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CozumelDubbed "the crown jewel of the Caribbean Sea", Cozumel is sought after as a breezy holiday destination away from the everyday. Known for its magnificent coral reefs and white sandy beaches with pristine waters, this sun-kissed Mexican island offers plenty of outdoor activities: snorkelling and scuba diving take on a whole new dimension here.
The IslandJust south of Cancun and opposite Playa del Carmen, Cozumel is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean as well as an important cruise ship port. Home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world - the Mesoamerican Reef - Cozumel is a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts. White, unblemished beaches stretch north to south, east to west, leaving travellers taken with the island's seemingly endless swathes of sand. The city of San Miguel de Cozumel is the largest city on the island and the right place to get a peek into the mystical Mayan culture and catch a glimpse of Spanish colonial architecture.
Do & See
The fascinating island of Cozumel is a treasure trove for snorkelers and divers who come here to admire the beauty of its underwater world. Boasting 500 different species of fish, 65 different corals, pristine waters, archaeological sites, and white beaches, Cozumel is undoubtedly a must-visit leisure destination in Mexico. Read on to find out about the best places to snorkel and dive around Cozumel.
While the main attractions are underwater, Cozumel has much to offer on dry land, too. The cuisine here is mainly a mélange of Mayan/Aztec and Spanish influences, but the tourist boom of the last decades has opened up new horizons and many international chefs have made the island their home, making Italian and French cuisines easy to come by.
Mexico is the eighth-largest coffee producer in the world, with much of the coffee harvested in the coastal region of Soconusco in Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala. Coffee plays a significant role in daily life on the island too, with major coffee roasters scattered throughout San Miguel. The list below shows the most noteworthy coffee shops on Cozumel, where one can savour the exquisite taste of the best Mexican coffee.
Bars & Nightlife
Although Cozumel might not be on the bucket list of party animals, there are plenty of venues by the seafront that is worth a try come night. Wet Wendy's and Señor Frog's offer the perfect setting to dance all night long, while Thirsty Cougar and La Internacional Cervecería offer the best selection of cocktails and beers on the island.
Small traditional outlets line up with massive department stores on Cozumel. Handcrafts, customized items, one-of-a-kind silver jewellery, and Mexican vanilla are the main articles that folks seek to bring home.