungle with quiet, deserted beaches.

The main beaches and beach resorts are about 10 miles (16km) outside of the town on the south side of the island. When you choose where to stay in Cozumel, there are two broad choices: you can either stay in or near the town center, or you can go out of town and stay at one of the resorts along the beach.

Besides quiet relaxation, a few small Mayan ruins and some general water sports, diving and snorkeling are the main attractions here, and this is directly attributed to the fact that there are around 100 dive sites that are recognized as being "world-class" - some deep enough for SCUBA divers, and some shallow enough for snorkeling.

Without doubt, Cozumel is a diver's paradise, and if you are a diver, or you want to learn how to dive, Cozumel should feature in your Mexico itinerary.


Beaches on Cozumel
There are many great beaches and beach clubs on the island of Cozumel, such as Chankanaab National Park (see below), Paradise Beach, Playa San Francisco and Playa Palancar. These beaches can be found about 5-10 miles (8-16 km) south of the main town and cruise ship piers.

The east side of the island has an almost virgin coastline and offers miles of quiet windswept beaches. See 'Eastern Shore of Cozumel', below.

If you're looking for water sports equipment (e.g. sailing boats and windsurfing) then head out to east side of the island, to the Playa Bonita Beach Club where you'll find operators providing what you'll need. See Diving and Snorkeling, below.


Diving and Snorkeling

If want to SCUBA dive or just snorkel in the clear shallow waters and see the coral and fish, Cozumel has some of the best waters in the world to in which to experience this activity!

If you have never SCUBA dived before, then Cozumel is a great place to learn. There are hundreds of dive operations offering well-priced and well-organized courses here.

We highly recommend diving with Freddy Contreras. He will do "house calls" for your briefings, and take you diving as a novice or experienced diver on his own specially designed boat. His website is www.mestizodivers.com. His phone number from the U.S. is 011-52-1 44-987 103-7120. His phone number in Cozumel is 004-987-103-7120.

The Eastern Shore of Cozumel
The view is magnificent, and the road that hugs the edge of the coast is a great scenic route, begging to be seen, experienced and enjoyed! Swimming is limited to areas where the surf is milder.

People who drive along here often pull-over and park to gaze out across the shore and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the area. There are some restaurants along the route too, waiting to provide nourishment for hungry travelers! The wildlife in this area is good as well - exotic birds and big iguanas greet visitors on their tour along this amazing shoreline.


Sport Fishing Experiences
Cozumel is one of Mexico's top destinations for Sports Fishing - especially deep sea fishing!


Chankanaab National Park
At the center of this park, the pride of the Island's local people, there is land-locked pool -- or cenote -- connected by an underground tunnel to the sea. The name Chankanaab loosely translates to mean "little sea", named after the natural pool.

You can snorkel in the sea and the beach at the park is wonderful, one of the best on the island. It's perfect for sunbathing; entrance to the water is by means of steps past rocks. You'll find restaurants, toilets and a few shops here too, to satisfy your refreshment needs and, if you're in the mood, you can do some shopping here as well.

Some natural gardens, home to sub-tropical plants from over 20 countries (450+ species) surround the lagoon, and nice pathways have been constructed, along with some replica Mayan statues and 'ruins' to complete the setting! The park is open every day from 8am and closes around 5pm.

Punta Sur
This park on the southern tip is practically all kept in pristine form. Very few people, but many flamingos, turtles, seagulls, a beautiful historical lighthouse crowns this unique place.

Mayan Ruins
The San Gervasio (pronounced "Her-vah-sio"), ruins which date back to 100 BC, can be found on Cozumel and they, like all of the other archaeological sites in the area are very popular with visitors from all over the world.

Mayan women made a pilgrimage to the temple here; as it was thought that Ixchel, the goddess of fertility resided locally and would help them to conceive if they trotted across to visit the island from the mainland. All Mayan women tried to make at least one pilgrimage here from the mainland at some point in their life.

These ruins have more symbolism than majesty about them, unlike some of the mainland Mayan ruins which have both. Half of the fun of this excursion is getting there: don't expect to see the most amazing ruins ever; you won't. What you will see is a modest temple that was extremely significant to women especially, during the days of the Mayan civilization.

You can pay a tour guide to show you around, or you can buy a guidebook locally and walk around yourself. If you don't want to drive to the ruins (or you don't have transport) you can rent a cab for a fee; he/she will wait while you tour, and take you back to San Miguel.


Day Excursions to the Mainland
At the center of this park, the pride of the Island's local people, there is land-locked pool -- or cenote -- connected by an underground tunnel to the sea. The name Chankanaab loosely translates to mean "little sea", named after the natural pool.

Trips to Playa del Carmen and Xcaret and Xel-Ha water parks, and the Ruins at Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba are easily accessible and very popular. Day trips can be arranged in advance and tend to start at around 9am, returning you back to the Island in time.


 
 
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