Cozumel means “Island of the swallows” in Mayan. This beautiful island paradise in the Caribbean Sea, just east of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula is a popular tourist destination famous for scuba diving, snorkeling and cool white sand beaches.
The island is just 12 miles off the Riviera Maya, opposite to Playa del Carmen and one of the nine municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, the largest Mexican island in the Caribbean and one of the country´s s largest islands. The majority of the island dwellers live in the town of San Miguel (population close to 75,000) on the western shore where you can find lots of Cozumel accommodations. This beautiful spot is close to theme parks Xelha and Xcaret on the mainland.
This ancient Maya settlement has adventure and excitement for all ages, activities range from exploring ruins to practicing water sports. Take one of many Cozumel tours and expeditions available or simply relax on white cold-sand beaches and snorkel around. Take the opportunity to do some scuba diving and understand why Cozumel has been selected as a top diving spot in the world. Learn about local historical sites and visit museums and Mayan exhibitions. Take a drink of tequila and watch how it is made. Shopping is always a unique experience in Cozumel, boasting a wide array of goods, local products, and crafts that include pottery, jewelry, clothes and silver objects. You will definitely want to extend your stay at a Cozumel lodging.
You can fly directly into Cozumel´s international airport from Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Halifax, Denver, and Toronto or connect via México City. Alternatively, you may take boat rides from Playa del Carmen or take the ferry from Puerto Morelos. Once on the island, taxis and buses are readily available to all interest points. You may choose to rent a car or a scooter for a day at affordable prices (55USD car; 25USD scooter) and explore your way around.
Although the island was battered in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma, the hospitality business quickly recovered, providing different lodging alternatives for your Cozumel stay. Choose from ocean view condos, pool houses and traditional villas; they are all well-fitted and very comfortable. Visit our directory of Cozumel vacation rentals for incredible deals and special offers.