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    Cozumel Island – The Jewel of Mexico


    Cozumel is a favorite location of thousands of experienced cruise enthusiasts, with many people opting to return again and again to revel in its natural and cultural delights. The island is located in the Caribbean Sea just a short distance away from mainland Mexico, and it is a hotspot of activity.

    Anyone looking for a relaxing Caribbean cruise holiday should consider a cultural Cozumel cruise as it offers a real taste of Mexican life in a beautiful setting, with everything you could possibly wish for located on the small island. There are plenty of on-island tours to take advantage of, but the island is also small and safe enough for people to plan their own excursions and head off on a solo adventure.

    Tourism onCozumel is important to island life, and there are lots of excellent attractions to visit whilst there, with cheap taxis and car rentals making it easy for you to get around.

    Historic Sites

    The island of Cozumel was an important location to the Mayan civilization, and there are lots of fascinating historic sites dating back to 300 A.D. San Gervacio is the largest site on the island, and it’s fascinating. Having been inhabited until the time of the Spanish conquest, the site was the focal point of island life and a religious shrine devoted to the fertility goddess Ixchel, and was the destination of many Mayan pilgrimages.

    San Gervacio was not only an important religious site, but a key commercial location for the Mayan people, and a look around the impressive ruins will reveal some interesting clues to ancient life on the island. There is plenty to see and do at this site, and when you have finished looking around the ruins, you can take a break and grab a bite to eat in the restaurant or buy some souvenirs from the book or craft stores.

    El Catedral is another fantastic historic site on the island as it was once the largest settlement on Cozumel. El Catedral was torn down by the Spaniards when they arrived on the island, and although the ruins are not as large as the ones at San Gervacio, they are the oldest ruins on the island, making for fascinating viewing.

    Both sites are equally as compelling, and if you only have a limited amount of time, it is a good idea to only choose to visit one of them, so you can take full advantage of everything else the island has to offer.

    Chankanaab Park

    If you are interested in experiencing the natural beauty of Cozumel, then Chankanaab Park is the number one spot to visit. The relaxing park is home to some fantastic reefs, beautiful beaches and gardens full of native plant species.

    There are many places to visit on the island, but none are so easy for you to explore in a short space of time. There is snorkel rental, restaurants, and even a museum for you to enjoy, so the small entrance fee to the park will be money well spent.

    San Miguel

    San Miguel is the largest town on the island, and it is a superb place to walk the streets, interact with the locals, and experience the Mexican way of life. This is an extremely safe place to walk around, and the locals are very friendly and helpful, so you do not have to worry about getting lost and ending up in the ‘wrong part of town’.

    The waterfront malecon is a great place to start your exploration as it is an extremely beautiful location and there is always a lot going on. If you are in San Miguel between 6am and 1pm, a visit to El Mercado is a brilliant experience.

    There are many local stalls there selling food and other items, as well as some craft and souvenir sellers, and it is a hive of activity every single day. There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or something to eat, and you will find the prices a little higher closer to the malecon as it is a tourist area. If you are looking to eat like a local, head a little further into town and scout out some of the restaurants there; you are sure to see some interesting sites along your way.

    © Evelyn Ramsay

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